Archive for the ‘Saison/Farmhouse Ale’ Category

This was the second beer that I had at Urban Farmer. We later went to the brewery, which was insanely loud and dark and just not my scene. Let’s see how this was.

ABV: 5.1%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our goal is to give you a rad place to hang out and drink killer beer. Founded on the Summer Solstice of 2011, our mission has always been to create beers that are beyond the pale. To us this implies new ideas, channeling Loki, and embracing chaos. It means drawing from the sounds and sights that inspire us most in life. Our beers may or may not exactly adhere to any particular guidelines – we’re style blasphemers and category agnostics – but you can count on the fact that we’ll always brew damn good beer. To us, TRVE represents being a part of a counter culture without immersing yourself to the point of taking it too seriously.”

Random: The brewery was on a suburban street. Definitely not what I expected.

The beer poured with a one and a half finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and bright yellow. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose started with a lot of yeast and then went into funk along with a touch of bubble gum. The taste was filled with wheat along with grass. It quickly went into grass and yeast. It had a touch of nuttiness along with bubble gum. The body was light with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with yeast. I thought this was a decent beer, but not my favorite of the style.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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Today’s selection is another beer from Allagash, one of the most solid breweries in the Northeast. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 9.7%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Astrid is a bright golden color with assertive aromas of spice, bread crust, apple, and fennel seed. Citrus, oak, and anise give way to warm vanilla notes followed by a slightly tart finish. We brew this saison with Pilsner, raw wheat, and Biscuit malt, and ferment it in stainless steel for a year with a blend of traditional saison yeast and Brettanomyces. After fermentation is complete, we transfer the beer to Scandinavian Aquavit barrels, where it ages for an additional eight months. Skål!”

Random: I’ve never had Aquavit, nor do I really feel a need to try it.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It took forever to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, bright orange color with no carbonation visible due to the cloudiness. The nose was very unique. It almost had a gin-like quality, which I assume is due to the Aquavit barrels, mint, oak and some licorice as well. The taste was also complex. It started with the same gin-like quality with mint and oak. It quickly went into fresh-cut grass and some bright citrus and apple slices. I didn’t pick up a huge amount of vanilla, but there was some at the end of the sip. The body was on the lighter side and the alcohol was almost undetectable. It had a lot of effervescent carbonation. The finish was lengthy with grass and vanilla. I picked this up for $13.99, which came to $1.14 per ounce, which definitely wasn’t cheap, but worth it for a unique beer like this. If you can grab one, I would highly recommend it.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

This is another beer that I picked up in Maryland. I tried one of their saisons at Savor last year and was interested in giving this one a shot. I think it’s also the first time I’ve seen a saison in a pounder can too. It’s an interesting way to package. The updated graphics are also much better than the old logos. Hopefully when I’m out in Colorado, I’ll get a chance to visit them.

ABV: 6.8%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Seasonal, farmhouse-style ales that feature native Colorado ingredients. Dry and crisp farmhouse-style ale. Mild tartness softened by Colorado wildflower honey.”

Random: This is a seasonal beer that comes in at 10 IBUs.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. A small crown was left on top of the body. The body was super hazy and bright orange in color with no visible carbonation. The nose was very sweet with wildflower honey, golden raisins and yeast. It had a floral, honeysuckle note as well. The taste was sweet with the same wildflower honey as the nose. There were also notes of yeast, clove, apricot and golden raisins. It had an herbal note as well. The body was thick with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sweet from the honey. A pounder can was $2.75, which came to $.17 per ounce. I thought this beer had a lot of good flavors, but just needed a little more refining.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Left Hand that I originally tried at Savor. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 6.8%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Seasonal, farmhouse-style ales that feature native Colorado ingredients. Dry and crisp farmhouse-style ale. Mild tartness with bitter Colorado chokecherries.”

