Beltane Herbal Golden
Propolis Brewing

Beltane Herbal GoldenBeltane Herbal Golden
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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
4.1 | pDev: 7.07%
Propolis Brewing
Washington, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Beltane Herbal GoldenBeltane Herbal Golden
Notes: Elderflower Saison with Brett. Spring floral nose, citrus notes of tangerine, pineapple and tropical fruit golden straw hue, light buttery - creamy body with rustic honey tartness bright floral highlights, crisp and dry finish.
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minterro from Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Hazel's in Boulder. 2018 bottle.

A&S: appearance is hazy yellow with hints of orange. It's white colored head dies fairly quickly. Very sharp tart aroma when the beer is poured but it dies quicker than expected even with swirling the beer. Some mild sweetness.

T&M: Tart brett in the taste, that is a little more subdued than the aroma. Mid-taste is tropical with limes and a little pepper. Mellow fruitiness and musty in the finish. Carbonated, and more creaminess than I expect.

I really like the concept of this brewery, the bottle design, and the beer. A great beer for the price too ~7.5. In my option a very underrated beer. I would imagine this would pair very nicely with meat and cheese platters. One of the better beers I have had this year.

Mar 02, 2020
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flagmantho from Washington

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 375mL corked bottle into a tulip. This is the 2018 Beltane, clocking in at 7.5% ABV.

Appearance: light golden hue with just a little bit of haze and a thin finger of frothy ivory foam atop. Not bad.

Smell: sweetish aroma with subtle hints of honey; the funk is nice but not overpowering, with just a tiny hint of sourness. Subtle and interesting -- I like it.

Taste: light, floral, a little bit sour and a little bit sweet; the flavors work together to create a nice candylike total picture. This is a delightful beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this beer is subtle but flavorful; interesting yet approachable. It's good, and drinkable. I dig it.

Nov 18, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i had higher hopes for this one. a funky saison type with elderflower. it was on tap down at jakes in littleton, and it was somewhat unimpressive, although i do have a bottle in the cellar as well, so hopefully it will be better in that format. i was surprised to see it sort of light copper colored from the tap, clear too, doesnt looks like a saison to me, maltier and less rugged than i was expecting visually. there is some young smelling brett in the nose, a botanical bitterness from the elderflower, and some light crystal type malt or even a caramelized wheat in there, pleasant but really simple, nowhere near as interesting or terroir-forward as i was hoping it would be. the flavor is similarly bland to me, a little vinegar acidity in the front, less developed brettiness than i should have, and little more than a delicate bitter from the elderflower, perhaps a note of honey to it in the middle, and a bit of body from the malts. lightly piquant and with some mellow fruitiness, peach and white grape come to mind. it tastes young to me, like i am going to wait awhile to open the bottle i have, hopefully it grows up a little bit, this didnt live up to my expectation. still, i am excited to have these guys in the market now and i hope to see a bit more of it on draft around town...

edit: just popped a 2018 bottle of this, and while i do like it a little better in the bottle than from the keg (which has been true of almost all of the propolis stuff so far in my experience), its still not as good as i want it to be. a nice bitter pop from the elderflower, better carbonation and freshness, almost uplifting in this format, but the fermentation profile still leaves a little something to be desired. its unique, but its not quite mature and refined in the way i want it to be, although i respect it for being wild. my buddy thought this was epic, i just thought it was a minor improvement over the draft...

May 07, 2018
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Pencible from Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at SAVOR 2017. This was nice and clean and crisp, with some funky horse blanket. It had a smooth finish and good character, but there was nothing special about it.

