Blade & Sheath
Burial Beer Co.

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #509
ABV:
6%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,887
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 5.99%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
80
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Burial Beer Co.
 
North Carolina, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Blade & SheathBlade & Sheath
Notes: An American Farmhouse Ale, Blade and Sheath is brewed with a rustic malt bill of flaked oats and wheat and intensely hopped.
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puck1225 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent saison in the tradition of Saison Du Pont. It was an excellent compliment to the cheese board my wife and I enjoyed at the Looking Glass Creamery.

Poured from a can into a shaker pint. Hazy bright yellow color with fluffy white initial head and excellent curtain lacing. Wonderful fruity and yeast smell and taste. Nice rye spice with lemon, orange and candied lemon rind. Very nice beer!

Jul 08, 2021
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden color, some transparency, but with a white cap after the moderate head fades. The lacing is small bubble, and leaves lines of bubbles across the grass.

S - Big nose of banana and spice, with a barnyard bit of funk beneath.

T - The banana carries forward, bread maltiness, pungent yeasty funk, and a sour and bitter bite in the finish.

M - The pour is moderately carbonated, moderate weight, and a dry close.

O - A solid Saison that brings some Hefe aspects with the banana notes. Tasty.

May 11, 2021
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours golden with slight haze and a white head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has a strong spicy aroma with citrus, dough, and some earthen elements. There are some peppery elements with low grape.

Taste: It has orange and grape flavors with plenty of spice and dough. There are some earthly elements and pepper.

Feel: It has a medium light body with a dry aftertaste.

Overall, it's got plenty of flavor and aromas with the classic dry finish.

May 08, 2021
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can 03/08/21, a clear golden orange with minimal head. Minimal head...sadness. Aroma of yeast, spices, maybe some banana. Taste is right in line, very Belgian-esq, doughy rounded finish. Carbonation medium, feel is a touch sharp as is expected with the style. Overall, worth a go.

May 01, 2021
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 12 oz can from the Blue Door Bottleshop in Hendersonville 4-5-21 for $2.50. Indistinguishable can date; consumed 4-16-21.

Beer poured a deep gold-orange with a smallish head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is pilsner malts forward with a small nuance of saison yeast phenols hay.

Taste is malt forward sweetness balanced by a nice dry hop. There is an ever so slight touch of hay and barnyard but not much influence in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and just kind of there. Expecting more lightness around it.

Overall the base saison nose and taste are pretty well done but kind of lacks the phenolic flavor impartation in most i have had in this style.

Apr 16, 2021
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bret27 from California

4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can courtesy of BellsRinger. 1 month old.
Inscribed “welcome relapse”. Wtf? Alcoholism is not a joke.
L: mostly clear golden with a slight haze, with a very fluffy head and lacing.
S: earthy, bananas, clove, floral. Perhaps a bit of horsey barnyard notes.
T: banana/clove, earthy, little spicy on the finish. Slightly sweet.
F: full with dry finish.
Overall: solid saison. Not crazy but checks all the boxes. Always appreciate a saison.

Aug 13, 2020
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden filtered with 3 fingers of white head.

Smells of phenols, coriander and lemon.

The taste follows the nose.

Light body with moderate carbonation.

Drinking it in Redding July 19th, 2020.

Jul 20, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light clear golden color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has stone fruit, citrus zest and white peppercorn hints
The taste follows the nose with a nice stone fruit, citrus zest and white peppercorn flavor
A light bodied very well carbonated beer
A good easy drinking slightly spicy Saison

May 10, 2020
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really spicy aroma and the taste is a really nice blend of the Belgian yeasty notes, hops and a really pronounced grain bill. I think they blended this beer very well. At only 6% it actually feels heavier with such robust flavors and body. Highly recommend.

