Notes added 12/12/21
Fresh bottles (Vintage 2021 printed on the back label) sourced from Craftshack. Image is from that batch.
Golden pour with a white head. A LOT of apple and cider notes that create a delightful, dry effect. Almost has a touch of champagne in the overall experience. The nose catches a lot of that feel too. Drying finish.
Original notes, 12/25/09
750 mL corked & caged bottle from DrDogBeer as part of my Secret Santa 2009 gift – thanks Tom.
Beer opened with an encouraging pop, and the requisite gun smoke.
Pour is a hazed, tangerine body with a lovely fluffy, well-retained head with lots of lace.
Silky and smooth in the mouth with a pleasing fullness.
Nose and tastes give a magnificent wave of (initially) lemongrass but followed very quickly by some light, semi-sweetened grapefruit and a small, but significant does of funk. The funk is reserved but very much a significant part of the experience. As one would expect a combination of light esters, medicinal hoppy/herbal notes and the light acidity of a great Saison. Very nicely put together.
Delicious example of the style, and something (see Red Barn) that Lost Abbey obviously has an ability to produce and do well.
Drinkability for me is huge, and the bottle is gone in no time. I really wanted to sit and gulp this down.