Short Pump Saison
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
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3.79 | pDev: 12.66%
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
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bigbluebeerguy from Kentucky

2.84/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The first clue was the $6 price tag for a 25oz bottle. The second was the color. The third and final clue came when I brought the glass to my nose. This was no normal saison. In fact, I don't think it's a saison at all. Weirdly fruity, abnormally sweet, and only vague funkiness associated with the style. Oddly medicinal and 100% undrinkable. Maybe it was already old when I bought it, but I can't imagine it being appreciably better when fresh. Drain pour.

Sep 29, 2015
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SStein from Colorado

3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky orange, with a thick head that fades into decent lacing. The smell is very wheats, but lacking funk for the saison. Slight spice with citrus in the taste. Slight carbonation.

Aug 01, 2015
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oldn00b from Virginia

2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty, dark orange. Deeper colors than expected for a saison. Carbonation is looser than expected but pours a nice head with a little retention.

Nose is lacking the typical funk I expect from a saison.

The spice on this is nice and the hop is welcomed but that's about it. There is not much complexity to this.

There is not much body to this one. It's light, refreshing, but forgettable.

Jul 20, 2015
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bubseymour from Maryland

3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange and murky. Sweet bready smell. Taste is not quite what I'm looking for in a saison. It's spicy, dry and very bitter finish. Not much else really. Still ok and drinkable but not a top notch saison.

Jun 19, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy yellowish orange with white head. Funk, light fruits, spice, and bready wheat on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a slightly sweet and funky note.

Apr 09, 2015
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JayQue from Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bit lacking as a traditional Saison , but a very tasty and well crafted beer. Pours a hazy dark orange with a huge antique white head. Smell is sweet bready malt with some piney hops. Taste is sweet malts up front with some spices, followe by a piney hops finish. Not much in the way of Belgian yeast or funk. It is, however a big robust flavor. Mouthfeel is rich with a nice balance between malt and hops.

I would drink this one again, just not when in the mood for a traditional funky Saison.

Mar 16, 2015
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TappaKeggaBrew from Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, light copper, with a 2-finger head that lasted quite a while. Lacing was pretty good as well.

S: A lot of citrusy aromas from the hops. Faint notes of rye bread are also present. In the background, I detected a little oakiness.

T: Malt is slightly sweet, but bready flavors win out. Some tart, fruity notes including orange and grapefruit are present in the middle, but the tartness is a little weak for a saison. There is also a bit of funky, earthy flavor later; but again, it's weak for a saison. Hops are slightly tangy, but mostly bitter, and that bitterness lasts well into the finish.

M: Well carbonated, yet smooth at the same time. It's medium-dry by the finish.

O: It lacked the tartness and funk that I was hoping for from a beer calling itself a saison, and the hops bitterness was dialed up pretty high for the style. But it was still a solid beer in it's own right. Maybe not worth the price it lists for, but solid nonetheless.

Jul 31, 2014
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a semi-cloudy copper color with vibrant carbonation. The head is about two fingers high, with a shade somewhere between off-white and pale yellow. Its texture is amazingly creamy and soft - one of the creamiest/softest I've ever seen from a Belgian-style beer, in fact. Also great is the retention. Rings of lacing are left behind, creating an attractive look.

S: There's a nice bread character going on here - I'm also picking up some of the rye, albeit more subtly. Citrus and black pepper also comes through after opening up a bit. Aroma-wise, it sways a hair too sweet for my saison preferences. Still, it smells like it will be a good (non-brett) saison.

T: It starts with a fairly healthy spiciness, bringing notes of rye, black pepper, and later citrus. Rye makes a stronger appearance near the back end, nearly becoming the dominant flavor. There also seems to a be a generic citrusy bitterness that obstructs this beer. The big problem here is that it doesn't have that balanced lightness I like from a great saison.

M: The carbonation here is sneaky: it's concealed by the full, creamy body, but once I focus on it, it's actually fairly strong. But still, that full and creamy body hampers things, creating a saison that isn't as drinkable as it could or should be. Its finish is long-lasting and only semi-dry.

O: Doesn't really succeed as a saison, but it's a solid rye beer. Maybe something like Dupont has spoiled me, because this left me wanting more. I'm not going to dissuade anyone from trying this just because it's not dry/light enough for my personal tastes - then again, it does cost $10+ for a 750...

Jul 10, 2014
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MacQ32 from South Carolina

3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours an incredibly muddied deep orange color. Voluptuous 2 finger light caramel colored head, retention is insane. Poured 15 minutes ago and a solid/consistent half finger remains. Lacing is spectacular as well.

S - Lots of Belgian yeast esters. Lots of coriander and orange, not much else.

T - Starts out juicy blegian with orange, peach, and lots of coriander/clove. Strong bitter hops begin to mix with the belgian yeast. Aftertaste is semi dry/lingering bitterness and orange.

M - Medium bodied+, relatively thick, minimal but enough carbonation. Very smooth, on the less drinkable end of the spectrum for a saison but not taxing at all.

Jun 30, 2014
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babaracas from Florida

3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dull, nearly opaque medium orange, with dense offwhite head that sticks around, spray of delicate lace on the glass. Smell: lots of pils semi-sweetness, then there's some nice stone fruit (peach, apricot) here, not very forward, with a hint of herbal + woodsy-ness that got me interested in the taste, maybe some bretty fruit to come?... Taste: peach, spicy hopping, some graininess, lots of pale malt sweetness. There's a little oaky note and some earth in the finish. Finishes drier than I expected. This is pretty nice and worth a try, will look for more from this brewery.

