Commercial description: Belgian Style Ale Brewed with Rye and Brettanomyces Our rustic, deep golden California farmhouse ale is brewed just a few times a year to celebrate the change of the season. Enjoy!
Pour results in a beautiful golden honey/amber hue with slight haze presents. The head an enormous fluffy and creamy three finger head with excellent retention. The lacing is also amazing, some of the best I’ve ever seen on any beer clinging all the way to the rim of the glass.
Nose is complex, and so delicious! Brettanomyce funk lands the first lab squarely on your nose. Old wet hay…classic barnyard funkiness. Brett is followed by sharp, zesty lemon, banana and bubblegum. Some biscuit and toasted bread, with a subtle spiciness. An orangey marmalade note and a hint of sweet vanilla lingers at the end.
Taste is equally fantastic. The traditional phenols of a classic Saison are there along with some very slight undertones of earthy, brett character. A crisp but lightly sweet pale malt body, with light, sharp lemony citrus notes and a hint of barnyard funk overlaying the peppery yeast and sweet orange notes. Just a bit of crisp hop bitterness towards the finish. The spiciness of the rye really comes alive as it warms up. Amazing.
Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style. Nicely dry, effervescent and clean–though perhaps just a bit too hoppy to be as clean as a great Saison should be.
OVERALL IMPRESSION (9/10)
Overall, one of the most interesting Saisons I have ever tried. It is complex. Brewed with the unique elements of rye and brettanomyces, this beer is so well balanced, it takes the Saison style into a richer, more complex direction
FINAL SCORE (47/50)