Rustic Sunday | Birds Fly South Ale Project

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birds Fly South Ale Project
South Carolina, United States
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Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Solera program, sauvignon blanc puncheon aged rye forward farmhouse ale with hallertau blanc hops

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,554
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
36
pDev:
7.07%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 36
Photo of emillner
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A delightful Saison. Combines a funky sour flavor with hops and a titch of rye to create a tasty variation that is both creative and traditional. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours with a frothy, three finger head, that has decent retention and nice lacing, with a hazy yellow body.
S: has an earthy, dry aroma, with hints of funk and touches of pear and pepper, and some white grape, quite fragrant.
T: hints of lemon, and earthy flavors, good spice and funk with some requisite dankness and a (slight) malt sweetness. The rye gives this a graininess that I rather enjoy, and a underlying astringency as well. This beer is slightly tart, but nowhere near sour. As the beer sits though, the hallertau blanc hops really come alive, leaving an effervescent white grape character coating the tongue.
M: Dry as hell, well done, just under medium body.
O: A very good beer, reminds me a bit of Arthur from Hill Farmstead, it does have a pleasant white grape aftertaste. If you like your farmhouse ales on the sour end, this is not really for you, but if you like them somewhere in between a saison dupont and a Fantome, this should do the trick. It's truly a well done beer, but for some reason I don't love it, can't really put my finger on why. Nevertheless there is immaculate brewing skill and refined taste on display here, and that should be commended.

ADDITIONAL THOUGHT: after sitting with this beer some more my opinion is only heightened, this is an excellent farmhouse ale from start to finish that is as pleasant from the first sip as it is the last. Seek it out if you love this style like I do.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Both rustic and refined, the illusive taste that is authentic to the most traditional saisons come way of rye, new German hops and a mindset that's straight out of the Belgian farmhouses.

Birds Fly South's Rustic Sunday (Rye Saison) pours a pale goldenrod with faint specks of yeast to follow. Its billowing ecru froth carries a honeycomb structure and the faint must of wine rot, straw, biscuit, spice and citrus. Pale grains hit the front of the tongue with biscuit, honey and the ancient grit of husken rye.

As the flavors develop rapidly on the middle palate, its sweetness proves to be fast fleeting and the rustic graininess of malt remains. Lightly toasty, its soft savoriness highlights the rye grain for a spiciness that registers early and often on the palate. A followup of lemon, under ripened orange, green apple and pear balances with a piquant spiciness of peppercorn, cumin, white pepper and weathered woods. Lightly vinous, its tangy and bitter finish is moderate trails like white wine, hay and cork as the aftertaste awaits.

Medium light on the palate, the beer's expressive carbonation pulls the ale from the tongue and forces a fast gulping action where most of the beer's complexities are most enjoyed in aftertaste. This gives the beer its superior drinkability and ease of consumption on the stomach. Arid, peppery and dry, the beer's aftertaste is spicy with white wine, rye spice and echoes of damp burlap and leathery citrus.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of yeast along with hints of spice from the rye and bits of lemons.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The smell of this beer is dominated by yeast—it's only when you get to the taste when things become more complex.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Note: I previously had this rated (from a festival sample) at a 4.25/5.

Reviewed from notes. This bottle has been refrigerated (upright) for at least four weeks. When the top was popped, it was a complete gusher. I lost about one-third of the bottle to the counter. Eventually, it was able to be poured from the 750 mL bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: A hazy, yellow-gold beer with a big two-finger fluffy white head with great retention. And, unsurprisingly given the gushing, a ton of visible carbonation.

S: Funk and musty basement, barnyard and horse-blankety Brettanomyces. Biscuit malts with big of wheat notes (this might actually be the rye, given the label claims). Some spicy and herbal hops. This is nice and funky, and not one of those “sour saisons”.

T: Musty Brett funk and yeasty biscuit malts, with a rye spicy backbone. The deep barnyard funk lasts throughout, but never becomes overdone. Some modest but present hoppiness - grapey white vinous, citrus rind, spice and lemongrass hops. Mild fruity yeast esters, and some black pepper near the end. Dry vinous and more funk at the swallow.

M: Average body, and the alcohol is well-hidden. A whole lot of fizzy carbonation - more than this beer should have, and I find that it does detract from the experience.

O: I love the funk here, and the rye plays nicely with the hops selected. I suspect that this bottle underwent a significant secondary fermentation, and one that apparently wasn’t accounted for when it was carbonated. It certainly didn't taste infected or anything. After some agitating/stirring the beer in the glass, it drinks a little smoother and does get better. A solid saison, if you can get past the carbonation issue. The rye is a nice touch as well.

Scores given are for the bottle reviewed. I hope to revisit this one again someday.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lightly hazed orange gold, dense foam with staying power and drippy arcs of lacing.

Aroma has a nice cheese rind Brett funk, vague meyer lemon zest and dried botanicals.

Taste is dry and bitter with a light funky Brett presence. Light tart citrus, bone dry aftertaste.
Medium bodied with ample carbonation, fairly delicate feel. Really nice depth and complexity.
Overall I was impressed by this and Paper Airplanes. Nice example of an American-made wild saison.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A gusher when uncapped but when it finally settled down it was a beautiful, hazy, straw colored beer. The aroma is funk, mold, straw, banana, lemon and yeastiness. The taste is lightly sweet and funky with a dose of overripe bananas and tart lemon. This is a really tasty beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Good lacing.

S: A good aroma of yeast, spices, citrus, and a vinous quality.

T: Tasted of a light citrus quality (lemon, especially), Belgian-style yeast, spices (coriander, cloves), a bit of rye, some hops, the aforementioned vinous quality, and the saison barnyard funk. A solid, vibrant flavor on the whole. The advertised rye isn't as prevalent as I would have thought, but this isn't a bad thing; other ingredients make up for this. There is a slight tinge of skunkiness (product of a green bottle, I think), but it's a minor flaw.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a mostly dry, lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An interesting take on the saison. Worth a look.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly funky barnyard, spicy rye, and white wine barrels (oak, wine, and white grape).

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale, wheat, and grainy malts with a moderate amount of rye spiciness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of white wine, oak, and white grape along with a moderate amount of slightly funky barnyard. Light flavors of grassy + slightly earthy hops which contribute a touch of bitterness in the finish which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp initially with an active mouthfeel and just a hint of acidic prickliness. A touch of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and very easy to drink - a well constructed beer with multiple elements adding to the white wine flavors and aromas. A nice slight hint of brett really complement the other flavors and aromas in this beer. Definitely worth grabbing.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sunny yellow with a light, white head that is present around the rim of the glass. Smell is sweet, yeasty and with a slight musty grape smell, presumably from the chard barrels. Taste has a mild rye flavor and is slightly sweet but has a hint of bitterness. Mild malt and yeast. At the end there is a lactic taste of sour lemon that doesn't linger for very long. The taste doesn't stay with you but it's very refreshing and leaves you wanting more after every sip. Feel is light and easy to drink despite the complexity of the flavors. Overall the Chardonnay barrels really smooth this beer over and make it sweet and easy drinking. Very impressive.

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Rustic Sunday from Birds Fly South Ale Project
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 36 ratings