Scratch Beer 14 - 2008 (Saison) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 14 - 2008 (Saison)Scratch Beer 14 - 2008 (Saison)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scratch #14-2008 is our interpretation of a farmhouse ale—a once near-extinct winter-brewed (and summer–imbibed) Belgian ale. celebratory brew starts with a black pepper and ginger nose. The nicely carbonated brew releases a honey-malt flavor that gives way to a tart crisp finish that masks the elevated ABV. We use a blended yeast strain (Saison Dupont & Le Chouffe) to create the traditional peppery, spicy earthy flavors of the saison. Slight hints of ginger also come through in the finish. Drink it ‘til the wedding bells chime!

25 IBU

Added by akorsak on 09-28-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of ClassicBrad
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was able to grab a six pack of this at the brewery. The renovations are incredible.

Pours a hazy, dark yellow with sprinklings of yeast with very little head for the style; no lacing-- what so ever.

Tastes amazingly crisp and complex at the same time. Biscuit and fruit combines to make up the dominant flavors in this beer.

Mouthfeel shines through with this brew. Almost sparkling wine carbonation-- but, not in a bad way.

All I have to say about drinkability is that I am kicking myself for only getting the six pack when there were still cases available.

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Photo of John_M
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Dyan for sharing a bottle from his 6 pack of this delicious stuff.

The beer pours a hazy gold color with fair head retention and good lacing. The beer looks OK, but the first indication I'm in for something special occurs when I take the first sniff. Holy mother Maria! There is a huge presence of banana, clove and allspice, wrapped aroud sweet cherry honey. This beer really smells pretty amazing.

As good as this beer smells, it's even better on the palate. The beer is moderately sweet with tons of clove, allspice, nutmeg and honey. The combination of bubble gum and clove is mind boggling, making for a rich exotic flavor package. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and the alcohol is fairly well disguised. The beer is not heavy or cloying on the palate, though rich as it is, I'm not sure I could ever drink more then one or two.

This is an absolutely amazing beer, one I wish Troegs made more of, or at least made it more available. Hopefully they'll have it at the brewery for a while, as I've suddenly discovered a need to go make a special visit, growler in hand.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy Golden, light orange with grapefruit pink tones. Poured a finger of foamy white head that doesn't stay around for too long. Small floating grains all over. not seeing through this thing of beauty.

An incredibly smooth wheaty yeast scent that leads the nose nicely into the exploration of lighter fruits, all very subtle and smoothed out beautifully. Great light grapes and grapefruit, fantasticly smooth lemon, spectaular orange peel.

Very light and zesty lemon and orange, I hate to reiterate all that is above is the scent of this beer, but...
Slight grapefruit tartness, spectacular representation of the style

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Photo of natasharai
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a large bubbly head that turned creamy and smooth as it dissipated. Dissipated to a 1cm layer head that remained throughout the whole glass leaving a some lacing. The beer is a pretty yellow golden color and became very cloudy and murky looking when I got the yeast in my glass.

Smell: Sweet fruit similar to apples and pears with a hint of banana, spiciness from the yeast, tangy malt, and some honey

Taste: Pears and banana, honey, spicy yeast, berries, raisins, and a wonderful tangy after taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly sticky, nice tang and very small pucker feel, leaves mouth pretty clean.

Overall: Very drinkable, this is a wonderful representation of the style!! Nice sweet fruity flavors with spice and wonderful tangyness toward the end.

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Photo of therica
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing stuff.

A= modest head, pours half the bottle clear and then comes some really chunky cloudy nice yeast! Make sure you pour the whole thing at the same time for the "right stuff."

S= very nice yeast

T= wow what a treat, somewhat Belgian and somewhat ultra-Weissen with all the yeast at the bottom.

M= clean and nothing obtrusive, very pleasant memories with some mild yeast lingering.

D= if you like this and can find it and afford it, go for it!

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this awhile ago in a trade with MikeReaser. Thanks for the opportunity to try this Mike! 12 oz bottle poured into my snifter.

