On tap at Seven Lakes Station, caliginous saison lets well-watered minerality heighten stylish cellar musk for overriding plum-dried purple grape tartness. Charcoaled hops and barnyard must add mild acridity to parched Bakers chocolate snip. But it’s the wild oats-malted dried fruiting that wins out.
On tap at Ambulance, wild yeast brings mild brettanomyces acidity to lemony grapefruit-spiced zing, musky herbal-teased barnyard acridity and fresh-cut grassiness. Sour citrus finish picks up tangy peach, pineapple and orange notions as well as teasing basil snips.
On tap at Ambulance, indecisive brown-clouded, wheat-based, farmhouse-styled Christmas ale (circa 2015) provides tart plum-fig-raisin tones, sour citrus acidity and light grape juicing to leathery barnyard rusticity. Light black peppering and crisp tobacco leafing contrast wispy cinnamon-nutmeg seasoning at the back end.
On tap at Ambulance, mild apple brandy esters lightly affect Belgian-styled stout nature, allowing candi-sugared dried fruiting and caramelized barley malts to seep into mellow dark chocolate syruping. Sedate port-brandy wining mellows out the mocha fruitcake finish a tad.
On tap at Ambulance, offbeat collaboration with Cologne’s Freigeist Brewery blends rustic farmhouse ale with beechwood-smoked rauchbier. Damp campfire setting receives sweet maple syruping to contrast smoked salami salience as well as saison-related barnyard acridity and sour lemon snip.
On tap at Seven Lakes Station, citrus-laden dry-hopped ‘grisette’ retains stylishly clean flavor profile as zesty lemon and orange tartness picks up sour peach-pineapple-papaya wisps and musky horse-blanketed rusticity above musty mineral grain salting.
On tap at Ambulance, nonchalant saison (sessionable 4% ABV light body posing as a biere de garde) with toned-down lemon spritz, mild oats-dried graining, pasty pale malting and watery celery vegetalia seems nebulous. Nothing bad, just lacks overall depth and clarity.
On tap at Ambulance, rangy Italian-styled pilsner relies on dry buckwheat and spelt-like malting to enhance mildly spiced lemon-rotted tangerine tartness above biscuit-y spine. Light citric hop (‘luppolo’) astringency gains resinous grassy earthiness. Unspecific Italian heritage.
On tap at Ambulance, plastique crayon waxing embosses honeyed orange, glazed mango, grilled pineapple and sweet cucumber illusions of Galaxy-Citra-hopped one-off. Light lemon lime bruise brings latent souring. Favorably obtuse.