Orpheus Brewing

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #260
Ranked #5,068
4.07 | pDev: 9.58%
Orpheus Brewing
Georgia, United States
Notes: In the heroine Atalanta, we see the traits of what we aim for in all of our beers: piquant, deceptively robust, and a bit wild. A tart plum saison, Atalanta tastes of plums intermingling with spicy yeast, and a refreshing tartness that makes Atalanta as good for pairing with food as by itself.
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very interesting saison it smells rather sour but the body delivers more bready malts but there is still the slight sourness of the fruit with tart aspects. Taste is pretty medium bodied can't expect a slam it but it does have a nice flavor and deliver on the gimmick aspect. Interesting to say the least.

Apr 01, 2021
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours straw with a white head. Head retention is very good.

Smell: The aromas are a bit light in smell with some plum and mild sourness. There is a bit of spice and earth.

Taste: It is very bready and doughy with some plum in support. There is a bit of spice and some cracker.

Feel: It has a medium light body with high carbonation.

Overall, the strength of the malt surprised me. I will the plum flavors would have been a little more bold.

Jan 02, 2021
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Parmesan from Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:. Pours a brilliant pale yellow gold with a small white head and no lacing.

S:. Notes of tart plum, a touch of salt, some sour and light crackers malt.

T:. Tart plums, a touch of salt, a slight sour but more tart then sour, a light saison yeast, and a light cracker malt. Overly this is a nicely restrained and easy drinking sour.

F:. Light body, some bubbly carbonation.

O:. This is a lighter sour and more tart than sour but I still really enjoyed it, feels like a great summer beer.

Jul 24, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can purchased from Macon, GA. Poured into North Coast tall snifter. No can dating.

Hazy golden color with a fluffy white head of 3 fingers, lots of nice broken lacing as it recedes.

Interesting mix in the aroma. I get MAJOR passion fruit. Not so much plum, but lots of passion fruit. Slight red grapefruit. Perhaps the plum combined with the acidity/pepper/tang of the yeast creates this aroma. Nice crisp pilsner presence as well.

Wow, tart is the word. This is like biting into fresh, unripe passion fruit. Got some slight green apple skin going on here too. Funky, clove-y, peppery yeast hangs out in the background as a spectator. Bringing salinity and sourness much like a Gose. Bready finish. Definitely a mouth pucker-er.

Feel is clingy and sticks around a bit longer than necessary like a guest who keeps talking in the doorway on their way out. I can't seem to scrub it from my palate. It hangs on almost like a foam. Crisp build-up before that though.

Overall, maybe not something I'd visit again but it's far from mediocre. Good take on the Saison, perhaps I'm too picky, but if you like passion fruit do it. You'll love it.

Aug 27, 2018
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into Three Philosophers wine glass.

Appearance - Small white frothy head with loose patchy lacing and moderate to moderate low retention. Body is opaque medium yellow with no sediment or carbonation. 3.75

Smell - Spicy yeasty banana. Mild. 3.75

Taste - Mild, balanced tart and sweetness. I guess I sound like a scrub for saing it, but apple. I guess my brain equates tart with green apple. 4.25

Mouthfeel - Crisp and clean throughout, with a tart front end. Interesting but not inaccessible. 4.5

Overall - Great session beer, one of the more complex sessions I've had. 4.25

Aug 26, 2018
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comrade_hanson from Georgia

3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a whole lot more I can say about this beer that hasn't already been said. This was the beer that got me into sours though, and even now I still look back on it fondly. All in all it's definitely a nice sour plummy saison that you should try if you're ever around Atlanta (especially since you can find this beer on tap at several different bars now).

Aug 04, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned one month ago. Poured into a snifter. Foamy right from opening the can. A careful pour resulted in a hazy golden-straw color with a three-finger bright white head that slowly settled, leaving clumps of persistent foam in the glass. Great aroma: tart plums, doughy bread, and faint pepper. The taste was less tart than expected with a mild tartness and great juicy plum flavor. Nicely balanced with bready malt and faint notes of lemon pepper. Relatively low carbonation after the pour. A dry, clean finish.

