Profiled by Maria Devan for PGA
This beer pours with a certain ceremony. It’s lemon or banana yellow with a pleasant haze. A creamy head of white foam to top it that lasts and leaves lace. Nose is earthy and fruity. There is a whole lemon in this nose. It’s not separate it’s the juice, the bit of tartness and the bright zest but it’s together in a way that is splendid. There is some sweet earth from yeast instead of a big bad funk and a lovely and floral that is like a touch of perfume on the air. The malt is on the nose with a bit of sweetness too and bit of bread.
Taste is elegant and refined yet friendly and drinkable. The funk brett is laid into the beer so well as to be a sweet earthiness. The lemon is profound but not too tart. It’s juicy and lemony. The earth and the sweetness of the malt and the lemon peel create a musky scent as it warms. The malt keeps it on the sweeter side and there is a mild vinegar backnote. The mouthfeel is brilliant. Soft, smooth and creamy but plenty of tiny bubbles that lift it up on the palate. leaves with a lingering sweetness and a bit of funkiness and tartness combined.
This was an impeccable beer. A saison in the truest sense of the style. Without sacrificing the deep fruitiness to the brett character this one travels the palate like a wonderful but modest celebration. I loved it!
Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”
Maria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY and is frequent reviewer of beer and a beer lover deluxe.