Frères - Bangers & Lace | Une Année

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Une Année
Illinois, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This India Saison is brewed in collaboration with Bangers & Lace, our brothers behind the bar, helping to promote great beer.

Added by Stoutfan23DJ on 04-07-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by joe1510:
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4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Prisco's Fine Foods - Aurora

Well, the looks certainly step in line with its Belgian brethren. A pale straw golden liquid is simply a pedestal for a bulbous, craggy, bubbled head of immense proportions. Lace clings to the glass that will have to be forcibly removed. Carbonation rushes to the surface from every point of the glass, very champagne-like. They nailed it in the looks department.

The nose kicks off with a ton of drying grass. Peach is bigger than in most saisons and accompanied by that musty green apple I appreciate so much. Orange plays a hearty role thanks to the unique hopping. Bright wildflowers along with moderate herbals balance out that grassiness. There's even a touch of spiciness along the lines of white pepper. The malt is pale and adds a soft sugar cookie character. The grassiness is much more pronounced than in most saisons and I dig it.

I'm assaulted, in the best possible way, by grass with the first drink. The sugar cookie sweetness, though faint, picks up immediately and lasts throughout with each gulp. Mid palate, while the grass is still dominant, busts of lively orange, peach, and green apple pick up with a wash of mustiness. There's a hard water minerality that works well and a quick flash of herbals. The finish is fruity and grassy with the grass lingering long after each drink. Count me as a fan.

The mouthfeel mimics some of the best of the style extremely well. The effervescence is prickly but not overly aggressive. Thanks to that hefty carbonation the moderately-light body has a frothiness that fits well, though not quite as airy as the best of the bunch. What really sets this saison apart is the buzzsaw grassy bitterness on the finish that's accentuated by a Sahara-like dryness. Well done dry, bitter beers are right up my alley. I can't drink this guy fast enough but I can tell the palate is getting a little fried already.

This Bangers & Lace Collaboration is one worth picking up and even seeking out. It's a tremendously well made American saison with an aggressive grassy bitterness that eats you up with each drink. It's frothy, fruity, light bodied, easy drinking, hoppy, and dry; all things a saison should be in my opinion. Two thumbs up.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Huge head, around three fingers of bubbly head which only slightly dissipated and was present while drinking. Massively active carbonation while drinking. Straw yellow color with some accents of orange.

Smell: Rustic grassiness and herbal fruits greet the drinker. Slightly funky yeast with accents of mixed spices. Bananas, straw, and cloves are welcome additions on the body.

Taste: Earthy hop tones greet the drinker. Bready yeast tones warm up on the body with some continuing fruity tones with an definite limey sourness. The sourness comes off kind of like a Berliner Weiss. Grassy herbal tones definitely highlight the back end and linger after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Moderate amount of sourness with hop tones that contribute to the overall dryness. Carbonation is pushing the limits of going over the top.

Overall: A nice hybrid saison from Une Annee. Hoppiness is definitely a rustic grassiness with herbal fruits which fits well in a saison. A very well executed beer.

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Frères - Bangers & Lace from Une Année
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 21 ratings