Ash And Alder
Forest & Main Brewing Company

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Belgian Saison
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4.01 | pDev: 6.98%
Forest & Main Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Spring saison dry hopped with Mosaic and Mandarina Bavaria.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 42
Photo of ChrisinRI
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Between the Belgian yeast, which was strong, and the Mosaic hops, which gave this a milky taste, I was not a fan. First sips were tough to swallow, but it improved a bit as the carbonation mellowed and it came to temp.

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Photo of woemad
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle courtesy of LehighAce06. Very cool looking bottle and label. According to the rear label (beer tramp stamp?), this was bottled on February 13, 2015.

Popped the cap, and was greeted with a quite impressive “pfft!”, complete with a tiny amount of liquid shooting out laterally. Poured into a St.Bernardus goblet, this was a hazy amber color somewhere between orange and honey, with a big, healthy creamy looking head that left lots of lace on the sides of the glass as it slid down to form a sudsy white skiff.

The nose is an about equal mix of tropical fruit sweetness and sharp, grassy and citrusy spice notes. In a way, it seems almost like what one might get with a Belgian IPA made with the trendy, massively citrusy hops, but the hops are dialed down enough that it’s at an acceptable level for a saison. Still, the tropical fruits are bigger than most saisons I’ve had, in a very good way.

The tropical fruits hit the tastebuds first, but are almost instantly joined by the dry, grassy and sharp citrus flavors noted in the nose. There’s a decent, but not overpowering peppery, spicy thing courtesy of the Belgian yeast. It finishes quite dry, a bit like a good, dry white wine.

The body is fairly light, with a bit of that Belgiany effervescence that is often hard for American breweries to duplicate.

I really dig this beer. It’s great on what is working its way up to the hottest day of the year so far. It’s an outstanding mix of fruity sweetness and spicy dryness, and it would be a favorite were it local to me. Yet another fantastic Pennsylvania beer. Thanks, Kevin! I owe you one (or several)!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.27/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden orange. Huge fluffy white head. Great retention.

Smell - Tangerine hops. Herbal yeastiness, which really could be hops too, I guess. Slightly tropical.

Taste - The hops are less bright. Strong yeastiness. Bitter immediately, some of which is from the excessive carbonation. A touch of toasty malt and pale malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Overcarbonated. Medium light body. Overcarbonation amplifies the bitterness of the hops and detracts.

Overall - A little abrasive. I expected more.

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Photo of Jonada
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle dated 2/13/2015. Poured into a teku

Appearance: Pours a dark orange color with 4 fingers of a rocky off white head, with good retention and lacing. Body is very hazy but translucent, with lots of visible carbonation.

Smell: Grassy, floral, lemongrass, Belgian yeast, pepper, bright orchard fruit.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, but with a surprising level of sweetness. Not to the point of being cloying, but the aroma would lead you to expect something much drier. Beyond that are big Belgian yeast flavors. Pepper, grass, lemon, some light tropical notes and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, soft feel, with medium/high carbonation. Finishes drier than it starts, but still a good bit of sweetness.

Overall: Another good one from Forest and Main, but for what this is, at $10 per 500ml bottle, it's way overpriced.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pour is dark hazed amber with lots of tight white head that just sits. Nose is very dusty with candied sugars, light pepper, hints of lemon and some grassy herbal hop. Flavor is similar, gets a touch sweet with the candied sugar flavors, moderate dustiness, candied lemon, notes of malt undertones. Back end has some grassy hops and light bitterness. Dry finish, well carbonated, soft feel.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled mid Feb, assuming the the release was early April?
The beer pours a medium amber with a couple fingers of foamy white head that clings. The nose is bright and hoppy - mainly floral & tropical - followed by bubblegummy yeast and grain. It drinks with a sweet malt bill forward, but quickly brings forward the yeast and finishes with a hoppy bitterness, which is less bitter than expected. It's light-medium bodied, well carbonated, has a big Belgian yeasty/malt presence, and a light, but lingering hop bite. This is a solid dry hopped saison, nothing that's going to revolutionize the style, but easy drinking.

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Ash And Alder from Forest & Main Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 42 ratings