Free Spirit | Three Taverns Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
Three Taverns Craft Brewery
Georgia, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A farmhouse pale ale brewed in collaboration with Terrapin and 8wired. Limited release.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 33
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
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3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of WynnO
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jophish17
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of nmann08
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle, it pours a cloudy pale yellow, very carbonated, lots of active bubbles and a big fluffy white head.

The smell is barnyard floral and earthy, yeast, pepper, lemon, citrus hops, a little pineapple. The smell is all over the place, pretty unique. The flavor is more citrus, pineapple, tropical fruit, lemon, white pepper, yeast, light funk. Very carbonated, active in your mouth. I really like the flavor, pretty tasty.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an overly carbonated cloudy yellow with about 80% white head. The nose features lemon and farmhouse funk paired with citrusy hops and sourdough. The funk is tame on the taste with clean lemon notes, prickly carbonation, and a touch of clove and banana. Overall, the over carbonation detracts from the experience.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Pour is a hazed pale gold with lots of tight small bubbles head. Nose has a fair bit of nice yeast aromas, a touch of pepper, moderate dustiness, a fair amount of lemon and a spicy herbal hop. Taste has a more pronounced malt, yeast isn't quite as prevalent, slightly less dusty, light pepper, a hint of bread crust. Hops are stronger, spicy and herbal, light bitterness in finish. Light body, well carbonated, very refreshing!

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Photo of lillitnn92
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in the style of a Saison/Farmhouse Ale, available in 750ml. wax-sealed bottles an on limited draft. This is the third release of this beer, and the first featuring Three Taverns Craft Beers in place of Heavy Seas as the collaborating brewery.

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Slow gusher alert! Pours a frothy foam head of a pearl white color over a moderately hazy straw yellow body with ample, lively carbonation. Retention is excellent and lacing is light and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Aromas of cereal wheat, cracker malt, light pale syrups, some delicate honey and potent effervescent spices, coriander and white peppercorn. A light belgian-style yeast profile generates mellow fruit aromas, some delicate esters and a moderate dryness, but little funk or barnyard for this beer's aroma. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Wheat malts, cracker and pale syrups with a medium-full sweetness, paired with a light fruity yeast, generating a light spiciness, light banana and clove. A bit sweet overall, not too well balanced but enjoyable. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, chalky, moderately dry. Carbonation is strong, generating a light frothiness and a briskly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly sweet over spicy and phenolic. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) The saison impact of this beer seems a bit uninspired, with a considerable dominance of malt sweetness and candy syrups and an insignificant yeast profile to pair up with the beer. Drinkable and to some degree enjoyable, but I was hoping for more balance and yeast character in this beer. 3.5

Three Taverns Craft Brewery's
Free Spirit Farmhouse Pale Ale

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Highly effervescent, but an otherwise solid albeit uninspired saison, Free Spirit is sharp, almost aggressively crisp, with full load of coriander, some lemon-peel, and substantial pepperiness. There's a measure of bitterness that rides that dry, white-gold grains, but otherwise there isn't a ton of complexity to this ale, much less demonstrable liberty or notable wildness. Still, it's competent and drinkable—if slightly thin under its massive dose of foam.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ajdemma
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

A yellow wax topped 22oz bomber picked up at Green's on Buford HWY Sep, 2014

A - Blond yellow with 18 fingers of foam. Seriously, maybe it didn't finish fermentation..

A - Belgian candy yeast but not too sweet, not too funky. Woderful aroma. Probably the best part of this brew

T - A mild hopped belgian pale ale. Don't detect too much funk. Easy to drink and tasty

M - Well carbonated and medium bodied

O - A tasty brew for sure. But not knocked out of the park

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Photo of ColSanders123
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Yellow wax capped 750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.99. No dicernable bottling date but this was just released in the past couple months. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours a soft, hazy, straw gold with three and a half fingers of pillowy white fluff. Maintains a thin layer of head that deposits large cakes of lace.

Fairly simple nose of grass, yeast, slightly herbal and a touch of cracker.

Taste follows the nose. Bitter, grassy, hay, yeast, mildly fruity citrus, apple peel, faint honey and just a bit of cracker. Quite enjoyable and easy to drink.

Dry, light body with heavy carbonation. Finishes with grass, citrus peel and an herbal, hoppy bitterness.

Free Spirit drinks less like a farmhouse and more like a New Zealand hopped pale ale with a mild Belgian yeast. I've long been a fan of Terrapin's consistently solid work and this bolsters my growing respect for Three Taverns as well. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zach136
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Medium clarity ligt yellow, with a great big fluffy head and excellent lacing.

Aroma: Big fruit hop character, with a background of yeast aroma. Not yeast ester, like the aroma of popping a vial of white labs.

Flavor: Fruity guava, cantalope and citrus peel hop flavor. I'm going to guess the NZ hop is Nelson. Peppery yeast character. Malt bill is pretty neutral.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing

Overall: One of the better collaborations. Ever. Period.

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Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of DerekCarruth
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Halluxone
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of DerrickW
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of dbrelsfo
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of rickcrip76
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Free Spirit from Three Taverns Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 33 ratings