Suarez Family Brewery

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #350
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4.32 | pDev: 5.56%
Suarez Family Brewery
New York, United States
Notes: A single oak barrel of country beer rested upon over 100 lbs of rhubarb grown by our neighbors, the Leifer family.

The acidity from the rhubarb pops brightly, but is balanced by a soft & lush vanillin barrel note and texture. This is one of the most sophisticated beers we have concocted thus far, says Dan.
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4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

pretty compelling stuff here from these guys, still just one of the first few wild types ive had from them, even though thats what they are known for. this is done with rhubarb, our bottle is from 2018, and its an extremely generous share from a dude who knew he wasnt even going to be present when we drank it. this is a softly hazy golden brew with a tall, airy, doily looking white head on top. it smells exceedingly sour, like it maybe has developed additional acidity in the bottle over time. short of the nail polish remover level, but sour enough that bretty wild nuance is hard to appreciate, even as we let this warm. the rhubarb adds additional tang and piquant aromas, while there is some citrus to this as well, and plenty of oak, some white wine and vanilla tones there, yummy, but maybe more sour and less complex than i hoped for. the flavor is really nice, the first half is all rhubarb and dry cereal grains, earthy and paired so well with the rhubarb, lemon acidity is there too extending it, and the oak softens it enough at first. the second half takes a turn for the way too sour zone, feeling it on my teeth now, with the rhubarb piercing through. it may be the best or even only way to properly feature rhubarb in a beer, certainly about as obvious and authentic here as i have ever known it to be, and i love it not being usurped by strawberries or some other flavor element, its just that the beer is too sour to want to drink very much of, despite the flavors kind of begging for it. nice carbonation, oaky tannins, earthy minerals, pils malt somewhere in here i think, even an aged hop complexion although that could come from elsewhere, and a little bit of funk, showing what this might have been like when it was fresher. i dont know if it was always this sour, but it does detract a little from the overall enjoyment of the thing, but if its rhubarb you seek, this is tough to beat. id love to sit down with a whole mess of suarez beers in one session and really get a sense of what they are all about. i love the neighborly agriculture of this one and i am thankful for the share, very cool drinking experience.

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4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gushed upon opening - annoying. Accordingly, it pours out with a lot of foam. I let it rest for about 30 mins. The smell is lovely - Peach skin, Chardonnay grape, and a little pepper and vanilla from the oak. Taste is very good with assertive tartness, oaky tannins, and soft fruit flavors. Perhaps just a little sweeter than I like and lacking a touch of complexity and earthiness. Still, it's excellent, very much like an Allagash wild ale (in a good way). Suarez is a great brewery.

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4.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pours a cloudy dark gold with a slight olvie tint to it that is capped by ample white foam. Plenty of lacicles languish lastingly on the glass.

The aroma is so fragrant and full of tart yeast and rhubarb goodness, oaky vanilla notes, pungent succulence, and hints of fruit that it literally provokes saliva to shoot into my mouth upon the bouquet entering my nose.

Taste is where this baby lives, a majestic, bold taste that crashes the senses with deliciousness. It is an evolving flavor painting in the mouth that builds into a multi textural layered blend of amazingness. Rhubarb, earthy funk, light tannin oakiness, overripe berry, vanilla, rounded tart, hints of floral, hints of jam, some sharper sour notes, perfect attenuation.

The low/medium carbonation and med./full body combine with a clean cling to produce the perfect frame for the flavors and a finish that is as good as it gets.

Amazingly complex, startlingly delectable, it is the perfect balance of intense flavors we all seek in our lives. Refreshing, and clean treat that gets absolute highest recommendation.

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Leifer from Suarez Family Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 13 ratings