Jan 09, 2018
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FBarber from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very light crystal clear champagne color. Thick frothy white head dissipates steadily leaving no residual head and no lacing.

Smell has notes of tart plum, lemons, wheat, bready malts and a hint of spicy yeast.

Taste follows the nose with notes of tart plum and lemon giving way to a strong wheaty malt backbone. A light yeast flavor is present. Somewhat tart, but not very strong. Somewhat dry finish.

Feel is light, but not super crisp. Medium bodied. Lightly carbonated.

Someone called this refreshing and I agree wholeheartedly. It would make a fantastic summer beer. Overall definitely a beed you want to try if you get the chance.

Dec 31, 2017
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had at Chicken + Beer, ATL, poured from 12-oz. can, stamped on bottom “CANNED ON 11/06/17,” into tulip. Excellent, but disappointingly little plumb, and take note this is more wild sour than saison.

Dec 27, 2017
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concordhijinx from Alabama

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a sniffer arrived with a hazy pale straw color. Not very much head. A faint lemon is toned down a bit by subtle plum sweetness and the spicy yeasts is present. forward with a bready taste and an immediate sour pull. followed on by a later lemon and yeast and finishes the same was as the smell with a subtle sweetness from the plum. A less than medium level of carbonation and crispiness. Overall, this was extremely refreshing, I wish I started the evening with this one as opposed to my other endeavors as this would have been even more refreshing as the sun was still hitting my face. It was very subtle in all its flavors and reminded me more of gose than a saison. But quite refreshing as it did not disappoint.

Overall: What a daring and unusual choice for a flagship beer; creative and well-balanced, this is a great beer for the warm weather found most of the year in Atlanta

Jun 28, 2017
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz can in a snifter via a friend from work----THANKS RANDY!
This nice little saison pours a lightly cloudy pale yellow with a moderate
head of white foam that settles to a thick ring and a thin pool with no lacing.
Nose of tart fruit, saison yeast, cracker, light lemon zest, light funk. Flavors
follow but lightly exceed the nose with cracker and tart plum notes reminiscent
of under ripened green gauge plums. Subtle wheat and light honey give a brief
appearance before being overcome by the yeast and lemon zest notes that mix
with subtle herbal hops. Decent mouth feel; medium light carbonation that is
lightly reminiscent of seltzer, light body, dry as a bone on the finish with a light
lingering tartness.

I am no fan of tarts or sours, but this one I can enjoy in moderation.


Mar 28, 2017
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smartypintz from South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Flower notes and a traditional saison for nose. Plus come out big time on flavor, tart but nothing to bad. Great drinker in a hot day, will definitely seek this out more.

Dec 13, 2016
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to richj1970 for this
12 oz can, dated 8/23/16, poured into a tulip

A- A hazy golden straw with a small white head.

S- Sour lemons, tart pulms, hints of wheat, touch of spicy yeast.

T- Tart plums, lemons, hints of fruit skins, some bready malts, touch of spicy yeast and some lacto.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body

O- Given the description of a tart plum Saison it delivers! Very easy to drink, perfect for a hot summer day. I will be taking the time to seek more out!

Oct 10, 2016
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Zraly from Virginia

3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, pale straw color with a two finger white head into a Teku glass.

The nose is stone fruits and there is no hop presence to discern. Acidic and sour, there is a crisp wheat flavor in the middle of the palate to bring some balance. A touch of funk and lemon curd. Light-medium bodied. Finish is long with the sour note lingering for a while. Refreshing enough to drink by itself but would likely work best with food, lighter pan-fried fish is a good route.

Oct 04, 2016
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chill hazed deep straw, producing 2 fingers of mineral water effervescent, shortlived, foamy, white head that leaves no lacing. Bubbles stream up from the bottom long into the pour. Aroma has a low malt & no hop profile & offers fruity plum hints with lemony tartness & yeast. Taste is lactic acid sourness, persisting far into the sip & almost overpowering the notes of plum & hay & the faint hints of green apples, lemon & lime in a peppery, crisp, dry finish that is far from clean. Aftertaste is a muted & rapidly diminishing lemon, lime & tart green apple. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, puckering, mouthwatering, crisp, prickly & dry.

