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Most experts agree that Battlecat, our majestic brown tabby, is the most ferocious cat in the whole wide world. Like the saison, the style of beer I’ll be haranguing you all about today, she was born in a barn and she’s in my refrigerator a lot. She’s also got something in common with the two particular saisons I reviewed this morning: A badass name.

First, a word about this style: The paradigmatic saison is the Belgian classic Saison Dupont, a dry, peppery and effervescent ale that’s one of my maybe fifty or so favorite beers of all time. Those characteristics — dry, peppery, effervescent — are at the heart of what it means to be a saison, so naturally plenty of American brewers ruin it by not letting the yeast — single-celled animals essential to the production of beer and not unlike our Battlecat in their single-minded voraciousness — ferment the beer to dryness, or by heaping in loads of coriander or cardamom or lavender or whatever they can possibly use to mask the naturally spicy esters the yeast produces as a natural byproduct. I hate that shit. It might be the most annoying thing in beer.

Got it? Great! I’ma drink some beers now.

Ryan and the Beaster Bunny is a saison produced by the nomadic Danish brewers of Evil Twin Brewing. Evil Twin are new arrivals in the Texas market, but I was already familiar with them through another channel: their Brooklyn bar Tørst, maybe the best place in the world for a hardcore beers enthusiast. Ryan and the Beaster Bunny follows the traditional saison blueprint to a T, pouring an only slightly hazy straw yellow with a light, fluffy head. It’s tart but not, like, sour, tart, with a melon-like base and a crisp black pepper bite. It’s good. It’s a good saison.

Apex Predator is also a saison, but it’s a very different take on the style. Its brewer, Off Color Brewing, is a small Chicago outfit also responsible for creating the best Berliner weisse I’ve ever had. Apex Predator pours a cloudy straw yellow with, well, a light, fluffy head. “Fluffy” is the word I’d probably use above any other to describe this beer; it feels somehow both light and full on the palate, probably owing in large part to the flaked wheat in the recipe. “Fluffy” is also one of the three words I’d use to describe Battlecat. The other two, fittingly, are “apex predator.” Anyway, this beer’s nothing so much as an explosion of fruit flavor, with orange, pineapple, and grapefruit all vying for the tongue’s attention. Hops, not traditionally a featured part of the saison profile, play a double role here, enhancing the fruity flavor and capping it with some subtle bitterness. If you’ve ever tried Prairie Artisan Ales Hop Saison, that’d give you an idea what to expect from Apex Predator, but in any case: This is out there. This is a winner.

tl;dr: Ryan and the Beaster Bunny and Apex Predator are good-ass beers. Drink the first if you want the classic saison experience, or the second if you want you socks blown off by a beer you’ve probably never had anything like. Drink either all year long; a good saison is crisp enough to refresh you during the summer, strong enough to keep you warm in the winter, complex enough to pair with all manner of traditional fall foods, and, well, spring seasonals suck.

lady snow says: I slept through all the beer!

Battlecat says: rowr

Grade: Saisons are great.

make it snow is an alot of beer who couldn’t write this feature last week because he was on vacation, but at least he brought some beer back to review. make it snow has drunk at least 2000 unique beers in his life, and in the process of writing this review he drank a Ryan and the Beaster Bunny, and then an Apex Predator, and then another Ryan and the Beaster Bunny. This is his most seasonally appropriate review to date. His cable package does not include the Big Ten Network.

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laserguru

Finally round 3. This is a Leinenkugel Harvest Patch Shandy with a scroll on the bottom that says “A shandy inspired by the autumn harvest with notes of nutmeg, allspice and clove.”

Help me Jesus.

C’mon, you laughed when you read Harvest Patch didn’t you?
Me too.

Ok, cloudy as the others, very flat head in comparison. A spicy nose.
It tastes like a pumpkin beer. It’s not, it’s not good. At all.
Like over sweetened pumpkin soup. This can was a little on the flat side so I won’t hold that against the brewer but I will hold them to this abomination.

Harvest Patch Shandy!
Never again!

Put that on the bottom of your can and smoke it.

laserguru

The brother said it tasted like it was strained through Grandpa Leinenkugel’s underpants.

ballsofsteelandfury

That’s perfect.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

‘Harvest Patch’ isn’t that slang for ginger crotch?

JerBear50
JerBear50
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

I would think she smells of…. fresh petunias…

Always liked her and her freckles.

JerBear50
JerBear50

Not really sure what petunias smell like, but that sounds about right.

laserguru

Round 2. This is a Leinenkugel Cranberry Ginger Shandy in a 12 oz can. The saying at the bottom of the can goes like this “A refreshing Shandy-style beer that’s perfect for crisper days out here”. Fucking Wisconsin, man.

It’s a deeper red than the Ginger shandy but has the same cloudy nature. Not as frothy of a head.
It’s got a berry-citrus nose to it and it’s really sweet. I like the tartness of the cranberry to offset the ginger but it’s too light and all that’s left is the sweetness. It’s a tasty glass but too bubbly to slam in multi-pack sessions.
I would drink another one right now and probably regret it later.

