Candlepower
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #693
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,659
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 7.59%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
58
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Grimm Artisanal Ales
 
New York, United States
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Winter
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 58
Photo of MMOSNN
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - hazy golden orange with a white head that dissipates quickly and little to no lacing.
Smell - pretty mild but you get citrus, pepper, and earthy yeast.
Taste - first sip was spectacular; huge citrus, earthy herbs, pepper, and funky yeast rounds it out.
Feel - medium carbonation and body and super smooth.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Whole Foods Columbus Circle in NYC. Notes from 3/22/2017.

Served in a chalice, it's appearance was slightly hazy with a light amber color. Thick, creamy white head with good retention. Right off the bat, the aroma jumps out at you and begs for a few more whiffs. There are definitely spices in it but I couldn't put my finger on it. [checks phone] It's brewed with pink peppercorns and sage. Oh, that makes sense now! The sage is really prominent in this one and I love it. No hops noticeable and the malt is very mild as well. Peppery and herbal spice carries over to the flavor and creates a drier finish and a fuller body than the base beer would on its own.

A pretty unique beer that I wouldn't crave every day, but I dug it. Definitely glad I had some snacks to munch on while drinking this, otherwise the strong spices but have gotten a little tiresome.

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Photo of TongoRad
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If you're wondering if this bears passing resemblance to Saison Du Buff, then wonder no more because it sure as hell does. In it's own way, though, the flavors and aromas here are a bit more restrained and the beer has a touch more finesse. It's certainly herbal, floral and spicy, but I'm wishing for a drier beer overall. The sage is pretty prominent, especially on the nose, but there's also lychee, lavender, vanilla and pepper. The palate is rich and semi-dry, showing quite a bit of fruit in addition- notably pear nectar and sauternes- and there is just enough bitterness to keep the sugar in check. The finish shows a tiny wave of vanilla and peppercorns, and quickly lingers long on white grape must. It's tasty enough and interesting enough, but never quite reaches that 'delicious' level for me

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber tap pour with little visible carbonation. Aroma is flowery with a honey touch. The flavor is saison-yeast with mint, lavender and sage notes. Separating nose and taste is not easy with this one. There is prominent sweetness and a very full, smooth mouthfeel. This is a pleasant concoction.

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Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dirty gold color. Little head which settles to rim bubbles and a single layer of bubbled foam. Little lace--just a couple of streaks.

Okay, I've never smelled anything like this beer. I say this in a positive way; it's a complex brew featuring lavender, women's perfume and stew meat. I know that sounds like a bad combination, but it truly works well.

The taste is equally confusing for me. i get the lavender and a bit of finishing hop bitterness. This is not a typical farmhouse ale but it has great elements of the style. What is missing is the yeast bite, which is okay by me. The beer is quite complex with multiple tastes that are hard to isolate. It's a mellow farmhouse offering with a peppery finish. The aftertaste is like the finish with a touch of sourness.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Ginger Man in Boston.

Pours a nice, murky light orange.

Smell is really distinct, doesn't smell like anything I've had before. There are hints of pepper and yeast, but my nose mostly gets bubble gum.

The taste is as unique as the smell. Bubble gum is still there, especially up front, but the back end is varied and complex, with a bit of sweetness, pepper and sage.

Great mouthfeel, full bodied and a bit oily.

Grimm has never disappointed me, and I really liked Candlepower. I could see some people hating it though, because it is quite special.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I liked the full body and creamy feel of this beer, spot on balance between those characteristics and lively but not excessive carbonation. It's a big saison overall, higher in alcohol than many, and has a moderate degreee of sweetness; all these elements fit together pretty nicely. The downside is the sage, which i generally enjoy, was a bit too prominent, and after a while made a full pour a bit of a chore to drink. It's just a sage-bomb I guess.

Paired with the right food this beer could be terrific, bomber could be split 2 or even 3 ways. Would compliment a sage-laden pork roast or something of that nature but might be even better with a carefully selected cheese plate.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This may be the first properly-released saison by Grimm, a brewing venture that I have considered myself a fan of for several years now. Though they mostly make fruited tart wheat beers, dry-hopped sours and IPAs with the occasional stout thrown in for good measure, this seems to be a good ol' strong-leaning saison ale with some interesting ingredients. Off the top of my head, the only saison I've had with sage as a prominent/listed ingredient has been Sierra Nevada's Ovila imprint Saison with Sage which came out some time in late 2015. I liked it a lot, as I recall, and felt the sage was very prominently displayed. Let's see how this one does.

Pours a moderately-hazy goldenrod colored brew with a thin, fizzy ring of bone-white foam. Not much head buildup at all, with only a small ring developing atop the golden beer. Small pours don't really help rouse the head at all, and neither does swirling the liquid around in my glass. Kind of unceremonious proceedings here, but I do like the color and slight translucence. Overall, it's decent but I certainly wish for some more head development and retention to go with it.

Nose is very soapy and herbal, with a big sage component combined with some dusty, rustic Belgian saison yeast. The bright peppercorns do make a little bit of an appearance, to be sure, but they're buried beneath honeyed malt, snappy farmhouse spice notes from the yeast and, of course, earthy green sage. A bit of traditional clove, slight sulfur and light citrusy notes back up the herbal, woodsy nose. Doesn't smell like an 8% beer. Overall, pretty charming and playful with a rather unique edge.

Thicker than expected on the tongue, with syrupy-sweet honey combined with some herbal notes; grassy and clovey. A bit earthy due to the sage, with some menthol and candied orange. Unique, but not as satisfying as I'd like. Peppercorn pops up a bit towards the end of each sip, as expected, providing a spicy zing and consonant dryness that works with the sweet malt and saison yeast to balance things a bit. This probably could have been better at a full percent less, with a drier feel from the very beginning, however.

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Photo of DBosco
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange with a quickly settling head. Smells like sage. Taste is strong sage. Mouthfeel is full of sage with some carbonation. Overall, the sage will hunt for your soul and make a strong attack.

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Photo of dar482
4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy deep gold to pale amber.

The aroma immediatley hits of fragrant sage, along with white pepper, biscuity sweetness. clove, orange.

The beer hits of strong clove and sage, pepper, lavender, chewy biscuity sweetness onto a crisp bitterness.

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Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber bottle...Feb 2017 on the label

Pours hazed lighter amber, moderate fine bubble cap, very minor lace left behind.

Bready and sweet fruit nose.

More sweet malts on the palate, and some sweet minty hop notes....meh...not overly impressed here, pretty run of the mill saison that is on the sweeter side of the style spectrum.

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Candlepower from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 58 ratings