Archive for the ‘Saison/Farmhouse Ale’ Category

Tonight’s selection is another beer from Vault. I can’t remember if I’ve ever had a saison aged in a gin barrel, but it sounded like it would be a combination that would work for the style. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the dark fruit as much as I got the gin barrel, but I think it varies based on the batch. Let’s see what other notes I picked up.

ambersaison

ABV: 7.1%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Aged in gin barrels for 8 months. Fruity and spicy with notes of dark cherry, fruitcake, and sherry with a mild tartness.”

Random: Gin is one of the spirits that I’ve developed an affinity for, although I don’t have it much.

The brew poured with a one finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left a lot of spiderweb lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, mahogany color with generous carbonation. The nose was filled with juniper, pine and then went into the typical scents of a saison with yeast and lemon. The taste had oak and gin with juniper. It then went into notes of wheat, lemon verbena and cucumber. It had a touch of booze at the end of the sip. The body was on the thin side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy and herbal finish. This was one of the more unique beers that I’ve ever had from Vault. I was impressed by this one and I would have it again in a second. If you see it on tap, order a glass of it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I managed to find this beer hanging out on the shelf. Off Color keeps putting out quality liquid, so any time I see a beer from them, it ends up coming home with me.

hyperpredator

ABV: 6.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “When you are a Farmhouse Ale the top of the food chain, you ingest everything in sight. SOMETIMES coffee bean are in sight. WHEN YOU INGest those, it takes you to a whole ‘nother trophic level. THEN YOU ARE ON TOP OF THE TOP. WHEN YOU GET ON TOP OF THE TOP IT’S HARD TO COME BACK DOWN. BUT WHY COME DOWN? YOU ARE ALREADY AT A DIFFERENT LEVEL! MAN, THIS COFFEE FARMHOUSE ALE IS GOOD!!! WHY AM I FEELING MY HEART THIS MUCH!?”

Random: Val got me a hat from Off Color for my birthday that fits perfectly.

The brew poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with black coffee, Belgian yeast and golden raisins. I also picked up light spice. The taste was also a lot of coffee, but it was lighter on the taste than in the nose. Belgian yeast came through next with apricot. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with coffee. A bottle of this was $1.67, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. This was a really unique beer and the addition of coffee made it even more drinkable. If you see this on shelves, pick it up.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

This was the second beer that I had at 2SP. The place had a really nice vibe. The front part had the full bar and some high top bar tables. The back part was mostly tables and booths. The service was quick and I ordered the fried brussels sprouts, which I had at the Delaware location and enjoyed. I don’t know if I built them up too much in my mind, but they weren’t nearly as good as I remembered. Let’s see if the second beer was better than the brussels sprouts.

oakageddeadofnight

ABV: 9.1%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: This is aged in American oak.

Random: I wish there was a decent gastropub by our house. We have to drive at least 15-20 minutes to find one.

The brew poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was almost black in color with no visible carbonation. The nose had some golden fruit up front. I picked up some apricot and peach. There was vanilla too. The taste was even more fruity than the nose with red wine notes and red grapes. Toasted oak and vanilla came through next with yeast. There was also some spice that came through too with smoke. The body was medium thick with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with smoke and fruit. I thought this beer was really interesting and the oak gave it more depth. If you see this one on tap and you like saisons, give this one a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This was another brew that I had at Edmund’s Oast. Their food was absolutely amazing, by the way, and this was the best meal that I had on vacation. If you’re anywhere close, you need to find yourself here.

circe

ABV: 9%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A key focal point of Edmund’s Oast is the onsite brewery, where a number of the restaurant’s unique and unusual draft beers are made in house, including brews aged in a small, dedicated barrel aging room. Not only is Edmund’s Oast one of the few brewery based restaurants in the area, the team has also carefully curated a high-quality beer program featuring guest taps from the best local, national, and international brewers complemented by an expansive specialty/reserve bottle list.”

