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Monday, August 12, 2013

Replique (Crown Brewing)

This past weekend was the perfect time to hit the county fair. And I made it the day before it ended! The weather was gorgeous, and all of the fruit and veg exhibits were as fresh as the first day.

After enjoying all the fair had to offer (food, animals, shows, and crafts) we hit up Crown. It's been two years since we've visited, and they were on our way home. First off the tap for me was Crown's version of 2013 Summer Replicale. It was a Saison with loads of additions.

General Thoughts
Look and Smell: This gold brew had tiny white bubbles for head. It smelled lemony and musky. It left moderate lacing as I drank it down.

Taste: The lemony flavors of the Sorachi Ace hops came through fully. It had a sharp bitterness to it that got stronger as it warmed. The dry and peppery flavors of the yeast (and additions) came through. I would have liked if they left out the white peppercorn and grains of paradise seed and just let the yeast alone carry those flavors. It had both a pithy bitter and a neutral hop bitterness. That bitter spike kept me from fully enjoying this. I like a good, bitter IPA, but I wasn't going for an IPA. The French Saison has such a naturally good and complex flavor and the additions detract from that.

From the menu:
This year's Replicale (many Indiana breweries brewing the same style) is a deep-gold, pale-orange colored beer with a fruity aroma reminiscent of oranges or lemons. The flavor is a combination of fruity and spicy flavors supported by a soft malt character. This thirst-quenching Saison finishes dry with a peppery note. Brewed with white peppercorns, grains of paradise seed, and Sorachi Ace hops.

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