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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Brewer's Art
Maryland, United States
thebrewersart.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
57
Reviews:
5
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
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0
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3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 YoungKurtis
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Industry Night at HomeBrewCon.
Very floral, spicy with a cereal graininess to it. Decent.

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3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -17.1%
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2.84/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerYo
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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