Random: The service was really impressive as well.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. Despite this, it left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and dark yellow. I could see a lot of carbonation. The nose had a marked citric note with lemon rind and lemon flesh. It also had a white grape scent after a few sniffs. There was also a sweetness that followed up with a candi sugar note and bubblegum. The taste was incredibly complex. It started with a lot of bready yeast and quickly went into the same bubblegum sweetness. It had a little bit of clove spice and then the Brett came through, which dried the beer out. The booze was hidden well. It had a thicker body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and dry with Brett. This was an enjoyable beer and the combination of the sweet notes with the Brett had me coming back for me. If you’re in Charleston, search this one out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

So, back to my story of visiting Forest & Main. We ordered a bunch of appetizers because I was starving and every single thing we ordered was terrible. We even ordered a cold appetizer plate that was inedible. I could barely get through more than two bites. The server didn’t even notice and since I lack a bit of patience, once I’m done, I’m done. We decided to just get the check and leave without ordering much else. I felt badly because the server was obviously very young and inexperienced, so we still left a decent tip, but this still goes in the books as one of the worst meals we ever attempted. Needless to say, it will awhile if we ever go back.

banjo

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: Happy hour at Forest & Main is Tuesday through Friday.

Random: One of the guys my mother used to work with decided to take up the banjo.

The brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly. It left limited lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and bright yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with citrus, cucumbers, cantaloupe and orange segments. The taste was equally as good as the nose. I picked up the same notes, but the citrus and cantaloupe stood out. Cucumber was there, but I wish it was a little more bold. It had a light body with moderate carbonation that needed to be a bit more dialed up. It had a quick, citrus finish. I liked this beer and honestly, it didn’t take me long to drink it since it was so light. This is a solid choice.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

One of the places that Val and I have been waiting to try is Forest & Main. It’s a bit of a hike from us, but it looked like a place we would be into. The exterior is a super-cute restored house and the menu looked tasty as well. Add to it the fact that they make their own beer and have visually pleasing glassware and that usually spells a win for us. But, although I enjoyed the beer here, this was a miss. I’ll go into some further detail tomorrow.

muon

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: They are currently closed Mondays. I wish there was more information on the website, but it’s a little lacking.

Random: I’m a sucker for cute glassware.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly. It left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy yellow with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose had some bright citrus and tropical fruit, specifically papaya. After a few sniffs, I picked up some honeydew as well, which was interesting. The taste had some vanilla and then went into tropical fruit notes. I picked up passion fruit, papaya and mango. It also had a note of pencil shavings, which was a bit odd. The body was medium thickness, despite the relatively low ABV. It had just enough carbonation. The finish was lengthy with honeydew and papaya. I had no problem throwing this one back. It had a lot of good flavor and was quite enjoyable. If you see it on tap, it’s definitely worth ordering a pint.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

One of the things that I appreciate about Tired Hands beers is the unique names. If I ever owned a brewery, I would make sure that each beer had a really cool name. This is one of the more unique names of any beers of their that I’ve had. Let’s get to it.

swordswallower

ABV: 5.6%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to beeradvocate.com, “A farmhouse pale ale brewed in collaboration with the cool dudes from @holymtnbrewing in Seattle, Washington. Brewed with rye and wheat. Hopped with Citra, Hallertau Blanc, Hüll Melon and Equinox. Ride the drone to the phantasmatic land.”

Random: I also enjoy the crudo they have at the Fermentaria. They always have excellent flavors and selections. I just wish that I lived closer.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated very slowly, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was almost clear and yellow in color with high carbonation. The nose had notes of sage and pineapple up front. Lemongrass and citrus fruits came through next. The taste was incredibly herbal, to the point of being overwhelming. The sage was really, really strong. There were notes of citrus and lemongrass as well, but that sage was just too intense. There wasn’t any spice either. Body was incredibly thin with high carbonation. It had a medium long finish with sage. I can see where they wanted this beer to go, but it missed the mark for me. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0