Brush And Barrel Saison
Long Trail Brewing Co.

Brush And Barrel SaisonBrush And Barrel Saison
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Belgian Saison
3.82 | pDev: 8.64%
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Brush And Barrel SaisonBrush And Barrel Saison
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is an outstanding saison, one that has been stowed away in my cellar for at least a couple of years, and has aged very gracefully down there. one of the only saison types i have had from these guys, its killer beer. a slightly hazy but still radiant yellow golden color with a tall creamy white head that sticks around awhile. it smells peppery and dry, a little funky but in the absence of wild yeasts, and has a soft fruity white grape sort of profile to it as well, beautiful stuff. the yeast may be a french type saison, but with an apparently cooler fermentation temperature here, the esters are not going crazy and there is no sharpness, maybe thats mellowed over time, but i suspect this was delicious and balanced when it was fresh too. with the peppery spice from the yeast i almost have to conclude there is some rye malt in here, but i think its just wheat and pale barley, there is just a nice layering and sort of perfect integration of the various elements in the flavor. some nice floral and bitter hops have hung around well too, and the finish here is somewhat hoppy for the style, and very very very dry. carbonation is very active here, i found this dangerously easy to drink, extremely refreshing, hearty and grain driven but also with a very cool yeast profile. a really delicious beer, no need for fruit, barrels, or wild yeasts here. i wish they would bring this one back into the rotation...

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Photo of DIM
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was an accidental gift from my sister, and a damn good one.

It was a bright, glowing straw color and it poured with an airy, massive white head that wouldn't go away.

I had a Hennepin the other night, one of my benchmark saisons and this reminded me of it. High Praise. Soft and fruity overall rather than crisp and dry, I found lots of banana and pear esters plus a powdery, candy-like sweetness. There was a nice lingering mineral bitterness. Lush and full bodied on the palate, this bomber won't last long. Great stuff from Long Trail. Thanks BBB!

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Photo of mick303
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, poured a light yellow golden colour with a nice cap of white head. Good retention. Slightly cloudy with good effervescence.

S- floral esters, pears, creamy yeast aromas, earthy hay notes, some acetyl notes potentially, clean pale malt. Good balance of floral and earthy esters.has some medicinal notes.

T- sharpness on the start, with an assertive carbonation, bitter hop notes and some coriander spice, fruity esters and a lot of yeast influence, ending a bit dry and with a lingering aftertaste of poached pears and spice. As it warms some more grainy sweetness comes out, overall it's not bad.

M- assertive and full bodied, alcohol remains subdued though, but this saison does have some bite to it. Good carbonation.

Has a lot of flavour but also some elements that either don't fit in well or are slightly unpleasant. Some could be a result of a higher strength, but it doesn't seem to be a fine tuned saison, some odd medicinal flavours stick out but over all it is a pleasant beer, not my favourite saison though.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: slight haze; light gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a very thin collar; very little lacing;

S: coriander, orange peel, a touch of spice; a little lemon; as it warms, the hops begin to show - a little grainy - and the fruit really comes out - orange and lemon;

T: the flavor explodes in your mouth; coriander and orange peel are there, but the real star is citrus - orange and lemon - a nice tartness; as it warms, some banana comes out toward the finish, along with a touch of black pepper;

M; light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; crisp; coats your tongue;

O: really complex - my note taking couldn't keep up; every time it warmed, there was more to taste and smell; really impressive;

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet: color is gold, nice off white head that presents 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a thick ring on the glass with some lacing on the glass.

Smell is a bit sweeter than some saisons, but there is some good saison spiciness, esters and phenols from the yeast fermenation; malt is is sweet, but not overpowering.

Taste is also sweet, malt flavor is blended with some sweetness from the fermentation; malt are simple clean pils, hops are earthy and crisp, yeast off flavors are light phenol, pepper, some clove and ester. Flavors are enjoyable, a little sweet for a saison, but good profile.

Mouthfeel is a bit sweet, lingerin sweetness outweighs dryness from the fermentation, and many saisons are more balanced. Still enjoyable and not a detractant.

Overall, a very good, and slightly different style for Long Trail. Good flavors, presentation and aroma, but could use some clean, dry mouthfeel to take it to the next level.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Pale orange with a tall 2+ finger head
S: sweet malt, sweet fruit esters and some Belgian yeast
T: Again sweet malt, fruity, a bit of banana, clove and yeast
M: Medium-bodied with pleasant, sweet carbonation
O: A solid, straightforward example of the style. Bonus points for the beautiful label. My only preference would be slightly less sweetness

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Photo of ksimons
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-a light golden color with three fingers worth of rocky white head

S-pale bready malt, spices, yeast, and citrus

T-taste is similar to the smell, pale bready backbone with citrus, spices, yeast, and slightly bitter

M-medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall not the funkiest of Saison's but still very nice. I like the barrel series that Long Trail is doing.

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Photo of seanoaks
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw with a small head with good lacing. Floral yeasty smell, not as intense as other saisons I have experienced but nice. The taste is subtle but consistent. Backing up the yeasty floral aroma with a slight citrus finish. All in all a solid beer, nice packaging and very seasonally appropriate. Nice job long trail.

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Photo of Kendo
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bomber-bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is clear golden with a 1-finger white head. Some lacing.

S: Yeasty, bready and lemony. Touch of fruit.

T: Cereal grain foundation, some ripe fruit (grapes and apples), slight earthiness and a lemony finish. Modest heat from the ABV is felt at the end of the sip and lingering on the back of the palate. Lemony bitterness remains in the aftertaste, attempting to cut through the sweeter flavors.

