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Pastoral | Door County Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Door County Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
It’s about your everyday man. The dirt underneath his fingernails is not just a constant but a comfort. He wakes and dawns with the sun, he farms his own land, and he brews his own beer. Not just any beer, a traditional Belgian style Farmhouse ale. In Door County, hard seasonal workers forged our heritage. Pastoral is a celebration of the seasons and the land—from farmhouses past to fields present. Both refreshing and dry, with hints of pepper, citrus and green grass, the recipe is not just about the beauty in simplicity but also the pride in tradition.

Added by allouez86 on 05-05-2014

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold under a 1” cream colored, persistent foam cap. S: Fruit, bread, light phenol, faint smoke and banana T: Very effervescent with banana, citrus, tropical, light bread crumbs, with a big bitter accent on the finish. The malt is medium light, the fruit is medium, the hop bitterness is medium to medium high. F: Medium light body, high to medium high carbonation with a light American lager feel. O: A refreshing, fruity, American saison. A touch high on the phenolics and the carbonation is a little fizzy.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.79/5  rDev -2.1%

Bottle sampled at Reefpoint in Racine, WI. Wasn't on the menu, thanks to AJ for the suggestion.

Into a pint glass it pours a hazy gold, with rapid carbonation and a compact head of white foam that has a somewhat creamy surface texture. Flecks of lace adhere to the glass after the first couple sips. 4

Aroma has some lightly phenolic esters, clove and yeastiness. It's fairly clean and not overly spicy or sweet thankfully, but it's fairly mild. 3.5

Taste has some clove and dried herb notes, yeasty and supple with ample carbonation. Again it's not overly spicy or sweet, unlike lesser American saisons. Clean and drinkable with food. No trace of "farmhouse funk" to speak of. Overall it's not bad, but lacks a certain uniqueness to return to it. 4/3.75/3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - A nice deep golden hazy straw color with a 2 finger fluffy white head. Nice retention that slowly came down; minimal lacing.

S - Fantastic aroma of sour citrus, lemon zest. Good amount of yeast with some straw and grass, light pepper spice with floral hops. Really like the smell.

T - Nice yeasts and grassy notes, follows with coriander, lemon zest, with slight funk. Hints of light spice with malt backbone. Finish is smooth with little bitterness.

M - Very rich and full mouthfeel, yet still has a lighter to medium body. Almost butter like smoothness.

O - This is a well crafted Saison and I'm excited what this brewery is doing in WI. I've had Ommegang, Stillwater, and Prairie Saisons; this one belongs up there with them.

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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Grassy, lemon, cloves, a little yeast, bread. Crisp and refreshing. I'll have to watch for more from Door County.

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3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Joel12
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong yeast, slight citrus, floral, slight sweet malt, pale malt, hint of alcohol, hint of hops, and a hint of clove. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong yeast, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of hops, floral notes, hint of pale malt, hint of clove, and slight grass. Overall, weaker appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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