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Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by NoLiberty on 10-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews:
45
Ratings:
78
Avg:
4
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
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Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to yourefragile for opening up this bottle. Long time want. Served in a Jolly Pumpkin tulip.

Pours a clear light copper with a huge, rocky white head of foam. Very creamy and extremely long lasting. Cap throughout and really nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose has a bit of oxidized malt along with a sizable rye presence. Some light pepper and phenols as well.

Flavor begins with rye and a fairly-heavy phenolic presence. A bit of rye in the background, as well as a touch of bread. Body is light, dry, and crisp. A bit bitter.

Very mild touch of bubblegum in the nose as it warms.

Probably a bit past its prime, and ages different than most Jolly Pumpkin beers. I'm not sure what the design was, but this doesn't have any oak, funk, or acidity. As a plain tripel, it's not bad, but it isn't anything noteworthy either.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, a beer that Northyorksammy and Buckeynation have not yet reviewed. A rarity :)

A nice little bit of a different art work on the label here. Didn't think it was JP at first glance. Then I read....

Gotta say that I don't think I've seen a Saison/Farm.Ale this color. It's a bright, glossy chestnut...or a dull ruby...pour. Off pink head is nice and settles to a collar and some middle film.

Aroma is more floral than anything else to me. The funky yeast is there, and spices. But flowers are the norm here. Not super strong.

Flowers in the taste, too. Sweet light malt in the back. The hibiscus is present throughout. The funkiness holds on and gives the beer a nice structure. The weird thing is that aftertaste. Spices and funky yeast, along with the light touch of flower stems somehow, some way, gives me a very quick hint of grilled chicken skin at the end. Weird. I haven't eaten chicken in weeks. And I swear this is my first (and only) beer of the night.
Now I'll have to buy it again and have it with grilled chicken.

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Photo of NoLiberty
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Described as an oak aged farm house ale. The beer pours from a bottle by a bartender at the Jolly Pumpkin beer pub in Ann Arbor.

As promised/warned by the bartender the beer explodes from the bottle once opened causing a rush to fill our glasses before it all spills onto the bar. Once in the glass this active beer continues to spit up a massive head that finally rests into a moderate thick cap after several minutes. The color is a nice hazy yellow-straw.

When cold the aroma is very zesty, alcoholic, sweet and unbalanced. But once the beer has time to warm the more interesting funky barnyard aromas along with a prodigious hop character come into their own making for a delicious bouquet of American inspired Belgian styling. Quite nice after some time to rest. Flavors of pepper, hops, yeasty funk, lemon and straw fill the glass.

Equally, the flavor starts uneasy and unbalanced, more dominated by sweetness and spice than by true flavors of the beer. But once warmed to room temp the subtler flavors of the wild yeasts and oak develop. A smooth, woody, earthy, spicy, lemony, pepper, hop spice all build into a quite nice array of collected flavors.

The beer has a medium body with over carbonation that fizzes and sizzles in the back of the palate never giving the drinker time to truly sip and enjoy the liquid nature. Unfair for a good tasting beer.

I would try this again on a different brewing...or bottling.

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Photo of clickpush
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip. Soooo foamy. Too foamy. How to get rid of this head....?? Rocky and everlasting. Cloudy peachy color. Beautiful yet daunting. Sticky along glass.
Smells so good. Funky horse blanket aroma. Spicy rye. Belgian spice & noble hops. Underipe apricot and bubble gum.
Taste like a pale ale brewed with with wild yeast and Belgian yeast and spicy rye. Hot up front and finishes with a soapy flavor.
MF is okay. A bit weak with CO2.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orange colour, mild cloud. Head is white, small fizzy bubbles, sinking unevenly. Lace is slippery. Looks alright.

Smells saisony, with an earthy organic barnyard aroma dominating nicely. Touch of acidity with maybe some mandarin peeking through. Light spice notes and a touch of licorice. All fairly subtle, but nice and inviting.

Taste is earthy, slightly bitter upfront with a touch of off funk. Fruit acidity provides a nice tang midway with notes of orange zest, passionfruit, before finishing bitter again. Fair barnyard with a medicinal crunch and a whisper of rubber. Also a slight yeasty character which is unwanted. Midway through this is a cracking blend of tart, fresh and earthy, but it finishes a little astringent and doesn't pack the punch it might have.

Bit fizzy on the feel, with distinct pull from the yeast. Body is a bit thin, which doesn't help.

Nice drop for tasting, doesn't quite pull its wild notes into tame, drinkable captivity though. Overall pleasant, but unhinged.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 3-12-10
Batch 378

Pours a very pleasant orange/amber color, with a a giant off-white head that says in a big clump on the top of the beer.

