Almanac Peach Galaxy

I found another Almanac beer sitting on a shelf, gathering dust. I figured I should take it home.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “GALAXY DRY-HOPPED SOUR FARMHOUSE ALE AGED IN OAK BARRELS WITH PEACHES AND SPICES. Peach Galaxy is an intergalactic flavor odyssey! This stellar brew started with a blend of farmhouse Brettanomyces ales fermented with our house sour culture and aged in oak barrels. Next, 6,000 lbs of organic yellow peaches from Blossom Bluff Orchards in Northern California were added to the barrels to mature for several months. The beer was finished with a touch of coriander and a heavy cosmic dry-hop of Galaxy and Citra. The finished beer has an IPA-style aroma, backed by tart peach skin flavors and hints of gummy rings. Pair this out-of-this-world elixir with grilled ribs, ceviche, and peach coffee cake.”

Random: This beer would pair really well with ceviche. I’m not sure about the ribs.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was very cloudy and bright yellow in color. There was no carbonation visible because of the cloudiness. The nose was filled with peaches and a touch of funk. The taste had a dose of alcohol and then quickly went into peaches and funk from the yeast. There was also lemon pith as well. The body was on the medium side with generous carbonation. The finish was length with peach. As usual, I love another beer from Almanac. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Fat Orange Cat Do All Sixteen Dances

Tonight’s selection was a beer that I picked up in New York. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 6%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our small batch beer: Fat Orange Cat Brew Co. is a small, seasonal homestead brewery, opened for tastings and growler sales/fills August 13, 2016 out of our barn. We specialize in extremely high quality small batch recipes, and are making every effort to support and promote local agriculture. We are very fortunate that our property has a wetland and is in the Salmon River watershed area, resulting in exceptionally high quality well water. Many thanks to the UCONN Agricultural Extension for developing our waste nutrient management plan, enabling us to use all of our waste materials either on the property or for farm animal feed. Our large batch beer: Fat Orange Cat Brew Co. is a member of a collective called Twelve Percent Beer Project. This enables us to use our small brew system here on site as a beer test kitchen, constantly offering new beers. We partner and contract brew on a large scale with Twelve Percent, enabling us to brew and distribute on a much larger scale while maintaining the small and intimate experience here at the brewery.”

Random: My fat orange cats are sleeping in their bed, next to each other.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy yellow color with no visible carbonation due to the haziness. The nose had a lot of hay along with some yeast and clove and coriander. There was lemon there as well. The taste was a bit more citrus forward with lemon flesh and pith. The hay and yeast were there as well. The body was light and crisp with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with hay. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Logsdon Peche ‘n Brett

A month or so ago, I went to Cranbury Buy Rite and they were having a sale on sours. Initially, I didn’t have this one in my basket, but it came highly recommended, so I picked it up.

ABV: 10%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This award-winning version of our Oak Aged Seizoen Bretta is refermented with 1.5 lbs/gal of juicy ripe peaches from the Hood River Valley for several months before blending the aged beer with some young beer and fresh brettanomyces yeast, providing natural carbonation, added dryness and funky complexity to the beer.”

Random: This beer comes in at 15 IBUs.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It was quite wispy. It dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing on the glass, but a small white crown on top of the body. The body was a slightly cloudy, white orange color. There were no floaties visible and a moderate amount of carbonation visible. The nose had a decent amount of funk with white wine grape, aged peach and a touch of horse blanket. The taste started with sour, unripe peach and had a little bit of sweetness from the peach. Oak definitely came through with a touch of vanilla. Brett was present, but not overwhelming. It gave a decent amount of funk, but definitely on the lighter side. The alcohol was insanely well hidden. It had moderate to high carbonation and a quick finish. This beer was outstanding and I would definitely have it again. I highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Stillwater Stateside Saison

Although my beer store regularly stocks Stillwater, I haven’t picked one up lately. This is one of their original beers, so I wanted to give it a try.

ABV: 6.8%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In 2017, we reformed Stillwater’s origin beer, merging it back into our evolving stream of thought where once it sat untouched. Still paying homage to old world tradition while celebrating new world innovation, Stateside is now dry hopped and more refined. Naturally brewed with the finest European malts & fresh aromatic hops from the United States & New Zealand. The beer is then fermented using a classic farmhouse ale yeast and bottle conditioned to enhance stability. The outcome is a beer of unique design and exquisite taste, showcasing some of the best attributes of modern-day craft brewing.”

