Little Beast Brewing

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #601
Ranked #16,022
4.16 | pDev: 6.01%
Little Beast Brewing
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Notes: Barrel-Fermented Dark Saison.

We used a Norwegian farmhouse strain of yeast, chocolate wheat & kilned coffee malts, and Callista & Hallertau Blanc hops to produce a perfect beer for this weather. Robust and round, pleasantly dry and very drinkable.
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Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brewed with Norwegian kveik yeast, which is a high temperature bug. The result is a hazy, dark, and grainy brew. Plenty of pale beige foam in the tumbler. Mouthfeel is sudsy and light bodied, but full of malty flavor. It's slightly sweet, some caramel, and lots of roasted malt.

There's just a touch of hops which taste herbal and inconsequential. Just a hint of bitterness. Long nose of burnt oatmeal and chestnuts roasting. Quite interesting, but it probably needs candle light and something roasting on a spit. From the 16 oz can purchased at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 3. Canned 12/12

It is a very dark brown/chestnut color and ever so slightly transparent when held up to the light. It has a moderate tan head that leaves a thin film on top.

I smell a lot of chocolate, a grape jelly like fruit, and some toasted dark bread, like rye or pumpernickel, and a light char that you would get from a porter.

The initial taste has a lager like yeast sweetness. There is a very prominent toasted dark bread crust, some cocoa like chocolate, and dark sweet berries before it rounds out with a little bit of peppery orange flavored citrus, some floral hops, and a lingering burnt coffee grounds. The aftertaste has a solid bitterness and is a bit pithy.

The body is on the lighter side, but it has enough fullness to roll of the tongue with a touch of creaminess. Definitely some oily resin on the finish. The label says it’s an easy-drinking beer. I concur.

I haven’t had many beers made with Kveik, but this one is really good. And unique. It’s hard to find something to compare it to. It really has qualities of a Brown Ale, a Dunkel, an American Porter, and a European Dark Lager. I really like this one and would highly recommend it. Thanks @lingenbrau!

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Photo of cjgiant
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated ?/12/19, batch ? (maybe a 2):
Clear dark hickory body that lets a light cap of off-white fuzzy head form. A few spots adorn the glass from the resulting medium collar.

Nose has an interesting Jammy grape to berry note (yeast I’m guessing) initially. A pumpernickel like bread alternates with the impression of a medium toasted whole grain bread both act to play counter to this, with the bread aromas growing as it warms.

Taste sticks to a mix of that medium toast with some earthiness up front. The fruit from the nose takes attention from this about mid-taste. The back gets a bit of the pumpernickel and a splash of unsweetened cola. There is a light spice as well and there was a brief flash of a grape Nehi is the initial sips when the combined cold, spicy, somewhat effervescent feel Joined the yeast’s presumed flavor profile.

This was an interesting beer that I kept thinking dark Euro lager (which I enjoy quite a bit). The “ale yeast” kept the beer light enough while keeping the flavors full.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can from Market of Choice. Thanks for the recommendation, Lingenbrau!

A hazy dark brown with a dense, light brown head with decent retention and little lacing, this looks solid. The nose is an intriguing blend of malt and the floral and spicy yeast character. Dark chocolate, dark wheat bread, toasted and lightly burnt even, chicory, dark cocoa, a blend of what seems like juniper and a little anise. There is also a little fruit present. Delicious. The palate opens with a blend of delicate dark caramel and buckwheat honey sweetness tempered by a grainy dark chocolate and dark wheat bread bitterness. Mildly spicy and moderately fruity with a dried blueberry character. The mouthfeel is surprisingly and appropriately full, with a smooth and soft grainy character. Mild notes of mint and juniper are present. Carbonation is low, allowing the soft and supple mouthfeel to really shine. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Labeled as a Dark Norwegian Style Ale.
16oz can.

Already a beauty. The darkest of browns with toasted chestnut and ruddy red highlights.
Clarity is actually hard to distinguish but looks pretty clean nonetheless. A slightly off white foam above lazily descends into a light surface coverage and spider web spotty lacing.

The aroma is quite simple and to be perfectly honest, quite magical and comforting. Nothing but burnt bread crusts. I mean it. Earthy, toasty, bready goodness. It smells like something you'd want to drink, or even eat, on a cold and unforgiving day.

Delicious. Lightly toasted coffee and charred bread. A light berry shines in the background with an herbal-sweet, almost spruce tip like finish.

The texture is where this really shines. It's rich, creamy, and full feeling while still being superbly drinkable. A slick and oily finish is the perfect compliment to a well balanced, roast-bittered forward beer.

On a grey, foggy, cold day like today, I could drink this forever. Its simplicity is comforting. It's warming and filling, unpretentious, and most importantly delicious. A true winner from Little Beast. Sköl!

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