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Brewers Series No. 2 - Brett Saison | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Brewers Series No. 2 - Brett SaisonBrewers Series No. 2 - Brett Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States
grandtetonbrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Grand Teton Brewing’s second release in their Brewers’ Series in bottles is a Dry Hopped Brett Saison aged in wine barrels. Starting with a Saison using traditional malts and hops, the brewers then pitched a simple yet complex strain of yeast: Brettanomyces Drei (Brett).

After the beer fermented to a low gravity resulting in a crisp, clean and dry beer, Grand Teton brewers transferred it to wine barrels where it aged for nine months. A few weeks before packaging, a blend of hops at a rate of 5 pounds per wooden barrel was added. The live Brett in this beer, as well as the generous amounts of unique and flavorful hops, makes this a great beer to drink fresh. It may also be cellared to further develop for years to come.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 02-19-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
19
pDev:
5.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by mmilyko:
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy straw color with floaters and a substantial bubbly white head that sticks around and leaves plenty of lace.
Aroma is funk, green apple, hay and a touch of apple cider vinegar and a slight mineral sharpness.
Taste is tart apple, hay, funk, mineral crispness and a slight medicinal note. A touch of bitter.
Mouthfeel is bubbly and crisp. White good.

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Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a burnished golden orange with a thin layer of foam and spotty lace that fades to a thin ring.

Dry hop aroma comes through nicely, fruity notes of white wine and peach, mild botanicals, light wet hay Brett funk.
Tart and fruity, white wine, lemon zest, peach, cheese rind, mildly bitter finish with a wisp of hops in the aftertaste.
Medium bodied, light carbonation, similar to a fruit-forward white wine or cider, with more hops and Brett funkiness.

Overall this was really nice, one of the best beers from Grand Teton. Reminds me of a more balanced version of Almanac's single hop series.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz Bottle picked up at Brewer's Haven Boise... Paid a pretty pricey $10... but WOW! I am surprised that it is worth it. Pours clear orange with a short-lived white head, spotty lacing.. Vinous and fruity hoppy while still retaining a dry aroma, pear and apricot with orange zest notes... Grassy and earthy on the palate with a big fruity blast coming in mid palate.. crisp vinous notes on the finish... This one is a monumental winner. Perhaps a bit thick for the ABV, but that is a very minor complaint.

4/4.25/4.25/4/4.25

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Photo of MFMB
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful beer. Smells of white grape/white wine like with a spicy peppery nose. Taste of the FUNk. Brett is the star here. Yeasty, peppery, cloves, white grape with a nice hoppy kick. Get a bit of oak and sweet cracker malt too. Complex and for the price I had hopes it would leave me thinking, and it has! Nice work Grand Teton

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Photo of Cramerican
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In the tried and true rusticity of ancient pale and of Belgium, Grand Teton brewers embark on the impossible- to recreate the regal refinement of earthen flavors through use of wild yeast, wine barrels and dry hopping. The ale that emerges from those oaken cocoons is one of mystery, pungency and finesse.

Amber-golden in appearance, the beer's moderate translucent haze adds greater visual weight while its billowing foamy column sends a cornucopia of fragrances racing through the room- toasted nuttiness, weathered citrus, melon, pepper, oak, sea air and the funk of forgotten attic woods all align on the nose for curiosity and seduction of the senses. Steely caramel sweetness is of peanut skins, graham cracker and rosé wine must... at least to start.

As the flavors unfold, the middle palate is enlivened with a host of fruitiness. Dried lime, lemon and grapefruit take shape ahead of pineapple, gooseberry, blueberry, cherry, crabapple, kiwi and melon- all seemingly giving new sensations at every sip. Balanced with worn oak, peppercorn and a stern hop bite, the finish is delicate with grapeseed and a return of the earthen wafts of saddle leather, damp cork and burlap.

Medium-light on the palate, the soft residual sweetness is biscuity on the palate but radiant with the carbonation to give the beer a chapagne-like zest. Acidic to finish, the beer is delicately sour with those vinous acidities charging the tongue in the background. Aftertaste is bitter with dried citrus peel and grassiness with complexities of cinnamon, almond and red apple following suit.

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Photo of Roybert
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a spectacularly-hazy golden-amber (orange?) with a quickly dissipating head but excellent lacing. A different look from what I expected.

Smell--Faint fruitiness paired with very forward hoppy notes. I tend to prefer "malty" over "hoppy," but this is a delightful hoppy smell.

