East Bank | Casey Brewing & Blending

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Brewed by:
Casey Brewing & Blending
Colorado, United States
caseybrewing.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with fresh Glenwood Springs honey.

Added by Kurmaraja on 11-24-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#910
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
293
pDev:
5.79%
 
 
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75
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Reviews by mctizzz:
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of timontheroad
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden yellow, one centimeter white head that faded to a thin film but left great lacing in the glass all the way to the bottom. Nice tart and funky aroma, with just a bit of sweet honey in the nose. The taste was exactly like the smell - superb, just a hint of raw clover honey, with a great funky taste and just the right amount of acidity. The mouthfeel was bubbly and prickly, just as it should be. This was truly an outstanding beer, wish it wasn't so hard to find!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

An oak aged farmhouse ale from one of my home state's finest breweries? Sign me up!

BOTTLE: 750ml. Brown glass. Black hood-and-wire cap over a cork. Orange label.

6.50% ABV. "Honey ale" "bottled 8/10/15."

HEAD: ~6-7cm of head. Off-white. Frothy and appealing. Long-lasting too; retention is easily 8+ minutes. Leaves sticky lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Hazy dull orange. No yeast/lees visible within (at least not in the first pour from the bottle).

Appears well-carbonated. It's a style-appropriate appearance, but lacks any unique or special characteristics to set it apart from the pack. I do think the head is above average.

AROMA: I do pick up on honey, but it's not as vivid as in Baltic honey ales. Subtle oak. Subtle cedar. Faint lemony twang. Flaked wheat. Pale or pilsner malts. Subtly spicy yeast. A hint of apple skin. Faint clean funkiness from brettanomyces yeast(s).

Not a farmhouse ale aroma that's heavy on barnyard notes or starchy crackery malts. Instead, it's clean and balanced with a downplayed spiciness. Suggests a pleasant farmhouse ale with a refreshing light mouthfeel and plenty of flavour.

Aromatic intensity is average. I'm eager to try it.

TASTE: Twangy, with moderately high acidity punctuated by lemony zest and hints of lemon peel if not dried meyer lemons. Dried limes. Dried apple skin. Crab apple.

An oak undertone gives foundation to the build, tying it together and lending it natural cohesion. It's not pungent, but it's there. I also pick up on some cedary character. White pepper is the only real spice noticeable in this build.

Malt backbone is comprised of flaked wheat and pilsner malts, if I had to guess. Subtle saccharomyces ale yeast esters sit comfortably alongside a restrained brettanomyces funkiness. Hops are barely present, but I do pick up on some grassy hop character.

I look for honey, and I do find it, but I doubt I'd note it if I tried this in a blind tasting. In other words, it's well integrated into the whole.

And a gestalt whole this beer is, with each note feeling welcome in the build. It's balanced, yes, but the absence of a complex spice profile, pungent funk (not the restrained funk showcased here), and further yeasty complexities make this beer's balance less impressive given its relative simplicity. I quite like it, but there are missed opportunities for masterful intricacy.

TEXTURE: Soft and approachable but medium-bodied with a real presence on the palate. Near perfectly carbonated, smooth, wet, and acidic. Excellent execution in terms of mouthfeel, with the soft yet sharp texture accentuating the crisp orchard fruit vibe of the flavour profile. There's a real harmony of texture and taste in this beer.

OVERALL: Effortless to drink and impeccably balanced with a wonderfully soft mouthfeel, East Bank is a marvelous farmhouse ale from Casey Brewing & Blending and a must-try if you can get your hands on it. A treat of a brew I'll savour each sip of, and well worth the high price.

B+ (3.94) / VERY GOOD

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Photo of snansel
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 2. Drank side by side with Anna. I preferred East Bank. Delicately balanced and very refreshing while still being unique in many ways. The best beer brewed with honey I've ever had, and probably ever will have.

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Photo of stakem
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12/4/14 bottling care of BA smoked. Thanks man! 750ml poured into a tulip, the brew appears a clear pale yellow color with frothy white head that fades leaving spots of lacing.

The smell is lemony lactic with faint saison yeast spiciness like clove. Oak is evident with a raw character about it that mingles well with the rest of the aromatics.

The taste is tart and lemony with a mild saison yeastiness across the middle. Some clove and a hint of pepper with a raw oaky aftertaste and almost a mint to herbal character.

This is medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall very enjoyable tart saison with minimal alcohol warmth and barrel character. I would love to drink this again and it has certainly perked my interest in trying this brewery's other creations.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange-yellow body, two finger white head with nice retention time and lacing. Looks a lot like the normal Casey saison. Smells of honey, funk, lemon, citrus, oak, hay. The honey is nice with a reasonably strong presence; there is the same lemon kick of the Saison but with a bit more sweetness to it. Flavour is again similar, nice citrus kick, funk, oak, hay, lemon, and a moderate amount of honey that seems to change things up from the base saison. It's a bit sweeter with still a good lemon presence. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, soft, good carbonation, refreshing and very easy to drink. Finish is sweet citrus. Overall, a nice tasting saison that works quite well altogether with the honey.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darkfallberg
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnny_chimpo
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Meyers1023
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated 8/10/15 into a tulip glass. Pours a golden color with very little head but laces slightly down the glass. Definitely has the sour smell you want and a tartness to the taste that causes a good pucker. Has a very crisp mouthfeel and tingles on the tongue. The barrel flavor comes through nicely complementing the fruit and sourness. Overall a wonderful beer!

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Photo of Prospero
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of boogerisu
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of roostor07
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wheresblue
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BravoDawg_WS
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of frozen-1984
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent model of what a saison should be tart funky and dry. Very refreshing

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East Bank from Casey Brewing & Blending
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 293 ratings