Archive for the ‘Saison/Farmhouse Ale’ Category

Today’s ride home from work was perfect. I hit absolutely no traffic and it only took me 35 minutes. That definitely warrants a beer.

frequencyofthesky

ABV: 3.9%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mystic Brewery is a brewery specializing in farmhouse-style ales utilizing locally sourced yeast and other ingredients. Drawing on historical methods, our increased focus on fermentation allows us to impart a sense of unique New England terroir into all of our beer. Our beer can be found in select bars and restaurants across the country.”

Random: Why won’t Mystic distribute here?

The beer poured with a huge, four finger, white head. it dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, lemon-yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose reminded me of a sour lemon cleaner with a lot of yeast and lemon rind. I didn’t pick up much else. The taste was a bit more balanced. It had decent tartness with white vinegar and then a sweet and sour note with lemon candy. There was some bready yeast, but no spice came along with it. It had a grassy and hoppy note at the end. The body was thin and watery with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with white vinegar. I don’t remember if I got this beer myself or if it was a gift, but it was a nice table beer, especially with the low ABV. I think I would have enjoyed this better if it was paired with food.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

While I was in Ohio, I ate a lot at Texas Roadhouse since it was right across from my hotel. They had very few options, other than steak, that weren’t covered in cheese or fried. I ended up getting grilled shrimp a lot with a plain salad and grilled vegetables. The service there was surprisingly good too. Their beer selection was a bit sad, so I never reviewed anything there. This beer was one that I had at Hop Yard 62.

captainstardust

ABV: 6.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Light-bodied Saison made with American Comet hops creating a rustic, juicy citrus profile and a spicy yeast character, this Saison is eminently drinkable.”

Random: For a small bar, they turned over kegs very quickly.

The brew poured with a quarter of a finger of white head. it dissipated quickly and left minimal lacing on the glass. The body was very cloudy and yellow. There was no visible carbonation because of the haziness. The nose was very bright and citrusy. It reminded me of a witbier. There wasn’t any spice that I could pick up. There wasn’t a marked yeast presence either. The taste had more balance with yeast and coriander. It also had a lot of orange segments and lemon juice. There was a hay characteristic too. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. It had a quick and bright finish with citrus. This beer was really drinkable and went down easily after a long day of work. If you see this on tap if you’re in Ohio, grab a pint of it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

One year, my sister and I tried to grow lavender in her garden. Unfortunately, the animals ate it before we could harvest any of it. I enjoy the use of lavender in beers and hopefully this one works out.

lavenderhoneydebrettaville

ABV: 7%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This golden brett beer captures the flavors of spring. We layered hand-picked lavender grown at Eatwell Farms in Dixon, California and aromatic wildflower honey together with our oak-fermented brettanomyces blonde base beer to create this this funky, floral delight. A hint of minerality provides a complex backdrop of floral spring flavors, and a nose of meyer lemons, aromatic botanicals and bosc pear. Serve with rosemary rack of lamb, ripe Taleggio cheese and roasted pear with vanilla ice cream and honey. Our Farm to Barrel beers focus on the eons-old tradition of aging beers in oak barrels, and our de Brettaville saisons expand upon this tradition by highlighting the magical properties of wild brettanomyces yeast. We start by brewing a bright and aromatic farmhouse ale with a blend of twelve “brett” yeast strains. After a vigorous primary fermentation, the beer is racked into wine barrels to mature. In cask, the beer takes on the complex flavors of the oak, and the brettanomyces yeast creates an exotic melange of earthy funk and tropical fruit flavors. This wild ale is alive in the bottle and will continue to mature for years.”

Random: Baby clothes are insanely cute, especially the pajamas with feet.

This beer poured with a quarter finger of white head. It dissipated slowly and left a crown on top of the cloudy, yellow body. It had moderate carbonation. The nose had lemon juice, sourness and lavender. I also picked up some peach too. The taste was moderate tart. It had lemon juice, honey, lemon curd and then floral notes and lavender. I wish the lavender was more pronounced. It had a moderate body with high carbonation. The finish was quick and tart with lemon. A bottle of this was $12.99, which broke down to $1.02. I had no problem drinking this beer, but I needed more of the lavender. This just wasn’t their best work.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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