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Reunion '08 | Bison Brewing

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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 mentor
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear browned red liquid with a 3 finger super creamy tan head. Smells malt empty. Soour/acrid hint, macadamia nut, and a woody dry.

Tastes sweet start with woody dry finish. Iron dry biscuity malty. Little hop bitter with some woody hop flavor. Fig fruit with a bread-like fresh fig newtons. Woody dry aftertastes with significant hop flavor on the tongue. Md thick body and modest carbonation.

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Photo of errantnight
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow... that's a lot of rye.

A mostly clear amber with thin head and little lacing... this brew really explodes with bread and rye aroma and flavor. Coming through in the nose with tons of spice, and maybe a bordering hint of caramel sweetness and citrus.

Flavor is... like sucking on a piece of rye toast. Husky, grainy notes abound, a swarming rye spice, distinct caraway presence... an assault. It overwhelms any balancing hops, but it does leave a pleasant dryness. Feels grainy and a bit full. Towards the middle of my second glass from the bomber, my taste buds finally began to acclimate, combined with the warmth pulling some sweetness and allowing some of the hop aromas to sneak out, this became quite pleasant and easily drinkable towards the end... although it's a bit strong for sessioning (and too abrasive early on).

I'm glad I tried it, if only to remind me that all things are best in moderation, and while I love the presence of rye, or an appropriately charged roggenbier, this was a bit much.

If you are a rye fanatic, this is the beer for you. If you like rye beers, you should try this, if only for how powerful those notes are. If you don't like rye? Stay. Away.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, mahogany body. No real head, though. This is a beer for hope, not for head!

Smell: Aroma full of rye and smelling a bit like mentho-lyptus. Notes of dark toasted caramel and grains.

Taste: Dark caramel maltiness, then toasted breadcrusts, then burnt breadcrusts. Big hit of spicy rye. Very mild sweetness throughout. Hint of citrus. Medium hop bitterness. Growing graininess goes from merely being spicy and starts to get a bit astringent. Overall spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine enough beer when nothing but the spicy taste of rye will suffice.

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Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber served at Tannins in Elmhurst, IL (Fantastic wine bar with a well thought out beer selection). Poured in to a standard pint,, the beer is a garnet red with a quickly collapsing beige head, Virtually no lacing.

The beer has an aroma of malts, some spice (most likely for m the rye and caraway seeds) and caramel.

The taste is slightly sweet with caramel malts and a bit of rye. I'm not sure what the caraway adds. I'm a fan of the Danish liquor Aquavit made with Caraway, but I don't pick-up any o those notes. The beer has a slightly chalky finish and stays consistent throughout

The mouth is slightly thin, but does have a certain slickness which pushed it past medium. Drinkabilty is tougher, not best in class, but it is for a worthy cause. Give it a try!

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours rusty brown/red with almost no head, with slight lacing. Slightly under carbonated with a sweet smells of malts and not much else. Tastes Malty with a hint of tobacco. It finishes sweet and stays surprisingly sweet. Not bad not great. Drink for a cause instead of a buzz.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange with excellent clarity but very little head. What head there is fades immediately. Some nice spicy rye aromas up front that quickly segues into a light smokiness and sweet malt. Typical grainy red ale aromas throughout. Sweet, grainy malt predominates with a bit of rye spice and tang on the back end. The rye flavor grows as the beer warms and becomes more rye whiskey like. Very smooth mouthfeel. The more I drink this, the more I like this. The rye flavors trump any hoppiness here and make for an unusual quaffer.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum! I love me some Rye beers.

This one puors a reddish copper with a nice strong tan head that hangs in the entire pint. Quite a dark head for a paler brew. I expect the darker heads on porters and such.

220z bomber with a Rogue-looking silkscreened label.

Bready biscuity malt with a good honey sweetness.

Grainy and smooth. Mild flavors, but still flavorful and quite tasty. Like most ryes, the rye is fairly muted. Well balanced malt/hop.

Drinkability is superb. The alcohol is hidden well.

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Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent caramel with 1 finger of tan head. Zero head retention or lacing

S: Bready with with caramel & some peppery notes

T: Caramel, herbal hops, & peppery rye notes up front. More of the same minus the hops as this warms. Finishes dry, crisp & with a bit of pepper

MF: Medium bodied, pretty smooth with low carbonation & good balance

Very good drinkability, I could happily session on this

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a fairly clear brownish red. Three fingers of light tan head, which laces well. Pretty sticky and making loads of lace-art on the glass. Kind of a ploppy pour to get some bubbles generating, so's I can get a good whiff of...

Aroma - ...absolutely nothing. Well, *almost* nothing. A faint whiff of soapy grain, but really, there's nothing here.

Taste - very mild grain, muted is a good word. Some presence of roastiness and sweet malt under a blanket of sorts. The swallow reveals some alcohol warmth which picks up things a bit. The hops and I guess caraway come out on the swallow. Vague spiciness that I can't identify, but I like it. Finishes with some dryness, again muted, a return of roasted grain, and at length some low level hop bitterness. It's tasty, but it's like a beer with a restrictor plate.

Mouthfeel - while the dampening affects the taste, it really makes this beer smooth and flowing. Lower carbonation enhances this even more.

Drinkability - though it's not a beer I'd go for over and over, I'll either give someone else a chance to try this or happily enjoy it myself. I'm more than happy to help the cause that fights any kind of cancer. Here's to those in my family who've lost their respective battles to a cancer of one kind or another and in turn gained an eternity: Aunt Pat H., Nita Lynn, and my dear, dear mother-in-law who was as good as gold if not better. I'll buy a few bottles of this beer every year I see it.

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Photo of Bierguy5
2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle, 6.5% ABV. Darker copper color, with a thin off-white head. Head disappears very quickly, leaving a small amount of lace.

A bit of bread, some spicy rye, and a strange smoky, meaty aroma. Not the best combo here. Almost like smoked turkey. ?

Caramel malt, with some spicy rye thrown in, as well as the caraway seed. Somehow this all molds together well. None of the meaty flavor that was present in the nose.

Well balanced, minimal bitterness. Interesting combonation of flavors. This one started to grow on me, but I doubt I would get it again.

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Photo of pwoods
1.85/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

22oz. brown bomber, purchased... somewhere.. maybe Jungle Jim's, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a deep amber with extra ruby tints. Clarity is so pristine that it's hard to make out the tiny bubbles. Almost 2 fingers of off white head forms, a bit fizzy, and falls to a skim within a minute. Not much lacing.

S: Very nut(walnuts?), and dry wood. Loads of rye malts.

T/M: Has an extremely, wierd, woody(?) bitterness to it. It tastes like what I imagine chewing on a small, live, maple branch would taste like. The rye is extremely drying and none of the dryng is from alcohol. Almost like peat moss. Ack, I can't take any more. Body is moderate and carbonation seems on the low side.

D: Got through about a half of an imperial pint and had to pour it.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I would easily donate to more charities if they involved drinking beer.

Poured from a bottle a clear copper color with just a hint of a beige head.

Aroma is loaded with malts and rye.

The taste is much like the aroma - lots of malts and rye and a touch of citrus. The anise-like flavor of the caraway seeds is noticed at the end.

Lighter mouthfeel, a little drying, and lightly carbonated.

An easy to drink rye but not one of the better ones out there.

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Photo of Wildman
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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 -30.1%
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 -23.7%
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 -7.2%
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 +6.4%
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 -1.7%
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
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 118 ratings
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