Call To Mind
Suarez Family Brewery

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #85
Ranked #2,215
4.35 | pDev: 4.83%
Suarez Family Brewery
New York, United States
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Notes: Call to Mind, a botanical country beer. Brewed with chamomile grown by Letterbox Farm as well as lemon balm and lemon thyme grown by Sparrowbush Farm. This is the first in a series of agriculturally focused country beer offerings. The character derived from this beer is wholly derived from the freshness of the plants, as well as our neighbors' expertise in cultivating them. We are in love with this beer. #countrybeer
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Photo of Sabtos
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy burnt yellow-gold with a short fuzzy white head settling to a thick ridged collar.

Cleanly expressive, this features refreshingly fizzly tart lemon-lime with accents of grass and light woody funk, coming to a semi-dry finish exhaling nutty oak and a sort of reduced orange character.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Another slow gusher, the beer pours a golden haze with a one finger head; spotty lacing

Smell: Herbal chamomile tea notes are prominent, along with the lemon thyme; bready malts underneath with a spicy Saison yeast aspect

Taste: Lactic and funky, the chamomile notes dominate, with the lemon thyme flavors also apparent; underneath, their is a bready tone; somewhat acetic, the spicy Saison yeast notes add another angle

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A range of flavors emerge on this farmhouse

Thanks, devoured by vermin, for the opportunity

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Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml capped bottle, 3/2018. Teku glass. Pours a golden yellow body, slightly hazy, one and half finger white head, good retention, thick frothy lacing. Smell is lemon and herbal thyme, mild lactic acidity, a touch acetic, light floral notes, a slight bit of sulphur. Flavour follows, lemon and thyme, herbal, zesty, mildly floral and a bit lactic, touch of sulphur but not in an unpleasant manner. Medium lighter bodied, good carbonation, a bit of dry lactic zest on the finish.

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Photo of tzieser
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml capped bottle into a teku glass. Bottle was dated March 2018. I picked this one up from the brewery during a trip in upstate NY.

Pours a clear (when property decanted), brilliant gold color with a fluffy head that settles into a modest lacing. The lacing sticks around for quite a long time.

Not the strongest aroma but there is a bit of funk from the yeast and bacteria, there is hint of chamomile and lemony herbs (perhaps thyme, maybe rosemary but that’s a stretch). Some ripe green apple notes. It’s nice.

Flavor is incredibly more complex than the aroma lets on. Plenty of chamomile, just a hint of thyme. Lemon notes but then again that could also be from the tartness of the bacteria. The malted barley balances everything out nicely. Finishes dry and tart. This is wonderful.

Mouthfeel is slightly crisp and bone dry. Delicate.

Overall you won’t find many saisons of this quality in America. Outstanding job by an outstanding brewery.

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Photo of cbutova
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- 750ml into my glass with a very, very golden body that has just the tiniest bit of haze to it. The golden color is like straight money and a one finger foamy cap ascends on the beer to fall to a small sheet leaving sheets of lace.

S- A proper farmstead ale reminiscent of Suarez' original boss up in VT with a mix of Saison yeast, brewery flora and bright adjuncts. Chamomile off the top with the Saison yeast and overall the beer is herbal, floral, fruity and bright. Lemon rounds it all out. Cannot comment on lemon thyme but the beer is herbal nonetheless.

T- The chamomile and herbal character of the beer picks up even more here and the beer really rounds out very nicely on the palate. The star and base of the beer are the bugs with the Saison yeast and the bacteria providing a bed of tart lactic, herbal, spicy, fruity and bready flavors. Chamomile is big and herbal like a tea and gives way to the lemony additions and flavors very nicely. A touch of pale barley and whole grains to really round it out. All in all things add up and stone fruits and authentic tart gelato also come to mind from the summation.

MF- Puffy and slightly creamy medium bodied ale with a somewhat low end carbonation. Ends tart.

