Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Beer Diviner Farmhouse Ale


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1174) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2014
The Beer Diviner Farmhouse Ale is a good example of the new generation of American saisons. Not very traditional compared to its European brethren, it’s an overtly modern example of the style and it works well because of its uniqueness, not in spite of it. A tasty combination of citrus flavors and spicy yeast character, while still functioning as the refresher it should be. That’s something to like.

I poured a 16oz growler into a tulip glass. It cost $5 ($0.31 per ounce).

Appearance: Glowing orange pumpkin-skin hue. Hazy. Pours to a large, eggshell, frothy head which retains and laces very well.

Smell: Sweet orange sherbet with a touch of banana and bubblegum.

Taste: At first, The Beer Diviner Farmhouse Ale doesn’t seem like a saison. There’s a strong presence of orange in various incarnations: orange peel, orange sherbet, and even some orange juice. Sweet to be sure, but in no way cloying or chewy. There’s additional malt presence through the middle, coupled with some dry spiciness and bitterness. The classic farmhouse/black pepper qualities are present here, but they’re quite tame (which is fine by me). I also detect some flavors of banana and bubblegum – akin to those you find in a hefeweizen, but it doesn’t have the overt wheat character of beers of those styles. There’s a touch of acidity on the finish, but otherwise this is a really enjoyable and unique palette.

Drinkability: Saisons tend to be highly effervescent (to say the least), but this beer is a bit tamer – and for good measure. Medium to full bodied with a soft, comfortable mouthfeel and easy finish. Refreshing while in the mouth and only a mild aftertaste so as not to linger uncomfortably. The Beer Diviner Farmhouse Ale is one of the better brews by the Bly Hollow Brewery – they should sell this in bottles instead of draught-only. 
Grade: 9/10