The Falconess | Relic Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Relic Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Durge on 11-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 7
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4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into nonic

A: Brown-deep amber color with a large ,3 finger, eggshell white head.

S: Honey and nutty aromas , caramel malt, slight earthy tones.

T: Vibrant and dry Nelson Sauvin hops compete with sweet orange and honey flavors. Strong but not overwhelming malt backbone- caramel and chocolate. Lovely balance between bitter hop flavors, sweet flavor additions of orange blossom and honey and malt backbone.

M: Medium to slightly viscous body with a moderate to low carbonation.

O: Relic made a truly unique and lovely beer here with The Falconess. The balance between its flavors is excellent and makes this a very satisfying brew. This beer has something for everyone.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a modest head capping the amber liquid; a few squiggles and dots of lace remain

Smell: Caramel, with a honeyed, spicy tone

Taste: Caramel forward with the honey adding another sweet element; while there is some balancing bitterness, the overall profile leans to the sweet side; boozy, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: Another nice beer from Relic, though it is a bit sweet for my palate

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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4.38/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow, it seems like every beer I have from Relic is better than the last. This is my favorite one so far. Relic seems to be all about the super dry beers, which I love, and this one is no exception.

There's a nice fresh floral smell that's obviously from the hops and the honey.

The taste is malty and dry with some really nice lingering aftertaste from the hops and honey. Very floral without being too sweet. The dryness is what makes the mouthfeel so amazing on this beer and most of the others I've had from Relic. It's a bit syrupy but not sweet, and somehow the whole thing ends up being refreshing despite it's heavy taste. There's not much yeast flavor, which I think works well. It's all about the balance between the malt, honey, and hops.

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3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a ruby brown color with a mild head. Hard to tell anything else from such a small sample.

S-Definitely a unique nose. Smells like a mixture of cooking spices and bath soaps. Also very malt forward. Sweet, spiced cookies. Herbs too.

T-Sweetness mixed with herbal hop spiciness and that combo of almost rosemary and bath soapiness.

M-Fuller in body and fairly creamy. Moderate bubbles. A bit sticky.

O/D-I can see why some palates would be very pleased by this but its not for me.

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.14/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a Relic growlette into a Thomas Hooker Brewing pint glass.

A: Hazy, dark-brown amber color beneath a one-finger head of tan foam which left a bit of soapy lacing on the walls of the glass. Head retention was decent and bits of sediment floated about the glass.

S: Complex aroma of sweet, roasty and nutty malts with derivatives of of cocoa and tea-like scents coupled with a fruity, spicy profile of hops and herbal esters.

T: Flavor mirrors the complexity of the smell, with sweet doses of caramel malt, toffee, coffee and maple syrup paired against a spicy, slightly boozy and fruity array of tastes. Bits of tangerine, plum and raspberries creep across the palate which holds a bittersweet, roasted and spicy character right through the slightly boozy, satisfying finish.

M: Medium-full bodied strong ale with just the right balance of sweetness and hop bitterness to rinse away the complex, fruity sweet cloy of the brew.

O: The Falconess presents imbibers with just the right blend of roasty, fruity sweetness to bolster the 7.2% ABV, which is warming. But, it also exhibits the hoppy bitterness one expects in an American Strong Ale. With such a broad category to fit into, the Falconess could best be described as a very malt-forward, strong IPA. Another Relic classic!

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.11/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"....prototype batch of this American Strong Ale single hopped with Nelson Sauvin, and orange blossom honey..."

Pours a clear deep copper color with an off-white head, fading fast.

Aroma is strong and flowery. I agree with the lavender observation. A hint of oranges in there too, but very subtle.

Taste/mouthfeel is velvety, smooth, yet sharp and hoppy. Much hoppier than expected for a strong ale. Not exactly true to style. I'm thinking malt, and I get hops. But, really, I am not complaining. Relic does hops well. Moderately dry finish, with some smoothness from the honey.

Overall a nice brew, and I look forward to seeing how the brewer tweaks it more towards the maltier side.

First available 11-9-12

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Falconess is one of Relic's latest creations, single hopped with Nelson Sauvin and finished off with orange blossom honey. It's a cloudy brown colored ale with a decent foamy off-white head and good lacing. The nose hit brings a honey, vegetable, lavender-malt combo. This is unique with a capital U. I swear that this lavender theme is common to most of the Relic brews but no complaints there. This aroma is delicate and tasty for sure with vague milk chocolate prune for good measure. The flavor includes a grainy vegetable-dark fruit medley. I also get some pear-grass tartness and light cereal grain. Not what I would automatically think of as a strong ale, but I do like it. The body is medium and the feel is pretty glassy with a subtle but very effective carbonation. The overriding theme is the vegie-fruit over cereal grain ale. I like it but it might be a bit of a surprise or challenge to some palates. Kudos Relic!

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The Falconess from Relic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 24 ratings