Jun 23, 2014
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy orange with two finger head that goes down slow and left minor lace patches around glass. I can pick up the yeast in the aroma at first, and this along with tropical fruit notes like pear/mango give beer a sweet aroma, aided by touches of sugary malts, citric hops and clove spice and some funk. Maybe had a bad/old bottle (there was dust on it at store I bought) but compared to other reviews I did not have same experience most people had. Beer is smooth, medium-bodied, easy to drink. There is a slightly nutty, sugary sweet quality to this beer and it mixes with some dirty hops and a touch of funk. I get some minor fruit flavors that are akin to tropical and are touches of citric thanks to the hops. However, especially as beer warms b/c I slowly sipped on it since I had whole bomber to myself, it starts to get grainy and the flavors break down and it is more dry (not boozy since such low ABV to start). Not a bad beer but it is apparent that I didn't enjoy it as much as others.

May 10, 2014
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Chaney from District of Columbia

4.79/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been following these peeps since they started construction on their brewery about a year or two ago.

Served in a Game of Thrones snifter.

A: Saturated orange color with no passing light and only about a 1/4 finger head.

S: Barnyard funk with an overwhelming hop character. Lots of citrus and sort of a pineapple-fresh hop harvest disposition.

T: So, so good. Man, this might be one of the best saisons I've tried in the past couple of years. The fresh hop, farm-based disposition worked wonders here.

M: Thick and silky, with a great carbonation bill. Slight lacing left on the glass.

O: Simply awesome. Can't wait to try more from these guys.

Jan 29, 2014
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Badger6 from Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle, picked up at Total Wine in Alexandria, VA. Poured into an Alewerks snifter...keeping it Virginia.

A: The body is a slightly hazy orange-brown with a rocky head that dimities in 2-3 minutes to a thin film on the surface. Small amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Belgian yeasts and sugary scent, layered with banana, bubblegum, and a grassy scent. Some spiciness, but not dominant.

T: Balanced but very complex flavor profile, tasted better than expected from the aroma. Starts out with the expected sweetness form the aroma. Bubblegum flavors up front, the sugars come out right behind the bubblegum, and then transition to a clear and crisp earthy note. The Belgian sugar flavor diminishes as the beer finished with a clear bitterness, and slightly hoppy flavor.

M: The body is wonderfully smooth, with a crisp feeling. Not too oily, not to dry, and a balanced carbonation to the body.

O: This is not as much like a saison as I expected. Seems to fall down between the saison and Belgian pale ale styles. But, that is not an issue, this beer is a very crisp, and presents a subtle complexity that makes it enjoyable to the end.

Jan 22, 2014
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jbaker67 from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange color. thin off-white head. Loose bits of lace. Citrusy, spicy, fruity eatery nose. Great yeast profile. Light tart, moderate sweet, moderate bitter. Some caramel malt. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Lightly slick finish. Solid saison. Has a slight stale hop aroma to it though.

Jan 11, 2014
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cosmicevan from New York

4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

mega thanks to Mopps for gifting this mega want for me at a tasting. enjoyed from a LCCB snifter.

a - pours a transparent, yet rich ambery orangey brownish with a gorgous finger of head that didn't budge for a while. really classy and crisp looking...reminds me of ommegang. spotty lacing on the glass as i sipped the beer.

s - soft banana and bubblegum with a hint of hops and grass. belgian sugar with a pinch of soft clove.

t - wow. extremely impressive and well balanced. all the flavors are to style and non-offensive...everything seems in the right place. the beer opens up with soft sweet bubblegum and belgian sugar than a bit of earthy grassiness dances on the palette to remind you it is a saison and not a belgian pale (although this one really tows the line in my opinion...) and then the rollercoaster takes a big dip of belgian candied sweetness on the finish with a follow-up tail of some hoppy bitterness and then circles back to banana bubblegum sugar.

m - has that really great water supply kind of body...very organic vibe. perhaps it is just mental since i watched them build the farm and brewery on instagram, but i do get that really refreshing water base...the kind that you find with hill farmstead.

o - overall this is definitely a saison to check out, but mostly because it isn't very saisony. this could easily pass for a (kick ass) belgian pale ale. it is just clean, crisp and very well balanced (while being on the sweeter side of the balanced spectrum). reminiscent of hennepin. paint me impressed, this was worth tracking down.

Nov 16, 2013
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dmbenjamin1415 from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first review. Thought I might start off with something new and local. Here, a style I usually enjoy, farmhouse saison has a feeling of summer but is never out of season. Nice choice for their debut year round brew. Lickinghole Creek eh? Dirty sounding name, but it's a real freaking creek out in that neck of the woods. No cork and cage here. That's nice for us home brewing types, usually don't see 750's that can accept normal caps. Pours a beautiful sunny gold color, exactly how a farmhouse saison should look. Smells nice, hops dominate the aroma; sweet wheat, complex hop aromas. Taste is right on with the smell, hits the palate with that laid back wheat feeling, but smacks you in the face with a sweet bitterness on the swallow. It's a nice back and forth as you getting deeper into the glass. Very enjoyable.

I have to say I'm pretty impressed with this initial offering. The farmhouse style is the original Belgian IPA imo, so I think this is a perfect example of that. If reviewed upon style, I would go as high as 4.25/5; reviewing overall, I'd go more toward 4/5. Very good indeed, highly recommended. I wouldn't hesitate to session this beer, preferably on tap.

Oct 30, 2013
Short Pump Saison from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
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