Casey Brewing & Blending

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #8
Ranked #160
4.58 | pDev: 5.02%
Casey Brewing & Blending
Colorado, United States
Notes: Collaboration with Side Project Brewing

Our Side Project Collaboration called Leaner. A leaner is when a peach is so juicy you have to lean forward or it spills on you. 100% Oak Fermented Saison fermented with both Casey and Side Project's cultures. Aged with over 3 pounds per gallon Flamecrest Colorado Peaches. The Saison we both brewed was a higher gravity version of our house Saison recipe. So this beer is basically a higher gravity version of Casey Family Preserves but with Side Project's cultures. Noticeably more acidic. A great showing of both our cultures.
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.84/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

3 June 2021 - Beer #239 - BA Top 250 Alert!

Acquired via trade

Appearance: 4 - looks a bit pale, but the head stuck around beautifully. I was expecting a deeper orange.

Nose: 5 - holy peaches! I don't detect much of anything else. Doesn't even smell sour.

Taste: 5 - oo, this is more complex than I expected. Tons of peach, but otherwise very dry. You really get the barrel a lot. See kids, this is the difference between a slushy kettle sour and a proper barrel aged sour.

Mouth: 4 - just a drop flat. Thick for a sour, but I could use a few more bubbles.

Overall: 5 - an outstanding saison. World class.


Jun 04, 2021
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 bottle. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Side Project tulip. Acquired in a trade.

First pour while the sediment was still settled was a crystal clear golden body with very little head or lacing.

Aromas are outstanding especially as it warms up - rich stone fruit, candied peaches, lightly oaky, fields of hay, tart citrus.

On the tongue it’s pretty sour, tart stone fruit takes center stage, pulpy peaches, candy peach rings, light white wine, following by a light oakyness, a bit drying but not astringent, sour citrus on the finish. Easy drinker, moderately carbonated with a light refreshing body.

A well crafted beer, the peach really shines. This was an older bottle so I’m happy the fruit is still present.

Mar 23, 2020
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

sample pour from a 9L bottle at SP 3rd anniversary party. pours a hazy, juicy orange with soapy white head. nice collar of white on this one after the initial foam from the pour dies down. smells of peach candy, oak, a hint of white wine and perhaps even a little graham cracker crust. taste is sweet peach candy up front with the oak on the backend. it’s got a nice sourness to it. mouthfeel was full; well carbonated. extremely tasty. i love SP’s versions of Leaner and Casey’s was just as good. been a long while since i have had any Casey. damn good stuff.

Dec 17, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

4.03/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at share. pale golden with small ring of head. Stone fruit, peaches in the aroma, light savory notes. Lots more dessert elements in the taste, cinnamon, peaches, pie crust.

Nov 02, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9/10/2018 release. Drank on 9/28/2019. A wealth of slightly overripe, pulpy peach - wish it were funkier or more sour, but it's fantastic, regardless.

Sep 30, 2019
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birchstick from Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had side by side Casey's Leaner. Side Project's had a bit more funk and layers to it, but I preferred Casey's powerful fruit notes. Both were fantastic!

Apr 21, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Foggy burnt gold with a fuzzy white blanket that recedes to a thin ring.

Having just had Jammy b2 before popping this cork, the aroma here features significantly more funk and complexity by comparison, with barnyard hay and straw, lightly stinky nutty cheese, and toast, all sufficiently met by juicy peach and apricot.

Taste is more peachy than smell, featuring a stupid amount a drippy peach with a soft froth and a tingly semi-dry finish.

Bottled 10/13/17

Dec 09, 2018
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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

01/2016 - incredible peach aromas, plus white wine, oakiness coming through; acidic as all hell on the palate and finish; slightly sweet, peachy keen, and barnyard on the palate, too; flavorful, spritzy finish.

Oct 03, 2018
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mothman from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Casey. White head. Golden yellow color.

So much tart, juicy peaches. Wow, so dominant. Some acidity. Tart and sour. Easy drinking for the abv.

Very drinkable. Glad I got to try it on tap.

Aug 11, 2018
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Frudel from Canada (QC)

4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bright veiled orange body, small white head diminishing to a ring, foam sticking to the glass, leaving lots of lacings.

Nose: Peaches, peaches and peaches again, that juicy peach you would get the juice all over your hands and mouth while eating it. Beautifully funky.

Sourness, juicy peaches up front, a lot of yeasty component, very long aftertaste, you just can't get enough!

That mouthfeel is wrapping all around, the abv is not noticeable at all!
Amazing collab, you love to get one again!

