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The Brewer's Art
Maryland, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rye saison brewed with grapefruit.

Added by ThisWangsChung on 06-22-2014

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 54
Photo of mynie
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listed at the brewery as 3.8% ABV, but then on the can it says 4.0%.

Although I'd never heard of them until moving here, The Brewer's art is one of Baltimore's most venerable and respected breweries. Their beers are lightweight and Belgian inspired, and they've been making them for long enough that they don't bother to chase trends too heavily.

ChopTank'd is presented as sort of a fruity, spicy table beer: low strength, but high flavor. It pours a bright, cloudy yellow with a tight white head with good retention. The aroma is lemony mixed with some peppry, with the spice nodes coming from the yeast. As it warms a bit, some sharp pengs of rye poke through the sweet spice, making for a complex but delicate boquet.

The flavor doesn't come together quite so well as the aroma, but it's still impressive for the beer's size. Creamy lemon starts things off, moving into a middle that's a combination of spice and generic citrus, and finishing with grapefruit and flowers. A very summery brew, indeed.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.72/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Finally, I get to sample this beer beyond a damn cask (saisons shouldn't be served in casks, guys...) The nose isn't particularly special, but it does bring nice tones of lemon and wheat. While I pick up some gentle black pepper, I'm missing some of that rustic nature that would have brought this up beyond "slightly different witbier". Tasting this...nope, not very rustic. I get plenty of wheat and lemon, but I get that out of many witbiers. The whole thing tastes muddled and messy, and what's worse, I get no grapefruit taste. While it's well carbonated, the feel seems astringent to the point of being bothersome (hi, rye!) On the plus side, it's not that watery to me - but it is flabby and overly wet. Not a huge fan of this beer, as it's too muddled and weak. Honestly, as much as I bitched about how a saison shouldn't be thrown in a cask, I really think the cask version of this was better.

2.72/5: Chopconfus'd

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Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some lemons, not much else. Taste is lemons, tart, spices, not really tasting the yeast strain I usually associate with this style. Feels light in the mouth and overall, not your typical saison, but a refreshing beer nonetheless.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a tulip glass. Brewed and canned in Pottstown PA.

Deep lemon orange body, with a great rising column of middle carbonation in the glass. Soapy slightly rocky, but giving to light retention and a bright white dissolving swiss cheese head. Solid looker, great body appearance.

Real nice aroma. Simple heat and farmhouse dryness, a real nice spritzy of lemon acid mixing of light sweetness but also tart acid. Ripping grain and sharp and slightly metallic twinge a bit. Pretty solid and impressive, there's a ferrous action though on this which is a little bit off putting though, but jumps to to weedy green cut grass as well.

Palate has too much of a session IPA like quality. Wet bodied and not letting the flavors showcase. Chalky malt presence mixing with light grass and hay. Finishes with a nice touch of sweet sucrose slightly, a bit of chewy malt backbone as well, just a faint touch of heated pepper like yeast hotness also. Flavor manages to last and at least linger, but requires much more quaffing.

A session saison? Kind of not really my thing, but does have some decent qualities.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really liked this one. Had it on draft at Rustico. They started with a nice saison and added rye malt, honeysuckle, lemon and grapefruit peel. The results were very good. Bought a 6 pack in cans.

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Brewer's Art ChopTank'd from The Brewer's Art
3.62 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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