Aug 07, 2019
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

3.24/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours up a pale yellow with a white, one-finger, watery, soapy head mild lacing.
S: Very green, some mango and stonefruit and a touch of graininess (might be some diacetyl happening here, but I'm not an expert so no penalty for that).
T: Immediately quite fruity, and a little tart, with an estery quality blending in nicely with the rest of the elements at play, a floral character is present as well, also a touch of lime
M: this beer suffers for being smooth, not nearly dry enough and undercarbonated.
O: It's fine, not for me but it's fine, it's a fucking godsend to see someone making a saison that's not just a sour by another name.

May 24, 2019
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 5/5/18. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden with lots of bubbles swirling and racing upwards; fluffy eggshell white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are nice, but subtle. Some banana and bubblegum leading the way. Yeast and malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. It's clean, crisp and refreshing. More banana and bubblegum. Some lemon in the mix. Subtle hints of black pepper. Yeast and malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid saison. It's basically a classic and traditional example of the style. It's not a hopped up version. It's enjoyable and fun to drink.

Jun 13, 2018
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hopalongcassidy2 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For a Saison in a can, this is quite nice. It is a bit hoppy for a saison (more so than Hennepin or Saison Dupont), slightly sour and with a bit of a spicy finish. It doesn't have the depth of character to deserve a "5", but definitely hits a lot of the right notes. And they fact the that it comes in 12 oz cans at a reasonable price is a plus.

Jun 10, 2018
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wedge from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

PKGD 09/26/17

Hazy pale gold with a frothy milky white head that sticks pretty well. Peppery floral aromas over doughy yeast...hay, citrus peels, pear, and faint bubblegum. Hoppy Belgian flavors: peppery yeast, grass, melon, lime, and flowers. Crisp medium body with fluffy carbonation. Really enjoyable.

Nov 13, 2017
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a relatively clear pale to medium yellow in color with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy + biscuit malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. There are moderate aromas of herbal + grassy + earthy hops and a light to moderate amount of slightly peppery saison yeast.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of grainy, wheat, and biscuit malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by just shy of moderate flavors of slightly peppery saison yeast. Finally there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of herbal + grassy + earthy hops which contribute a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: A really well constructed farmhouse ale with a rustic malt bill and very pleasant hoppy flavors that match well with the malts + yeast. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and one that I would be happy to drink again.

Sep 06, 2017
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Gavage from Nevada

4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a hazy golden yellow color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Loads of lace on the glass.

Smell: light pepper, yeast, and grass comes through in the aroma.

Taste: grass, crackers, lemon zest, pears, golden apples, cracked pepper, yeast, and a hint of funk. Bitterness is decent.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a nicely refreshing farmhouse ale that is complex yet satisfying.

Jun 25, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer makes me think of the sexy side of sheath. Very sexy beer. Saison finale, femme fatale.

A) Pours a pale hazed gold. Dense, 3 finger, creamy head, leaving wash of delicate lacing over a steady filmy cap. Sexy looking.

S) Aroma is fainter than most farm saison: grassy, herbal and dry, earthy with less up-your-nose yeasty esters, and more greenhouse, flower store botanicals.
T Taste is more abundant: hoppy, grassy, with fall apple orchard, dried wildflower and botanicals, and peppery long, food-friendly finish.
F) Medium with a creamy feel that see-saws into dry floral, pepper, bone dry saison finale.
O) Try 24. makes me want to try all from the brewer.

Jun 20, 2017
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light and hazy, nice barnyard funk, aroma of vanilla, sweet breads, creamy taste, buttery , white foam head, carbonation, stringy lacing, nice solid brew.

May 26, 2017
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: A beautiful looking, opaque, hazy, bright golden yellow color with a billowing two finger head of satin white foam that retains well and laces the glass exceptionally.

Aroma: Yeasty notes of banana, coconut, coriander, bitter lemon pith, white pepper and bubblegum.

Taste: Quite floral with a bittersweet barnyard note to it upfront. Grassy notes of spicy white pepper, tart lemongrass, bitter orange rind and sweet cilantro take centre stage, complemented by flavors of banana cream, hints of dried grains and the faintest notions of tepid vanilla and bubblegum. Flavors are predominantly dry, yet bittersweet. There is a lingering biscuity quality to the ale, but it only reveals itself on the aftertaste, after the initial flavors subside; giving the beer a nice, long finish.