Taste--As noted above, I am not a fan of "hoppy" beers. But there is a lot going on here to be sure. There is an initial fruity/funky just short of sweet taste (citrus--somewhere between lemon and grapefruit), followed by the characteristic "sour" of some of this style, chased with a pronounced (but not overly so) hoppiness. I think the oak wine-barrel aging has imparted some very "winey" notes as well. Each of these aspects finds a different place in the palate at the same time and complements and balances the others, and each sip is better and more complex than the last. This is simply one of the most unique and best tasting beers I've tried in some time.

Feel--I almost feel like if it had just 10% more carbonation, this beer would tempt me to render five "5's"--as it is, the carbonation is solid.

Overall--I tend to be a fan of the maltier brews, and have avoided the recent rash of ultra-hoppy IPA's and ultra sour ales that appear to be trying to win a contest--leading to a one note mess. And for me to call a saison anything more than "pretty good" is remarkable. In this case, the balance of funk, fruit, sour, and bitter hops is simply amazing. It was worth every dime of the $10 price; I can't wait to buy my next one, and I would recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergoot
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mildly cloudy, somewhat dark hued golden body; foamy, sticky, white head. Pepper and lemon rind aroma; some faint bready notes; some white oak. Taste delivers some grapefruit and pineapple qualities as well as mimicking the aroma's profile. Medium-heavy body; somewhat fizzy and coarse on the palate; tart with a mostly dry crispness.

A mighty fine saison with a twinge of brett funk to twist the citrus and light grain qualities to an interesting sensory level.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken 04/14/17:

Was about 58° when I grabbed it so I put it in the freezer for 5 minutes, should get it in that 45-55° range the label suggests. Served in a flanged snifter which is basically just a short, wide, tulip.



Bright, fairly opaque and metallic amber, with peach, apricot, and butterscotch hues. Cream-colored head, looks creamy in texture but it is quite delicate and seems fizzy underneath, giving the head a very short life until at last a fine layer of fine filmy bubbles. Very tart and wild aromas, like overripe strawberries and lemons and peaches and vinegar and funk, perfect! Palate is sharper and more citric than aroma, but still close, leaning more toward grapefruit than lemon, strong apricot in the middle just under the tartness, finishing still fruity and sour but with a balanced combination of rind and burning rubber. You could almost say pepper in the after breath if you weren’t busy wincing from the sourness. And yet, as sour as it is, it is very easy to drink fast. At only around 6% ABV, I’d say go for it, but then I’d also have to warn you about the price ($1 an ounce!), not that you could find this exact one again. Light to medium in body, medium carbonation, but fine and sharp at first, mellowing to gulpable, velvety suds. Alcoholic warmth is teased out a little by vinegaresque qualities. Mild astringency, going beyond just the normal effects of acidity.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

$15.99 for a Howler at Liquor Shed.

This pours a clear gold with what started out as a 2 finger head of foam(vigorous pour); in quick smart time, the foam dissipated and now there's just a ring around the glass.

Complex smell here. dry white wine with that Saison aroma mixed with definitely noticeable Brett. Spicy with cloves and white pepper, hints of oak. Egads.

Wine like flavour up front, dry and tart from the wild yeast, fruity..perhaps apricots with grapes, white pepper whilst the clove I smelled seem to be buried by the other flavours. Ooomp, there it is. I'm getting some oak notes as well. No complaints aboot any alcohol and why should I? Only 6.2% abv. So dry, so drinkable.

A really slick and wet mouthfeel. The carbonation is on the very low side but I don't want for more.

I was super impressed with their American Sour; this impresses me almost to the same level. Marvelous.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

an expensive little bottle of one heck of a good beer. these guys dont get enough credit. they never have. its a crystal clear beer for something called a saison, real orange too, almost oddly so, and sporting a tall white head on top. it smells awesome, i get the nelson hops on the dry hopping right away, new zealands best right here, along with an uncommon malt feature, sweet and fruity, less wheat based it seems, much less creamy, but definitely fuller bodied and assertive. the yeast is cool too. white wine tang, seriously has a white wine flavor to it, like maybe the used wine yeast and white grapes in here, its very prominent, with some belgian fruitiness to play with the grain and then a maturing brett that dries it all right out in the finish. just barnyard must and hops remain. i take orange marmalade and passion fruits from the nelson, and i would guess a brett blend given the complexity here, but they say its one type. must have had quite a bit of time to work its magic. not delicate like i thought it would be, this is super flavorful, big bodied, yeasty and hoppy all at once. not like anything else i know of in its field and i though it was fantastic. i wish it came in a bomber for this price, but it was worth the money, they beer is really sensational. some of their best to date. these guys deserve more love...

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Brewers Series No. 2 - Brett Saison from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 19 ratings
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