I grabbed a growler of this on one of my recent trips to Vermont. After stopping at the brewery and tasting several beers I opted for this saison over some their bigger beers as it is 64 ounces and I was planning stops at The Alchemist and Hill Farmstead in addition to Rock Art.
I believe this is a brewery only beer as I cannot find much info about it online and it is not even listed on Rock Art’s website. Saisons are quickly becoming one of my favorite summer time styles as a lot of breweries are adding them to their line up.
This one from Rock Art is a fairly simple version of a saison with no funk like you often get from Oxbow and others. The color is typical, pale orange, nice white head. Aroma has a bit of fruit and earthy yeast but nothing too exciting. Taste follows with some mild spice, a very slight bitterness but a clean finish that leaves you wanting more.
Rock Art’s Saison would be a great introduction to the style for beer drinkers looking for something new. If you enjoy this one then you can move on to some of the more daring saison from other breweries.
Pros: Very drinkable
Cons: Quite simple
Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Rock Art
I had no idea what to expect with this one, what is an American-Belgo Style IPA?? Apparently it is an IPA using Belgian yeast to give it a mix of 2 entirely different styles. The beer pours a copper color with very little head which disappears almost immediately. The photo here is after an aggressive pour and you can see almost no head. Aroma was great with lots of yeast and fruit. Taste seemed a bit off with the mix of the Belgian yeasts and hops. I enjoy Belgian style beers and I enjoy IPAs just not sure I enjoy them mixed together. Certainly not a bad beer but if you want a Belgian beer get one, if you want a double IPA get one – no reason to try to get them in the same beer.
Cons: Odd combination of styles
Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 70
Rating: 3 / 5
Brewers Website: Long Trail
Brewers Description: This is an American IPA fermented with our house strain of Belgian yeast. The beer has a soft copper body, malty and balanced with 70 IBU from our Columbus bittering hop addition. The hops then transition into flavoring hop additions during the last 30 minutes of brewing. At the end of the brew we add buckets full of aroma hops and ferment at a warm temperature. Then to capture even more hop flavors and aromas we poured more buckets full of hops directly into the beer (dry hop) and allow the beer to rest and absorb all the delicious hop goodness.