Philosophizer | Adelbert's Brewery

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Adelbert's Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Mora2000 on 06-20-2012

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2.6/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with fun label art and hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork acquired at me local HEB grocery and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery, but the style is tough to pull off. Reviewed as a saison because it identifies as such on the label.

Batch No. 4. Bottled: 03/28/13. 7.80% ABV confirmed.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Per the label: "Serve at 45-55 [degrees F]. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

The cage wire comes apart as I twist; shoddy manufacturing...

Cork yields a satisfying pop upon removal. No beer surges out. Carbonation seems good.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a six finger wide head of dull white colour. A bit thin, actually. No real creaminess. Kind of fluffy and a bit soapy. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty good for the ABV - about 4 minutes.

Body colour is a clear yellow-copper of average vibrance. Translucent. Some minute yeast particles are visible.

I have to admit I'm surprised this self-branded saison isn't hazy; it appears filtered (in spite of the yeast particle presence). Otherwise, it's largely to style. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Has a bready doughy yeast character to it. Some crackery and bready malts. Pilsner malt. Biscuit malts. Lemongrass with a timid edge of citric esters. Clean barley. Straw. Somewhat grainy. Lacks the brettanomyces-induced funkiness you'd expect of a saison. I'm not getting any of the white pepper or milky notes common to the best beers in the style. No alcohol is detectable. Hopwise, I do get some vague citrusy and floral notes - but little else, and the hop presence is minimal (to style). Lacks any significant spicing. Has a kiss of Belgian style candied fruit; that's a nice touch, that - and present largely on the finish, lending it a certain sweetness on the backend that doesn't ever seem cloying.

A pleasant aroma of mild strength. I'm looking forward to trying it, though it isn't as lively as most good beers in the style.

As it warms, I pick up some well-integrated apple notes and more straw.

T: I get the candied fruit from the third act, definitely. And the apple too. Lightly doughy and bready on the open - a highlight of the flavour profile, and it's too bad there's not more where that came from. The foundation is comprised of clean barley, straw, pilsner malts, and Belgian biscuit malts. The sweetness is detracting from the balance the more I drink it, and it's quite distracting. It also ruins any chance for any subtle spicy notes or grainy biscuity yeast notes to come through - but that's okay, because there aren't any anyway. As a result, this really misses the mark when it comes to the subtlety and complexity you'd expect from a (good) saison. Too sweet for the style, especially in the latter half. Almost a bit syrupy, even - definitely off the mark.

Incredibly shallow depth of flavour for a saison. Flavour duration is below average. Flavour intensity is above average, but intensity is not the point of a saison; masterful subtlety and refined balance are key.

Imbalanced on account of the sweet candi character. Has a subpar build for a saison. Where's the farmhouse yeast?

Mf: Smooth and wet. Just a biteen syrupy. Overcarbonated. Presence is too heavy on the palate. Unrefreshing. Not apt for the style, and it doesn't complement the flavour profile well. Full-bodied without justification.

Not oily, harsh, gushed, boozy, or hot.

Dr: Downable but mediocre. I definitely wouldn't get this again - especially at its unreasonable price point. This brewery is quickly dropping in my mental rankings of Austin area breweries. As unsubtle and un-nuanced a saison as I've had in the last year. Not recommended. I'll be able to finish the bottle, but boy does it miss the mark for the style.

Low C-

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Photo of Mora2000
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma has a good bit of sweet citrus notes, with some Belgian yeast, some wheat and a little bit of floral quality. The flavor is similar, with the orange citrus notes and Belgian yeast coming through the strongest. There is a little bit of spice mixed in, as well as some wheat. Everything starts off fine, but the finish is a little bit muddy, which detracts from the overall flavor. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of jamesmk48
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Meyers1023
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Dinkel
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Large shared bottle.
Very effervescent with a relatively large, semi-durable white head.
Very low funk for style. Nicely fruity. Lively, crisp and dry.

O: great choice as a session saison.

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Photo of hsus0225
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of dankabier1
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StephRai
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of wejohnsn
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dwtucker90
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Jacobus79
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of cfrobrew
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of akward
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bung
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Magery
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice dark golden color, the body is slightly hazy and the head, thick and frothy, is white and is at least three fingers thick. It also creates a thick lacing around the ale. The aroma is light, but you can pick up some floral notes mixed in with plenty of citrus fruits, apples and berries. Is a semi-dry ale with some mild phenol flavors and a hint of lemon zest, it’s a little spicy as heads towards the back of your mouth and is mildly tart over all. The mouthfeel is light-to-medium and goes down well, the aftertaste is sweet and only a hint of alcohol is present. Overall, this is a really good saison.

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3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cork popped out easily. pours a hazy golden yellow. Smell booze, saison yeast, pepper, band aid. I do not pick up on the booze as much in the taste. Pick up on straw or grass, pepper, nice saison yeast taste. Clean and dry finish.

I ejoyed their Tripel and Biere de Garde more than this one, but it is still a good beer. A little overpriced though as I can get other saisons for the same price that are better.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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