Random: It’s been awhile since I had a Stillwater beer.

This beer poured with a two and a half finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly cloudy, golden-yellow with lots of carbonation visible. The nose had some yeast notes first and a touch of citrus with orange. The taste had a bit more citrus with orange and grapefruit and then quickly went into a yeast note. It had a spiciness to it along with some cracker malt. The body was on the medium side of the style with generous carbonation. It had a dry and quick finish with cracker malt. It’s been awhile since I had a saison and this one did not disappoint. This paired well with food and I would have this again without a doubt.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Blackberry Farm Barrel Series 18 Month Brett Saison

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this brewery on some random podcasts, so I wanted to give them a shot. This was hanging out on the shelf of Cranbury Buy Rite, despite the brewery’s website saying they don’t distribute to New Jersey.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In keeping with the sense of place at Blackberry Farm, our brewery and processes are rooted in centuries old traditions. We are respectful of the time honored methods of making beer, while constantly pushing the boundaries to employ modern techniques to enhance the complexity of our releases. We create beers for a moment. Whether it is celebrating a special occasion, pairing with fine food, recreating, or just enjoying the day. The right beer is the perfect complement to marks life’s moments both big and small. Our bottled beers utilize a natural re-fermentation in the bottle, which produces a soft and pleasant carbonation. Every bottle that leaves our brewery has been conditioned in our temperature controlled cellar to ensure that you get the highest quality with each pour. Our can line is designed to feel youthful and bold. These beers are about recreating, connecting and enjoying an active lifestyle. Each can features label artwork from Southern artists who have a relationship with Blackberry Farm. The labels have their own unique personality, much like the beer.”

Random: I just spent way too much time on the brewery’s website. They have a votive candle for $98!

The beer poured without any head on top of a bright yellow body. The body was murky, but still had some visible carbonation to it. The nose started with a lot of Brett and funk, but went into red wine and a touch of vanilla. The taste was fruity up front. I picked up apricot and peach and it transitioned into funk. The oak came through next with some red wine and vanilla. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with red wine and oak. I picked up the bottle for $10.99, which came to $.87 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would pick it up again, despite the price.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tired Hands Shambolic

Val and I went out to Ardmore to meet some friends for an early dinner. We had a few beers and some food and then we walked around. We ended up coming back for dessert and I had this beer while watching some baseball.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Nelson & Simcoe Saison 6.5% Brewed with malted spelt and raw white wheat. Fermented with our Magickal Saison yeast and rested in a large oak foudre with our house microflora. Dry hopped assertively with Simcoe and Nelson Sauvin. Notes of overripe pineapple, lemon balm, spring meadow, black lime, and cape gooseberry.”

Random: My favorite thing at Tired Hands is the nachos. Their beer cheese is absolutely ridiculous.

The beer poured with a thick, two finger, pure white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left some limited lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, bright yellow color with a lot of carbonation. The nose started with a lot of yeast and a lot of oak. It had a hoppy note as well. The taste also had a lot of yeast and oak. It had some lemon zest and tropical fruit notes as well. There was a grassy note from the hops as well. The body was full with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with a lot of tropical fruit and yeast. I thought this beer was outstanding. It never fails to amaze me how many different flavors that Tired Hands manages to get into their beers.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Against The Grain Coq De La Marche

Tonight’s beer is another offering from Against The Grain. I want to visit the brewery at some point, but it will be at least a few years before I get there.

ABV: 5.8%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Vous etes le coq de rien. Suffice it to stay, some beers are meant to be the cocks of walks, and some are not. This Session Saison safely falls into step with those beers striding confidently along that most fateful walk. Brewed with a dash of spelt and a healthy late hop addition this fine, frothy friend was fermented warm to perfect attenuation and carbed up high for a flavor that is at once bright, rich, juicy and ultra crisp. Strut your stuff, man.”

Random: This beer comes in at 31 IBUs.

This beer poured with a huge, five-finger, off white head. It was very fluffy and took forever to dissipate. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, bright yellow color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with grass, cracker malt and green, underripe grapes. The taste was way more towards a kolsch than a saison. It had a lot of cracker malt with grass and mineral water. There was still some grape note, but was very mild. The body on this was light and there was a touch too much of carbonation. It had a quick finish with crackers. I picked up this can for $3, which came to $.19 per ounce. I thought this beer was okay, if it were marketed as a kolsch. It didn’t have many saison characteristics.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0