M: Medium in heft with good carbonation levels. Hint of slickness at times.

O: Too sweet and not dry enough to be the type of Saison I prefer, but it's not bad.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'll have to say this didn't drink to it's size. That's not a negative, just an observation. In total not as fruity and refreshing as I tend to like my saisons and not as dry either, but having stated that, it still was a fine beer for a very nice evening.
Quite cloudy and a fair amount of lacing, often showing drink lines. Cloudy and more towards gold. At first showed a sweetness and some herbal. As it warmed this went away and the wheat and spice showed up. Became drier as it warmed to, not being that dry at all at first and somewhat later. Did have a bigger feel which probably reduced it's quenching qualities.
I enjoyed this. Good and solid.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy blonde color with a finger or more of sudsy white foam. Has a lemony glow to it. Charming.

Sparkly spiciness with a familiar lemony scent of citrus and farmhouse yeast spunk. Lightly peppery with a hint of grated coriander. Very delicate aromas showcasing the yeast, the implied fruit, and a hint of herbal hops.

Very spicy, plus lemon. Crispy, especially with the intensity of the carbonation. Notes of soap, tangerine peel, and coriander. A typical, if not, my kind of craft saison. A nice soft body promotes enjoyment, while delicate flavors and balance denote a precise effort.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass at Estelles in Boston.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Spicy, floral, powdery, vanilla, and bready.

Taste: Same as above. A little bitterness and really smooth.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, a little dry, medium to high carbonation, and light to medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty nice saison. I'll try it again sometime.

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Photo of mikem0487
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz poured into goblet. Bottle number 3460 8?

A-Golden straw body with nice clarity. Just shy of being perfectly clear. A light fluffy head formed that leaves nice lacing and had decent retention.

S-Clove and dough first come to mind then a slight mint/herbal presence with banana peel/mild spice character finishing it out.

T-The taste is herbal, estery, sweet mixed with clove. Lots of flavor coming from the yeast just as a saison should be. Not a particular fan of this yeast though.

M-Medium bodied saison with decent effervescence. Finishs with an herbal dry finish.

O-A beautiful looking saison that just does not do it for me in smell/taste. Yeast is the main driving factor of any saison and I just do not prefer the flavor profile developed by the yeast. The hops add a nice herbal/earthy character to the flavor/aroma and the malt bill keeps the hops in balance with a dextrin body. Happy to have picked this beer up and would like to try this beer fresh.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Light golden with not much of a head and some lacing.

S: Lemony, grassy, clove

T: Spicy, banana, lemon, some subdued citrus, slightly phenolic, very slight tartness

M: light - medium bodied and fairly dry finishing with a lingering bitterness

O: This is a nice saison. Definitely on the clean side for a saison but a nice spiciness to it. Not the best I've had, but very good nonetheless. Try it out.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Long Trail Brewing Co. - Brush & Barrel Series - Saison, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pale straw wheat with a touch of amber and a small foamy head that dissipates quickly and leave some lacing.

Smell - Aroma is light with lemon, coriander, and banana. Sickly sweet.

Taste - Taste is clean and refreshing. Fruity but not overly so, this is a non-sour saison for sure. Some pepper, mild, phenolic but not as much as some of the brett bombs I have had.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with balanced carbonation. Rests juicy subtle citrus borderline tropical (think mango or cantaloupe) but not at all hoppy. Rests slight warm malt and fades slowly.

Overall - This is a good non-brett saison that comes across as slightly cloying but makes up for it with an almost creamy tropical fruit taste that is intriguing.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 1.6 ounce bottle into a tall wheat beer glass served cool

Somewhat cloudy straw gold body with a nice thick sticky white head

Spicy clove front some floral some earth smell

Spicy herbaceous front flavor. Fruit lingers near the end some slightly medicinal aftertaste

Light mouth feel

A nice enjoyable beer some enjoyable complexity might be a little bit too strong and alcohol

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a snfiter.
Pours a nice blonde straw color with a finger of white head.
Smells of light barnyard funk, malt background.
Taste initially gives the sour rush of begian yeast, but the quickly fades to a very bland finish.
Mouthfeel is dry and crisp.
Overall this beer is all over the place. I found the taste to be pleasant but not strong enough, and it did not last through the finish. This is a decent starting point for Long Trail to improve on.

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Photo of DrunkenSwine88
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very light yellow color with a touch of haze and lively bubbles. The nose gives aromas of sour yeast and fresh bananas. The sourness of the yeast almost reminiscent of yogurt. The taste smoothly transitions from sweet fruit (banana, cantaloupe) to bitter hops (herbal,green). The mouth feel of this particular brew starts smooth and almost fatty, then leaves the mouth dry.
Overall, this complex beer is almost like 3 different beers. It seamlessly transitions from one flavor/feel to the next. One of my favorite styles and a great example of it.

Suggested Movie Paring; Die hard - A sweet home for Christmas story turns sour, followed by an explosion of action/flavor leaving behind a rugged bitter palette.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 2014 batch. Sampled on March 28, 2014.

This has a slight foggy pale yellow pour with a short-lived white head. Decent carbonation.

The aroma is wonderfully traditional for the style with its Belgian biscuit malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, and slight citrus backdrop.

The body is light to medium.

The taste is much like the aroma with the same yeast, malts, and spice character but the peppery finish and grass kick in to give this a modest, bitter finale. This is worth trying once.

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Brush And Barrel Saison from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 93 ratings