Solstice
Kent Falls Brewing Company

SolsticeSolstice
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Style:
Belgian Saison
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 6.78%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
66
From:
Kent Falls Brewing Company
 
Connecticut, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
Gots
  9
SCORE
91
Outstanding
SolsticeSolstice
Notes: Brewed on the winter solstice, Comet and Apollo hops are used in this farmhouse ale.
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 66 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of grover37
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml split into Alas tulips with Lisa. Solid beer. Lemon and lime floral nose. Sharp but not acidic. Fruity taste with some spicy yeast character. Nice chewy feel, well carbed. Good stuff.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured a pale straw color with a little less than a finger of frothy white head on top. Good amount of bubbles and it's got a semi-cloudy appearance with decent light coming through the glass.

S: A thin layer of hop aroma lies on top of your run-of-the-mill farmhouse qualities: banana, pepper, clove, and a hint of bubble gum. A little bit of funk finishes the aroma off nicely.

T: Very refreshing. Peppery beginning lends its way to some semi-tart fruit flavors like apricot, peach, and maybe a touch of mango. Finishes with a dose of hoppiness as well as some funk.

F: Has the mouthfeel of a solid Belgian-style ale. Medium body with a healthy dose of carbonation transitions into a crisp, refreshing finish.

O: Nice and light. This would be perfect for a spring or summer afternoon. I'm glad that I get some of the hops in this one as they create a nice fruity layer of juiciness to contrast the tart funkiness of the yeast.

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Photo of Gatch
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

No date anywhere on the bottle. That's obnoxious.

Beautiful beer when poured. Hazy golden yellow with a massive head. The nose and flavor are all on-point for the style but with subtle hop character. Hops are a delicious pairing with the farmhouse yeast. Body and feel are a bit thin but overall this is a solid farmhouse beer with some tasty hop additions. First beer from these guys and looking forward to more.

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Photo of Dope
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottling date but recently hit the shelves here.

A: Golden pour - slightly hazy. Tall and very frothy white head. Great head retention. Spotty bits of soapy lacing.

S: Lemony right off the bat. Like lemon oil itself. Some grass backing it up and hints of indistinct spice.

T: More of the same. Lots of lemons but with grass and some sort of spicy, peppery kick to it. Biscuity malt with a long lingering spicy aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and a little peppery.

O: Nice hoppy saison. Not hops you'd typically find but they work well I think. Very smooth, refreshing and easy to drink. Enough hop bite to add character but not to detract. I enjoyed it a lot.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle. Clear golden body with an ample white head. Smell is kinda lemony and a little soapy. Some doughy malts. Taste is less lemony, but it's still present. Strong yeasty flavor. Grassy finish. Very bitter. Medium light body and strong carbonation. Starts nice, but finishes a bit muddy.

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Photo of jhavs
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter, and stemless wine glass.

Look: Straw colored, slightly hazy, foamy pure white head. The head settles and caps the glass, lasting till my last sip.

Smell: Floral notes, bit of yeast and dough, all followed by fresh hops and spice. The hops come through both citrus and earthy, lemon is the most apparent scent.

Taste: Dry, crisp, tingly followed by lemony citrus, yeast and risen dough. A bit of spice lingers on the tongue and the dry-hopping gives it a fresh citrus and grass note that brings everything together.

Feel: High carbonation, fairly effervescent, but did not gush, not unpleasant. Crisp, pin-point bubbles tickle the tongue. Fairly light bodied, refreshing

Overall: For such a refreshing and light bodied brew the flavors are quite complex. Many layers work together. This is well-made and very enjoyable. I have had many of Kent Falls options, and always look forward to enjoying their brews.

