Archive for the ‘Saison/Farmhouse Ale’ Category

Apparently not all of my photos saved from my Ohio trip, so unfortunately there are going to be a few beers with brewery logos. I even checked my trash and can’t find them. At least I can figured out what I had by Untappd.

illmannered

ABV: 7.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Ill Mannered Brewing Company is powered by a 3 Barrel all electric brewery. We make our beer just 93 gallons at a time, which allows us the ability to experiment at a small scale and rotate in new beers all the time. That means when you stop by, chances are there is something new on tap for you to try. Come on by and check out the brewery. Just ask and we will gladly give you a look around!”

Random: This was another beer that didn’t have a description on the brewery website.

This beer poured with a one finger, off white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy chestnut color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was really toasty with hazelnuts and then quickly went into a wheat and yeast note. There was not much spice to it. The taste started with a lot of nutty sweetness. It went into yeast and then a slight citrus brightness along with some coriander. It had a medium thick body with a lot of carbonation visible. The finish was lengthy with yeast and citrus pith. I thought this beer was decent, but a little out of balance.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Val has this habit of wanting beers because they have cute labels. Can you guess if this is one of those beers?

morewithhoney

ABV: 5.9%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are a small craft brewery located in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. We brew small batch beers that are yeast driven and inspired by French & Belgian farmhouses. Everything we do is done by hand the old fashioned way, utilizing local Pacific Northwest ingredients. Our beer can be found at our tasting room as well as finer beer bars and bottle shops across Washington State. For more information follow us on FB and Twitter.”

Random: One of my pet peeves are breweries that don’t list beer information on the actual website and list it on twitter and Facebook.

The beer poured with a full finger of pure white head. It dissipated quickly, but only left a modicum of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy yellow color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had lemon juice and funk. What was surprising was that I couldn’t pick up any honey at all. There was some yeast that came through. The taste started with lemon juice and sourness. Cinnamon was there, which was in opposition to the lemon juice. Yeast was next, but again, the honey was missing. It had a very light body with high carbonation, which made this beer no problem to drink. It had a quick finish with lemon tartness. A bottle of this was $9.99 ($.62 per ounce). This beer didn’t impress me and the balance was off. I wouldn’t have this one again, although I’m glad I tried it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is one of the few beers that I haven’t tried from Two Roads. Val picked this one up for me during one of her beer store trips. It’s not a beer that I would necessarily pick for myself, but that’s why I like when Val goes beer shopping. She comes home with beers that push the limits of my wheelhouse.

roadsgarden

ABV: 8.9%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “See how our garden grows! For this unique, high gravity saison, Brewmaster Phil used a variety of edible and aromatic flowers such as lavender, chamomile and calendula. This arrangement completes a farmhouse ale with one-of-a-kind taste and flavor.”

Random: We don’t usually have flowers in the house because the cats try to eat them.

This beer poured with a three finger, white head that dissipated slowly. It left generous lacing on the glass. The body was golden-yellow color and cloudy with moderate carbonation visible despite the haziness. The nose had rose petals. yeast and a white grape note. The taste was even more floral than the nose. It had a lot of rose petals with other flowers and transitioned into golden fruit. I specifically got golden raisins and apricots. Yeast finished up the sip and gave it a bready quality. The body was thin, bordering on watery, with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with yeast and rose petals. The bomber set me back $13.99, which broke down to $.64 per ounce. I thought the beer had some unique flavors and despite the high price point, I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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