Beltane Herbal Golden | Propolis Brewing

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Beltane Herbal GoldenBeltane Herbal Golden

Brewed by:
Propolis Brewing
Washington, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by LiquidAmber on 07-02-2013

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Reviews by tectactoe:
Photo of tectactoe
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Fogindex
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MitchB2
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of AleHunter805
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whatup14
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of MartzMimic
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of T_Hass
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mantissa
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cvm4
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of JNForsyth
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jtrigonis
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gruss004
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scottfrie
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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Beltane Herbal Golden from Propolis Brewing
4.14 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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