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives a hazy goldenstraw capped by an inch or so of foam; decent lacing action

Smell: Grass and lemony with a spicy yeast character; slight farmhouse aspect

Taste: Slightly bready, up front, with the dry hopping impactful, bringing grassy and lemony flavors; yeast adds some funk and spice, but the hops carry through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A sessionable Saison and dry hopped - what's not to like here; my first beer from Kent Falls and I will keep an eye out for other opportunities to taste their beer

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that quickly died down, leaving some specks of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lemon and grapefruit hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of lemons, oranges, and gooseberries along with hints of grapefruit.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a really interesting saison—with the complexity of hop aromas and flavors in the smell and taste you would think this is an IPA—but it is lighter in body and has refreshing properties, akin to what you would expect from a saison.

Serving type: growler

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Beer Belly in Albany, NY.

This one pours a golden straw color, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like hay, classic saison yeast, pale malts, grassy hops, and a bit of grapefruit and lime.

This sort of drier saison is not my favorite style of saison, but this is a well done interpretation. The dry, estery and hay-like yeast flavors are nice, but restrained, with nice grassy and fruity hop flavors, grapefruit and lime. It's super, super, drinkable.

This has a good level of carbonation, with a crisp mouthfeel.

Another really well made beer from Kent Falls. They are quietly doing some of the best stuff in the Northeast, even the country.

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Photo of Billolick
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mid sized bottle. Batch # 1, Bottled 2/16 ( about a week ago...)

Pours hazed tangerine, delicate off white head, leaves nice fine strands of lace.

I get limes, ginger and yeast on the sniff

Tasty and delicate brew with more of the nose on the palate. I also get some pepper, delicate citrus notes and more yeasty goodness.

Very well done - more high quality brew from Kent - go get some

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a tulip.

a: Pale, slightly opaque, pastel straw yellow. Fluffy, soapy 2 finger head with a vigorous pour. Delicate, clinging lace that remains for the entire drink.

s: Wheaty, grassy, earthy, lemony hops jump out as the bottle is poured. The lemon and rind take a backseat as the beer aerates and yields to a stronger earthiness.

t: Crisp and bready malts balance out the delicate and masterful application of the dry hopping. The taste follows the aroma concerning the hops. Grassy, lemony, pitty and pithy mingle with a bit of earth and funk. A light spicy finish wraps up each sip.

mf: Light in body with nice carbonation that lifts everything upward, to the nose and the palate. Nice dry finish with a bit of tart lemon rind.

o: This may be my favorite Connecticut beer. If it isn't it is close and the winner would surely be another of Kent Falls wonderful beers. Waymaker, Sweatpants and Solstice, while different beers entirely, run pretty close to one another as the Nutmeg State's best efforts.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap last night at Cask Republic in New Haven, poured into a tulip glass. Very hazy, opaque, body of the beer is straw colored, pale. Nice foamy head sticks around and leaves splotches of lacing.

Smell is very herbal, like a garden, some piney hops, nice undertones of yeast. It starts with cracker malts and then the faintest tart note, you think it might be a sour beer but it is immediately washed away by the hops. The hops are very herbal, leafy, grassy. Some chalky yeast at the end and bitterness, along with the soft mouthfeel gives of a bit of a soapy texture.

Overall a nice saison, but I would have loved a more prominent yeast note and maybe cut back on the hops a bit here.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Quick review, longer one on the next bottle:

This is phenomenal. Beautiful hazy yellow, smells of equal parts saison yeast and pungent hops. Taste is more of the same with the high AA hops managing to compliment the yeast perfectly. Dry, a bit funky, pineapple dankness, bitter. More please.

This is right up there with the best (Hill Farmstead, Crooked Stave, etc). Seek this out ASAP.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: hazy pale gold body with a creamy white head and a delicate lacing.

S: Bright citrus aromas dominate the smell, but are nicely offset by a savory funk--almost garlicky but not really.

T: bright and crisp citrus flavors collide with florals and just a tiny hint of pineapple. This may sound crazy, but this almost reminds me of a really nice cold sake.

F: Amazing mouth on this beer! Soft on bitterness, but it has a tight, prickly carb. The body is really full for a 4.8% farmhouse, which I love.

O: this is a style I rarely get excited about anymore, but I really enjoyed this beer.

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Solstice from Kent Falls Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 66 ratings