Brush Tail Farmhouse Saison | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Brush Tail Farmhouse SaisonBrush Tail Farmhouse Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States
bigskybrew.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Jellopants356 on 02-23-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,381
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
119
pDev:
17.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of JasonMinck
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Mervjahn
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Jabartheljr
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of thebeeler
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/12/2013. Pours hazy bright golden amber color with a 2-3 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, grass, banana, bread, wheat, floral, herbal, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast ester notes with light malt balance; and good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, clove, banana, pepper, wheat, bread, pepper, grass, floral, light bubblegum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, clove, pepper, bread, wheat, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors with a light bready malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very crisp, prickly, and smooth mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice saison! All around nice balance and complexity of yeast ester flavors; and smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Beer pours a light, clean golden, creating a big three-finger head of eggshell white fluffiness that takes its time to dissipate. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a rich golden-yellow and cloudy, with a thick column of bubbles flowing up the middle. Wide, delicate broken lace around the sides.

S - Esters of lighter fruit, like ripe pear and cantaloupe, mix with bubblegum. Yeasty, light grain breadiness sits underneath. There's a very subtle spiciness that has a clearing effect on the nose, so the esters are favored along with notes of golden wheat and wild grasses. Nose is rather soft.

T - Light whole grain bread with a touch of dark honey. Some yeastiness mixed in, with hints of banana taffy in the background. A touch of white pepper shows up in the profile in the last half of the glass. Light floral hops appear in the finish for balance.

M - Fizzy and crisp. Nice, tight carbonation that's moderate and refreshing. Light-moderate body that's integrated. Short finish that's clean with just faint echos of the taste profile lingering.

O - A refreshing, enjoyable beer with a relatively straightforward construction. A touch sugar-forward, but light throughout, there are just enough bittering hops to provide good balance and a clean finish, making this a good summertime option.

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Photo of dhannes
3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Perfect Pint.

A=Golden Apricot, with typical murkiness; very frothy head.

S=Hint of apricot and cream.

T=Initially, it was very harsh and over the top...taste and drinkability improved as it warmed up...apricot and cream, but also a harshness. Alcohol is evident.

M=Oily/slick feel...not a session beer and a bit hard to drink.

O=I don't particularly care for the style, but this is a decent representation...still, nothing spectacular; worth trying...I received as a gift and wouldn't buy.

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Photo of alexanf
2.25/5  rDev -30.3%

Photo of moarmare
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Tone
3.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, pale malt, slight citrus, hint of wheat, and a hint of grass. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight pale malt, slight citrus, hint of spice, slight yeast, hint of wheat, and hops. Overall, great appearance and decent body, but aroma is slightly off-putting.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.67/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Heavy carbonation off of the pour. Eggshell white foam. Light golden in color and it you get plenty of light coming through. I get some of the Saison yeast in the aroma,but it is quickly followed by a bit of corn. Adjuncts in a Saison = not cool. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. I don't get the trademark slickness of the Saison yeast. I actually get almost a faint bit of a flavor that is similar to coriander and it is pretty strong.

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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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Photo of sloelco
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of soju6
3.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a thick head that fades very slowly to plenty of lacing.
S: Aroma of citrus, fruit, spice and what seems to be banana.

T: Taste of citrus, fruit some banana, spices and some bread. Mild bitterness blended with tart. Fairly dry finish.

F: Medium body with ample carbonation.

O: Decent beer for the style.

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Photo of fizzgig
1.99/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Light amber, a little hazy, a little bit of sediment swirling at the bottom of the tulip glass.

S: Some kind of grass or hay, not at all what I expected from a saison.

T: Sharp earthy bitterness that lingers but fails to make a point. Somewhat rude given what I expected from a saison. No character or complexity or if there was it was overwhelmed by the sharpness of the bitterness.

M: Thin, lacking the character I expected from the maltier, better examples of saison I've had.

O: Saison in 12oz bottles is a little hard to find so I was looking forward to this. Big letdown. I would not call this a saison but rather an APA and not a very good one at that. Not sure what I'm going to do with the other 5, I really don't want any more. Good this is a limited run.

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Photo of Averwo
3.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark golden color with a 3 finger head. Very frothy.

Smell is very hefe like. With lots of banana and grass.

I've never drank a Saison before so I wasn't sure what to expect. Taste is very spicy and peppery. Very strange complex after taste of spices and a little apple peal. Not very fun to drink. Nothing to offensive though.

Mouth feel is very watery. Not very smooth with it's weird after taste.

Probably won't be picking this up again. Would like to try more Saisons to see what the differences are.

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Photo of tronester
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy golden with a massive white head. Smells like musty , earthy barns. Taste begins with a big pepper flavor. After that is some lemon, then wheat grain, and a tart, dry, citrus rind finish. Mouth feel is pretty good. Overall quite a good Saison.

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Photo of Jameswoody
2/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of mactrail
2.76/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Flagstaff Brewing Company. Color is a golden amber in the pint shaker, but not much of a head. The carbonation is pretty faint. There is a modest but decent aroma of roast malt with a hint of yeast.

The body is fairly thin but with a surprising malty mouthfeel. The main flaw is a plasticky taste. Overall this is very dry, though not with the Belgian flavors where the sweetness transforms itself into a dry finish. This is just very plain, with a browned biscuit taste dominating. I don't even taste anything like fruit, it just has the dry scrape with a little graininess. There are so many interesting Saisons from all over this is just not in the running.

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Photo of irongator
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of capnamerica
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of pascilla
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of jera1350
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.96/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark yellow color with a big, billowing cap of foam. The aroma presents some decent grain aroma with a background of citrus. However, together with this, is a lingering off component, tending toward something like sourish vegetation---something that should be earthy has went awry. It's light on the palate as it should be, but the flavor profile follows the nose with some curious sourish notes. The sweetness of the grain brings some positive components, but it isn't enough to rescue the flaws. Something went off the rails while brewing this, which is a surprise, since the breweries year-round offerings are very good.

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Photo of robby23
2.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a light yellow color. Nice small form head very little lacing. It has a very strong citrus and hay smell great for summer. Mouthfeel was almost non-existent, the only flaw that bother me was the tast was incoherant for me. For only $6 dollars this was a decent beer great for hot summer days.

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