Thresher Coffee Saison
Burial Beer Co.

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Burial Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
3.85 | pDev: 8.83%
Jan 28, 2019
Aug 01, 2014
Very Good
Notes: Built from the ingenuity of North Carolina artisans, we utilize Riverbend Malt's barley and wheat and, for this season, we used Kushikamana, a Kenyan single-lot seasonal bean from Counter Culture Coffee to maintain the beer’s rich golden color. The exhibition of phenols from our farmhouse yeast meld perfectly with aromas of stone fruit, roasted nuts, and subtle coffee.
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3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Gajo74 from New York

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a ginormous foam head. The head retains really well and there is a creamy film throughout and lacing.
First impressions in the nose are of a coffee aroma. A light rustic funk is fleeting, yet, reminds us this is a Saison. Additional notes of fruity esters, citrus peel, bready malt, wheat, honey and peppery yeast phenols.
The coffee flavor is immediately detectable. Although it feels odd at first, it soon settles in with the other more traditional Saison like flavors. A clean and dry palate at first, begins to open up yielding peppery spices, wheat and light malty sweetness. Notes of citrus, lightly lemony, honey, dry crackery malt, bready and nutty. A mild hops profile yields low bitterness and moderate earthy flavors.
Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Moderately carbonated with a dry finish and a coffee linger.
A tasty Saison with the coffee providing a unique touch.

Jan 28, 2019
4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Jul 17, 2018
3.89 by clake from Vermont on Jul 12, 2018
3.9 by meatyard from Florida on Jun 09, 2018
3.87 by nwhittin from Indiana on May 27, 2018
3.94 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio on May 26, 2018
4.19 by juicebox from Kentucky on Apr 16, 2018
3.72 by Bum4ever from California on Jan 10, 2018
4.07 by weareallfalafel from Virginia on Jan 04, 2018
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Vidblain from Minnesota

Strangely enough, this has a predominately coffee-based flavor, with a golden ale backbone. The coffee is curious because it's almost like a sweetened coffee, not the standard roasty, toasted variety of coffee in stouts or porters.

This was a very unusual, unexpected sort of surprise. Great beer.

Dec 18, 2017
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3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

Received from @Dragginballs76 in NBS BIF #6 – thanks Michael!
16 oz can dated 8/31/17. Cellared and served at 50 degrees (Per can instructions) in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – An odd combination of coffee and yeast – not unpleasant, just odd. As it warms, the yeast recedes and the coffee takes over.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.3 cm, aggressive pour), off white, low density, fizzy, rapidly gone leaving a one to two mm partial ring fed by effervescence and a small island.
Lacing – None.
Body – Orange, opaque, short-lived effervescence.
Flavor – Again, odd. On first taste, the coffee is evident but is rapidly subdued by a mild saison-like fruity yeastiness. Actually, it’s necessary to take a sip every few minutes to remember the taste – it’s sort of peachy and very ephemeral. What you don’t taste are malt, alcohol, hops, or diacetyl.
Palate – Light, watery, soft carbonation.
Impression: The best description of this beer for me is “odd”. It certainly isn’t bad but on the other hand, I’m not going to drive to Asheville to pick up a case or two. Part of this is my limited tasting ability – upon looking it up I see “stone fruit” in a culinary term and doesn’t mean any specific fruit so peach may well be involved and I’m pretty sure cherries aren’t.
Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 4.

Dec 03, 2017
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4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

coffee in pale beer is becoming increasingly common, we see more and more of it all the time, but it is rarely saison. instead, its generic blondes and pales, kolsch types and pilseners. so cool so have these guys make a saison as the base for a specific coffee, it makes great sense, and the beer overall is absolutely incredible. one of our collective favorites from a very strong lineup this past weekend! the beer is real clear for a saison, pale pale brown from the coffee blended in, but super light still, just a few shades deeper from the java. the coffee is obviously of very fine quality, its got a strong chocolate and cascara aroma, i would guess a natural processed coffee based on that sort of cherry and tea element to it, but also earthen and roasty, full of minerals, berry notes, and just brilliantly compatible with the saison yeast, which is tame on the funkiness and more of a clean belgian type of ferment, i think fully appropriate for the coffee. its nutty and a little sweet for a second, flashes of dry wheat malt come and go, the bitterness of the coffee starts to ramp up, and the flavors really do climax in a wonderful complexity. the body is medium and the carbonation is high and the drinkability is infinite. its awesome to have coffee in a pale beer that actually has some character, and the quality and uniqueness of this specific coffee is on display here completely. incredible beer, as good as anything i have had from burial, which is really saying something, as they have quickly become one of my favorite operations out there. this one is not to be missed!

Nov 20, 2017
2.93 by baklo from North Carolina on Nov 09, 2017
Photo of darktronica
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by darktronica from Indiana

Quite an interesting experiment from Burial here, a coffee-steeped saison. On the whole, I'd call it successful but odd nonetheless. Very malty with a lot of biscuit and cracker; the coffee mainly comes through on the nose as an additional earthy element, although it seems to also add some nuttiness on the palate as well.

Nov 05, 2017
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3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is hazy amber yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that left specks of bubbles on the surface and the sides of the glass and a narrow collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Nutter Butter cookies are present in the nose along with hints of coffee.
T: The taste has flavors of nutty malts and wheat with subtle notes of coffee beans, the latter of which are most noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a unique take on a saison. The coffee—although subtle—seem to mellow out some of the aromas and flavors imparted by the yeast.

