Golden Hour
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Style:
Belgian Saison
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 9.42%
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
13
From:
Grimm Artisanal Ales
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
84
Good
Notes: GOLDEN HOUR is the light at the end of the tunnel. Following in the authentic tradition of Belgian saisons, ours is dry and spritzy with a billowy white head of Belgian lace. For local terroir, we use spelt grown in Upstate NY and malted by our friend Andrea Stanley at Valley Malt. With its subtle nutty flavor, the spelt combines beautifully with the spiciness of our favorite farmhouse yeast and the refined, pungent aromas of German Tettnang and Hallertau hops. Golden Hour is a beer for those seeking respite from the winter doldrums.
Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 13
Photo of Stevedore
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle, no bottling date, served in an unlabeled snifter 6/10/2014.

A- Hazy straw yellow body, hint of orange/copper. Pours with an extremely large white head with big fluffy bubbles, takes a while to settle down. Spots of lacing.

S- Smells very crisp. Grainy, wheaty, peppery, lemon zest with a bit of earthy rubber and funk. The pepper and lemons pop out quite nicely here. Slight tartness.

F- Grainy pale malt flavours, some wheat. Slight lemon tartness. Not as much pepper as in the nose. Earthy finish that brings an above-average citrus peel bitterness on the backend. It's actually quite a bit more bitter than I've had in a lot of farmhouse/saisons.

M- Medium bodied, crisp and well carbonated. Finish is bitter lemon zest with earth, both of which sticks around a while.

O- An interesting beer. If I understand correctly, spelt is a particular type of wheat that hasn't been used a lot lately. Aside from this historical factoid, this is a decent beer, wouldn't go crazy trying to get this but it's not a bad choice if you find yourself in the distribution area of this brewery. It's actually got a strong bitterness to it.

Edit: I agree with the first reviewer that the best characteristic is the smell as there is a good bit of scents that coexist nicely.

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Photo of skipxtracer
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is described on the label as a spelt farmhouse ale. I never heard of the brewer but I was interested to see what the spelt was going to add. Honestly I was hoping for a rich spelt/farro kind of taste. Instead it's really citrusy, fine for a farmhouse with a bitter rindy aftertaste. Smell is most interesting part, really funky.

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Golden Hour from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 13 ratings