A- Nearly opaque, cloudy straw yellow body that pours with a hefty 2-3 finger foamy white head. Head has great retention and plenty of lacing left all the way down the glass. Cloudiness is very thick and dynamic with a TON of yeast sediment whirling about at the bottom of the glass.

S- Lots of Spicy and yeasty scents in the nose. Behind this is apples and lemon and a slight bready sweetness.

T- Apple and pear flavors are upfront and are accented by a peppery spice. In the background is a soft, bready yeast. The finish gets a bit spicy as floral hop flavors and bitterness come through along with the spices intensifying. What is left to linger is a hint of sweet apple and remnants of sweet bready yeast.

M-Medium to high carbonation and a full. smooth, yeasty body.

D- This is a very good beer and another great offering from Troegs-who really has yet to disappoint me. Wish this were offered more often.

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Photo of prototypic
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the ever generous guinnessdoc for the bottle.

Appearance: It's a lighter shade of gold and fairly clear. A few loose chunks of sediment escaped the glob at the bottom of the bottle. The head is foamy and absolutely huge. It's easily three fingers deep. Retention was excellent. Thick sheets of lace stuck to the glass.

Smell: A strong wave of spices hit the nose first. Clove is the strongest, but pepper is prevalent. Belgian yeast is very strong and enticing. I love that scent. It's strong in the mix here. There's some earthy/grassy notes that come through at the next level. Light fruit scents emerge late. It's mostly apple and light pear. No alcohol is noted.

Taste: No dropoff here. Strong clove and pepper strike first. It's a very nice, spicy flavor. Belgian yeast is indeed very strong and flavorful. Definitely adds an illusion of authenticity. It's a little grainy and has a nice earthy/grassy flavor. Very light apple and lemon flavors are present and add some sweetness. It has a nice, bitter twist on the tail. Wasn't expecting that. Very welcome surprise nonetheless. Alcohol is blended extremely well. Finishes a little bitter and spicy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a medium body and is smooth. Carbonation is very active and appears to get in the way a little. But, it's smooth overall. Drinkability is very high. Very flavorful, tasty beer that's under 7% to boot. What's not to love?

Scratch 14 is unfortunately my first beer in the Scratch series. I wish I'd had the opportunity to try every one. This one's very impressive. Flavor and character are strong with this one. It has no material flaws to note. Very nice representation of the style from an American brewery. Color me impressed.

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Photo of portia99
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received in trade with Hophead101. Thanks. Poured into a gold rimmed Buzzards Bay fluted glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow color with 3 fingers of whipped cream like white head, with very good staying power...wants to last forever. Takes a couple of pours with time for the head to die down to get the whole bottle into the glass. Neverending supply of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Very active beer.

S - Yeasty and very fruity...combination of oranges, apples, lemons, tangerines. A touch tart and tangy on the nose. Very potent aromas - can smell them from several feet away. This might be the best smelling saison I've ever experienced. Really phenomenal.

T - Taste goes right along with the aroma. Tons of fruits, especially the orange and lemon coming thru. On top of that, there is a really good yeasty spiciness in there. A little bit of bready malt in the background, but this is largely masked by the intense fruit and spice character. Not quite as impressive as the aroma, but a very good interpretation of the style.

M - Fairly thin in body with tona of carbonation. The carbonation makes this very lively and prickly on the tongue and carries the fruit and spiciness to all corners of the mouth.

D - Man, I wish this was a 22oz bottle, or I had a couple more of these stashed away. This is a very easy drinker on its own and would be perfect with a nice meal. The saison style is one of my favorites and this one has to be up there as one of the best I've had. Anybody have more of this? Any chance of this becoming a regular offering from Troegs? Probably no on both...oh well. Glad I at least got to try it.

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Photo of corey0212
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a growler full of this liquid gold courtesy of Deuane in Growling at the Moon!!!

