So maybe I was a bit forgetful about the review status of the home brewed beer from Monday, but now I realize where I stand with those. With that I have decided to revisit a few anyway using the newer grading system. Without looking at the old reviews before doing these new ones I can find out if the beer has held up well, or if it might be on the downward slide. Most of the time my beer does not stay around long enough for deterioration to be a concern, but this is a good opportunity to have a record for these. Hopefully my palate is not biased to my own creations and can give an honest appraisal.
A long weekend awaits for some of us . . .
Brewery: Blueprint Brewing (Winter Park, FL)
Name: Off Saison
ABV: 6.03% (+/-)
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and served in my still broken and without a stem Ommegang glass. Pulled very slightly early to warm a bit.
Aroma: Lightly sweet and citrusy nose up front with a subtle underlying spice character. A really nice overall aroma that is not overwhelming. – 10/12
Appearance: Golden orange and honey-like in color. One finger off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaving some trail on the glass. Crystal clear with rising bubbles visible. – 2.5/3
Flavor: Nice, light malt character as a base with some good citrusy fruit notes and a bit of floral character in there as well. A low level of spice underneath. The hop bitterness is there and in good balance with the other components. Nice dryness on the finish with some lingering fruitiness. – 13.5/20
Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body with a moderate level of carbonation that adds some crispness. Light creaminess initially with a hint of tartness at the finish. – 3.5/5
Overall Impressions: Carbonation is good, but it definitely use some more. Attenuation has been my struggle with this beer and I am left again wanting a drier finish. I have to brew this recipe again because I really have a desire to nail down a good Saison. Might be going downhill a bit, but age has also helped this one versus when it was younger. Even with some flaws it is still one of my favorites from my home brewing adventures. – 7.5/10
Grade: B+ (37/50)