Citron Noir | Urban Family Brewing Co.

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Urban Family Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by LiquidAmber on 11-03-2014

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of Joedonlon13
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Smanke
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours cola colored with a massive "Belgian" head; webby lacing splashes all over the place

Smell: Musty and funky as the Brett explodes aromatically; doughy, lemony, earthy and ashy, with a hint of chocolate

Taste: Doughy and ashy, on the front end, with the funky Brett flavors building; a lemony angle arrives, in the middle, but the earthy aspect takes over the rear, bringing hints of chocolate and mushroom

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: The second dark Saison I have had recently and I am still trying to wrap my head around the style; this one has a lot of things going in a variety of directions; I don't love it but it is interesting

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Photo of fosters9
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

at this point, the recipes of course change, but we pretty much know what we are getting with urban family brews. they all have the same over the top and young brett profile, regardless of what they do with the wort, hops, or adjuncts, they all seem to sort of finish the same, funky but sloppy, and on their way to dry, less refined than excellent, but attractive in a way, and unique as stand alones. dark brown in color, although still with some light coming in, cloudy, and very very active, with a huge light tan head on it, lacy and pretty and lasting. aroma of medium roasted barley malt, toasty and earthy, dry, with a coffee grinds element. the black lemons, which is an awesomely cool ingredient to use, seems to add quite a lot, and i am thankful for its presence, sweet and tart and citric, preserved lemon, some acidity, pungent, compatible with hops for sure. the flavor comes with the lemons first. i like the dark malt not being too heavy or intense, it would crowd out the unique black lemon character if it were, and it was smart to leave it sort of middle of the road. i would like this as a clean beer, fermented bone dry with a robust saison strain. i think their doughy lazy and overdosed brett mucks this up a little, seems impatient or something, or maybe i am just averse to their particular house blend and others love it, but it seems a little homebrewy to me, and a drawback in an otherwise spectacular beer. great use of the black lemons though, thats what i bought it for, and it did not let me down. this is a cool beer, worth picking up for something a bit different, but if you are familiar with urban family beers, you will recognize an unflattering commonality across their portfolio that is again present in this one.

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Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of logicalparadox
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of utopiajane
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Citron Noir from Urban Family Brewing Co.

The nose is citrusy with lemon/ lime and shows earthy roast like coffee. A light sweetness on top and not much phenols. I think there was some clove int he background. It does have a tartness on the nose and a very prominent citrusy scent that seems to wax and wane. Usually, in the other dark saisons that I have tried, the dark malts take over the nose and the palate. In this one the spice form the black lemon holds it's own on the nose but struggles a little on the palate. No real hop scents on the nose just the lemon and what ever herbal backs that. I think it's a piney herbal.

Drinks well but a bit heavier than the style usually. It dose taste very exciting and invigorating with the citrus flavor. There is a prickly moment of acidity that you notice right away at first then the dark malt flavors start to creep up BUT it holds it's own. You can taste it in the aftertaste and that is very important to this beer. Finishes a touch sweet and then the bubbles dry it out at the end to reveal chocolate and spice. Roasty bitterness, coffee and because there is a touch of caramel ( I think) it finishes a bit fuller than you really want. The carbonation keeps it drier and the well done malt character dries out like a good black beer should. It's the bubbles that keep it away from resembling a stout and I am not sure if they added any sugar. My thought was why add sugar to dark malts which are going to leave sugars any way? Hops show pepper in the finish so I know the brewer had his eye on the style. Caramel develops and adds a nutty flavor or is that the yeast? The other thing is the malt character is not really "Soft" if I am tasting bitterness from malt, coffee and bitter chocolate let alone caramel and nuts. However that would be innovation and a small point to concede.

This beer could be it. The exemplar of a new variation on this style. it's not a new style so it has to meet the expectations of the original style for the most part. The first place where you can see how important is brewing method is the appearance. This beer is an impeccable saison if not for the dark color. . Rich hues with a creamy Belgian style head of foam. Light haze and uniform stream of effervescence that can be seen coming up from the bottom. The head clings in a big sheet as you drink and falls shimmering and wet. And because the brewer understands the dark malts the glints are reddish.

I think that this beer could be the best example of a new variation on the saison style because it met the saison style completely. From appearance to finish. It uses dark malts so you allow for that in the appearance score and in the flavors somewhat. You have to decide for yourself if you like this lime like flavor with the dark malts. I did., but not at first. My honest feeling at first is why the dark malts in my saison. They are a bit heavy. Then it grew on me as it warmed and that important too. You should serve the sasion at cellar temperature. This beer did not end up like a different style as it warmed. it did not become some kind of wrong schwarzbier or some kind of strange porter. This beer did finish malty not like a black IPA.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrBier
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BKotch
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of riotontheroad
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Matt141
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown with the most beautiful foamy cap in the Old Fashioned glass. The foam makes a puddle of cream that lasts and lasts. Somehow this is one of the most attractive displays of carbonation in a beer I've ever seen.

This is just a very intriguing beer-- an unusual mix of flavors that works pretty well. Roasted malt, dark grainy taste, a hint of citrus, and a light Belgian yeasty finish. Quite drinkable with a lemony aftertaste. I just don't want to know what black lemons are.

Creamy and sudsy on the tongue. Worth sipping just for the mouthfeel. From the QFC market in the University district. A bargain at six bucks.

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Photo of DMB
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beertunes
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hated 22oz bottle format. $8 bottle at The Local in Bellingham. Poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a very dark brown, with a certain reddish aspect, and had well over an inch of medium brown head that dissipated moderately quickly , and left very nice lacing.

Yeasty spice notes hit the nose first, with some dark cherry in the background. There a hint of citrus in the mix as well. Pretty similar on the tongue, spiciness is dominate, and the citrus is bolder than in the scent. A lemon taste lingers at the back of the tongue.

The body is medium-light, and a fairly high carbonation level leaves bubble all across the palate. Drinkability is very good, I could easily knock back several of these. Overall, a very nice brew. Highly recommended, and very near a must-try.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: extremely dark brown with red highlights when held up to the light and a light haze. Head is a finger of creamy light-tan foam with a nice lace left on the glass. Quite attractive.

Smell: a hint of roastiness and a hint of lemon, but with only the very tiniest amount of farmhouse funk. I could do with a little more saison-ness.

Taste: plenty of farmhouse funk right up front -- there it is! Roast and lemon fall back when compared to the funk; it's a little muddled, but overall not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess. It really works for me.

Overall: it might be the interplay between the roastiness and the funk, but the effect is just a bit muddled. Other than that it's a pretty good beer.

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Photo of semogolf1
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Newish brewery in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. Poured nicely, with a dark amber color. Light citrus taste, with a strong malt-driven backdrop. With most Saison's having higher carbonation than other styles , I didn't get that from this brew, but the bubbles were present. Overall it was a delightful option of the night.

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Citron Noir from Urban Family Brewing Co.
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