Spruce | Propolis Brewing

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Propolis Brewing
Washington, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by harrymel on 06-15-2013

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by mactrail:
Photo of mactrail
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tuckersmth
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dirtylou
3.91/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liquorpig
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of LeRose
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Whatup14
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of NWHopinator
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of harrymel
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of BDeibs
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexFields
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gus_13
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Bnoise11
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of grittybrews
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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Spruce from Propolis Brewing
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 30 ratings
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