Smell is slightly sour, with a very nice caramel malt edge. Not a ton of complexity, but still a lot of depth.

Taste is boozy and bitter, with nowhere near the sourness I expected. One dimensional and disappointing.

Mouthfeel is good for the style, although the carbonation is pushing the extreme side.

Drinkability is not very good, a year in the cellar might do this one wonders.

Overall, I'm not overly impressed with this beer, and I'm glad I split it.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. Thanks to akorsak for hooking me up with this ages ago.

Pours a bright, hazed golden copper with a massive white frothy white head. Mild brett on the nose, with lemon, yeast, sweet citrus and light spice. Flavor starts with light pepper, earthy yeast, some phenols and bubblegum, green apple and lemon in the finish. A touch of rye, and a dry finish. A unique triple but would never guess this is a Jolly Pumpkin beer.

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Photo of MarkFy
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Foam foam foam. Big foamy white head atop a hazy orange brew

Nose is great... apple skins with some spicy yeast, dry and a bit of yeast.

flavor has a nice pronounced citrus bump that melds well into some spicy notes that I can only assume comes from the rye.

Bigger body than expected, but the carbonation is fairly abundant and helps smooth everything together.

Very good, getting used to the funky beers that JP puts out, still opening up the palate to this variety.

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Photo of weasbri
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up over the holidays when I sadly missed out on their lambic limited release. My label specifically calls this a "Rye Tripple."
Poured into a tulip glass, and overflow into a pint glass. The bottle started spewing like champagne immediately, and even after pouring into the glass, foam continued rising out of the bottle so I had to pour it into another glass. So, in the glass was a hazy orange beer with half a glass of stiff white frothy head. It eventually settles down to a good head that stays with the beer, leaving some of that stiff stuff on the glass.
Funky aroma that you come to expect from the Pumpkin, but also a rather sweet aroma there as well. Kind of a sour aroma wafting up too.
More of a tart flavor than I might have expected. Some of the rye comes through too. Definitely peppery, in fact, that ends up being the dominant lingering flavor on my palate. Interestingly enough, turning the glass to drink in some of the lacing, you get a little bit of an extra funky flavor. There is a tiny bit of sweetness floating around there too.
Not sure that I'd drink a whole lot of this, but it is definitely an interesting experiment for the Jolly Pumpkin guys. Keep up the good work.

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Photo of changeup45
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from splax23. Batch 378. Dirty gold color and pours with a booming head but not a gusher. Fruity esters in the aroma along with cloves, an assortment of spices, flowers and the trademark JP funk. The flavors are spicy and dry. Fruity notes; tangerine, sharp citrus. This has some grainy notes and a little bit of the rye comes through as well that I didn't really get in the aroma. Lots of funky yeast provides another element but I expect nothing else from JP. Very dry in the finish with a little alcohol sneaking in there. A very nice beer. Tastes more like a Saison than a Triple to me.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first JP beer I have had that does not taste like a JP beer. No funk, no sourness. What this is, is a seriously good, spicey triple.

Golden pour with decent white head. Smells sweet, bready, slightly clovey. Tastes very much like any other triple I have tried. Mouthfeel / carbonation is a bit high. This is a JP trademark that can be a boon or a curse. In this case, it does not do the beer any favors. A bit strong both in alcohol and spice to be too drinkable. A very pleasant change of pace.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deeply earthy, yet brought to life with spice and herb, the Baudelaire Serie extends into an herb infused taste that includes flowery tones, a fruity soul and a biting acidity.

As the beer opens, its body evokes a sense of peach, amber and gold. Hazy with its color, the foam that separates is frothy yet delicate. Its white creme stands the session well and laces lightly on the glass- shedding wine-like character all along.

One whiff delivers bold fruit, spice and tarter aromas- bright floral tones are of hibiscus, chamomile and rose hips. But as that bouquet of floral medley subsides, a peppery and acidic tone rises to offset its honeysuckle character. Soft white pepper, wood rot, vinous rose wine, lemon and lime all spear the senses while that first sip comes quick.

But when the beer touches the tongue, its floral and fruity taste abounds with honey, melon, tropical passion fruit, apricot and papaya. That fruitiness fades in the middle as its peppery taste takes command. White pepper, cumin and fennel rise while those fruity-floral tones lurk in the backdrop. Its dry finish is tart, tangy and just short of sour- shedding glimpses of dry white wine, cider and must.

To the mouth, the ale plays lightly. Its sweetness is light, delicate and floats above the tongue like powdered sugar. Once dissolved, the ale effortlessly dives into a quick finish of white pepper, oak, aniseed and alcohol while delightfully warm.

