Brush Tail Farmhouse Saison | Big Sky Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by Jellopants356 on 02-23-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
119
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
16.82%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Photo of StoutHunter
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
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 cdwil
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Jame515
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of gatornation
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Franziskaner
2.67/5  rDev -19.8%
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 0%
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 Kerrie
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Pegasus
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
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 harrymel
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of bsp77
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Hazy honey with thick, bubbly white head.

Smell: Earthy aroma, with dried out banana, clove, citrus and white pepper.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma, with the same mix of flavors. Pretty tasty, but the finish is sharp in an odd way.

Feel: Light body, moderately high carbonation, dry finish.

Overall: Much better than the average in my opinion. It seems that the lower abv Saisons usually get lower scores.

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Photo of MacStinson
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Cramerican
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Rayek
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of thufflife
2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of Tracker83
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of bump8628
3.54/5  rDev +6.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of soju6
3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Zachtheporter
2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of JoelClark
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of jklecko2
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of powdersoldier
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Brush Tail Farmhouse Saison from Big Sky Brewing Company
3.33 out of 5 based on 119 ratings.
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