I Think She Hung The Moon | Naughty Brewing Co.

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I Think She Hung The MoonI Think She Hung The Moon

Brewed by:
Naughty Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by NaughtyJames on 01-16-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by BryanCarey:
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3.96/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I Think She Hung the Moon pours to a brown hue with a nose that emits scents of candy, nuts, dark fruit, and floral notes. The off white- colored foam is substantial and lasts all the way to the final sip.

Taste- wise, this beer is complex, with flavors that include Belgian sugar, nuts, smoke, some dried fruits, raisin, and hibiscus. Further investigation reveals other flavors in the background, such as yeast, a touch of molasses, and some light spice.

I Think She Hung the Moon is a hybrid beer of sorts and an interesting one at that. If official information didn’t already indicate it, I would never have guessed this was a saison brew. It tastes like a mixture of styles that come together quite nicely in the final product.

This beer is presently brewed by Adelbert’s in Austin, but Naughty Brewing will soon be a company all its own, with operations planned for San Antonio. It’s an interesting beer and its creativity and artisan style is hopefully indicative of more great things to come from this startup operation.

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Color- light brown. Full thick tan head.

Aroma of fresh cut grasses, hops, and caramel.

Taste- An interesting brown ale starting like a rich Belgian amber (think of a cousin to a Chimay red for the first instant) with some nutty sweetness and active carbonation, then moves toward a roasty mid body with hints of smoke (like a subtle mesquite or oak) then finishing long and lingering with roasty malt and floral Belgian hops. Brewed by Adelbert's in Austin Texas. 35 IBUs. Brewed 12/2/2013. Tasted on 3/8/2014. Purchased locally in Austin at Spec's.

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

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4/5  rDev +17%

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Photo of kojevergas
2.54/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I suspect this wasn't actually brewed by anyone affiliated with Naughty Brewing? Seems to be a contract brew. (The language on the label is "Brewed and Bottled BY Adelbert's Brewery" NOT "Brewed and Bottled AT Adelbert's Brewery." "Bottled 12.02.13." Batch 01. 35 IBU. 8.5% ABV. This bottle appears to be 22 oz and has uninteresting label art and an unbranded gold hood-and-wire cap over an Adelbert's branded cork. Acquired at a local bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Cost was $9.99 USD.

Expectations are average. I'm not sure what to review this as since the label is vague. A google search reveals the owner considers this a saison, so I'll review it as such.

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a three finger wide head of pale khaki colour, poor consistency, and unappealing complexion. It's disappointingly thin. Spotty inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty good for the ABV - about 5 minutes.

Body colour is a dark dirty amber of below average vibrance. Murky. Translucent but nontransparent. No floating yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it looks abysmal for a saison - at least in terms of traditional style conventions. None of the best saisons I've had have looked anything like this. I'm optimistic but suspicious.

Sm: Belgian candi sugar and Mexican piloncillo, sure. Belgian amber malts. Biscuit malts. Faint pecan nut. I'm not finding any smokiness though, which I consider a good thing in a saison. The pecan is definitely the highlight here for me personally. I don't know that I get hibiscus, but I do pick up on hints of fruit, including faint wisps of pineapple/tepache. Raisin.

No hop character, yeast character, overt alcohol, or off notes are detectable.

Overall, it's an interesting aroma in a general sense, but is piss-poor for a saison. None of the artful spicing, subtle peppery character, or carefully executed milky notes you'd find in the best saisons are present here. It's on the sweeter side and I find it generally appealing.

I'll continue reviewing outside of style conventions. This is a pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength.

T/Mf: Plenty of piloncillo lends it an unbecoming raw sweetness and an unrefined feel. Luckily, the pineapple I thought I found on the aroma isn't really present here, but I still feel like there are hints of tepache. Some muted pecan nut is present, but I don't pick up on any smokey flavours.

Unfortunately though, the mouthfeel does have the harsh, rough, coarse texture of a rauchbier, which really doesn't do the beer any favors. Overcarbonated. A bit too dry. Scratchy on the palate. Unrefreshing. A bit too aggressive. Scraping. Even a bit astringent. I'm not enjoying the texture at all, and it doesn't suit either the purported style or the flavour profile.

Not oily, gushed, hot, or boozy, though it does have some tolerable alcohol warmth.

This beer does feel uniformly Belgian in character, but I can't find any specific evidence of Belgian yeast.

Biscuit malts, Belgian amber malts, brown malts. The amber malts dominate.

This isn't a complex, subtle, intricate, or even nuanced beer. Unfortunately, any hibiscus gets buried beneath the underwhelming build, which itself lacks cohesion and focus. This is by no means a gestalt flavour profile, and while it doesn't have any off-putting flavours per se, I'm having trouble liking it.

Of course, none of the flavours you'd anticipate in a good saison are present. Don't count on finding any white pepper, subtle spicing, or milky notes.

Below average depth of flavour. Average flavour duration. The intensity of flavour is above average.

Overall, outside of style conventions it's okay. It's a colossal failure if taken as either a saison or a rauchbier (or even a Belgian dark ale for that matter, which may be the closest style to what this actually is).

Dr: I have no problems with brewing a smoked saison - or with brewing whatever style beer you want - so long as it's well executed. Not only is this beer largely unremarkable, it doesn't really commit to its central premise; no smokey flavours emerge and it's not much of a saison. I wouldn't recommend this to friends or trade partners, and I certainly wouldn't buy it again myself - especially at its extremely unreasonable price point (given the quality).

This doesn't bode well for Naughty Brewing's future, but maybe the head brewers actually have more talent than the cats at Adelbert's who brewed this for them. Lord knows that isn't a difficult feat.

It's a drinkable beer and I'll finish the bottle without much trouble. Does a decent job at hiding its ABV.

Low C-

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I Think She Hung The Moon from Naughty Brewing Co.
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