Archive for the ‘Saison/Farmhouse Ale’ Category

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

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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

Tonight’s selection is another Almanac beer. Let’s see how it was.

saisondolores

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Saison Dolores is a bright, aromatic brew for all seasons inspired by San Francisco’s Mission District. We combine barley, rye and Sonoran Wheat grown in Mendocino County and ferment the beer with our house Saison yeast. Finally we dry hop it to create a California Saison with flavors of spicy white pepper, fruity melon and a clean food friendly finish. Enjoy this lively aromatic farmhouse ale with fresh seafood, funky washed rind cheeses and classic French-style charcuterie. Our Fresh Beer Series delivers the best in farm fresh beer. Big flavors, bold yeast characters and huge hop aromas reflect our rich California agricultural bounty. Every beer is brewed, packaged and shipped with an eye towards maximum freshness. All of our Fresh Beers are designed to pair with a wide variety of cuisine—so enjoy a pour of The Golden State’s most flavorful beer.”

Random: I have done 5 loads of laundry today. I thick I ran out of dryer sheets.

This beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. It also left a significant crown on top of the cloudy, yellow body. It had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with lemon and lemon zest with clove. It also had a lot of bready yeast. The taste was also very bright with lemon flesh and zest. It also had a lot of yeast and wheat with a touch of hay. Grass came through as well. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. It had a quick and bright finish with lemon. The can was $2.50, which came to $.21 per ounce. I thought this was a decent beer, just not as amazing as I have come to expect from the brewery.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I didn’t know that Almanac was canning beers. When I saw this on the shelves, I had to grab it.

mandarina

ABV: 4.3%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mandarina’s tart and citrusy profile makes it the perfect beer for warm, sunny days. The combination of crisp tartness, tangerines and the citrus aromas of Mandarina Bavaria and Citra hops puts this farmhouse ale’s fruity aroma over the top. Pair this summer sipper with a day at the beach, fresh seafood and citrus-infused desserts. Our Fresh Beer Series delivers the best in farm fresh beer. Big flavors, bold yeast characters and huge hop aromas reflect our rich California agricultural bounty. Every beer is brewed, packaged and shipped with an eye towards maximum freshness. All of our Fresh Beers are designed to pair with a wide variety of cuisine—so enjoy a pour of The Golden State’s most flavorful beer.”

Random: This is the first beer that I’ve had from their Fresh Beer series.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was very hazy and bright yellow in color. There wasn’t much carbonation visible. The nose was fragrant and had a lot of floral and citrus notes.I picked up a star fruit note as well. The taste was also very floral. It had some tartness along with oranges and tangerines. The star fruit was in the taste as well, along with wheat. It had a light body with moderate carbonation, that needed to be increased. The finish was quick and filled with citrus. I picked up this can for $2.50, which came to $.21 per ounce. This was an easy drinking beer with lots of bright citrus flavor, it just needed to have a little more carbonation. This is a great session beer for any time of year. Pick up a can next time you see one on the shelf.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Val loves Trader Joe’s. When we bought the house, it put us further out from them, but she still makes time to go. Occasionally, I go with her. It’s always crowded and I’m not the biggest fan of getting hit with a cart. I do like their food and they have some interesting things, along with beers that are only available there, like this one.

fearlessfifty

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: This was the beer that they made for Trader Joe’s 50th anniversary.

Random: TJ’s used to have these breakfast burritos with turkey sausage and eggs. They were my favorite, but then they were discontinued.

The beer poured with a two finger, thick, pure white head. It dissipated slowly, but only left minor lacing on the glass. There was a small crown left. The body was mostly clear and yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was bright and floral with rose petals and hibiscus up front. It had some yeast as well. The taste also had rose petals along with yeast and tropical fruit. I picked up some banana and bubble gum as well. Spice was present, although light. Peach was at the end of the sip. The body was on the thicker side for the style with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with ripe fruit, specifically peach. Val bought this for me, so I’m not sure how much it was. This was an easy drinking saison and I could see it pairing well with summer cuisine. If TJ’s still has it, grab a bottle.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tonight’s beer is another Off Color beer. This label is even more amazing than their usual labels. Let’s get to it.

spacetiger

ABV: 7.8%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “At some point John and Dave were born. They did other stuff for a while and then they figured out they were better at making beer than at the other stuff. So that’s what they do now. They met while both studied at the oldest and most respected brewing school (of the two…and by the brewers that went to the one) in the US, the Siebel Institute, in 2008 and the brewery was envisioned while they both interned at Metropolitan Brewing afterwards. Most of Off Color’s business plan is based off of Doug and Tracy at Metro knowing what they’re doing, so you should go buy some of their beer too. After cutting their teeth at larger breweries, the two somehow convinced enough otherwise-very-smart-people to invest enough money for them to buy some big shiny things to make their own beer in. So that’s what they do now.”

Random: My cats hate anything on top of their heads.

This beer poured with a three finger, loose, white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and yellow with light carbonation visible. On the nose, I picked up a lot of yeast with some diluted lemon juice and coriander. The taste was light with an herbal note and quickly went into white bread that was freshly baked. It had coriander and even some lavender. The body was very light with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with lemon and lavender. I thought this beer had a lot of complexity and enjoyed the herbal notes. A bomber of this was $18.20, which came to $.83 per ounce. I would definitely have this one again, despite the prohibitive pricetag.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0