Apr 16, 2018
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M_chav from New Mexico

4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

They have brewed this beer every year for the last 3 years straight and it's considered "retired" - when was the last time Oude Fermier or Ann was freshly brewed? those are still on the top 250 list- just food for thought.

Leaner b2 pours a beautiful orange glow, the dregs at the end of the of the bottle were added to everyones glass and added a hazy dreamsicle look.
Aroma is a spritzer peach, lacking the oak theory funk, this is cleaner and pronounces the fruit well.
Taste is fuzzy peaches, a bit puckering at first but mellows quickly, all fruit all sour all good.
Feel is bit on the sour-side like mentioned above, I don't remember a casey bottle with that type of feel, must be the Side Project cultures taking over a bit.
Overall an extremely good sour, sour peaches to the max, happy to finally get to try this one, would seek it out again!

Oct 29, 2017
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LambicPentameter from Nebraska

4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with a sticker denoting it as being bottled on 9/13/2016. Consumed as part of a small bottle share on 4/22. Poured into a teku style glass.

Appearance (4.25) - Pours a vibrant yellow with just the slightest twinge of orange giving it a depth of color. Not really terribly hazy, but it's also not completely translucent either--likely from the fact that we had no lambic basket handy to keep the yeast confined to the bottom of the bottle. The dregs looked like straight juice. Not much of a head--just a little bit and pretty much no lacing to speak of.

Smell (4.5) - Wonderful aroma of fresh-cut, ripe peach flesh is accentuated by underlying acidity and brightness from the wild bacteria. Honestly, there's not much to write about the aroma because it's so simple and straightforward. The peach flavor is front and center, even though it's been seven months since bottling.

Taste (4.5) - The flavor very much follows from the smell here, with the juicy flavor of fresh peach leading the way. Providing support is a nice lemony, citric tartness that is enough to counterbalance the sweetness of the stone fruit. Hiding in the background is a bit more complexity, with shades of funkiness and a woody mustiness.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Light bodied and moderate to light carbonation. Finish has just enough pucker to give your cheeks that little pinch of sour.

Overall (4.5), a fantastic beer and one of the most true to the flavor of peach that I can recall having tried. I suppose I shouldn't be that surprised when two of the heavyweights of brewing sour beers with fruit put their heads together on a recipe. Would be really curious to try the Side Project version.

Apr 26, 2017
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Ready4aHeady from New York

4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber batch 1: murky peach color, smells of acidic peach, lemon, and stone fruit.... Taste follows with a fairly strong sour component, peach, lemon, stone fruit and bourbon! Definitely sour, but rounded out by the fruit....nicely concentrated!

Apr 15, 2017
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vfgccp from New York

4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Broke this treat out for beer 4,000.

Bottled Sep 13th 2016, opened Mar 11th 2017.

A - Golden hay body with one finger of bright white, loosely bubbled head. Low retention and lace.

S - Barnyard funk with a fresh, crisp white peach. Really clean.

T - Fantastic fruit character. Sweet raw peach, tart peach skins, soft wheat, tart lactic acid, and old wood.

M - Wonderfully dry with a medium frame.

O - An outstanding fruited saison. Leaner lives up to the hype.

Mar 11, 2017
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Tommo from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

B2. This was a very nice beer, although it did not meet hype. Beer was flat when poured. The nose was all fruit, the taste was jammy goodness. Overall its very nice, kinda sucked that it was flat, and side by side i much preferred fou

Jan 24, 2017
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mrn1ceguy from Illinois

4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hazy yellow color without much head. Nose is like wild peach with fresh picked peaches. Taste is a lot of tartwith a lot of peaches. Feel is very full and enjoyable. This is a fantastic beer.

Dec 18, 2016
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MileHighBeerGuy from Colorado

5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

batch 2 - 10/15/16 - Enjoyed at Casey.

Just thinking about this beer makes my mouth water. Had it side by side with The Cut: Peach and the look of the Leaner is hazier and looks more like a peach color than the much more bright yellow (and also delicious) Peach Cut. Upon smelling it you get the sense it's going to be intensely sour, and it is, but amazingly the peach flavor still shines through and it seems to be a perfect balance. As the Cut series is 5% ABV, I was shocked to realize after I had a few sips that the Leaner was 8%. The name is apropos, it tastes like the most sour, juicy peach you've ever had squeezed in a glass. Leaner is one of the best sours I've had. Psyched to have a couple bottles to save for a special occasion.