Random: I had no idea of what a chokecherry was, so I looked it up on wikipedia: “Chokecherry is a suckering shrub or small tree growing to 4.9 m (16 ft 1 in) tall. The leaves are oval, 3.2–10.2 cm (1 1⁄4–4 1⁄32 in) long, with a coarsely serrated margin. The flowers are produced in racemes 38.1–76.2 cm (15–30 in) long in late spring (well after leaf emergence). The fruits are about 1 cm (3⁄8 in) in diameter, range in color from bright red to black, and possess a very astringent taste, being both somewhat sour and somewhat bitter. The very ripe ‘berries’ (actually drupes) are dark in color and less astringent and sweeter than when red and unripe.”

The beer poured with a quarter finger of white head. It went away quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy amber color with light carbonation visible. The nose started with a lot of yeast and flower petals. I picked up hibiscus and rose hips. There was a slight cherry note as well, along with some wheat. The taste was also very yeasty with flower petals. It was more hibiscus and cherries. There was also a wildflower honey quality to it. The body was way too thick with light carbonation. The finish was quick and yeasty. A pounder can was $2.50 ($.16 per ounce). This beer just needed more balance for me and I wish it had more cherry notes. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Today’s selection is a saison from one of my favorite gypsy brewers. We don’t get distribution in Jersey, so when I got this as a gift, I was quite excited. Let’s crack this one open.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Not everyone will ‘get’ this beer but this is for the real 1’s. Brewed by step-mashing 100% german pilsner malt, adding loads of noble Hallertau and Tettnang hops, and fermenting with a funky, expressive farmhouse yeast. So crisp, so bitter, so refreshing.”

Random: Val was watching “The Challenge” on MTV. That’s a show I never got into.

The brew poured with a huge and fluffy pure white head. It took a very long time to dissipate, but left a lot of lacing on the glass, along with a small crown. The body was cloudy and lemon juice colored with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of yeast up from with some farmhouse funk. Grass clippings and white grape skins came through next. The taste started with significant funk and the grass clippings that were apparent in the nose. The pilsner malt came through next. White grape juice and flower petals were next. It had a light body with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with a perfume-like floral note and pilsner malt. Since the bomber was a gift, I have no idea how much it cost. But, this beer was an easy drinker and I could see it pairing well with almost any cuisine.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This year, our flowers came up really nicely in the yard, except for the fact that the deer like to snack on them. We’ve also gotten a lot of foxes in the yard lately, although only really early in the morning, before Val gets up. They tend to go after deer, which is a bit odd to me. I guess this is what we get for living in the country.

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Dark, smooth and delicious. Aromas of worn leather and cool autumn nights. Notes of sweet plum and toasted raisin, hints of coffee and cacao. Lingering tart and refreshing finish.”

Random: This is an Autumn seasonal.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of white head. It was very fluffy head and dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and golden-yellow. It had moderate carbonation. The nose started with a lot of yeast and funk, but quickly went into leather and oak. The taste had some white grapes up front and the same yeast and funk that was apparent in the nose. It had a toasted grain note as well. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with an oaky white wine note. Val bought this for me, so I have no idea how much it was, but I enjoyed the depth and complexity of this beer. I’m glad I got a chance to give this a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Val is not a big fan of anything peach flavored, but loves actual peaches. I think she bought this beer for me, although she had no interest in trying it. Let’s crack it open.

whitepeachsaison

ABV: 5.9%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In 1990, George founded the Flying Dog Brewpub in Aspen, Colorado. From that brewpub to a full-fledged Denver brewery (co-founded by George and his longtime friend and partner, Richard McIntyre**) in 1994, and then to our current state-of-the-art brewing facility in Frederick, Maryland, Flying Dog continues to make sense.”

Random: I haven’t bought a Flying Dog beer for myself in a long time.

The beer poured with a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was clear and bright yellow in color. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose was strong with peach puree and white peppercorns. There was also some apricot as well. The taste had a touch of tartness, but was quickly followed up with peach flesh and white peppercorns. There was some yeast as well, but peach was the definitive flavor. It also had some wheat. The body was very light with a decent amount of carbonation, but could have used a bit more. It had a quick finish with peaches. A bottle of this was $2, which came to $.17 per ounce. I liked this beer, but it didn’t strike me as a saison, more like a Berliner weisse. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one again, but I’m glad that I got to try it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0