Friday, December 9, 2011

Pretty Things Field Mouse's Farewell

Yet another saison from Pretty Things. This beer is a little bigger and a little bolder than the Jack D'or, but is it any BETTER?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (587) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2011
I poured a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark honey/apricot skin yellowish/orange hue. Hazy, but transparent. Forms a small, white, frothy head with decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Similar to a Belgian brew of the style with wet straw and hay aroma with a touch of light fruits and plenty of white grape. Some alcohol presence and slight sourness, too.

Taste: I usually don’t like saisons because they tend to be too dry for me to enjoy. Pretty Things Field Mouse’s Farewell definitely is a dry beer, but unlike most offering it has a significant fruity sweetness to balance it out. It’s also brewed with oats, wheat and rye for additional flavor and texture which is quite interesting for a beer of this style. Not that it’s absolutely delicious, though, as there’s a constantly battle in my mouth between the sweetness and dry spiciness.

Much like the Jack D’or, this beer is so dry that you can feel it drying out your mouth while it’s in your mouth. Saison tend to have a table black pepper taste, but this beer is brewed with rye to give it an even stronger spice sensation throughout the entire palate. At least there’s some sweetness to balance it out as orange, peach and white grape all crop up through the middle and end of the swig. It finishes with a strong rye bite - like taking a bite of homemade rye bread and letting it linger on the tongue. Rye works well with hoppy beers, but in this instance it seems a bit distracting. The palate could’ve been juicy and refreshing, but instead it’s arbitrarily spiced and dry. I get a touch of sour astringency, too. Overall, the palate is good, but nothing amazing.

Mouthfeel: Much calmer and softer than your average saison. Not extremely fizzy, but not completely tepid either.

Drinkability: While Pretty Things Field Mouse’s Farewell isn’t what I would call refreshing, it’s definitely an easy beer to drink. The mouthfeel is drinker-friendly and it goes down very smooth. The rye aftertaste takes some getting used to, though. The 7% ABV seems about right as there definitely is noticeable density to this brew, but it’s nothing obese.

Grade: 7/10

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