C+

ballsofsteelandfury

“I would drink another one right now and probably regret it later”

So, like a redhead female?

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Buffalo burgers, corn; grilled in the husk for me tonight; you?

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laserguru

We ordered a pie.
Meatball and garlic.
It was tasty.

King Hippo

Leftover buffalo chili. Let’s hope there is good Donks pre-game synergy in this fine, lean meat.

ballsofsteelandfury

We had a pie too. That kind of night.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
laserguru

OK, here goes the first one. This is a 12 oz can of Leinenkugel Ginger Shandy “Inspired by our prohibition era ginger ale”.
Cloudy pour, pretty fierce head. Strong citrus aroma. Sweet. Not too sweet. Definitely a ginger lemon aid.
The brother said “Are they trying to make this not taste like beer?”
It’s OK. I could drink one or two.
Not a session beer.

A solid “C”.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Thanks.

Inanimate Carbon Rod Marinelli

Leinenkugel’s brand is pretty much built around shandies, so if you don’t like them (I don’t) you won’t find much of theirs that you like.

On the whole, I’d consider them about a “C” brewer.

JerBear50
JerBear50

I made the mistake of trying their Snowdrift Porter last year. That was by far the worst porter I’ve ever tasted. It was ridiculously artificial and chemical tasting.

laserguru

You know what? That’s what I was getting as a finish on each one of these things. A lingering artificial taste. I think they use the sweetness to hide it.
Diabolical!

JerBear50
JerBear50

I’m not that big on shandies, but Schofferhoffer makes a good grapefruit one if you’ve never tried it. For that matter I don’t like grapefruit either, but that’s a pretty palatable beer.

Inanimate Carbon Rod Marinelli

Fierce and Troublesome are the beers that made Off Color my go to for a Chicago beer with an uncommon style, but Apex Predator is still probably my favorite of theirs. It really does have a bite to it that I don’t find among many farmhouse ales and I’m happy a bar not far from my apartment has it on tap all the time.

They have an Applewood Smoked Wheat Beer out now and every time I go to my corner liquor store, it makes drink me eyes at me. I’m going to take her home sometime soon.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Seriously though; did you see how the Applewood Smoked Wheat Beer dresses??!?

Horatio Cornblower

At the wedding reception. Wife driving. Switched from Lagunitas to Guinness for obvious reasons. Have already told one guy that once you get your drink at an open bar you move. You do not turn around, lean against the bar and start talking,

I am going to punch someone tonight.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Open bar? Lagunitas and Guinness available? What is the big problem?

*Wedding I attended before the last one had no drinks, was a religious sermon (hinted how hellish it is for gays to marry and anybody living together was condemned outright as going to hell), etc.

We will still hold one up for you not to get the police called.

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ballsofsteelandfury

“not to get the police called”

Now let’s not be hasty.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Dude! You ever had a cop around an open bar? May as well dump the good stuff down the drain.

Kungjitsu
Kungjitsu

Aren’t saison’s really expensive and low in alcohol? That sounds like hustlin’ backwards. Also, I don’t think it’s a premium malt beverage without a number in it like Colt .45 and Olde English 800.

ballsofsteelandfury

MD 20/20. Yup, that logic checks out!

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Balls; that’s just good college corm logic.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

or dorm logic….

Maybe a Top Ramon enhancement recipe is in order.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
ballsofsteelandfury

One of these days, I’m going to do a Beer Barrel just on malt liquors. A taste-test of sorts.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Just bought a couple of new IPAs, will post later.

Old School Zero

Saisons are great. I’m also really into gose styles. “Farmhouse” can mean many things, but I’ve found a few reliable ones around here.

JerBear50
JerBear50

There’s a local brewery down here (in Tarpon Springs) that specializes in saisons and is supposed to be fairly well acclaimed internationally. It’s called St Somewhere brewing. If you guys are that into saisons and want some shipped to you, let me know and we’ll work something out.

laserguru

I’ve also been given the “opportunity” of sampling three different Leinenkugels. One is a Cranberry ginger shandy, another is a ginger shandy and the other is a Harvest Patch shandy that promises notes of nutmeg, allspice and cloves.
Every one of these scares the shit out of me.
I will sample them later and drop my takes on them here.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Lothar of the Hill People
Lothar of the Hill People

I was gonna say, “I think you posted this in the wrong thread,” and then I thought again. There is no “wrong thread” to post this picture.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Wonder Woman’s bondage fetish knows no bounds.

*Sorry.

laserguru

Great stuff. You are correct, your cat has a truly badass name. She’s beautiful as well.
I’ve had a few saisons and really need to sample more of them.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
ballsofsteelandfury

Awesome writeup! I haven’t seen these out here on the West Coast, but I’ll keep my eyes peeled.

Also, Rikki’s cat and your cat would probably get along really well. They could probably not give a shit about anything and catch animals together happily.