750 mL bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, FL, USA. Capped.
This beer was distributed in Atlanta for years and years during the mid 00s, and I am pretty sure that I’ve had it before, but apparently never took any notes so here we are.
This is likely an older bottle, but there is no way to tell. As such I was concerned because this is a low ABV beer as well, so the expectations were low.
Opens with an encouraging pop. Good. Pour is dull, light brown/straw/gold, not particularly attractive, but does offer a modest head with some significant lace. Nose is pretty bready but lacks a hop presence.
Earthy dry hops dominate with the emphasis on the earthy element. In that sense it feels like a Biere de Grade. The hop bitterness is hanging on here, and the combination of the earth elements and those hops make for a beer with much greater depth than I was expecting. No perceptible oxidation either, equally surprising. Some wood, quite dry and persistently earthy.
In the end a lot, lot better than I was anticipating. This has fared well over time, and if you think BdG as opposed to Farmhouse funk of any description, you’ll be fine. If you’re looking for a funk Saison/Farmhouse then you’ll be disappointed.