Sylph | Deciduous Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Deciduous Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sylph is our interpretation of a 100% brett primary saison. Alcoholic fermentation is finished with a single strain and then a mixed bacterial culture is pitched. Brewed with white wheat, pilsener malts, and columbus hops.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 25
Photo of LeRose
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep gold, yielding an enormous half glass of white foam. That lasted about two minutes and falls to a snowy white foam about a quarter inch thick that stayed, little bit of subtle cling to the glass.

This saison is 100% fermented with Brettanomyces. I dont find it paticularly strong in the funk department. It is present, but it seems to me it is blended in with other nice things, a surprise included and that is quite a decent aroma of lime. Orange, a little grapefruit and an acid note, maybe from the wheat. A little grassiness, a bit of pepper, but not strong. A pleasant, drink me smell.

The taste opens mildly sour, but the word that comes to mind is bright...bright citrus highlighted by that lime. The brett asserts itself more in the middle of the taste. Apple comes in which i missed in the smell, and it is quite strong. Sweetness - just a little bit. Hay, grassy, but man...the citrus shines and the funk is just enough to make it avoid becoming a monotone citrus fiesta. The sour level...hmmm...not lip puckering, but certainly adds a layer of interest.

Diggin' this beer. Light, bright, enjoyable. Drying in the finish, light on the palate, thinking very white wine character here. I could drink some more of these and to me that is a metric that matters. Recommended.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, a hazy yellow/orange glossy color shows its face with a thin sustaining cap of a white foamy head. Sly sliding lacing falls into beer. The aroma takes on sweet pulpy lemon, sly bitter orange rind, sour notes, sly sweet wheat, and then grassy notes. The flavor takes on a nice combined sour to sweet balance sliding into sly sticky notes of wheat, lemon pulp, grass and a little bit of spice into the aftertaste. Quick wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a spectacular sessionability about it. Carbonation rides fairly light. Overall, damn nice saison that I could have again.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A careful pour yields a clear vibrant golden straw in color with a finger of white head, very effervescent. Aroma has some lemon, green apple, soft wheat, and a lightly tart note. Tatse starts with green apples then moves towards a dry pale malt note with cleansing effervescent carbonation in the finish. As the beer warms a subtle hay-like funkiness makes itself known. Feels light-medium in body with high to very high carbonation. Overall a tasty brew, enjoyable but I find the price point a bit high.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice balance of Brett with hint of wheat and slight tartness. The wheat continues to come through in the body and gives a balance to the esters and flavor profile.

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Photo of TFawcett
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

excellent barnyard nose with loads of orchard fruit and lemon pith.

I chose to rock the sediment free and poured a very hazy golden straw with slight rim core variation.

Tight bead, dry for a wheat ale, drinks like a sour farmhouse/dry cider hybrid with a crisp bite.

brett lends to a long desirable finish with a lingering acidity that screams for a seafood pairing.

I would drink this again... with a robust fish like swordfish or bluefish.

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Photo of DBosco
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head. Smells of a medium barnyard funk. Tastes a little bit sour with a lot of barnyard funk. Frankly the taste is a little nasty. Mouthfeel is a little fizzy with a substantial body. Overall, this is an interesting beer, which seems to teach me the lesson that too much barnyard funk is unpleasant.

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Photo of Craig-er
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While travelling to Maine I purchased this Saison Farmhouse Ale. Nice carbonation, and lacing. A fine Saison. Typical flavors. A whole lot of lemon going on. An enjoyable drink for the working man. I love the fact that it is bottle conditioned.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle. Clear golden body. Big white head. Smells of doughy pilsner malts and some wheat. Light brett. Tastes of a bit of lemon up front. Wheat is strong. Brett is heavier in the back end with a strong earthy bite. High carbonation and light body. Simple, but nice.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this is simple beer from an ingredient standpoint, but it is quite complex in its flavor development, and its very patient stuff. completely brett fermented apparently, it has a bit more sourness and acidity than i am used to in just brett beers, but there is an amazing funky dryness to this that i live for in the style, and i have been incredible impressed with all deciduous stuff so far in my limited exposure to their portfolio. this is pale and hazy, straw colored with a swirling white head on top, airy and permanent. musty nose from the brett, slight tropical fruits, honeydew melon, lime even, slight grapefruit from the hops, they are prominent in the nose too. the flavor is surprisingly tart, bacterial, and wheaty all at the same time. i love the body and tone the wheat provides, soft but expansive. hay and pollen and other summer allergens are what the yeast seems to add to this, farmy for sure but incredibly dry, i mean bone dry by the end, with explosive carbonation that makes this absolutely go off on the tongue for me. my only regret about this beer is just buying one bottle, some of the better hoppy brett saison i have had lately. really high quality brew, patiently done. i need to get my hands on more beers from these guys!

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Photo of beertunes
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks again to smanson56 for this one from the LIF box. 500ml bottle poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy straw-gold color with about 1/4 inch of white head that quickly dissipated and left no lacing.

A tart, funky, and fruity aroma greeted my olfactory facilities upon removal of the encapsulating device. In the glass, the aroma was very apple-y, and still had a nice shot of funk. On the tongue tartness grabs the attention first, giving way to the apple flavor, with the funk blending with the fruit at the back, ending in a nicely clean finish.

The body is light and crisp, with a very nicely dry finish. Drinkability is awesome, it's the rare time when I wish I had a larger format bottle. Overall, an excellent brew. I will seek it out again. A must try if you see it.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a thin white head.

Smell: Light hops and cloves.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of sour citrus and cloves.

Overall: Excellent beer!!! Very good highly recommend.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery.
Pours a slightly hazy deep straw color with a good sized bubbly white head that slowly dissipates. Big fruity nose with and earthy funk edge to it. Tart earthy lightly bitter flavor with plenty of earthen funk to it. Touch of alcohol in the finish. Citrus sharpness melds wonderfully with the earthy rustic funk.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a large soapy white head. The head is gone quickly and doesn't leave much lacing. There's quite a bit of sediment floating around.

The aroma is bready and yeasty with a hint of funk. There's also some lemon and a touch of peppery spice on the back end. Pretty straightforward for the style. Not as much brett as expected.

The flavor is very grainy and slightly metallic. Lots of yeast and a bit of lemon zest. Finishes lightly tart and spicy.

The feel is medium-light bodied with pretty high carbonation. Finish is dry. Drinks pretty heavy for the style.

Overall, meh. This is a pretty disappointing saison. There's nothing bad about it, it's just completely unremarkable. Hopefully with a few tweaks this can be a good beer. Needs some work though.

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Sylph from Deciduous Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 25 ratings