The classic spicy yeast character of Jolly Pumpkin applies its thumbprint upon the beer. But its whimsy of floral character plays out early and often, shedding rosy character intermittently upon the session. As beautiful as it is, the beer teases the palate with a tangy sensation that falls short of sour. Unfortunately, those teases never follow through and the beer leaves the taste buds wanting much more.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ken's bottle, lovely stuff. Malty aroma. Enormous amount of foam in my pour, unfiltered grapefruit coloured body. Wild wild, love the brett, good malt and yeast, and a little rye edge. A minority in that it tastes better than it smells.Very smooth, lots of head even 15 minutes in.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 750 mL bottle of Batch 378 into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: Golden honey, it poured with an immense head that was white and puffy, which slowly died to a normal head.
S: Sour, funky orange rye with a toffee sweetness (kind of like apple juice) and white wine alcohol.
T: Sour grating rye which crumbles into a lemon-lime bitterness with vodka alcohol and piney hops.
M: Mildly syrupy but big and frothy. Not quite crisp.
D: It is very drinkable.

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Photo of prototypic
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to hoppymeal for sending me this one ages ago.

Baudelaire Ale Absurd pours a copper color. Looks a little hazy. Light gives it a distinct orange look. Carbonation looks to very active. A careful pour resulted in a head that stands over four fingers tall! For what it’s worth, it’s slow to recede. Frankly, it’s a little annoying. Lacing was really nice and thick…as you might have guessed.

The nose is interesting and good. One whiff is all it takes to recognize the presence of Brett and its barnyard funkiness. It is a rather strong presence, but it smells quite good. Earthy, musky, and grainy notes are all prevalent throughout. It definitely has a strong, spicy character. Belgian yeast is noted and imparts a nice, phenolic scent to the mix. There might be a touch of spicy rye, but it’s tough to tell amidst all the other strong scents. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

The flavor is quite good. It starts out with waves of earthy and grainy notes. The continue throughout. Musky and funky flavors follow. Brett really has a big impact on the overall flavors. It is strong in the mix, but tastes delicious. It doesn’t come across as overpowering. Belgian yeast emerges, and tastes delicious as usual. It definitely adds spicy phenols and clove flavors. I’m not getting a whole lot of rye, but I’m not surprised. The flavor profile is big and complex. Rye just seems a little lost in there. Alcohol is masked well.

The body is medium. Carbonation is overactive and a little buzzy. Less bubbles would be an improvement. For what’s it worth, it’s tasty and does go down relatively easy.

Jolly Pumpkin did a pretty nice job with Baudelaire Ale Absurd. I’m not a huge Jolly Pumpkin fan, but this is good beer. The only problems I have with it are the excessive bubbles and the lacking rye presence. I really wish the rye were more noticeable. All in all, this is good stuff though. I’m not sure there are many bottles floating around, but if you have the opportunity…it is worth checking out.

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Photo of abrethanson
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer pours a 2 finger thick and frothy head into my tulip glass. I think some ravers may be having a foam party in my glass. Can I dive in? The head's hint of pink and sexy figure conjures images of cotton candy, barista creations, and clouds of the imagination. Never seen a head quite like it.

Smell - per my partner in crime, it brings images of jumping hay bales back on the farm but with a sour and citrus attitude. I keep feeling I am about to drink some high quality perfume. Maybe the bottle should be more decorative to reflect this.

Taste - a solid yeasty and tart Saison. Pretty straight forward at the nose and then the flower power hits you over the head in the end. I enjoy the taste but keep feeling like the fragrance of perfume is creeping through my nostrils.

Drinkability - Very sessionable for how high the alcohol content is. The funky hibiscus/rose/perfume taste lingers a little too long so I do not think this will become my standard. But a fun one indeed.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/7/2011

Bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to OhlRangers. Insane gusher.

A: Transparent dark copper with a huge white head.

S: Sweet bready malt with some candied sugar. Light rye notes and restrained alcohol. Decidedly Belgian in character. Faint mustiness.

T: Sweet bready malt with a Belgian yeastiness. Slight candied sweetness with more rye than was in the aroma. Touch of tartness.

M: Medium in body with high carbonation. Sticky and dry mouthfeel.

Overall: A pretty good rye triple.

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Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WARNING: IT'S A GUSHER!

Thanks OHLRangers for this one. Large capped bottle, poured hurriedly into a tulip - actually, three tulips, as it kept on overflowing from the bottle, which was cold and not agitated over at least 2 weeks.
Hazy golden beer with orange-red highlights, with an immense white head on all three glasses, with good rention and lacing.
It certainly does not smell or taste like a trippel, which is what is stated on the label. This is a saison all the way.
Musty and spicy aroma, with fruity notes, and earthy overtones.
Medium bodied, quite refreshing, taste is above all, earthy, and bone dry.
Notes of grass, fruits, some acidity, and mild funkiness. Spiciness has multiple notes that come very close to predominate on the overall flavor, but earthiness and graininess, along with some funk keep coming up.
Quite nice.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy greyish-orange with two fingers of off-white head.

