Marion the Agrarian

Indiana
United States
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
82
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

Marion the Agrarian pours a foggy gold with tinges of copper. The aroma is of peppery spice with citrus, light pine and stone fruit. The initial flavor is a burst of fruity spice provided by a traditional Belgian Saison yeast. This
is complemented by refreshing highlights of tangerine, lemon, pear, and apple imbued by Mandarina Bavaria dry hops. Subtle floral notes linger from an addition of local wildflower honey.

 

Profile

ABV: 
7.5%
IBUs: 
30
Hops: 
Mosaic, Mandarina Bavaria
Malts: 
German Pilsner, Aromatic, Rye
Judges Review 
Sean Coughlin's picture
Judges Rating:
82
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Marion the Agrarian by Upland Brewing Company is a dry-hopped farmhouse ale which is being evaluated as a Saison (2015 BJCP Category 25B) from the BJCP guidelines. This saison features a fruit heavy nose – banana esters give way to notes of orange peel which seem hop derived. There is an absence of phenolic peppercorn-like spiciness.  Overall, the aroma is reminiscent of a fruit cup with fresh fruit as opposed to canned. This medium-blonde beer presents with slight haze and pours with a surprisingly small, creamy white head that seems a bit skimpy for the style. The flavor follows the aroma: fruit forward. Banana esters are dominant but well-supported with bready malt and a hint of alcohol. There is a bubblegum flavor present which doesn’t necessarily detract from the beer but becomes difficult to ignore as it lasts long into the finish. As a Saison, this beer has some positive elements. It needs a bit more yeast complexity, specifically from a phenolic presence to put it up with the best examples of the style. Higher levels of attenuation would also improve drinkability – as it stands right now, this beer is a bit too sweet for the style. All that being said, this is a wonderful summer choice for someone looking for a fruit-forward flavor profile that boasts a bit more alcohol.  

Brewery Introduction

Located in Bloomington, Indiana, Upland Brewing Co. began its intriguing story in 1998 with a mission to brew remarkable beers in remarkable ways, staying true to the artisan, progressive spirit found in our part of the Midwest. Our sour program began in 2006 as a way to entertain our curious... Read More

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