Pours a honey/lemon color, smallish white head fades out pretty fast, leaves a few stray spots of lacing on the glass. Smell is yeasty & grainy, a good amount of clove, and a faint whiff of pepper. Some banana flavors, more clove and pepper, hearty bread flavors, and some slight lemony tartness. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, but still relatively crisp and refreshing. I've got a growler to finish, so it's a good thing the drinkability is high on this one!! Big thanks to Deuane for hooking me up with such a tasty beer!!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow-golden body beneath a creamy head of bright white that holds quite well.

Sweet malt and spice greet you in the nose. At first I thought it was a Bavarian hefe-weizen, but a few more sniffs suggested it was more Belgian-like. It's clovey, has a touch of plastic or "Band-Aid" phenolic, and a dusting of pepper. There's wheat to it as well, and a hint of chalky yeast.

In the mouth it's creamy smooth with a dextrinous medium body and fine-bubbled carbonation that opens up and expands to become pillowy as it warms.

The flavor is malty with a sugary edge, but also lots of straw and grass. Or are they grassy hops that I'm getting? The yeastiness delivers a hint of apple, and it's a touch chalky, as well as clove-like and gently plastic-like. Or wait... is it actually spiced with clove? There's also a tiny bit of sharper spiciness that's kind of like ginger. It has an underlying citrusy/lemony note that's nice. And, hmmm, perhaps some cardamom as well. Oh, and there's also some anise in the burp - very nice! The bitterness is kept restrained, allowing the sweet malt to shine all the way from the start and into the finish, and there the bitterness waits. It's just enough to put an end to things, and along with the mild residual spiciness, keep it from becoming cloying.

A very nice offering! I'd have loved to have seen something like this go into larger bottles for cellaring. Possibly my personal favorite from the Scratch collection.

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Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from dyan, thanks brogg.

Appearance: Straw colored, opaque, pretty cloudy stuff and there's a ton of sediment in the bottle. The head falls flat somewhat fast, receding to a disc.

Smell: A nice farmyard aroma of apples and citrus, dry biscuit malts, a bit of musty cellar. Some banana-like phenols appear as it warms. Pleasant.

Taste & mouthfeel: Really crisp and dry up front. Lemon peel bitterness, light esters, white pepper. Delicious. The finish is bone dry and surprisingly hoppy and bitter, enjoyable so, though it borders on excessive for the style. This is a pretty impressive American interpretation of a saison. Hoppy, but with a great farmhouse yeast character. I'd drink a lot of this if it was locally available.

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Photo of DIM
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a cloudy, pale straw color. It poured with a medium sized white head that quickly faded to lace.

s: Aromas of sweet bready bananas are the most obvious smells. I also found prickly, funky rye, some peppery cloves, and some lemony hops.

t: This starts off sweet, with flavors bananas and doughy bread. The finish is hugely comples with a cluster of flavors all vying for attention. Drying rye flavors along with spicy (lots of pepper) and lemony hop tastes. This kind of reminds me of a cross between a hefe and a tripel.

m: They got the genuine, Belgian champagne like carbonation just right. The body has a slick, oily quality that I really like.

d: Troegs keeps putting out winner after winner. I keep waiting for a clunker in the scratch series but it hasn't happened yet. Lovin' Troegs more and more.

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Photo of DrJay
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with a short, bright white cap. Clumpy lacing. Looks pretty good. Nice aroma, lemon and bread up front with notes of yeast, cloves, honey and banana. The flavour was soft and full of malt (bread and honey sweetness) and light banana at first, but gave way to a solid spice character towards the end with plenty of white pepper and cloves lingering into the finish. Lemony citrus filled in mid-palate, creating a bridge between these two extremes. Quite tasty. Slightly slick texture with a smooth mouthfeel and very lively carbonation. Very drinkable with enough complexity to keep it interesting, but not enough to make it feel cloying. Another winner in the Scratch series.

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Photo of philbe311
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Massive fluffy white head composed of big chunky bubbles... Pale gold straw color with an ever so slight haze though still almost fully translucent... Lots of medium to fast paced carbonation throughout... Spectacular head retention... Sediment floats throughout...

S - Pear... Banana... Clove... Pepper... Lemon zest... Ginger... Yeasts... White raisins... Nice complexity... Lovely aroma all around...

