Brush Tail Farmhouse Saison | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Brush Tail Farmhouse SaisonBrush Tail Farmhouse Saison
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Brush Tail Farmhouse SaisonBrush Tail Farmhouse Saison

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Jellopants356 on 02-23-2013

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky yellow-orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, yeast, and some chalky aromas. Taste is much the same with yeast and grain flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is really malt and grain forward with the other aromas and flavors being quite subdued.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.34/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy straw color with a pillowy white head that leaves big chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus peel and grainy sweetness with a little spice.

Tastes of the grains first with a bit of citrus and spice over top. Leads off with grainy sweetness and a bit of bread to it. Citrus hops come through as well as some earthy spiciness. A touch of clove and pepper comes in the end with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is decent, but I probably won't pick up any more.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.34/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Slightly hazy, medium golden color, with a robust, coarse white head. The carbonation is moderate, and slow-rising. Scattered, patchy lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Phenolic notes dominate the aroma, bread malt is also present. Fruit notes are quite restrained; there is a tart quality, and some pepper as well.

Taste: Opens with moderate phenolic notes, which intensify as the taste progresses. Sturdy, tart wheat malt flavors and an earthy bitterness dominate the flavor. There is a little pepper and an almost spectral fruitiness, far less than expected for the style. As the taste progresses, the bitterness intensifies, culminating in a lingering, strong medicinal taste.

Mouth feel: Rich, smooth, and very full.

Drinkability/notes: A rather one-dimensional example of the style, with most of the characteristics that make the style complex and interesting unfortunately understated.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at HEB in Austin, Texas in April, 2013.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

$7.20 for a 6'er of this at WinCo of all places... Great deal! Pours into my HotD goblet with a 2 finger white head.. nice retention, but only splotchy lacing... the brew is hazed straw golden.

The aromas are only okay in the traditional saison realm.. grainy/wheat malt presence.. I guess some minor peppery phenols, but no real fruity esters.. seems too malt dominant for a "saison". Could use any sort of Belgian esters.

Very grainy on the palate.. not as dry on the palate as expected for the style.. light yeasty peppery quality.. perhaps some minor clove and even some bandaid. Wheat malt lays down a minor (very minor) tartness, but there is no yeasty sour notes to speak of.

Body is thick for a saison.. the residual malts left on the palate accentuate this... and the carbonation isn't really that good either.

Despite all my above negatives, I see what the good folks at Big Sky were trying to accomplish and I would suggest a very different yeast.

But for what this is, it is very, very refreshing and unlike anything the other breweries have in the cooler right now.... I will certainly buy it again... This should have been released in late spring.. Late night fire-pit parties, afternoon yard-work, and camping/fishing/hot-springing with an interesting/individual brew.

Decent... I see the bones; but this should have been more adventurous and it would have been great (especially in a 6-pack).


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Photo of snaotheus
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle code is 060131 061914, or something fairly close.

Pours clear yellow until the last bit of the bottle is poured in, when it becomes pretty hazy. Head is huge, almost disastrous, to the point where I couldn't pour the whole 12oz bottle into the pint glass. Head fades into huge peaks and valleys. Smell is apples and spicy, with lemons.

Taste is a bit of a letdown after the smell. Strange bitterness, dirty dishwater, a little bit of the apple and almost no tartness or sour.

Mouthfeel is thin and slick. Overall, it’s a decent beer.

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Brush Tail Farmhouse Saison from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 119 ratings