Gnomad | Riverwalk Brewing

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Riverwalk Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 10-17-2012

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Photo of flandoggie
5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious hoppy Belgian. Nice fruity Belgian yeast strain with some Amarillo hops. Nice marriage.

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Photo of warllendacosta
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very bold and complex Farmhouse. Extra hazy and lush, a bit boozy but full of sour-wheat, herbal yeast forward complexity.
Lush, smooth feel at first hit but becomes classically alive with an active yeast punch.

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Photo of brureview
4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light apricot color with a 4F head in a tulip. Very nice looking beer.
The aroma is fainter at colder temps and becomes broader at warmer temps.
Spice, clove, fruit, pepper.

Smooth body, spicy and peppery- well balanced mouth feel.

The spice, clove, pepper and fruit, transition well from the aroma and become more pronounced with warming.

Peppery, dry finish.

Great beers from this brewery. Very drinkable, lots of character. Distinct approach to styles.
Best starting at 40°F.

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4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wc94wc
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WanderingFool
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Boston71
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Kataco16
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of TTTBeer
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of stevehagy
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biegaman
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gnomad is either tired from his trip or he left his bubbles behind - this foggy, sunflower-golden liquid travels from bottle to glass without showing much carbonation, at least not a head capable of lasting without constantly having to be aroused by swirling. Still, this looks like a glass of spring sunshine.

Saisons are, in the words of William James, "like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep". This bouquet, wonderful as a whole, is actually comprised of quite disparate parts: peaches and pears in cream, honeyed cereal grain, herbs and forest greens, fresh-cracked spices.

And yet this blend of bitter, sweet, dry, spicy and acidic is harmonious and intricate. The result is a playful combination of zestful coriander and peppercorn, earthy fennel and chamomile flowers, straw and sourdough bread, lemony citrus, and ripe stone fruit flavours. It fills up the tasting notes in no time.

Credit is due entirely to the ingredients (well, and I suppose the brewer for choosing them): barley for providing the wholesome, honeyed backbone, wheat the crispness, oats the creaminess, yeast for the nervy spice and sweet orchard fruit overtones, hops for their grounding, earthy bitterness.

Gnomad, said to "embody the traveling spirit", obviously visited Belgium and I'm guessing took a side trip to West-Hainaut, specifically the village of Tourpes where Brasserie DuPont, arguably the most iconic producer of Saison, is located. This is similarly rustic, earthy, zestful and, frankly, about as good.

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Photo of liquorpig
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/29/15

Pours a mild fizzy bubbly 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, light lacing, mostly clear slight hazy light colored honey blond.

Nose brings a pretty nice farmhouse saison, mild farmhouse funky notes, Belgian saison like, toasty grainy almost doughy malt, raw dough like, with plenty of esters, banana clove spice notes, mild peppery and apple pear notes, lots of banana, grassy hops mix with grassy malts, hint of a fruity hop and grassy herbal too.

Taste brings lots of esters out front, apple pear, with banana, peppery spices, mild phenols, etc, nice earthy farmhouse funk like, big Belgian farmhouse flavors, little cheesy funk notes. Hops are bigger than I expected, earthy spicy and grassy, not too bitter, with a herbal hop starting to come through. Background is earthy grassy grainy malts, doughy, raw dough and gristy, wheat like toasty notes, straw, little creamy notes as well. Finish is a little dry, fair bitter herbal earthy hops, lingering fruity esters, mild phenols, farmhouse notes, etc.

Mouth is med bod a bit lighter, lighter but decent carb, touch of creamy wheat.

Overall not bad, nice farmhouse Belgian saison yeast, little funk, tons of esters but not really too much, phenols play in a bit, hops are a bit surprising with herbal spicy notes, not too bitter thankfully, def enjoyable.

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Photo of Brezzy24
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and bubbly, crisp clean flavor with a good amount of bite. This is a great session beer. Could drink it all night. This company is 20 Minute away from me and this is the first time having there beer I will defiantly be buying more River Walk products.

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Photo of Shaymus
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of LoudRed
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Golden in color, good clarity. Creamy off-white head holds at an inch in height. Spotty lacing.

S: Earthy yeast. Lightly musty. Floral, grassy, and earthy hops. Subdued orange peel and citrus notes. Clove and pepper. Quick whiffs of bubblegum. Toasty and grainy malt.

T: Toasty and grainy malt base. Overt hop character is largely earthy in nature. Grass, pine, bark, hint of orange peel. Peppery hop spice. Pith. Yeasty. A touch medicinal. Bubblegum in the background, briefly. Brush of alcohol. Drying finish.

M: Light bodied. Full and creamy in the mouth. Very fine carbonation pricks at the tongue. Mild hop astringency.

O: Homage to Chouffe on the label? It's solid enough. Not a lot of bells and whistles, but it's well put together. On the big side for the style, though that never hurts it. Also a little more focused and clean comparatively. It started to grow on my as I drank my way through it, and by the end I found myself wanting more.

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Photo of Newport_beerguy
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of talahrama
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of nkelley77
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of AJ01923
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

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Gnomad from Riverwalk Brewing
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