Free Will Brewing Co.

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,916
Ranked #39,999
3.6 | pDev: 10.56%
Free Will Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 60 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appears an orange copper body with light cream colored head, fine even bands of lacing.

Aroma has dank, earthy hops I'm enjoying smelling the different varietals included on the label: copious amounts of Apollo, Chinook, and Calypso hops. That Chinook is unmistakable it's almost like an earthy vegetal spicy garlic but tamer than the Summit garlic/onion butt notes thank God. The Chinooks are actually quite pleasant, along with the hops there are great spicy rye accents that will help this beer too.

Flavor has a wave of hops riding across the palate with those rye additions bringing in a spiced bread, caramelized malts don't overpower when there's mild citrus, earthy dank hops with a spiced garlic finish that actually works in the mix of everything going on. Saison I don't know that I could tell you blindly that this was a Saison lacks Belgian yeast spice notes, maybe due to the high alpha hops covering up the yeast spiciness that I usually detect in most Saisons, there are some nice black pepper qualities going on especially on the nose.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth a bit of residual sugars but nowhere near cloying hop oils are slick and it lubricates the mouth with a bit of dry spices in the finish.

Overall, I'm a big fan of this bottled Danae, maybe because my brother's name is Dante'???

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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2.92/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

LOOK: Pours a light bronze color with a soapy head.
SMELL: Fruity, tropical, both hoppy and ale yeast fruitiness.
TASTE: The flavor has more of a yeast spiciness and grassy notes. Some citrus, but relatively low acidity for the style. Fairly bitter and earthy. Agreeable flavors and little alcohol noticed for a beer of this style and strength.
FEEL: Light, thin body with soft, low carbonation.
OVERALL: This is a decent tasting saison, but it seems like the brewers are losing the battle of carbonation. For me, Free Will Brewing is 0/2 on appropriate carbonation in their beers.

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Photo of BigMike
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light amber color. Kind of mysterious looking. Hazy. Head looks disappointing for a saison.

Musty farmhouse yeast, pale rye malt, stone fruit, citrusy hops, and white tea. A nice light spiciness.

Alcohol is present. Pale rye, melon rind, citrus hop, and herbal bitterness in the finish. If there was such a thing as tart canteloupe. Quite spicy in the late middle. Good hop presence, exceeds that of most saisons.

A little hefty and wide-eyed. Low level carbonation, thick body, and 'no secret' booziness.

I would like to try a few of their other saisons, still. They should turn out a little better than this one.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Picked this up mixed and matched at Carnivores in Oakmont. Into a pint glass.

A - Carbonation isn't as bad as the guy below me said I got a solid 1/2 inch of head that sticks around for quite a bit not bad for a beer with 6+ months of age on it. No sediment floaties thank goodness with a tanish hazy body beer.
S - Saison notes of dry yeasts and spicy rye fill the nose with slight bitter notes and some fruit. Slightly tropical so it may not be so dry.
T - Well it does have a bit of a rye bite at the end but surprisingly its good. Taste is fruity mango and bubblegum hops, spy rye, then bitter finish rounded out by some more fruity flavor. Tasty!
M - Wow at almost 8% this is one easy going stout. It has the right carbonation too most of these beers drink like a bubbly champagne making it hard to slam.

Overall I was not very excited when I found out this was a rye beer but this is a very well done rye saison in the same way RyIPA from founders is a great rye IPA. Worth picking up if you love well done rye beers.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of larryi86
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- A clear golden copper color with a three finger off-white head.

S- Citrus, oranges, pine, spicy rye, some barnyard funk, touch of wet grass.

T- Fruity, spicy rye, piney finish, slightly musty barnyard, citrus, interesting mix of flavors, works together pretty well.

M- Smooth, medium body, nice carbonation.

O- My first beer from Free Will, pretty tasty and unique.

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Danae from Free Will Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 60 ratings