Spruce
Propolis Brewing

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #861
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,502
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 6.6%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
33
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Propolis Brewing
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  1
SCORE
87
Very Good
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minterro from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2017 bottle

A&S: big fizzy white head that hangs round well and leaves lacing. Hazy yellow beer with some sediment. Very herbal in the aroma. Small amounts of lemon and spice.

T&M: not very powerful, but tasty. light citrus upfront. Earthy and peppery midtaste and some woodiness in the finish. Sharp, bubbly carbonation

Overall: In my opinion, not as good as the other beer I tried from them (Beltane), but not bad.

Mar 04, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2017 vintage, cork and cap bottle, fair price point, and one of the better of these beers i have had so far, although i think i like them all a little better in the bottles than the kegs, and i still think there is something weird about their fermentation profile that pops up in most of their beers. usually different is good for me, im tired of the same old saison and brett strains, so i appreciate the new here, and it does seem very wild and ambient, but i just dont love some of the flavor and acid it yields, and thats true in this one again. my buddy raved about it, i thought it was just good, the spruce is subtle, obvious and natural, but not at all over the top, herbal and botanical and fresh, but hardly a lead dog, to me the yeast is still what i smell and taste first and last. it does present itself as really mature, some light funk and some white wine vinegar type acidity, green apple and pear too, nice with the spruce, not all esters either, some genuine grape character to this. soft white pepper and a similar floral thing as i got in the elderflower one. its golden and bright and well carbonated, but i think i wanted it to be more rustic, not just from the yeast but from the spelt in here too, the malt base isnt as layered as it could be. maybe i am just being unnecessarily critical of good saison, but i was looking for a little more from this one...

Oct 18, 2018
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LeRose from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear gold color with a half inch of desne, while foam that lasts and clings.

It has a nice pine-like aroma that is not resinous. More green and leafy. Mild citrus, lightly peppered, and a honey note. There is a bitter bite following the taste.

The taste is light, very effervescent kind of champagne like, dry finish with lemon and pepper.

I actually like this beer, but I can't really score it highly. There is nothing about it, to me, that justifies a 4 other than overall where I tend to include how much I liked the beer. Overall, I enjoyed it.

Sep 27, 2017
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FondueVoodoo from Canada

3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: pours with a thin cap of slightly off white head over apple colour body. Streams of tiny bubbles slowly stream to the surface.

S: Forward notes of honey followed by biscuits. Hints of fresh pine needles together with floral notes and lychee sweetness.

T: Buttery biscuits, sweet honey and malts, mineral chalky water together with lemon and lime pith followed by medicinal herbal flavours. Finishes with lingering pine notes.

M: Medium bodied with creamy coating quality. Finishes dry and clean.

O: The spruce notes are less forward than expected, but this may be as it is somewhat young and those flavours could develop further. A solid saison with well integrated herbal notes that is very enjoyable and drinkable.

Jan 31, 2016
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Gus_13 from Mississippi

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice piney, sappy nose with hints of pepper a definite presence of the spruce. Floral and a touch of sweetness in the flavor that finishes with the piney spruce again. Mouthfeel is medium with medium to medium high carbonation. Bit of grain and almost a honey sweetness as it warms. This is drinking fantastic.

Jan 06, 2016
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ccrida from Oregon

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is clear gold with a white head leaving sticky lace.

Smell is fruity esters, a little caramel, and an odd herbal note. Lemony.

Taste is pretty strait forward saison, a little rustic graininess from the splelt. Can't say I would have identified Spruce

Mouthfeel is dry, but just a little maltiness.

Drinkability is pretty good, this is a solid saison, rustic style is not necessarily what I want to session, but a fair example.

Aug 08, 2014
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mactrail from Washington

3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Big foam-up in the Affligem chalice, but it settles down to a fine head. Lots of lacing and plenty of carbonation in the mouth. Aroma of cider.

Rather tart, with a lemon-lime taste. Warm and biscuity malt with a yellow cake flavor. Browned crackers and pear skins. A dry apple cider taste. Dark pomegranate tang. Oh, I forgot the spruce, but I don't taste anything like it. Perhaps a faint whiff of something woodsy.

This is a pleasant sudsy Saison but on the sharp side. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Community Co-op in Bellingham.

Jun 17, 2014
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JasonLovesBeer from Canada

3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased summer '13, I suppose by the bottle it's bottled Feb 13? Not sure if that's a date stamp or another code, but either way it's about a year of age, stored in a 55F cellar.

A: Apricot orange with nice head retention and lacing. Bottle conditioning did come through here.

S: Peppery spice, thick herbal quality, and orange sweet & citrus fruits. Mineral quality too.

T: Big mineral and herbal notes, the spruce tips advertised become quite evident towards the finish with a bit of a sap-like clingy-ness. Asides from that it's a nice, light Belgian style saison base.

M: Lively and light-bodied, enjoyable

O: I'm pretty pleased with this one, I am iffy on whether Propolis beers are worth what they cost but I may buy this one again.

Mar 18, 2014
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dirtylou from New York

3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, split, odell chalice

This was a nice beer - probably on the high end of the range out of what I've had from Propolis. The spruce isn't overdone and provides a nice green profile - mint, piney flavors. Orange body with a nice frothy white head.

Nov 11, 2013
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 3 Monts tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with active carbonation and a two finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of saison yeast, light bready malt, Belgian spicing; slight mineral component. The flavor is sweet bready malt, light saison leaning towards Belgian yeast, honey, light spruce, clove, lightly floral. Flavor begins mildly honey sweet and fruity, and quickly dries out to a more semi-sweet saison character, finishing with light Belgian spiciness, a hint of hops and a pleasant lingering floral taste. Nice flavor progression. Light to medium bodied with nice peppery active carbonation. One of the first Propolis brews, but I'm trying rather late. It has held up very nicely. I think some of the spruce flavoring may have faded in this, as it is rather subdued, although it does add a nice faint resiny note to the ale. Very nice, quality mild saison ales from this new brewery.

Sep 19, 2013
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harrymel from Washington

4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Feb 2013

Hazed golden with a fleeting soda pop white foam. Smells of belgian yeast, grain, clay, some peach meat, peppercorn, spruce, a touch of mint. Flavor is sweet breads, some mealy porky like flavors, some bitterness (probably from the tips), not too overdone, a ton of delicate flavors. I really like the flavors here. Full bodied with a velvety carb and a semi dry finish. A really nice beer, wish this wasn't one of those "once a year, we're so local and crafty and shit" beers. A real treat.

Jun 15, 2013
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 33 ratings