Sep 02, 2016
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jopezu from Georgia

3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a hazy, rosy straw with a medium head that poofs. nose; strong soured yeast, lemon juice, & prickly pear. taste; lemon juice, sour fruit, sour yeast, cracker malt, &... just sour. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. interesting to dip your toes into the style, but i'm not staying in. drank half, poured the other half.

Jul 28, 2016
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a bright clear golden yellow color with 1 1/2" fluffy white head that recedes slowly but visibly to a thick covering surrounding a small island of form and a small ring around the glass. Sipping creates several small, scattered patches of foam that soon slide back down to the liquid.

The aromas include some lemon and some light bready malt. There's also a hint of plum and a touch of spiciness from the Belgian yeast.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the tart lemon and some bready character from the malt in the foreground. In the background, but always present, there is a a light plum flavor mingled with the something like white pepper spiciness from the yeast.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and slightly prickly from the moderate carbonation. The finish begins about midway through as the tart lemon begins to fade and the spiciness of the yeast becomes more noticeable before all fades into a balanced, lightly slightly tart dryness.

Overall I like this beer, especially as a summer beer, and will be looking to find more. It seems perfect for a warm summer evening with friends and food.

Jul 18, 2016
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ONUMello from Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can dated 7/5/15 poured into a tulip
A: Pours a unique peach skin/peach flesh folor (light orange with some white) and a one--finger head
S: Wheat, plum, strawberry and lemon; sour across the board
T: Wheat, plum, lemon, yeast
M: Light to medium-bodied, sour
O: This is solid. A saison but with a nice sourness. Tasty and easy to drink

Jul 17, 2016
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super crisp and refreshing. It didn't have a lot in the way of flavor profile. It was just a bit flat with farmhouse funk in the background, but was super refreshing and easy to drink.

Jul 12, 2016
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buckslayer50 from Florida

4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright yellow with a ton of haze, nice looking beer. You get a whiff of fruit when you start pouring it. It's taste is tart with a subtle taste of fruit, the fruit comes out more as it warms and the tart stays refreshing. Very enjoyable beer, glad I could grab some while I was up in Georgia.

Jun 07, 2016
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diemilio from Georgia

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Awesome look on this beer, cloudy kinda yellow-greenish. Smells very sour, almost like lemon. Taste, again very sour, and get a little bit of spiciness from the yeast I guess. I get a little bit of sweetness in both the smell and taste, but not quite like plum; I guess I need to eat more plums. Mouthfeel is very nice and soft; little bubbles make it very pleasant. Cheers!

Jun 03, 2016
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weaselface89 from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is the color of a pears fruit. Lots of little bubbles and very cloudy. It's head dissipates quickly to release all the little bubbles at the top.smells tart and fruity. Some spiceyness also. Taste follows up much more tart than the nose. Sour grapes. Light and prickly. Not bad. Worth a buy if you haven't tried. Could become a summer regular.

May 08, 2016
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - cloudy yellowish color nice thick white head that quickly dissipates no lacing.

Smell - Lots of tart fruit sort of bready smell little bit of lemon as well.

Taste - You get the tart bite immediately lots of sour plum and lemon zest.

Feel - A light feel with a tart bite, from the pour I thought it might be over carbonated but it is not.

Overall - An excellent example of a tart saison.

May 08, 2016
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RichJ1970 for this one from his box in NBS BIF #3. 12oz can poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a hazy straw yellow color with about an inch of champagne-like white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

The aroma was mostly subtle grain and spicy yeast, with just a hint of plum flavors. On the tongue, the bubbly carbonation carried the grains across the palate, with the tasty yeast spice dominating. At the back of the palate, the plum flavor developed late, and lingered pleasantly.

The body was light and crisp, and the lively carbonation bubbled across, leading to a crisp, dry finish. Drinkability was great, I could easily see draining these while tubing down the Nooksack (or any) River on a sunny day. Overall, an outstanding brew, a must-try if you can.

Apr 10, 2016
GSUEAGLE from Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent saison. Extremely well balance and not overpoweringly tart. Gets better with every sip. Has grown on me and will likely be my summer beer for this year.

Mar 30, 2016
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