Brekeriet Brillant | Brekeriet

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Brekeriet BrillantBrekeriet Brillant

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Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brekeriet Brillant is a Scandinavian saison that gets its elegant character through fermentation with a mixture of different yeast strains, particularly those of the genus Brettanomyces. The beer is carbonated naturally in the bottle, leaving a thin layer of yeast on the bottom.

Added by Evil_Pidde on 04-01-2013

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by spoony:
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3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 330 ml bottle to a tulip. No date that I could see.

A-The beer gently foamed up when I opened it and the carbonation is quite active in the glass. Those bubbles keep a thick collar of foam hanging around the entire time I'm drinking. The beer is light yellowish in color. It looks good.

S-The aroma is pretty heavy on the yeast. I also sniff a good amount of slightly funky, fruity, floral brett smells. Despite the yeast aroma, the beer tends toward dry and there are some grassy, leafy notes too.

T-The taste is quite dry with lots of grassy, herbal leafy notes. The fruity brett flavors are less prevalent on the palate than on the nose and the flavor is more astringent. A little bit of lemon flavor and acidity provides a bit of tartness, but this beer isn't sour.

M-The body is medium in heft, but there is a lot of chunky carbonation that breaks things up.

O-This is a pretty nice effort and a nice-drinking saison. It looks and smells slightly better than it tastes, but once the carbonation dies down a bit, this makes for a good, interesting beer.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of crosenkrantz
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very light body. Aroma combines subtle brettanomices with citrus and herbal hops and a hint of smoke. Dry but not very dry, suitable for a saison, it has a strangely long sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy light pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that die down but consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of various yeast strains are present in the nose—brett seems to stand out in particular and contributes a bit of funk.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste mostly has flavors of yeast and some notes of funk imparted by the brett.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: This saison seems to be a little lighter in body compared to most of the other beers that I've had in the style so it might be something that is better suited for the summer months. The brett funk lends some complexity but is in no way strong or overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong Euro yeast, pale malt, slight citrus hops, hint of smoke, grass, and a hint of bacterial funk. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong Euro yeast, pale malt, slight citrus hops, hint of smoke, grass, and a hint of bacterial funk. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend; mostly smoky and grassy.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good saison, pours with a massive head, looks like dish soap. Beer is hazy and straw with light golden highlights. Smell is nice but restrained, yeast, citrus, clove and spice, grass/hay, and dough
Taste is also nice, had a slight tang at first but sort of fades. Spicy, lots of nice malt notes, like a spiced bread of sorts. Only qualm is its somewhat thin or bland. Great flavors but lacking an ummph.
Really smooth and easy drinking beer none the less.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Jan 2016, from Tin Bucket.

The first pour is clear as crystal and a large white head before the yeast adds a little haze. The nose is quite marvelous. With a bright, snappy, doughy and grainy malt base with a wonderful blend of saison yeast and Brett funk, this is fantastic. Lightly spicy, light white wine, a little bit of white pepper and some clove are present. The grain character is rather wheat-like. On the palate, this opens crisp and with a blend of grain and light tartness, a little bit of honey, along with grass, hay and mellow Brett funk. A definite wheat note is present here. Drying, crisp and refreshing on the finish, this is excellent stuff and brings to mind a Barrel-aged Four from Upright.

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Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jagada
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of simont1
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of hunteraw
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pants678
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden beer with one finger, white, high head.

Nose: Green apples, white bread, spices, belgian yeast and citrus.
Taste: Caramel, hops, floral notes and sweetness.
Medium body with light carbonation.

A refreshing, tasty and interesting beer!

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Photo of beergoot
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, yellow body; very aggressive carbonation; thin, bubbly head. Dull, funky aroma; grape and citrus; yeasty. Lemony flavor; somewhat sour and tart; apple cider. Medium body; coarse on the palate; tangy with an overall dry finish.

A basic, solid farmhouse ale. It exudes a tangy fruitiness and leaves you with a semi-intense pucker factor at the finish. Nothing bad, nothing amazing. Decent.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Degustasur. Ultrafoamy, requiring 2 pours. Light sour notes, dry finish. At the end of the bottle becomes strongly bitter and acidic. Rather dull and bland in flavors

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Photo of Latarnik
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woomThomas
3.04/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

When pouring the beer, you get a clear bright yellow color. The foam is white and somewhat thick. The foam has small bubbles and disappear at a leisurely pace, leaves small traces. The nose is fresh and tangy. A little sour tones then comes a little lemon and apricot. A little bit of white bread, noticeable yeast. A little funky. The taste is fresh and tangy. Fairly dry taste that has much lemon. Then comes a little apricot and some pepper. The taste is a bit sour, there is little light bread and a slightly fermented. Very carbonic acid, and towards the end it will a little pepper. Light body. Carbonation is high. Dry with high acidity.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank side-by-side with a glass of Saison Rue, the original non-Belgian crafter to use Brett prominently in a saison.
Saison Rue's recipe probably has had little change in ten years and Brekeriet Brillant was introduced probably five years ago. So, I got to thinking.... If the amount of Brett in these two ales indicates a trend, then saisons are becoming very Brett-like... But, Brillant makes me pucker a bit too much. I'd be curious to know if this Brett-trend is reducing how much people pair Brett-like saisons with food. I had Brilliant with soup. But, Saison Rue was the better pairing.

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Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 31 ratings