Blade & Sheath
Burial Beer Co.

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #504
Ranked #10,554
4 | pDev: 6.25%
Burial Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States
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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Photo of VABA
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of bubseymour
4.4/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.24/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of hopalongcassidy2
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of wedge
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.36/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Act25
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of EMH73
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.28/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of nick_perry
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
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

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a cool beer from these guys, who may now hold the title for most intricate and awesome can art in the game. the beer in the can is good though too, a hoppy yeast driven cleaner saison, very american style as they go, but with a little bit of rustic funk in the yeast profile, although much more of a belgian strain i would think. the hops are both floral and bitter, and they flavor the beer from start to finish. some white wine and pepper notes on this from the yeast, and a thick fluffy wheaty base that gives this substance and a creamy texture, as well as a fresh cereal complexion thats a little more forward than it normally is in saison. there are some serious chunks of sediment in here though, and while the beer tastes clean and feels dry and all that, what is actually in suspension here is quite another story. turbid and even congealed it places, its not the nicest, but it hardly ruins the beer for me. this is sort of what american saison has become, like a grainy hoppy pale with some belgian or french yeast in it, quite different than what we expect from the wild brewers and the old world makers of the style, but there is a place for beers like this i think, as far as it is from traditional.

edit: raising some scores on this one, just had a can with a few months on it, seems to have matured in a cool way, drier than i remember from the first time, way more energetic on the carbonation, and cleaner to me, less of an estery thing, still not funky, but more interesting, more french maybe, and fresh and hoppy and crisp at the end, almost lager-esque. when ice cold there is no limit to how many cans of this i want to drink...

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours cloudy yellowish color with thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving spotty bands of lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Banana, clove, yeast, hay, little but of farmhouse funk.

Taste - The spiciness stands out in the flavor, little bit of hoppiness, slightly floral with hints of banana. The flavors are well balanced very tasty nothing too strong and overpowering.

Feel - Lighter body, well carbonated, clean crisp feel.

Overall - I really liked this beer, it was the first saison I have had from Burial and the flavors blend well and the feel is great.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A hazy pale gold brew with a bright white head that leaves a few bands of lacing behind. The aroma is banana, clove and bubblegum with some yeast and floral notes. The taste is lightly sweet with a bit of banana, green apple and spiciness. Nice light, dry beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku pint. Bottom of can says 11/28/2016.

A- Pours a hazy medium amber color with a full inch of off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Nice yeast aroma that leans toward the banana/bubblegum side of things. Really clean and floral though.

T- Taste mimics the smell with plenty of spicy yeast characteristic and a bit of complementary hop presence. Extremely drinkable and refreshing.

M- A bit milky with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- This is probably the best saison I've had from Burial thus far, and they've made a ton of them. Usually they all end up tasting too similar but this one stands out as a hoppier, brighter take on the style that I'm really digging.

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Photo of fcbaker49
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Murky golden from the brewery tap, with lacy white head. Aroma spicy and peppery. Taste is crisp bitter with a bit of funk. An easy drink and a pleasant one!

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