Future Primitive
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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #558
Ranked #11,892
3.99 | pDev: 9.77%
Intangible Ales
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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Notes: A lush, rich farmhouse pale ale fermented entirely with Brettanomyces and bursting with over-ripe tropical flavor, citrus and an unmistakable funk.
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this is 100% brett fermented beer, and its different. these days, it seems like everyone is using the same cultures the same way, and the "wild" and indigenous elements of these beers are diminishing as they are breed toward an ever more rigidly defined standard, which to me is a turn off. this one is weird with its brett, not all the way amazing, but its uniqueness of yeast profile makes it a winner for me, decidedly unconventional in that regard, and even though i dont necessarily love the slightly harsh and spicy byproducts of fermentation here, i like it because its weird. shared generously with us by or table neighbors at monks cafe in philly, we sampled this one eagerly. pale and hazy, bubbly and funky, this has notes of past ripe fruit, peaches maybe, white wine, and a phenolic belgian property as well, not as dry as it could be, thicker feeling in body, oddly malty for what it is, and honestly a little bit less refined than i was hoping it would be, but again, its use of brett in this way, maybe a different strain or process, makes it different enough to be cool. i didnt love it, but am not very interested in trying the rest of their portfolio, looks like they do some pretty cool stuff!

Apr 09, 2017
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rudzud from Massachusetts

2.7/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice lightly hazy golden hue with a thin two finger head that leaves a dense creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of nice barnyard funk, green apples, cheesy funk, herbal, peppery.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, harsh phenols, oxidation, plastic, light apples, sewage funk. Ugh.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, aggressive, very odd finish.

O - Overall this was a very, very horrible beer.

Serving Type: bottle

Aug 05, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

2.76/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to drew, shared with rudzud

Pours a big fluffy creamy 2 finger head fades at a med pace, decent foamy lacing, slight hazy orange yellow color.

Nose starts with saison funk, little farmhouse funk, plenty of green apple and pear, bright fruity ester aroma, little citrus note, earthy cheesy funk, little berry, fun and interesting.

Taste is sad, oxidation cardboard out front, quickly into phenol chemical thing, weird fruity thing ester apple pear, bitter spicy hop rind adds its presence just to make it worse, big yeasty thing too, burp of yeast and cardboard, chemical fruit like a cleaner.

Mouth sticky med bod syrupy, some hot chemical thing and tons of carb.

Overall wtf... Started nicely in the nose but flavor was horrible, so many bad flavors combining.

Aug 05, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

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

I really was glad I got to try this - thanks to angry Mark for sharing this at our saison soiree last summer.

The color is golden with slight haze and thin white head with fine bead
to be continued

Aug 17, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy with a big white head. Orange body. Good retention.

Smell - Herbal and grassy. Lightly tart. Green apple acidity. Hoppy, maybe?

Taste - Kinda doesn't pan out. Light fruitiness. Grain. Very yeasty. Kinda hoppy and grassy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very high carbonation. Detracts. Medium body.

Overall - It's not bad, but it isn't very impressive.

May 12, 2015
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brianmandell from California

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1, numbered bottle.

Light, pale gold pour with thick white head.

Light, fruity yeasty smell with a touch of pepper and hay.

Fruity - apple, white grape and stone fruit - finishing slightly sweet. Some pepper and earth offset the sweetness.

Full, active carbonation, fits the saison style.

This is a well made saison. It finishes sweeter than I'd prefer but overall this is an enjoyable beer. It doesn't do enough to earn it's $20 (NYC) pricetag.

May 12, 2015
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a light to medium orange and very hazy in the body. A small to medium and very dense head forms and both retains and laces tremendously. The pours is rather effervescent.

S- This thing smells funky right off the bat. Starts off with some hay, horse blanket, and must first before displaying a little bit of citric and orange scents. Towards the end of the smell, dry and musty flavors return and linger well after the sniff.

T- The first taste on the tongue is an effervescent funk, very similar to the scent. A slightly bitter quality mixes in with a lot of farmhouse funk to give an overall dry and bitter overall profile. This flavor pretty much persists throughout the rest of the drink and leaves a lingering funky flavor on the tongue.

M- Highly carbonated and fluffy soft on the palate, this feels pretty much like a saison should. The alcohol is not detectable in flavor or feel at all and it drinks rather easily.

Overall, this is a high quality brew, but it's just not my style in the taste department. If you like complex, slightly bitter, and mostly funky saison, this is your ticket.

Jan 25, 2015
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mikeyv35 from New York

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: 01/19/2015
Type: 750ml. Bottle
Vintage: 2015 batch #1, bottle # 1,171 of 2,700
Glass: Fiddlehead Teku Glass

*First off, the bottle presentation with the sci-fi looking label is beautiful!

Pours a golden straw in color w/ a big 2 finger bubbly white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Aromas of peach, apricot, acidity, Chardonnay, mineral, and funk. The taste opened with a bit of sweet apricot and peach, which quickly transitioned to saison yeast and mineral, and closed with some hop bite, funkiness, and Chardonnay. Thin bodied, but lush and kinda slick in a good way, and left pretty dry. Very drinkable stuff. I drank the hell out of this one in a minute!

Overall, highly impressed with this offering from Pizza Boy/Intangible Ales, which was my first. At $18/750ml. this one is well worth the price of admission. I have another bottle for the cellar, but will now be acquiring more. Not much to complain about with this one, but if I were to be knit picky, it could be a touch more peppery.

Jan 19, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml - for those who care about numbers this is bottle #555 of 2700 bottles produced. Poured into a 22oz oversized snifter, the brew appears a beautiful slightly hazed golden color with a sudsy white topping that fades slow leaving a full wall of lace on the glass.

Aroma includes a bounty of fantastic wild fruit aspects. Somewhat tropical like pineapple blending to bretty funk that hints towards a dry barnyard quality contrasted with some phenolics faintly suggesting plastic, minerals/carbonics and earth.

The taste of this beer is mind boggling. It is bitter and pithy upfront with almost a grapefruit rind/zesty orange-like bitterness. Mid-palate the brett comes out swinging with a dryness and barnyard profile with mild phenolics into the finish. The brett in this takes on so many layers that its really difficult to fully wrap your mind around what is going on here. Are these tropical flavors hop derived, alcohol driven or imparted by the brett? I have no idea but ive never tasted a beer this bitter, dry, brett'd and fruity all at the same time. There are plenty of tropical flavors to take in tasting of pineapple but there is also this strange familiarity to it even though I know ive never had a beer like this.

This is medium bodied and lively carbonated. Stylistically it breaks all the rules. It has the bitterness of a hoppier pale ale, the feel and flavor of a wild saison and a fruited quality to it unlike anything. Just fantastic stuff. If you enjoy wild ales...in every sense of the word this is a wild ale not a sour, then this is a must try. I bought several bottles and already feel the need to go buy more before the opportunity is lost.

Jan 16, 2015
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle, batch 1, out of 2700.

Pours a hazed golden apricot color with a large, dense creamy white head, steady stream of carbonation throughout and a dense wall of lace. Rich aroma, pithy and citrus, grapefruit rind, brett, estery, earthy and generally 'wild'.

Flavor is much more fruit-like forward than expected; canned pineapple, orange zest, juicy grapefruit. There is a doughy malt backbone with strong dry brett and resiny bitterness from start to finish. Body comes across a little heavier than I'd prefer with soft carbonation. Like @stakem mentioned below, style-wise saison is an imperfect descriptor for this and with the brett and fruitiness reminds me in spirit of B1 Splinter Gold. Good stuff.

Nov 17, 2014
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