A beautiful farmhouse ale from a brewery that learned from the absolute best and have brought their beers to the next level. Complex ferment with bright and complimentary adjunct additions.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Suarez Family Brewery "Call To Mind"
750 ml brown glass bottle, marked "3/18" and sampled on 9/29/18
$14 at the brewery

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a clear straw-gold body beneath a full head of bright white foam. A limited amount of tiny bubbles can be seen steadily rising towards the surface. The head has dropped at this point but still remains solid, and there's some very nice lacing left behind. Hopefully that will continue once I start to drink it. In the nose I'm not finding much. It's herbal, fruity with bruised or rotting apples, grassy, and mildly oaky. I'm not sure I'd even call it oaky, it's woody but not expressly oak. It's clean and pleasant and welcoming. The flavor displays a tartness that the aroma failed to display, and there's a lot more apple to it, mainly sweet but also tart, and some sweet red berries and sweetened lemon. Behind that there's some very lightly sweetish, grainy malt, and then the floral and herbal components. I'm definitely getting Chamomile but there's more to it than that. I could look at the label and see what else is in there but it doesn't matter, if I'm not getting it straight off in the flavor it's just floral and herbal and grassy. There's not a lot of bitterness to it but the acidity and herbal and grassy notes - oh, and I guess the oak - keep it dry in the finish. There's just a drop of delicate, honey-like sweet malt there that steadily fades away. Mmmmmm, that's good. It's not a bold beer, it's actually quite delicate, but it's really well-balanced and rounded - the malt and oak and tartness and herbs mesh together so nicely. What a relaxing beer! Looking back the head has held up fairly well. It's not quite a solid surface covering but it's got about 80% of the area covered, and it's thicker around the edges. Oh, and the lacing is quite good. I'm calling this a 4.25. In the mouth it's light to light-medium in body and soft and smooth with a moderate, fine bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation. I honestly have to say that I wasn't expecting much of this but it's really impressed me. It is, in my opinion, an excellent modern-but-traditional saison. Superb!
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Photo of knicks19947
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite of the bunch of bottles I've tried from Suarez. Great contrast between earthy, herbal notes and lemon tartness. Hit all the right notes for me.

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Photo of kevanb
3.44/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle, no date seen, poured into a stemless wine glass. Enjoyed on 7.2.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a pale golden color, light straw hues with a hazy complexion and a foamy and soapy white head, great retention and spots of lace. The aroma is very herbal and borderline medicinal, certainly getting all the botanical qualities this beer suggested it would have. Lots of floral character, chamomile, thyme, kinda earthy, a bit grassy, soft wheat, almost oaky with mild barnyard funk at the finish. The flavors are equally herbaceous and medicinal, not my favorite qualities in a saison when done so strongly as it becomes quite taxing to get through rather than soft and delicate and refreshing. Strong chamomile, thyme, lemongrass, wildflower bouquet accentuates how medicinal this beer is, pale grain, crusty wheat and a mineral water and funk forward finish. The mouthfeel is good, coating, creamy, soft and gentle medium body with a nice lively carbonation that has no abrasiveness at all and smooth finish.

Verdict: A decent farmhouse beer from Suarez Family Brewery. Perhaps a bit too forward with the botanicals, rather than bringing out nuances in the base beer, they really dominate this beer from start to finish and it gets a bit tough to get through more than about 6 ounces.

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Photo of richj1970
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 ml bottle dated 12/16. Thanks to @cavedave for sending it my way!

A: Clear straw yellow with 1-2 finger frothy white head settling fairly quickly to a thin cap. Nice lacing.

S: Lemon zest, fresh herbs, and white tea leaves. A little earthy funk and fresh cut hay.

T: Tart lemon, fresh thyme, herbal white tea, and a little grassy note at the end. Not sure how to describe it, but there is a freshness here like that from quality ingredients.

M: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a soft creamy feel. Very refreshing and easy drinking.

O: Excellent farmhouse ale. My second from Suarez and both thourghly enjoyed!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a light and mostly clear yellow, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

This one smells really wonderfully herbal, with sweet lemony aromas as well, along with hay funk and grassiness.

I'm not entirely sure what lemon balm or lemon thyme is, but whatever they are- they give this beer a wonderful herbal lemon flavor, almost reminds of lemon mixed with juniper and cloves. The chamomile gives this a soft floral character. There's a very mild bucolic funk.

This has a really nice and creamy mouthfeel, with a good level of carbonation.

This is my first "country" beer from Suarez and it's good to know he can nail that "style" as well.

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Call To Mind from Suarez Family Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 60 ratings