Transcendence | Enlightenment Ales

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Enlightenment Ales
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Fall

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Added by polishkaz on 10-20-2013

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My First Full Review, but this had to be discussed.

I have been a fan of Ben and his Enlightenment Project for about 1 1/2 years now. Super nice guy, who is doing some simply amazing things. I have been waiting for this release all summer.

Poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours with an opaque, straw-colored haze. Completely opaque, cannot see anything at all through this beer. Head is 3 fingers, dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Like shoving your face into a freshly made herbed fruit salad. Heavy, heavy smell of fresh pineapple and tropical fruit, accompanied by just enough herbal hopping to keep you coming back for more. The presence of horse-blanket funk is present, but subtle. Quite simply one of the best smelling beers I've ever experienced.

Taste: I don't even know what to say. Never before have I had a beer that combines the elements of fruit, hops, and funk so uniquely or perfectly. It is a three-part symphony beginning with luscious, ripe tropical fruit, backed up by a middle firmly fortified by funk, and finishes rather dry with a respectable whack of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: As explained before, this is a very unique brew that actually hybridizes its features, rather than one overshadowing the other. It is both dry and juicy at the same time.

Ben....what have you created? This is a true chimera of a beer. This has become and instant Top-10, and possibly Top-5 of all time for me. Please, please, please make this again!

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Trying to keep up with this breweries releases, was blown away by the Farmhouse IPA and thought Day Trip was nice. I heard this one has some funk, we shall see.

A- Poured from the 750ml into a chalice and a can glass. A hazy golden-orange brew into both with a nice creamy white head. Good head retention and a large deposit of lacing webs, especially at the top.

S- Hops and Farmhouse yeast are big, a ton of fruit aroma. Yeast spice, herbs, lemons, tropical fruits, dry pineapple, tangerine and stone fruits come to mind. I can also immediately tell there is Brett or something like it in here. Dry slightly band-aid funky tart cherry hints. Wild yeast hints here more than in the taste.

T- A lot going on but it all comes together nicely. Overall it has a funky, spicy stone fruit flavor profile. Spicy and fruity Saison yeast creates a base that has layers of hops and Wild yeast flavors over it. The Brett character gives a nice drying feel and characteristic barnyard funk, not overbearing at all and it plays of the general fruitiness of the brew. Vinous grapes, tangerine, oranges, lemons, apples, pepper, citrus zest, horse blanket, cooking herbs and fruit pits all come to mind.

MF- Foamy and creamy feel to a relatively dried out body. Moderately high carbonation is certainly appropriate for a Saison, even better in a funky one. Finishes slightly tart and with a spicy bitterness.

A nice adventure in beer flavors here. You get a hoppier Saison, already tons of flavors, mixed with some funky wild yeasts. What results is super smooth and balanced and everything co-exists well. Certainly a must try for fans of funky yeasts and Farmhouse ales.

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4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: opaque, apple gold, and almost luminescent it reflects the light so nicely - unfiltered is a beautiful style

S: yeasty, funky, very fruit forward - mouthwatering (actually, everything about this beer is mouthwatering)

T: yeasty, funky, Brett forward, fruit forward, big passion fruit notes, "band-aid," .... But not as sour as I would like, but then again, I'm a real sour head. This one is from a fresh batch, so I'd LOVE to cellar one for a while and taste what happens.

M: just like the appearance, very smooth, rich, and bright

O: excellent and very finely crafted. up there with some of my favorite Brett saisons (old marriage parfait, crooked stave)

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4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich golden hue with an opulent off white hair. There is a ton of bready brett in the aroma. Some peach, some white wine. The flavor and mouthfeel is where this beer shines. It's incredible dry, but there is plenty of tropical fruit funk. It's very soft. This is a tremendous farmhouse ale.

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4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear, honey orange color. The bottle is a slow gusher. As I rush to pour the beer before it pukes all over itself, it plunges into the glass and produces a surprisingly tame head. Lots of clingy, thick lacing.

S-A highly intense Saison brimming with eccentric yeast and bright fruit. Also well hopped. Tropical fruit hops and a wild yeast that brings forth barnyard funk and zesty lemon. Brettanomyces. Really pleased by its hoppiness.

T-The flavor jumps with juicy, tangy fruits. The fruity flavor seems to be a combo of both hop and yeast. Pineapples. Brett. Hay, spice and an overall playful funkiness. A little bit of minty bubblegum. Malt is almost washed away. Very memorable.

M-Fizzy and medium bodied with a dry, subtly bitter finish. Light alcohol. Crisp.

O/D-What a gorgeous, fierce Saison. An alpha-male version of the style. Big and bold and delicious. Subtle nuances need not apply, this one just bull-rushes you with flavor.

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4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beauty hazy orange in appearance. Smell is fruity hops and moderate Brett funk. Taste is bright Brett and cereal grain, not as much fruity hops as past iterations but still rather complex yet balanced. Wonderful saison.

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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer hits of huge fruity notes for a farmhouse ale with stone fruit, citrus, oranges. There's an underlying light hay funk along with a wheaty base and some chewy bready malts. The finish is dry. A really well done beer with wonderful fruit notes and a really dry finish without being overly spicy or bready.

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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint, 9.4 fl oz bottle purchased at Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquor, Somerville, MA
Batch Number #1
Served in a tulip

Cloudy, glowing yellow ochre appearance. The liquid was topped by a two-finger tall, bubbly, bright white crop of froth. Odd shaped patches of lacing coated the glass and turned to spotty drops later in the session.

Lots of interesting things happening in the aroma. In classic saison form, it was crisp and fresh yet also somewhat musty. Super grassy, Saaz-style hop came through strong. Spicy and peppery with a noticeable Belgian yeastiness and some fruity esters. There was a slight funkiness as well.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose. A distinctly Belgian, musty, farmhouse-like quality appeared on the front end, along with an lots of fresh, grassy, earthy hop notes. Crisp, bright and dry. Strong spicy/peppery notes. Clove and coriander were most apparent. Quite fruity. Some bitter orange peel appeared in the center. Wheaty and notably tart. Subtle hints of funk were also detectible. The crisp, clean finish was super dry, peppery and lemony.

The mouthfeel was light and frothy with an intense, large bubbled effervescence. Spritzy and a touch airy. Somewhat thin, but perfect perhaps in the warmer-weather months.

Thus far, every beer I have sampled by Enlightenment Ales has been a winner, and Transcendence is no exception. Super crisp, refreshing and complex, this would pair perfectly with a number of funkier cheeses. Also, at $10 a bottle (I actually got mine on sale for $8), this is one of the best deals going.

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Transcendence from Enlightenment Ales
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