Aroma of white wine, yeast, tart green apple, lemon, earthy funk. and brett.

The taste was much like the aroma. White wine, tart green apple and lemon along with brett and earthy yeast notes. Tartness lingered thru the finish. The 8% abv was well hidden.

Medium bodied and a bit dry with a sharper carbonation.

Another enjoyable beer from Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer graciously shared by sweemzander. Thanks buddy.

Oh fuck it's a gusher! Quick Andy grab some paper towel! After the minor spillage I pour a sample into my tulip and the beer is rusty brown with a thick two fingers of beige head. Thick lace rings and a nice cap remain.

The aroma starts with light black pepper and rye. This is followed with a funky dry wood and straw profile. Hints of granny smith apples and lemons as well.

The flavor is woody and spicy. A modest tart funk blends with lemons and rye bread. The rye is very strong in the finish.

Medium to light body. Higher than normal carbonation.

Overall pretty solid saison. IO was much better though.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to Sydney and shared with Sam.

Pours a hazy golden colour, with a firm froth of white that stays persistently even as it gets pocked with larger and larger bubbles. Lace forms cottony patterns down the inside of the glass. Body is a bit light, but with this style of beer that's not necessarily all that unnatural. Looks pretty good.

Nose is quite funky right of the bat, almost heading towards funky, plasticky, crushed vegetation and lambic-style bite. There's some citric tones though as well, giving a slight zesty, peppery aroma to the mix. In the sinuses the funk almost turns to tomato-plant-crush in its sharpness. I like it a lot.

Taste is also good, but a lot thinner in the body than it could be, so the flavours don't express themselves with the complexity the might otherwise have done. Clean, sharp, slightly metallic bite on the front, with a lingering bitter character that runs through the centre. This gives it a rather vinous brut champagne note towards the back, especially with the carbonation. Light, metallic and somewhat medicinal in the finish. Feel is dry and sparkling, just like a very dry champagne.

Overall, it's an impressive beer, although exceedingly dry. As long as you're along for the ride and accept that the super-sec character is going to drive it, there's an awful lot to enjoy about it.

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Photo of david131
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A hazy orange liquid with some streams of carbonation creating a massive, craggy white head that has excellent retention. Stunning for the style.

S- Sour, funky, and floral. Smells very Jolly Pumpkin-y. Aromatic and intriguing.

T- Sour and fruity. Funky with a assertive sweetness and some apparent alcohol. Complex, warm, and appealing. Well done. If the alcohol were a bit more subtle, this would be killer.

M- Creamy but with a distinct alcohol warming aspect. A bit hot and dry.

D- A very well made beer. I think this would age extremely well considering the ABV, style, and amount of yeast in the bottle. Expensive, but well made and enjoyable.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle of this yesterday while outside enjoying the 70º+ weather. Review from notes.

Gusher, big time! Cap didn't fully come off, and it sprayed out in a downward shower. A couple full glasses of foam, then finally some tawny orange ale was visible. The foam was full of large, sparkling bubbles. Nice clarity with racing trails of carbonation.

Aromas of leather, wood, wild tartness & dry brett funk.

Bright tart fruit, floral chamomile notes, mildly sweet with a drying finish. Some spice character, possibly from the rye. The wild yeast was a little strange, with the odd sterile gauze note, but ultimately not distracting. There was a touch of alcohol as it warmed. Very effervescent. It may say Rye Trippel on the label, but it's more of a wild ale than anything.

Tasty and unique, like much of JP's output. Worth a try if you see it, but watch out for the gush. It was in the fridge for a full week before opening...

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/27/2014. Moderate gusher upon opening. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of tart lemon zest, green apple, apricot, orange zest, white wine, hay, straw, grass, herbal, oak, pepper, clove, musty funk, spicy rye, bread, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of tart fruity/spicy/funky yeast, pale/rye malt, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of tart lemon zest, green apple, apricot, orange zest, white wine, hay, straw, grass, herbal, oak, pepper, clove, musty funk, spicy rye, bread, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness and yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of tart lemon zest, green apple, apricot, orange zest, white wine, hay, straw, grass, herbal, pepper, clove, musty funk, oak, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of tart fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale/rye malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/tartness/yeast spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, lightly prickly, and fairly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent wild rye saison. All around excellent complexity and balance of tart fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale/rye malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Tone
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, strong yeast, funk, slight citrus, alcohol, and a hint of biscuit. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong tartness. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, strong yeast, citrus, alcohol, hint of pine, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good aroma, body, blend, complexity, and decent appearance.

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