Serving type: can

Nov 05, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by aoampm from Hawaii

16 oz can poured into a pint glass. Canned 3 months ago.

Pours vibrant golden yellow. Nice head and plenty of carbonation.

Smell of vanilla and coffee.

Taste has coffee bean and vanilla. A little hop backbone in the background and an herbal spice to it.

Light and refreshing.

Overall a really nice beer!

Nov 04, 2017
4 by paulish from New York on Nov 01, 2017
4 by fosters9 from New York on Oct 11, 2017
4 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia on Oct 08, 2017
3.73 by scottspencer from Indiana on Oct 06, 2017
4.25 by AngusOg from North Carolina on Sep 26, 2017
Photo of Smakawhat
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Smakawhat from Maryland

Poured from the can into a tulip style glass. Canned … looks like August 31st 2017.

Bronze amber body, with some good clarity but mostly opaque with a bit of orange and chestnut brown glow. Head manages about two fingers, off white in color, with a good remaining collar on a simple dissolve. A bit of a galaxy sudsy top ring, continually getting populated through a good middle column of carbonation.

Coffee on the nose in a saison, sure there it is. Very nice, almost like a light bean and a milky roast quality which is quite enjoyable. Peanut shell like aroma and a bit of nut going on there. However, there's not much discernable saison character.

Palate makes for a nice ride. Light coffee with a touch of creamy nut flavors on first sip. Playful carbonation, but a little cutting and slightly fizzy bringing some wet character to the palate. Faint touches of grass and spicy herbs on the finish, aftertaste gets slightly sage and clove like mix. Little touches of caramel sweetness as well which go nicely with the coffee angle.

Neat tasting beer, not so much a memorable saison, but memorable coffee quality for sure.

Sep 25, 2017
4.19 by Damian74 from South Carolina on Sep 23, 2017
4.41 by HopsForBrains from North Carolina on Sep 17, 2017
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3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by dbrauneis from North Carolina

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate copper + golden yellow + mahogany colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that quickly reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Just shy of moderate aromas of lightly roasted coffee over the top of light aromas of pale + biscuit malts with a hint of light fruit (pear + green grape) sweetness and a light amount of spicy/peppery saison yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale + biscuit malts with a light amount of light fruit (pear + green grape) sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of light roasted cold press coffee and a light flavor of spicy/peppery saison yeast. There is a light amount of roasty bitterness which fades away pretty quickly leaving a light lingering coffee flavor in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with just shy of moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed the addition of the coffee to this saison and I thought the lighter roasted coffee paired nicely. Easy to drink and enjoyable with well hidden alcohol.

Sep 15, 2017
3.96 by jak from North Carolina on Sep 11, 2017
4.2 by TomMorris from Connecticut on Jun 28, 2017
4.27 by zimm421 from Ohio on May 06, 2017
Photo of Dragginballs76
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

Appearance - Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with nice tight off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Not much lacing at all.

Aroma - Smells amazing, cold coffee, I actually get a little peanut butter and biscuit. A slight floral aroma.

Taste - Taste is similar to the aroma but no peanut butter. More cold coffee with a mixture of coffee grounds. There is a little citrus flavor maybe some orange peel there, as well as some roasted malts.

Feel - Light side of medium smooth, slightly smoked dry finish.

Overall - A really well done beer, easy drinking very smooth and tasty.

Apr 27, 2017
3.98 by Zach136 from Georgia on Apr 21, 2017
Photo of FriedSlug
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by FriedSlug from North Carolina

A hazy, copper colored beer with an off white head that leaves no lacing. The aroma is a blast of of coffee with a touch of tartness and sweetness in the background. The taste is sightly tart with a massive amount of coffee. There is a pleasant sweetness and a nice bitterness at the end with a oaky dry finish. This is a quite unusual and tasty beer.

Nov 05, 2016
3.25 by chrisroarshack from Alaska on Aug 19, 2016
Photo of pathman
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by pathman from Ohio

Draft 7/24/16 @ Burial; brewed with coffee

Jul 24, 2016
3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Jul 03, 2016
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.28/5: What a strange pairing, and somehow it kind of works - more black coffee than saison, though

Apr 27, 2016
3.52 by Rifugium from North Dakota on Apr 26, 2016
4.25 by AGust82 from Connecticut on Apr 10, 2016
4 by Dave1999 from North Carolina on Feb 27, 2016
4.08 by aleckpa from North Carolina on Jan 22, 2016
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3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by chinchill from South Carolina

On tap at the brewery taproom. Listed as 5.5% ABV.

Pours very cloudy with the look of an unfiltered fruit juice. No head.

Aroma: fruity and yeasty with coffee.

Flavor: Way better than the aroma suggests. Mild bitterness and milder tartness. Good complexity. An unusual mix of flavors, for sure, but they blend together surprisingly well. After a few sips I really started to enjoy this weird beer.

Smooth, near medium body with low but perfectly adequate carbonation.

Overall: a tasty and highly distinctive saison.

Dec 30, 2015
Thresher Coffee Saison from Burial Beer Co.
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