Got this beer as part of a local exchange with a follower from Mass that came up for a bottle release at Allagash a few weeks back. War is part of Backlash’s Apocolypse Series and is a saison. The label artwork is amazing as is most of the packaging from Backlash. Was sorry to see they discontinued the wax dipped bottle top but still love what Backlash is doing.
Beer is a nice orange color with a very nice bright white head. Aroma is OK with some Belgian and earthy smells. Overall a pretty appealing beer. Taste was different than I expected with a lot of different things going on; some grassy hops. Belgian yeast, spice, pepper and a mild sweetness from the rye. This sounds like an odd mix but it seems to work.
This beer was very easy to drink and I enjoyed the combination of flavors. If you come across a bottle give it a try and let me know your thoughts.
Pros: Unlike other saisons
Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 33
Brewers Website: Backlash Beer
Brewers Description: War is the second beer in our Apocalypse Series. Each beer is modeled after one of the Four Horsemen of the apocalypse. This Farmhouse Ale was dry hopped with hibiscus leaves to represent the red horse of war, the second of the four who precede the end of the world. Using three different Belgian yeasts, this beer presents classic farmhouse tartness, complemented by earthy and grassy notes.
Label text: Still reeling from the devastation that Conquest left behind? That’s a pity, because the second brother is on his way and ready to rumble. War is rolling into town on a red horse with a big ol’ sword in hand (and no, he’s not compensating for anything). There’s no stopping this guy so you might as well take up arms and enjoy the fight. Side note: please don’t get carried away and use this bottle as an improvised weapon.