Dec 28, 2017
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scottfrie from California

4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beltane 750ml bottle into tulip. 2015 label date.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden straw color beneath an absolutely billowing and frothy bright white head. The volatile head really foamed up in my glass despite a fairly soft pour. Very active carbonation kept the four finger thick head intact for long enough that I had to start swirling the glass to get it to collapse. A nice dense dollop of melted vanilla ice-cream sat on the liquid from then on. The lacing on this beer wasn’t so much lace as it was a thick sheet of foam coating the entire inside of my glass. How this bottle didn’t explode when I pulled the cork is beyond me, but I’ll take it. This beer sure looks awesome poured into a glass.
S: Complex and bright nose full of pineapple brett, green apple, and musty earth. There’s a good does of peppery spice as well as a pleasant twiggy sort of green foresty and floral aroma.
T: I get flavors of crisp wheat beneath bright flavors of lime zest, kumquat, slight pineapple, earthy spices, and musty brett. There’s a subtle floral character throughout, along with a funky barnyard brett quality that I know when I taste it but have always had trouble describing. The finish is full of elderflower and lingering peppery and earthy spice, with a hint of green apple and honey in the aftertaste. There is very subtle tartness that sits behind the scenes and only surfaces every other sip, but it adds a nice layer of complexity to both the mouthfeel and flavor.
M: The carbonation is ample but soft, like a fuzzy blanket that wraps around my tongue. Medium-light body, smooth and drying mouthfeel with a pleasant crispness. This is exceptionally easy to drink because it is both velvety smooth but also crisp and drying. I could sip this all day.
O: An exceptional saison pushing into HF, SARA, or Fantome (on a good day) territory. This was a pleasure to drink, and I’ll definitely need to check out more from Propolis soon.

Jul 09, 2016
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: 2015
Palate Contaminants: a chunk of meat for dinner

The look is a light, hazy gold with plenty of fine white foam.

Smell honeycomb and berries, mostly blackberry. It's mostly sweet (common) and savory (not common) on the nose.

Tastes is thin at first, but then the flavors rise up as it warms up. It has more malt flavor than I expected, and it's pretty thick. The honey gives way to a more savory similar flavor, maybe honey butter. Plus there is a non-sweet apple flavor. After all that, I still have to say that the dominant flavor is floral. And the dominant taste is bitter. So many unexpected things going on with this one. (It would go really well with some soft cheese, too.)

Feel is pretty thick and smooth. The good tastes linger quite a bit, so the aftertaste is really enjoyable.

May 22, 2016
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Uncle_Jimmy from California

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale golden color with little to no head. It remains thin and doesn't lace down the glass

Smell- great sort of vinegar and sour dough bread tang in the nose

Taste- strawberry and melon with a little bit of raspberry tartness. Hope take a bit of a back seat on this one.

Feel- nice and dry cleans up the palate well I would love to sample this with a cream Brie cheese or even a cream cheese icing.

Overall- I think this thing taste great. Tasting it side by side with Logsdon Siezon Bretta and it is the winner hands down. It's dry crisp and refreshing. Has a good tartness I think it could hold its own against heavy smoked foods and creamy soft cheeses.

Mar 14, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage. 7.5% ABV per the label.

Pours a hazy light gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is slightly sour with grain, floral, citrus fruit, tropical fruit, Brett, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour citrus fruit, tropical fruit, floral, earth, Brett, and funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with fantastic floral and Brett characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Mar 09, 2016
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GRG1313 from California

4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the best looking beers when poured I've ever seen. We couldn't stop talking about it. The rich, thick, creamy pure white head seemed to last forever and was just beautiful.

Nose, flavor profile and finish all excellent and full of unique character, worth the taste.

Nov 20, 2015
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MitchB2 from California

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this one is interesting.

Smell - yeasty, tart, and sweet. Smells sweeter than it tastes.

Taste - Starts simple but gets a lot more complex, a little bit funky in the middle with lots of different flavors at the end.

Definitely worth trying.

Poured from a 2015 bottle. No specific date on the bottle.
Purchased directly from Propolis at the Ballard Farmers Market.

Aug 01, 2015
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

'15 bottle. Rich yellow gold with a little haze and a finger of white head. Sweet floral notes, some wet grass, a slight touch of mint, a little honey sweetness. Very nice so far..

More acidic than I anticipated with apple and other light orchard fruits, white wine, nice herbal-floral notes, and a light bitterness in the fairly dry finish. Medium body, low+, very fine carbonation that has a slight prickle to it.

