Timely Surrender Mixed-Culture Saison

North Carolina
United States
Timely Surrender Mixed-Culture Saison, Archetype Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

A mixed-culture saison made with 100% NC Riverbend Malt House grains, for those who appreciate complexity without sacrificing drinkability. Everything about this beer was deliberate; from using local malts, to bending the Brettanomyces and saison yeast to our will. Strong fruity grapefruit zest, mixed spice, and dry-hopped to perfection, it’s Earthy, floral, and bone dry. This here is a saison for drinking, not sipping. Named for Emanuel Wynn, the French pirate who pillaged the coast of North Carolina and the West Indies under the Jolly Roger flag that flies from the corner of our brewery. Only by a “timely surrender” could his prey evade death.

Profile

ABV: 
6.0%
IBUs: 
50
Served at: 
45º - 50º F
Hops: 
Idaho 7, Citra, Simcoe
Malts: 
Riverbend Pilsen, Riverbend Southern Select, Riverbend Appalachian Wheat, Riverbend Munich 30L
Judges Review 
Sal Mortillaro II's picture
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Timely Surrender Mixed-Culture Saison by Archetype Brewing is being evaluated as an American Wild Ale – Brett Beer (28A).

This beer pours a dark gold color with hazy clarity. A copious, frothy, and sturdy white head persists as the beer is imbibed and leaves a light lacing on the glass. Overall, this beer has an very typical aroma found in traditional French Wallonia-produced Saisons with a low earthy-funk, which is suggestive of the use of Brettanomyces. There is a general grainy low malt sweetness and moderate-low citrus esters and low notes of spice and wet hay. There are subdued note of dry hop useage and white wine notes as the beer warms. A medium-low bitter orange flavor is quickly followed by earthy, Brettanomyces funk with slight leather notes. There is a very low malt sweetness with a low and neutral grainy malt flavor. As the Brett character fades, a medium bitterness manifests itself and lingers into the finish. A low floral hop flavor is very fleeting in this beer. The finish is dry and the aftertaste consists of bitter orange and leather. This beer is thin bodied with high carbonation. This beer has no alcohol warmth, astringency or creaminess. Overall, this is a very well-done Saison which hits the hallmarks of the style. Extremely drinkable, though the malt character seems one-dimensional, the Brettanomyces adds a flavor complexity to keep it interesting. I would really enjoy pairing this beer with a creamy, funky cheese such as Taleggio where the carbonation would help cleanse the palate and the yeasty funk of the cheese would pair well with the Brettanomyces character.