Cellar West Artisan Ales

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Belgian Saison
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3.9 | pDev: 5.9%
Cellar West Artisan Ales
Colorado, United States
Notes: Sapience is a Bière de Mars and is crafted with Pilsner Malt, Encore malt, Flaked Oats, Flaked Maize, Rice, and Acidulated Malt, as well coriander, pink peppercorn, & Citra hops. This copper-hued ale is inspired by the Spring ales of northern France (Beer of March) and exhibits soft notes of rose hips, strawberries, & Tupelo honey. Sapience is fermented and aged in oak barrels for several months with our wild yeast culture and then bottle conditioned.
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4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate magazine #127 (August 2017):

Light copper in color, Sapience has a fluffy white head that settles to a thin lace. A toasty aroma with a pleasing pepperiness includes soft oak, floral, and overripe stone fruit notes. The body is light-ish and the beer is nice and dry. There’s a hint of residual sweetness within the breadcrust maltiness, and some light honey. Meanwhile, the coriander lends light curry and nutty flavors that complement both the rustic yeasty character and the vinous oakiness, while a splash of lemon, a hint of tart berries, and a floral, tea-like bitterness liven things up. It’s quite phenolic, too, which adds some oldschool funky and semi-medicinal layers. I also get some browned apple. And I could go on and on. But I won’t. I’ll simply savor these last few sips.

Sapience immediately takes me back to some of the Belgian and French beers that I explored in my early beer geek years. It’s good to be back. Despite everything going on, each ingredient finds its place. This beer works as whole, and it brings some incredible drinkability and food pairing versatility to the table.

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Sapience from Cellar West Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 3 ratings