Oct 16, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

killer beer, amazing to have in such close proximity with the westly, which although was apricot and not peaches, makes a great side by side. the beers are similar in some ways, but this was much more interesting on the yeast front, much less sour, equally fruity. peaches rule this one, drippy and ripe just like the namesake, aroma and flavor are the peak of ripeness, hardly sweet at all, just juicy and true, fuzzy and woody and awesome. soft yellowish orange beer, hazy and heady, well carbonated, dry, and who knew it was so strong on the booze? you dont taste it in the least nor feel it at all. brett out in front of souring cultures in this one for me, funky and layered and real mature. this must have spent quite a bit of time ageing, fermenting all this fruit out. the peaches are insane, yellow and bursting out of this. in some ways, the sourness takes over the apricot in westly a bit, here, the fruit leads the way and is merely accentuated by the yeasts. still plenty of acid, but a lot of nuance to it, maybe less wood, but more interesting i think. i like this as much as i liked either westly or fuzzy from side project in isolation, and think if they made more of it, it would have to be one of the most hyped beers ever. its immediately in that range with stuff like fou foune, cascade, allagash, and the other greatest peach or apricot lambics out there. lots of wheaty body, even oaty, fluffy and expansive, inviting, micro bubbles are very active in it too. i couldnt imagine this improving in any way, its a truly beautiful beer. thanks to claystation for sharing it with us, a real treat, and a new high water mark for casey, and thats really saying something if you have been keeping up with their releases lately...

edit: leaving my original scores in place, but we drank a batch 1 from ages ago this weekend and it really had changed. acidity ramped way up, peach faded way back, and just a totally different brew, still compelling and complex and delicious by any standard, but a far cry from what it was when it was new and the fruit character was so explosive in here and the funk was on par with the sour. maybe not meant for extended cellaring...

Jun 29, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, first blend from the Casey side of the collaboration. Served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a beautiful, hazy medium yellow body, one finger white head, great retention. Pretty much identical to Side Project's version. Smell is dripping with peach juice. It's more aggressive on the nose. But also more aggressive is the lactic acidity, which is a bit surprising as typically it is the Side Project that tends to have a reputation for being more acidic. A bit of cheese, fair bit of oak, mild dusty funk, but the nose is driven by peaches, and there are peaches for days! Flavour is a bit more skewed in favor of the acidity. Heavy lactic acidity with a touch of lemon seems to be the main theme here. Same big peach flavour, but it is slightly overshadowed. Dusty funk, oak rounds things out. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, but as said before, it is pretty heavy on the lactic acidity. I don't mind it certainly, but I am wishing it was dialed back a bit so I could get even more of the peach on the background of oak and dust. That being said, I enjoyed this one a bit more than the Side Project version. Everything about SP's version that was so well done has been amplified up to a 11. So I guess it depends on what you are looking for and what your preferences are.

May 01, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 mL into a wine glass.

A- Peach-skin colored. Hazy with low-carbonation. 4.5

S- Distinctive Casey aroma. Funky and yeasty with a delicate floral quality followed by unripe, tart peach. Not nearly as fruity or explosive as the Side Project version's aroma. 4.25

T- Tart but juicy and almost pulpy peach hits the palate. Tons of peach all over this in all types of incantations: spicy, jammy, earthy, tangy. Pretty awesome. 4.75

M- Tart, a touch yeasty, floral, lemon-y and light with acidity. 4.5

Pretty damn outstanding.

Mar 10, 2016
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polopaul20 from Maryland

4.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, peaches for days! Poured from a bottle, hazy peach color and funky peach aroma. Was amazing at colder temps, and became more acidic as it warmed. Perfectly carbed, great collab between Casey and SP. Wish I could compare with the SP version.

Feb 29, 2016
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McThulhu from Minnesota

4.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lucky enough to try on tap at Falling Rocks in Denver. If you've heard the hype, believe it. It's what I imagine fermented peaches would taste like. Little alcohol, lots of peach flavor, a good sour funk that dances with the sweetness of peach. Never heard of this before my vacation in CO, I'd come back just for this!

Feb 18, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.04/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. Super hazy pale orange. Smells of oak and lemony acidic yeast. Peaches are kinda sweet smelling. Taste is pretty sour. Strong sourness. Must be the Side Project part of the collab... Sour peaches. Heavy oak. Pretty nice. Heavy peach and almost too strong of a sourness. Tasty, though.

Feb 02, 2016
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t2grogan from Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is very interesting. I would say that from Side Project I prefer Smooth and from Casey I prefer Family Preserves Peach, but this is still very good. Maybe a touch too acidic, but I'm not going to complain.

Jan 31, 2016
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GoodHopBadHop from South Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This might be the first sour worthy of a 5. The signature mouthfeel of Casey with that acidity of Side Project. This peach explosion is sheer perfection.

Jan 14, 2016
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Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 229 ratings