Feel: Mid-light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Not watery, or overtly thick. Very thirst quenching.

Overall: Not my favorite from Burial, but a solid Saison. Serve slightly chilled, just below room temperature for best results, as I have noted drinking this ice cold dulls a lot of the flavor and sort of ruins the taste. The beer really develops and evolves as it warms.

Rating: [A-] Excellent. 4.15/5

May 26, 2017
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EMH73 from New York

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with an inch and a half fluffy white head that left decent lacing. Smells and tastes of cloves, pepper, banana,grass, sweet apples, spices and a floral note. Light bodied, well carbonated, slightly dry mouth feel. Well done farmhouse ale.

May 17, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Odell new fangled glassware type. The appearance is hazy pear colored, with a lovely white fluffy head on top of 3 fingers.

Aromas of clove, pepper, spice, bananas, apples, and pear.

Extremely tasty with lushious golden apples at the front, followed by white pepper, wildflowers, yeast, banana, clove, and spices. A touch of garlic and phenolics finish out the profile.

Feel is extremely carbonated, yet still creamy, and ends dry. Perfect.

Overall, this is a kick ass Saison. I highly recommend it.

Apr 05, 2017
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one Wil!
Canned 11/28/2016

Pale pastel gold, hazy with some micro floaties. Dense creamy head, halo of delicate lacing.

Aroma is herbal and dry, earthy with understated saison yeast that thankfully isn't heavy on clove or bubblegum. Light botanicals, herbal and grassy from the whirlpool/dry-hop.

Taste is more noticeably hoppy, some dried wildflower and botanical notes, peppery.
Medium bodied with a creamy feel and ample carbonation, dries up and fades instantly on the palate, leaving behind dry floral/pepper notes. Overall this is a nice bone dry saison, in the Wallonian tradition as they claim. Gotta love that ampersand.

Mar 24, 2017
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nick_perry from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow appearance. Grassy aroma reminds me of walking through a garden. Grassy and tart up front, followed by a tart, yeasty, peppery quality. Dry, carbonated finish.

Mar 11, 2017
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can - Harry's Farmers Market (Whole Foods) in Marietta, Georgia.

#birdsofprey 11/28/16.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, soft pale yellow body with a smallish, thinning, white head. Lacing remains modestly light.

Smell: Rustic, lightly grainy-scented maltiness with fruity hints of pineapple, minerally white wine, faint citrus and sour apple, as well as notes of white pepper, chewing gum and 'nanas.

Taste: Pepper-coated sans-salt saltine crackers, quite dry with a crisp graininess. Sustained piquant peppery accent, very light touches of florals, soap suds. Fruity hints are compressed and accordioned together, running through the aforementioned fruits in the aroma. Stays rather spicy and lightly bitter through the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: Pretty decent, pleasingly dry saison.

Feb 05, 2017
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Billolick from New York

3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, 11/28/16 on the bottom

Pours pale and dull yellowy in color, heavily hazed, lasty fluffy off white cap, leaves some slippery lacing.

On the nose its ginger and pungent soap, along with a back note of yeasty zest.

Light and easy drinking, I get more ginger on the palate, again some soapy coriander shining through, yeasty and zesty, crackery malts all through this one...quality and enjoyable saison/farmhouse style offering

Jan 22, 2017
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 11/28/16 and enjoyed on 1/7/16. Poured from a can into a D'Achouffe tulip. Pours very hazy and light gold in color with 2 fingers of fine white head. Average retention. Very herbal nose. Lots of lemon, sage, and pepper.

Medium-light body with a balanced, peppery flavor. Dry crackers up front, a little graininess, then at mid-palate it gets very lemony and a little musty. The lemon is not grating or bitter, and carries to the finish along with some tea and pepper. The flavor doesn't linger for long. Overall, a nice Saison. Traditional in flavor, but with some definite American touches.

Jan 09, 2017
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 80 ratings