Liquid Crystal
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #617
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
88
Ranked #12,220
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 7.81%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
61
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New York, United States
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Liquid CrystalLiquid Crystal
Notes: A delicate, light-bodied farmhouse ale featuring Azacca hops. Hoppy, funky, crisp, fruity, dry, refreshing. Collaboration with Flagship Brewing Co.

Liquid Crystal is a delicate, light-bodied farmhouse ale brewed with our friends at Flagship Brewing Co on Staten Island. It is saturated with a blend of west coast hops prominently featuring Azacca. Brewed to marry complexity with maximum slammability: hoppy, funky, crisp, fruity, dry, refreshing. RIYL la vermontoise, apex predator, grizzaca.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 61
Photo of mafrick17
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a bottle dated May 2017.
Look - A nice crystal clear straw color with ample head that lingers for a while and leaves behinds a generous amount of lacing. Lots of carbonation allow bubbles to continuously rise from the bottom of the glass.
Smell - Very nice aroma with hints of citrus, spicy hops, and malt
Taste - A lot of floral flavors with some spice and a considerable amount of yeast.
Feel - After a nice upfront taste, leaves a sharp bitter taste in your mouth.
Overall - A decent Saison, certainly not the best offering that I have had from Grimm, but a nice summer drink.

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Photo of brureview
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light apricot color with a 4 finger head in a Mikasa tulip.
Excellent head retention.

Very floral aroma, sweet, fruit- very different. Azacca hops bring out unique flavors.

Slightly tart MF. Spicy.

The taste follows the aroma: fruit, spicy, and licorice.

Spicy, hoppy finish.

Quite unique approach to a Farmhouse Ale. Grimm is the "different drummer" brewery. Great beers. 45-50° to bring out the best in flavor.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bright yellow, mostly clear beer with a fluffy white head that hangs around quite a while and leaves gobs of lacing behind. Smells like a Belgian with some banana and clove components. There is also a bit of sweetness, lemon and spicy hops in the nose. Tastes pleasant with the banana, clove and pepper flavors with some lemon and yeastiness. Ended bitter but not lingering. This was a decent and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of hman43
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours yellow with an off white head. Head retention is good with some Belgian lace. There is good clarity.

Smell: The aromas are feature with earthly elements, citrus and lemon. The lemon is the most prominent of the aromas. There are some background notes of spice.

Taste: Lemon, citrus, and orange are the initial flavors. The earthly elements are low in the background. There are some low spicy elements. There are low levels of grain in the background.

Feel: It has a light feel to it with a citrus aftertaste that is ever so slightly tart in the finish.

Overall, it doesn't have the funky elements that most farmhouse ales have, but it has a very tasty lemon, orange and citrus element to it.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.17/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. A messy farmhouse whatever-it-is. Cool bottle art. Pastels! The beer was too musty and immediately sharp. The aroma gave me warning. Really not happy giving a brewery I usually enjoy $10 for a goddamn dud.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip snifter.

I think this is an upgraded vintage. On the bottle it says it's brewed at Beltway Brewing in Sterling, VA not Flagship.

Look lives up to the name absolutely crystal clear with a thin frothy head.

Aroma is a littl funky saison yeast not much from the hops.

Taste is definitely farmhouse style. A little funk from the yeast and a nice thin drinkable body.

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Photo of dar482
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a deep gold color.

The aroma offers fruitiness, spice, crackery malt, lemon, floral.

The beer follows with the fruitiness of more lemon peel, a herbal and peppery spice with a white bready malt in the middle as the beer ends with a grassy bitterness.

A well balanced hop forward farmhouse ale as advertised with the funk not quite being there, but the crisp, fruity, dry, and refreshing all present.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty clear straw yellow color with a half finger of frothy foam. Crisp, bright lemon in the nose with a generous amount of barnyard funk and a defined grainy malt aroma. The taste takes on a hoppier profile, with citrusy and floral notes dominating; grapefruit and lemon, with a touch of pine as well. the funkiness is not as pronounced in the taste. Very light bodied, and could use a touch more carbonation. Overall pretty good and certainly complex, I feel like it just falls short of marrying the elements in a coherent way.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a slightly hazy straw yellow, with a small head, and a good level of lacing.

Smells really, really floral, with some clove, chalky yeast, grass, and just a hint of grapefruit.

This is a lot less juicy and a lot more floral than I would've expected. The yeast has a chalkiness to it that suggests a mild Brett character. There's some clove here too, with a huge grassiness and floral hop character. It's pretty simple but definitely tasty.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp level of carbonation.

It's interesting to see Grimm do a saison, I don't think they've done once since Telekinesis. Nice stuff.

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Liquid Crystal from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 61 ratings