Ding Points: 80.00
Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00
12 oz single, Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pretty straightforward here.
Very sweet, highly spiced Saison. A few medicinal herbs, but nothing too extreme, mainly because the sweetness keeps them in check. Definitely a mild alcohol burn which could be a function of the spice, but feels like a slightly aggressive solvent EtOH character.
I get alcohol soaked pears, and a pretty bright, sinus clearing nose.The label suggests orange peel, lemon peel, grapefruit peel and pink peppercorns should all be evident, but to me they seemed muted by the alcohol element. I like ALL of those things, but the yeast plays a big part here to and the aforementioned elements are that that obvious – a shame, I would have liked a little more of all of them. A few honey elements seem to be present as well.
Don’t get me wrong, I really like this, but it seems a bit overwhelmed with alcohol to really project much fruit. It’s soft in the mouth, with fine-bubbled carbonation coming through very strongly.
Despite me going on about the alcohol, it still feels less than the 10.5% that was advertised. It’s a big beer no doubt, but it’s not blowing me away rather it’s simply making it’s (considerable) presence felt.
This already has a little bit of age on it (it was released around May/June of this year) and I bet there will be many changes ahead for this beer.
Other: 10.5% ABV, Saison/Farmhouse Ale.