Casey Brewing & Blending

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #29
Ranked #635
4.36 | pDev: 7.11%
Casey Brewing & Blending
Colorado, United States
Notes: Our Saison is as old-world as it gets. We use 100% Colorado ingredients: Colorado water, malted and raw barley and wheat, Crystal hops and a yeast blend of saison yeast, brettanomyces and lactobacillus. We ferment the beer in custom-made open oak barrel fermenters. After this rustic primary fermentation, the beer goes to other barrels for further aging and flavor development. The result is a citrusy, dry, tart and effervescent beer worthy of sharing.

25 IBUs
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Reviews by Stillmakingnoise:
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4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of spoony
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle (First Blend, May 30, 2014) to a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces two fingers of white, clingy head. The lacing is pretty solid on the glass. Head retention is so-so, but a thin cap hangs around for a while. The beer is light and straw-colored with golden hues. It is murky, but I can see some carbonation in there.

S-The aroma is a pleasant mixture of musty, lactic funk with fruity, Brett-like aromas including lemon, lime, and bread dough. I also smell some straw, dried grass, and a bit of pepper. There is a surprising bit of tartness going on. This is a great example of what I expect a saison to smell like.

T-The taste is lightly tart with a similar lemon-lime flavor that tugs gently at my glands on the finish. It isn't sour, but there is some acidity here. The body of the beer has some bread dough flavors and a bit of saccharin-like sweetness. I also taste some dried grass, pepper, and straw. This beer tasted "young" to me and I suspect that the saccharin flavor would dissipate with age.

M-The feel is light to medium in body with a pretty smooth, above-average level of carbonation.

O-I really liked Troy Casey's beers from AC Golden, but this one is a step above those and better for everyday drinking. The lightly tart aroma and flavors pair beautifully with the grassy/doughy flavors to make for a drinkable, but hugely interesting saison. The beer looks and feels just like I think a saison should look and feel. As noted above, I think this beer will improve with age...I just wish I had more bottles. A great summer beer that would pair well with food, cheese, or drink well all alone.

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Photo of Devman171
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Magnum pour! hazy yellow with nice head. Aroma is light yeast and tart. taste is delicious tart and light Belgian yeast, super crushable

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle sealed with a golden pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

batch 1; bottled on 05/30/2014.

Appearance: I got the bottom pour. Hazy and completely opaque golden yellow bodied beer. 2 full fingers of white head that has decent head retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Wheat malts and light tartness. Hints of lemon and orange citrus. Not much funk to speak of.

Taste: Light tartness. Wheat malts and rotten hay. Orange and lemon citrus notes. Slightly fruity and earthy. Hint of pepper and minerals. Even tasting a hint of the oak barrel.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy carbonation. Semidry finish. Pretty refreshing too. Nice level of drinkability. Bright, clean, and balanced saison.

Overall: This is the new big deal in Colorado in my opinion as far as new breweries go. This saison is at the same caliber as Hill Farmstead and Side Project saisons. The light acidity is a must for any world class saison and this casey saison has found that perfect amount of acidity in a saison. Great mouthfeel and this beer is a great example what all saisons should strive to be. This has got me really interested in trying some of the fruited saisons that this brewery is brewing now.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blend 3, tasted 10/6/2014. Pretty poopy on the nose. 2.5

Blend 2, tasted 4/4/2015. very nice clean saison. 4.25

1/17/15 bottling, tasted 4/4/2015. A little bit of that poop. Would sit on this a little more. 3.5

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Photo of Myotus
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured gently at 46°F from a 750ml bottle (bottled 09Mar16) into a tulip. Consumed on 05Sep16.
SMELL: Strong waves of earthy yeast are supported by mild aromas of hay, sour green apple, white grape, pear, peach, and oak along with subtle tobacco, wheat, banana, cantaloupe, salty mineral, lemon grass, and black pepper aromas.
4.5 out of 5
TASTE: A sour funk is instantly established as strong earthy yeast flavors fuse with mild flavors of sour green apple. Mild flavors of hay and subtle salty mineral flavors give this brew a Farmhouse characteristic as the tartness significantly increases. A mild, fruity barrel explosion next floods the palate with flavors of white grape, pear, peach, and oak as the mineral aspect of the brew grows slightly stronger. The complexity of the beer continues to evolve as subtle banana, wheat, and lemon grass flavors commingle with the others. Subtle flavors of black pepper and hints of cantaloupe trail lastly as the lemon grass flavors grow to mild and all other flavors maintain.
4.5 out of 5
NOTE: This easily makes my top 5 list of the best Saisons that I have experienced. I loved how their was nothing extravagant done with this besides barrel-aging. It was not dry-hopped nor did it have fruit or spices added. It was simply a spectacle of complexity that took my taste buds on one heck of a roller coaster ride. I greatly look forward to trying more brews from Casey.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

definitely one of the best saisons going right now, world wide i would imagine, and while i was slow to hop on this overnight celebrity train, i certainly am one of its more engaged passengers now, all of these beers are just insane. this one has a very light wheat malt base, pale and fresh, with one heck of a cool yeast profile, featuring a unique spicy saison strain and lively brett that makes this one of the funkier, drier saisons i have had in ages. i love the hoppiness to it too, not that its overloaded with hops, but that it has some real character, grassy and fruity and bitter enough to tame both yeasts. carbonation is epic, and the layers of flavor just blow by other saisons in terms of depth, balance, interestingness, and enjoyability. its low abv makes it a beer you could drink all day, and if it wasnt so expensive, i absolutely would! in some ways, this beer has ruined the style for me, its as good as it gets in basic form really. completely and utterly impressed, cant believe it took me this long to get into one of these!

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Photo of Beaver13
3.33/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, bottled 5/30/14. Pours hazy light yellow with a small creamy white head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is banana and musty earthy yeast with a little lactic fruit.

The flavor is some tart/lactic and sweet fruitiness (lemon) with a little funk and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation.

Overall, interesting tart saison - it tastes kind of like a berliner weisse.

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Photo of MLDucky
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.36/5  rDev 0%

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. First Blend! Bottled 5/30/2014.

Appearance - Hazy golden body. Nice white head. Some lacing.

Smell - Light wine barrel. Some oak. Yeast. A little fruity and bretty.

Taste - Very nice. Wine barrel is much stronger. Lightly acidic. A little grainy. White wine finish.

Mouthfeel - Bright and lightly tart. Well carbonated. Medium light body.

Overall - This is really good. Very nice wine barrel.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GRG1313
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cultclassic89
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sirsteve42
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.36/5  rDev 0%

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2.5/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Irrenarzt
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Super nice saison. Just the right amount of funk without being too wild. I would put this above Bernice. Well done Troy!

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Photo of SurlyUtopia
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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