This is the second time I’ve had this beer, the first time was at a bar called The Office in Montclair NJ. That night I was not able to take any notes about the beer, but I wanted to try it again. A week or so ago I saw the beer in a liquor store so I bought it.
Before I get into the beer, I love corked beers and frankly there are not a lot of American Breweries that do, but Ommegang corks
most of their big beers in the 750ml bottle. There is just something special about uncorking a highly pressured bottle; that big pop as you twist out the cork, I love it!
As with most Saisons / Farmhouse ales they are highly carbonated resulting in a huge head. This beer was no different, so a nice gentle pour at a very generous angle will produce a superb head.
The beer had a milky white thick head, clear straw color with a torrent of bubbles. Great lacing from the huge head.
A strong combination of fruit, spice, and malt aroma. There are some very nice undertones of lemon and hops that add complexity to the aroma.
This is a great example of a Saison, similar to Saison duPont. This beer had a nice mild lemon fruitiness with a long lasting spicy finish. For such a “thin” looking beer, I was pleased to taste such depth and flavor.
This was a superb beer. At 7.7% abv it was a none factor, after the 750ml bottle I didn’t feel it or taste it. I really enjoyed this; I think it would have been even better on a hot day!
Tasting Method: 750ml Bottle
My Rating: 9.6