T - Earthy notes... Grains and wheat... Lemon... Banana... Apple... Pepper and ginger on the finish... Exquisite with a pleasant complexity...

M - Delicate... Light bodied... Super smooth... Crisp... Tingly carbonation... Lush start with a dry finish...

D - A very pleasant surprise... Troegs Scratch Series turns out one good beer after another, but this one is a special treat that raises the bar for the series... A truly special and well crafted Saison... Kudos to the Brewmaster... I need to see if I can't get me some more of this before it disappears...

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a really cloudy amber color, with very little bit of head that quickly dissipates to nothing. The color is a perfect hefe color. There is a ton of yeast in the bottom of this and it mostly ended up in my glass. The last half cm of beer got washed down the drain because it was all yeast.

S: Smell is initially of yeast and pepper with some fuity notes.

T: Up front, it mirrors the smell. Later on, you can make out some pear and some earthy tones. Finishes with a malty dryness and some strong hoppiness.

M/D: Very smooth with light carbonation and a light texture. I could definitely drink a 6er of these.

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Photo of Deuane
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle of the latest SB release. Had it on draft and while good I wasn't wowed by it.

A-Hazy, orange kissed, golden yellow with a thin white head that reduces to a ring leaving spotty lace.

S-Bright citrus aroma with lemon and orange being dominate. Earthy, musty yeast and a bit of chalkiness in the background.

T-Bright citrus smack with lemon and orange being dominate. Earthy, musty yeast and chewy biscuit malt in the finish. Dry chalky feel in the finish. Certainly a more citrus zing forward brew from the bottle than from draft.

M-Light to Medium-light body, bright and lively with a dry finish.

D-A rare case of a beer that is better from the bottle than it is from draft. Citrus notes are brighter and crisper with the musty, earthy yeast notes becoming secondary. This is what I enjoy in a saison. Very nice, jaunty, light and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, preseason football bif package

appearance: poured into an imperial pint glass, bright golden-straw body with a wavy beige crest and wonderful retention...extremely hazy body - i try and try to see my finger through the body, but alas, nothing

smell: funky, sweet corn, fresh zesty yeast bite, corriander and citrus, white pepper - nice saison aromas

taste: quality saison offering from troegs - sweet citrus, zesty yeast, fresh white pepper, white corn, orange and clove, ginger, grassy hops. i like this one a lot

mouthfeel: fresh and zesty

drinkability: good

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Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another round of thanks to Greg for this one.

A: The beer pours a clear golden orange color with a nice big white head that clings to the glass.

S: A mild funkiness to the nose with a big time floral aroma. A touch of honey on the nose with some mild grass and earth to it as well. I get a little bit of spice, particularly white pepper and some light fruits.

T: Sweet fruits, lots of pears and apples, with a little bit of white grape. Some white pepper notes, a little bit of coriander, orange zest, and an overall earthy and grassy aroma. Plenty of yeast and some pale, bready malts.

M: Medium in body with a fairly high level of carbonation.

O: A really nice surprise. This beer is fantastic and easily one of the better Scratch series beers I've had.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An extra received in a trade, I think it was from DRINKNDRIVE.

Poured into a tulip, the beer is very light golden, straw colored. It's effervescent with a signature gigantic foamy saison head. It recedes slowly leaving a little lacing.

The aroma is peppery phenols with some light citrus in the form of apples, lemons, and oranges. A low level of floral hops is evident. The malt is pretty light beneath the other aromas and the alcohol is hidden.

The flavor is peppery with orange and lemon. The malt character is soft beneatch the fruit. The hops are low but noticeable, imparting earthiness to the flavor. There's a hint of tartness. The finish is spicy, fruity, and dry. The alcohol is well masked throughout.

The beer is light bodied with high carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in trade from Deuane. Thanks man! Into my Chimay goblet.

A: This is one yeasty, cloudy beer that pours a light mango color. There's a thin white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a ring

S: On the nose, this beer is pretty darned delicious with a ton of spices - pepper, clove, a hint of ginger, honey-like sweetness, fruitiness with a mild orange-like character. Beautiful and complex.

