Archive for the ‘Saison’ Category

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Day #353 – Jester King Boxers Revenge Farmhouse Provision Ale

December 20, 2011

Day 6 and the final day of my Jester King feature. I saved the best for last, of course. Would you expect anything otherwise?

Jester King Boxers Revenge Farmhouse Provision Ale

I feel like this beer is the special one to Jester King. It is their most loved son. I could be wrong but I just get that impression…perhaps that’s why it is still un-released upon the world?

This beer is classified as a Saison. It is barrel-aged and has some wild yeast in it, called Brettanomyces. This is a strain of bacteria/yeast that often cause tart notes in a beer, but Brett is one of the lesser intense ones. Sometimes I have difficulties with drinking beers that are super sour, so hopefully this one won’t be. I have been looking forward to this beer most of all. ABV 9%.

This beer is actually rather clear. Surprising seeing as the previous 5 beers from JK have been super cloudy and yeasty. This one is a clear orangish-red. Light amount of bubbles.

Aroma is pretty woody, sweet, lightly tart with the farmhouse yeast and funky notes shining through.

Flavor is sweet and tart at the same time. Yeasty notes and fruity. There is almost a chap-stick type flavor. Not a bad one but almost soapy. Finishes smooth and oaky. Very tasty.

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Cheers!

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Day #352 – Jester King Das Wunderkind!

December 19, 2011

Day 5 and we are almost done. Tomorrow will be the last of my Jester King feature…but I promise it’s a good one!

Jester King Das Wunderkind!

This beer has still not been released to the public. I had heard about it many many months ago when they first opened, as that’s when they brewed their first batch, but they have been holding on to this beer. They have been aging these in wine oak barrels and every so often they taste it to see what they think. I believe many batches have been blended together to make different flavors. I don’t know what batch I have tonight but I am excited to see it.

This is classified as a Saison, even though the farmhouse yeast and oak barrels have given it a sour edge. That’s part of the thrill I suppose. 4.2% ABV.

This beer pours a very murky golden orange color with some light brown notes. White ring of foamy head.

Aroma is big time saison with lemon zest, funk, farmhouse notes, sweetness and wine.

Flavor is lightly tart and dry. Saison funkiness with citrus flavor. Zesty and tart. The tartness however is not overly so. Finishes slightly tart. Nice.

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Cheers!

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Day #218 – Rahr & Sons Lã Grange

August 7, 2011

Driving back from my vacation, I happened to stop in Waco, TX at a little pub called Dancing Bear. I arrived just in time for them to open, which was nice because I had come here for one beer and one beer alone, the La Grange! Rahr had posted on their Facebook that for some reason or another, this pub received the first shipments of Rahr’s brand new beer.

Rahr & Sons Lã Grange

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This is the next beer in Rahr’s TO THEE series; a series of interesting styles they don’t normally do packaged in 22 oz bombers only. This particular beer is a farmhouse ale, or saison. It is listed at 7.25%.

This beer pours a very hazy orange color with a foamy white color. Unfiltered for sure as it’s hazy.

Aroma is pretty much what you’d expect of a saison; dry, hay, some funk, yeast and a tight spice. Smells pretty spot on.

Flavor is yeasty, slight tartness, very dry and earthy tones. The dryness lingers for quite awhile and this might be the only thing I can find that I don’t necessarily like. A saison needs to be refreshing above all else and this one is just a touch dry. That being said, this beer is solid.

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Cheers!

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Day #209 – Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison

July 29, 2011

Out at the Moth today; figured I would drop in and try something new. Lo and behold they had something new I had never tried!

Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison

Sierra Nevada is based out of Chico, California. This particular beer was a collaboration between Sierra Nevada and the Abbey of New Clairvaux. It is classified as a saison at 7% ABV.

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This beer pours a very lovely shade of orange. The appearance is slightly hazy with a light amount of carbonation on top. White bubbles.

Aroma is light when it is cold but begins to emerge more as it warms. The biggest notes I pick up are definitely citrus and Belgian fruit. Light grain and funk.

Flavor is big time grains and funk. Belgian fruit and dry yeast. Finishes dry. Almost tart but not quite. This is very much a saison. Very clean.

Cheers!

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Day #152 – Samuel Adams Rustic Saison

June 2, 2011

Day 2 of the new Samuel Adams series. Today is a VERY busy day for me. I had 2 interviews for my graduate class; it’s my mother’s birthday so I’m taking her out to the American Airlines Center for a Mavericks watching party and then after that I’m headed to a midnight showing of the new X-Men movie! Therefore I need to get on to the beer.

Samuel Adams Rustic Saison

If you recall a saison is a traditional Belgian farmhouse ale that is typically light and complex in flavors. This one has an ABV of 4.35%, so it’s quite sessionable. Holy crap after looking back, I just realized that this is my first saison! Well I suppose I need to go into a little more depth with this. Saisons are also called farmhouse ales. Belgian farmers would brew this beer in the spring and let it ferment at natural temperatures, usually placed in the farmhouse. The type of yeast that would fall into this beer would give it some very interesting and complex flavors. They are often lower in alcohol and can sometimes be sour. Ok NOW lets get on to it.

This beer pours super clear and is a light yellow to almost straw color. It has a very foamy head, very…but it fades quickly.

The aroma is pretty nice. Lots of sweet fruit, banana, citrus, bubble gum, spicy coriander, and grain. Man this smells nice.

Flavor is grainy upfront with a sweet fruityness. Lemon tart and citrus with spicy notes as well. This was pretty nice and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Cheers!