Small Ball Saison
Crane Brewing Company

Small Ball SaisonSmall Ball Saison
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Crane Brewing Company
Missouri, United States
Brett Beer
Ranked #21
Ranked #12,730
3.98 | pDev: 5.78%
Nov 24, 2023
Apr 04, 2016
Dry-hopped Belgian-style ale bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces.
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
750ml bottle at share. Clear golden pour, half finger foamy white head. Belgian-y aroma, tart, grassy. Grassy taste, white grapes, sweet, gentle tartness.
Nov 24, 2023
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Crane Small Ball Saison, 5.2% ABV, American Brett style. Pours pale yellow with a four finger white head on a careful pour. Nose is malt, citrus, and clove. Taste follows, with a light touch of brett tartness, and slight bitterness. Outstanding dry mouthfeel, overall outstanding.
Dec 02, 2018
Rated: 4.17 by ICTguy21 from Kansas

Aug 28, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Jul 15, 2018
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2018 bottle. Poured out a hazy, golden color with a very large, off-white head of foam. It smelled funky and fruity with some tartness and wheat notes. Tart lemon and some fruitiness. Funky and spicy.
Jul 02, 2018
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
this is fabulous saison from one of the best breweries in the midwest. i cant get enough of crane right now, even the front end sours are great, but this brett one is just money, among the best i have had from these guys which is very high praise indeed. maturity is a word i tend to find myself typing a lot when i review brett beers, particularly saison, either praising its presence or admonishing its lack thereof. this is really developed on the brett side, so much so that the beer is absolutely sparkling from the bottle, crackling dry, wild and funky but also delicate and subtle, and so full of character for such a light beer that its almost hard to imagine, its exactly how it is supposed to be, and reminds me of some of the best from the old world, it feels timeless and beautiful to me. blonde and mostly clear, looks and smells like something like pils malt was included with the wheat, its grainy mildly, but not overly wheaty, softer and lighter, again very delicate. there are some hops here, light citrus and fresh vegetal notes which the brett loves, a nice springy vibe and a counterpoint to the bretty earthiness and funk. light belgian esters here, its as much saison tasting as it is bretty. it has the exact right feel too, just enough structure from the grain, a floral flood before the brett where the carbonation is at its gushing climax, and a snappy finish thats almost lager-esque in its abruptness. not just the same brett profile that everyone seems to have either, this is clean and herbal and intense for a moment, pear and honeydew notes, a little mineraly, just awesome. im not exaggerating when i say this is one of my favorite saisons of the year so far, they have a deadset winner with this one!
Sep 06, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Aug 17, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

Jul 17, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by frasergrove from California

May 21, 2017
Rated: 4.03 by Zonian1 from Ohio

Apr 21, 2017
Rated: 3.74 by Allurex from Kansas

Apr 18, 2017
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a golden straw with a foggy frost to it. Head foams up quickly and easily, and white in color, peaking in a little over 3 fingers after gushing the first ounce or two out of the bomber. Head settles slowly, lingering for a long while. A final, defiant ring of white foam sticks around for a long time depositing heavy lacing on the glass after each sip. Aroma is biscuit, bready malts, Floral, fruity notes reside underneath. There is a tart sour note as well. Flavor profile is smooth, with a balance of fruity, floral hops and bready, biscuit malts. There is a subtle tart, sour quality to it adding to the depth, but overall it's incredibly well balanced. Mouth feel is crisp, with a medium thickness. Overall a resoundingly great saison with a slight sour quality (brettanomyces added). It drinks smooth, crisp, refreshing, and well balanced. At 5.2% it's a pleasant sipper. It would go excellent in 12/16oz cans for a flavorful summer brew at the ballpark.

Served in a Teku glass.
Apr 03, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Mar 28, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by jewellrunner from Missouri

Mar 25, 2017
Rated: 3.9 by valkyre65 from Texas

Jan 07, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by GRG1313 from California

Nov 27, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Kahlerbock from Kansas

Nov 09, 2016
Rated: 4.04 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Oct 05, 2016
Rated: 4 by kjkinsey from Texas

Oct 05, 2016
Rated: 3.95 by leroybrown10 from Missouri

Sep 11, 2016
Small Ball Saison from Crane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 27 ratings