T: On the palate, this beer explodes with a ton of spices - pepper, clove and nutmeg spring to the front, followed up with some floral and honey-like sweetness. Dries up on the finish, leaving an excellent, spicy finish with a fleeting hint of ginger.

M: Oh dear lord, if this beer wasn't as flat, this would be spectacular. The carbonation in this bottle is lacking, leading to it being rather heavy on the palate. This is not a fullish- beer, though - it's rather dry and some carbonation would have been wonderful

D: Excellent, I could go for another. I'm going to hold off and hope that the others carbonate, though

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into my Troubador tulip. A huge head crests over the rim of the glass - I cut the top off with my fork. Head quick to retreat to a lively layer of bubbles on top. This one is straw yellow and hazy with visible yeast.

The aroma is lightly hoppy with some funky citric notes. Hit s the mouth with a blast of carbonation. A bit tart, a bit hoppy, a bit musty - tongue continues to fizzle. Finishes dry and lemony with a very slight residual bitterness - black pepper and lemongrass.

The medium body on this one really helps carry all that flavor. Quite the enjoyable Saison for someone who loves them...

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Photo of number1bum
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As always, many thanks go out to Deuane and ClockworkOrange for hooking me up - this time with a whole damn case!

Pours a vibrant, golden tangerine sort of color, cloudy but impressively colorful. Two fingers of white head settle to a pretty full lace and leave some stick here and there. A good amount of sediment is evident in the bottle, and I stirred a bit of it up and poured it in, which contributes to the cloudiness and leaves a dusting of sediment on the bottom of the glass, as well.

Smell is quite a bouquet of floral, herbal and fruity aromas, many of which are clearly the product of a great yeast strain. Also some honey-like sweetness, ginger and a bit of spice. Quite a bit going on and it comes together very nicely.

Taste starts off with a nice, subtle sweetness upon which there are complex floral, herbal and yeasty flavors. Some clove, anise and other spicing is also evident, along with some ginger. There is a cooling, menthol sort of sensation, as well; I'm sure the ginger is contributing to that. The taste is just a bit more grainy than the smell, but still I really like it. Complex, flavorful, smooth, and very easy to put down.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite smooth, also a touch on the dry side, and overall this is a very drinkable saison. I'm extremely impressed by this effort from Troegs. I've found a lot of the Scratch beers to be only so-so, but this one is excellent. I'm glad I have a case!

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks as always to number1bum and all the others in the PA crew involved that got another Scratch beer up to CNY.

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a murky yellow with a one finger slightly off-white head that slowly falls to a thin layer of foam. A few thin spots of lacing remain on the sides of the glass, but not much. Smell consists of sweet banana's, belgian yeasts, and a touch of ground pepper. Honey and pale malts tickle the nose as well with a bit of orange peel. Taste begins with more banana and clove followed by a citrus hop sting. Bread, pepper, and some grit midway. Aftertase is lemony and somewhat dry with more yeast flavors that linger on the tongue. I could see why the other reviews wouldn't like the mouthfeel on this beer, but personally I really enjoy it. Yeah, it's unique for the style but I think that's why I like it so much. A creamy, medium body with a light and flowing carbonation. Very smooth in the mouth, me likey. The other Belgian beers in the series (two tripels and a belgian strong) have been so-so, but this Saison is a winner. I've said it before and I'll say it again, let's see a Quad!!

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Photo of goatgoat
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks mikereaser for the opportunity.

Color is a slightly hazy lemon gold with a ridiculous amount of visual effervescence. A huge white fluffy head takes it's time falling. A few sticky strands of lace.

Aroma is tart lemon, freshly mown grass, spicy, light fruits with a nice undertone of barnyard must.

Flavor starts lightly sweet with honey tones, quickly joined by a nice tartness. A surprising bitterness comes in for the finish but then it overstays it's welcome.

Nice light body with a suitably dry finish. Carbonation is plentiful without being prickly.

A very nicely done American saison. I could drink these all day.

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Scratch Beer 14 - 2008 (Saison) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 75 ratings