Monday, May 11, 2015

North Coast Puck - The Beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1345) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2015
I hope “Session Saison” is the next trend in craft beer, because many of the lighter-bodied saisons I’ve had, like Brooklyn’s ½ Ale and now North Coast Brewing’s oddly-named “Puck – The Beer”, have been really good. Much like a session IPA, this has all the flavor of regular saison without the dense body. Crisp and refreshing but still plenty spicy – that’s what I want in a saison.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 3/3/15.

Appearance: Pale straw color; surprisingly clear with steady carbonation visible. Pours to a medium-size, white, foamy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Lovely floral fragrance; slightly zesty and grassy.

Taste: There’s a lot of pep to this palette. Up front there’s a mild lemon peel/rind/pith flavor accompanied by distinct wheat character. Slightly cracker-tasting. Quite dry from beginning to end – no juicy sensation here. Though there is noticeable green pear and apple character to be found. The finish ends with distinct white pepper and a yeasty dryness. It’s quite impressive for such a small-bodied beer, and it doesn’t feel repetitive or old hat. An ideal introductory saison.

Drinkability: At only 4% ABV, “Puck – The Beer” is indeed a session brew by any standard. The saison yeast gives it plenty of consistent effervescence, though I did found the mouthfeel to be a little overtly thin and watery. It’s refreshing while in the mouth and goes down smooth. I could see this being ideal in the summer and would accompany food of a wide range. Now if only it were available in cans.

Score: 8/10

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