Apr 19, 2015
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beermeplz from California

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not a huge fan of saisons, but I enjoyed this one. Some other brett saisons that I've tried have an astringent, almost rubbery, taste and smell, but this one is altogether pleasant. The tartness is well balanced by a subtle sweetness. Light and refreshing.

Mar 22, 2015
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cvm4 from Mississippi

4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2013

L - Pours a wheat colored body with a golden hue. The paper white head is two plus fingers and has small, medium and large bubbles all around.

S - Like walking through a garden that is blooming. Definitely floral, herbal, honey, banana esters and clove. Very interesting and unique.

T - Some clove and bread at first. Floral elements come after like flower pedals and light honey as well as a grassy nature. It's like the sunrise on a flower bed that's burning off the overnight dew. Not overpowering in the floral/herbal department, but very well balanced.

F - Light bodied and high carbonation. Crisp to drink.

O - If you want a floral & herbal bomb, this is it. And that's not a bad thing. I really dug it.

Jan 14, 2015
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tectactoe from Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Kevin for this West Coast mystery. Golden wheat and amber waves of grain with a super duper fuzzy and bone-white head that bubbles away and spreads out to form a fairly thick collar around the circumference of the beer. A decent amount of lacing is left on the glass at first, but it only lasts for a few minutes before it drips down and disappears.

Oh, wow. I bring my nose up to this one and it's like walking through a botanical garden in the springtime, wisping through patches of flowers and fresh-cut grass. Super floral and garden-y... must be the elderflower, though I can't say that I would be able to discern flower from flower had I not been told. The back side has some minty clove and zesty clumps of saison yeast for balance, a nice way to finish this Garden of Eden.

Believe it or not, the yeast is the first attacker of the tongue with each sip; good bouts of bubblegum, bread, and light clove. The florals are still heavy, though, bouncing in and out with wet stems, grass, and flower pedals. Fresh, crisp, and tasting like a springtime afternoon in the middle of a dew-soaked field. I cannot overstate the floral essence of this one.

The pureness of this beer is something to behold, but that doesn't necessarily make it the tastiest thing ever. The first few ounces were a nice change of pace - a super grassy and floral saison with a decent backing of gummy yeast. But palate fatigue becomes an issue here and the flowers will start to wear and cut your palate rather quickly. Not a huge problem as the bottle was split five ways, but taking down a bomber solo could be difficult.

It feels pretty good for a saison, medium-heavy in body with quite a bit of carbonation that gives an uplifting and snappy mouth feel. Like a liquid field of flowers bottled up and poured into your glass. Definitely an interesting and tasty beer, but beware - if you plan on tackling this entire bottle on your own, you might want to pace yourself, as the raw grassiness gets a little tiring.

Sep 03, 2013
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harrymel from Washington

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled May, 2013

Pours a slightly hazy golden ale with a solid sheet of fine whites atop. Nose carries banana, some clove, a bit of honey, the elderflowers adverted on the label, some wood and belgian ale yeast, slightly sweet malts. Flavor is delicate and tasty with nice bread on biscuit malt, some bitterness, a little bit more elderflower, a slight sweetness from the yeast character and some other tones I just can't quite get a handle on; maybe a touch of clove. Medium fluffy body with a fine low carb and a semi dry finish. A tasty beer, one I'd like to have again. That's 2 for 2 for me from this brewery.

Jul 03, 2013
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a hazy medium golden amber with a half finger off white head with good retention and light lacing. A very pleasant aroma of sweet malt, tropical and stone fruit, Belgian yeast; mildly floral. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, light citrus, cardamom and cloves, hints of honey; finishes drier with spicy, herbal and floral notes. Flavors are somewhat mild, but well balanced and interesting. Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation. A hard ale to fit to style, but closest to a saison blended with a tripel, but slightly sweeter in the start. This smelled delicious and tasted great. I wanted to know more about the herbal ingredients after trying this. Very well made and I will be watching for other ales from this brewery. I really like this. I've entered this as a saison / farmhouse because of the light rustic body, but this crosses boundaries between Belgian pale, saison and herbal ales.

Jul 02, 2013
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