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Belgian Saison
4.16 | pDev: 5.05%
Monkish Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Collaboration between Monkish Brewing Co., Mikkeller, and Good Life Provisions. Farmhouse Ale brewed w/ peppercorns and orange, lemon, and lime zest; aged in oak barrels.
Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 14
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4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer number 750th.

Poured to an Ora et Labora taster.

A: Body is yellow being mid opaque to mid crystalline. As I pour more, the more opaque it gets. The head only exists when you pour it, having a 5mm-thick white head. After less than a minute, it's gone. More like a lambic than an actual belgian saison.
S: Aroma is totally lambic, having tons of citric points. There's a mild funkiness. Very good stuff.
T: Taste starts off with a orange like sweetness, moving on into a more lemon-y point. There's also a hint of lime but it's very very fainted. As you drink, this citric structure remains present in the palate as it creates room for some acidity that's smooth and mildly funky. It's a really soft lambic. Probably the most soft I've ever had.
M: Body is medium to low. Carbonation is low. Sweetness is low, and acidity is medium to medium high.
O: Who would've said that some of the most interesting "lambics", actually sours, are made in the US? This is something worth trying despite the high price.

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3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: A half finger head dissipates quickly and remains as a thin ring around the edge of the glass. The beer is hazy with a light straw hue.

Smell: A light funk is at the forefront, followed by peppercorns, then, a faint citrus aroma. The peppercorn smell is mild, slightly spicy, more like a green or pink peppercorn than black or white. The citrus aroma is very faint, and smells mostly like lemon.

Taste: More funk here. It doesn't completely overpower the other flavors, yet, it is more evident than everything else. There is a subtle peppercorn taste, less apparent than it was on the nose, yet still tastes like green or pink peppercorns.
The citrus zest is more noticeable here than it was in the aroma. Still mostly lemon, with a hint of orange, no lime zest detected. What was initially thought to be a subtle, lingering bitterness, tasted more like lemon zest/rind as the beer warmed up. The beer also has a pleasant tart flavor throughout, never rising above the tartness of a glass of lemonade.

Feel: The beer is slightly dry and light, with an almost wine like silkiness. The carbonation is noticeable, not overpowering.

Overall: Everything in this beer marries well together. Nothing in the aroma or taste seems out of place, or, over done. Very drinkable, I had no problem finishing the bottle as it provided a pleasant drinking experience throughout. It would pair well with a variety of foods, yet, is still easily consumed on it's own. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of tart, funky farmhouse ales.

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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 14 ratings