Brush Tail Farmhouse Saison | Big Sky Brewing Company

Brush Tail Farmhouse SaisonBrush Tail Farmhouse Saison
BA SCORE
21.8%
Liked This Beer
3.23 w/ 119 ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jellopants356 on 02-23-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,256
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
119
Liked:
26
Avg:
3.23/5
pDev:
17.34%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 35
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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.97/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a hazed yellow-gold colour, with a frothy head of white that stays around quite persistently with large-bubbled foam. Lacing is patchy, but decent where it forms. Body is light, with the haze giving it a suggestion that it's thicker than it is. Overall, it looks pretty decent.

Nose is earthy and rustic, ostensibly, but picks up a big vulcanised rubber character which gives it a pungent overtone that's not altogether pleasant. Under this are sub-characters of honey, wheat germ and a little lemon. There are some characteristic earthy, funky and slightly sweaty tones, but they're not altogether there as a whole package.

Taste is similar, or worse. Things start out ok, with a mild, slightly peppery tone above some neutral malt, but this devolves rapidly into a big upswell of bread-yeast and white corn flavours. These overpower the beer, leaving a powdery dryness in the mouth, and providing an unappetising residual character on the palate. After a while, they get muted a little bit (or I just get used to them), meaning some other flavours come through: oddly I get lavender and cork. It's just not very appealing, although the bizarreness has some esoteric appeal.

Feel is light and prickly.

Overall, I can't really endorse this: I find it either unpleasant or weird, and certainly not a good Saison. The characters are off-kilter, the flavour is unpleasant and the aroma is disconcerting at least. At least it's interesting.

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Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of bump8628
3.54/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold with a dense white head that leaves behind a few rings of lace. The body is just slightly hazy thanks to the bottle conditioning. All the standard saison notes make an appearance but not one particularly jumps out - spicy pepper and clove, lemon, faint banana, grassy bitterness, along with a slightly off-putting herbal astringency. Malt gives support with some honey sweetness and crackery base.

A sub 6% saison in six packs is appealing to me (see Prairie Standard). Brush Tail is a solid attempt, but the lingering harsh herbal note and it's "generic" saison profile is holding this one back.

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Photo of Cramerican
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of tito42
3.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Best by 06/19/2013.

A: Cloudy and straw in color with golden hues. Thick, foamy, slightly lemon head. Active carbonation.

S: Wheat, bubble gum, coriander, pepper. Slight scent of earthy hops.

T: Wheat, lemon peel, grapefruit, coriander, white pepper, earthy hops.

M: Light-bodied but slightly creamy, with a slightly bitter and dry finish. Very easy drinking.

O: Not a bad beer at all. Pleasant to look at and solid all around, but pretty basic and doesn't delve into the depth possible in this style. Almost more like a spiced wheat beer than a true saison.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.42/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Big Sky's Brush Tail Farmhouse Saison last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. It's a nice warm spring night in Mid-Michigan and a Farmhouse Saison sounds pretty good right now, so let's see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so it has to be fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an Belgian tulip.

A- The label looks really nice, it think it's well done and it caught my eye, Big Sky has good labels. It poured a nice and hazy straw yellow color that took on a nice golden color when held to the light with three fingers worth of creamy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left lots of nice lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, the color, head, and lacing were all very good, it was pretty close to perfect looking, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a good medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of bready and biscuit like malts. Up next comes some yeast which was on the lighter side of being medium spicy aroma and it was followed by a slight grassy and earthy aroma. Towards the end I got a nice fruity aromas, there were some light citrus rind aromas, but it was the pears that stuck out the most and it worked nicely with this beer. The aroma was good, it wasn't as funky or as earthy as I was expecting put the nice fruit and pear aromas almost made up for it and made for a fairly unique aroma for a Farmhouse Saison.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, but much lighter, it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness followed by lots of bready and biscuit like malt flavors that were too overpowering and seemed to dominate the flavor of this beer. Up next comes a real light spicy yeast flavor followed by a slight earthy flavor along with a lighter fruit flavor with no discernible fruit sticking out. On the finish there's a lower amount of medium bitterness with a pretty bready aftertaste. The taste was average at best, too much bready malts and not enough grassy and slightly funky farmhouse flavors.

M- Smooth, crisp, slightly refreshing, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of prickly and fizzy carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and pretty true to style.

Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer and I thought that it was barley and average example of a Farmhouse Saison, the bready malts were just way too overpowering and it lacked most of those traditional Farmhouse flavors that I was expecting, the yeast also didn't show up enough. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, slightly refreshing, and not filling, but the flavors couldn't hold my attention, one is enough for me, it doesn't have enough Farmhouse Saison flavors to keep me coming back for more. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance it was very good and one of the better looking Saisons I have seen, and the aroma wasn't half bad either. What I liked the least about this beer was that flavor wasn't true to style and the bready malts were just way too overpowering, the taste was a pretty big let down. I wouldn't buy this beer again, I would much rather have New Holland's Golden cap, it's the same price and it's much truer to style, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who likes the style. All in all I was let down with this beer, it didn't give me any of those Farmhouse flavors that I was looking for. This was a rare let down from BIg Sky, they are a pretty solid brewery, but this beer was much less than solid, better luck next times. So far one of my least favorite Farmhouse Saison's.

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Photo of ReeseMax3
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of nkp765
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Tracker83
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of MacStinson
3/5  rDev -7.1%

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4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of AndyP612
4.14/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into pint.

A- Cloudy light golden ale.

S-Bread, Malt, very little yeast. Light pear presence.

T- Very light very crisp. High carbonation. Light yeast. Fruit aspect some light berry yet bitter berry to the tongue.

M- Effervescent. Light to medium mouth feel. Quickly dissipated on the tongue.

O- Thirst quenching; the nose follows the body. Very well balanced. Fruit with malt finish. I love how clean the finish is on this ale. Very dry after finish. Cheers.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as part of a mixed sixer

Pours an effervescent straw color with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Stellar lacing & good head retention

S: Pears, apple blossoms & a bit of perfumy hops

T: Follows the nose, mushroom/barnyard dirt, dryness & a bit of lemon. More dryness, apple peels & pears as this warms. Finishes fruitty, dry, crisp with slight puckery notes

MF: Medium body with noticable carbonation

Not bad, a touch too clean & refined for the style. I expected more from these guys

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4/5  rDev +23.8%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of JSchock7
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of fivetime
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Brush Tail Farmhouse Saison from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 21.8% out of 100 with 119 ratings
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