Brand New Eyes
Birds Fly South Ale Project

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #376
Ranked #8,605
4.1 | pDev: 9.51%
Birds Fly South Ale Project
South Carolina, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 38
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a nice hazy light golden color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma had lemongrass, lime and floral hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nicely balanced lemongrass, lime and floral flavor
M-A light bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A well balanced Belgian Saison

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2.37/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

On tap at Das Beer Garden. Hazy bright orange. Smells of white wine acidity, citrus, and a yeasty mess. There's a name for this, but I don't know what it is. Tastes much the same. Very citrusy and winey, but with an unpleasant sourness. It never gets so bad that it's undrinkable, but it's not good.

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Photo of robotic_being
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a semi-cloudy golden yellow, with a creamy three-finger airy head and nice lacing. Aromas of wild yeast, oak, slight grass, funky brett, and white grapes. The taste is semi sweet, grassy, hints of lemon peal; yeast, biscuity, and mild hop bitterness. Mouth feel is smooth with a slight prickly carbonation, thin to medium body with medium carbonation and a dry oaky finish. The mixed fermentation makes this a non-sour Saison with a low hop bite and subtle sweetness that is nicely balanced. This is a wonderful beer to pair with a hearty dinner salad.

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3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear gold, with a creamy three-finger head and nice lacing.
S: Immediate tart bretty notes with a slight undercurrent of citrus and cucumber and sweet/tart aromas, the brett is winning out here, though there are some slight white grape notes coming through as well.
T: The brettanomyces brings a slight bubblegum flavor to the beer that is underscored by earth and hay, I wish it was slightly less prominent but they still manage it with aplomb. As is suggested on the bottle, this beer is about the yeast, brett in particular, and it's very evident. There are some slightly sweet biscuity notes that come through here, and the hops bleed into the brett to the extent that they become slightly difficult to separate from the esters at play here.
M: creamy and very soft, only slightly dry
O: If I'm reviewing this as a brettanomyces beer, then I think it is executed beautifully with more grace than most have when they just chuck brett into a beer. That being said, while this is a very good beer, I don't think it's an amazing one, I know that people might say you have to judge a beer by it's intention and while I generally agree, I think the buck has to stop somewhere so here goes, as a saison (with a focus on brett even) I think the beer allows the yeast to do too much of the heavy lifting here, it is still a very good beer, but it is by no means perfect, even for what it is.

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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best beer I've ever purchased from a Kroger. Hands down. Have no idea if I happened to hit the mother of Kroger stores, or if Birds Fly South beers are that common in stores in the South Carolina area. Whatevs. This is a great beer.

From a green bottle. Hay colored, excellent head retention, skunky light struck hop smell that slowly disappate away to yield minor band aid, cheese, and floral hops. Taste of the same green bottle degraded hops (that does not fade, but adds the complexity I suspect the brewers are after), more sweetness than you'd expect for an AWSaison--it is right in line with farmhouse Belgian saisons. The sweetness is balanced nicely with bittering hops. Lemon-lime undercurrents, but not sour. This is a nicely built AWS you can easily drink multiple glasses of without blinking an eye.

And at $11, one of the best valued mixed ferments I've had. Way to go Birds Fly South! And awesome of you to kick these out into distro!

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4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the tap in the taproom.
Cloudy, blonde color; lemon/pineapple/flowery aroma.
Tastes tart with hints of lime/pear(?), almost sour/gose
Medium bodied; very refreshing/drinkable.
I will order again next time.

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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Ridgewood

Hazy straw color with a thick head of tight-bubbled froth on top. Funky, sour aromas over a pale malt sweetness. Dusty funk, lemon, lime, crackers, biscuits, and hay. Flavor is musty Brett, citrus acidity, flowers, apples, wood, and damp earth finishing with a bit of pils malt. Medium-light and dry. A nice, funky Saison from a brewer I've never heard of.

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4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had not previously heard of this brewery, but was very impressed by this one. Wish more breweries in the south were making saisons of this caliber. Super funky nose and a great taste that's slightly tart and pleasantly dry. Will look for more from these guys!

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Brand New Eyes from Birds Fly South Ale Project
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 38 ratings