Reunion '08 | Bison Brewing

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Reunion '08Reunion '08

Brewed by:
Bison Brewing
California, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This year's version of Reunion is an organic red rye ale, featuring a malt forward character balanced by spice notes from the rye, caraway seeds, and hops.

Added by Jason on 02-13-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Wildman
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer in major part for the charity since my own mother died five years ago from Multiple Myeloma after a few months. This beer poured a dark red clear amber color and formed an off white foamy head that slowly subsided leaving circular lace. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt and caraway. The flavor was of malt, caramel and chocolate with some caraway. The body was medium with slightly sweet finish. Not a bad beer and a nice charity close to my heart.

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Photo of joekfsu
2.51/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a very pale copper, clear, with some foamy off white head that was mostly diminishing. Aroma of malts and rye, and maybe some sweat socks, something funky for sure. Initial flavor of malts and rye, and again something funky. After taste was dry and metallic and long lasting. No lacing, lots of carbonation, light body, and light in the alcohol presence. Another disappointing beer, problem is it is for a great cause, maybe I'll donate money to the foundation next time instead of drinking this again.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.74/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this 650mL bottle for $6.99, and the only real positive is that some of the proceeds went to charity. Otherwise this was a real tragedy for me personally, it just was not an enjoyable beer. Probably the caraway seeds are to blame, they must have something to do with the odd smell and taste in this rye beer. Beyond this flavor I can sense a nice malt base with a little sweetness. But the spices are too overpowering for me, really difficult to drink.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was odd to see a Bison beer in Colorado so I bought it, plus charity is cool. The color is dark red with a short head. The smell is spicy malts. The taste is also spicy but the rye is not overwhelming. Easy to drink but I would not want more than one.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with hardly any head but a faint ring seems to remain all the way through.

Aroma is orange citrus with some sweet toasted malt and caraway seeds. Sort of a 'warming' aroma.

Taste is initially sweet toasted malt melting into sweet orange and caraway seed. Finish is peppery and dry with a rye bread note. Very drying on the finish. There is also a hint of pumpkin meat (unspiced) in the flavor.

It's interesting how all of these flavors, although blended, seem to remain seperate and make themselves known at their allotted time. Beginning - middle - end.

Interesting and very different beer.
It works.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Reunion 2008 for charity pours a see through red with a quick dissipating foam head. Not much in lacing except the tight bubble formation that heads back to it previous state.

The aroma is caramel and the caraway seeds. The aroma reminds of a cabbage and caraway seeds because they are such a distinctive smell (not the cabbage smell).

It is malty up front and leaves a spiciness in the mouth feel of the drink. It has a slight hop bitterness to it after the initial malts. It seemed to be a well balanced beer. I don't see this style all that much here in my local area but it was an enjoyable brew.

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Reunion '08 from Bison Brewing
3.6 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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