A collaboration with the monks of New Clairvaux. The goal is to make really good beer and raise money to rebuild a monestary that William Randolph Hearst (Charles Foster Kane) bought lock stock and barrel from Spain in the 1931. The stones are just sitting around collecting moss. Learn more about the project here. http://www.ovila.com/#/home
A saison is a traditional Belgian pale ale that was made in the fall and winter for workers to drink during harvest time the next year.
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a hazy dull yellow. White head with aggressive foam.
Zesty yeast with bananas, cloves and rock candy.
Very refreshing on the palate. Mild yeastiness up front with some tart fruit, like unripeness apricot. The end has a little heat and last for awhile. 30 seconds after a drink tastes like you just ate a really good dinner roll.
A very solid saison. Refreshing but complex.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-19-2011 21:55:38
We have two vintages of Paul Hobbs cab in the store, '04 and '07. I decided to move the '04 into my kitchen after the big Mizzou win and pair it with a beer braised brisket (alliteration!) and sweet potatoes. We have lots of '07 left and that's about $55.99 a bottle.
Surprises me that it's not overpoweringly dark. It's slightly translucent and more reddish purple than black. Pretty rad lacing down the sides.
I decanted this bad boy for about five hours before drinking and now I get different aromas every time I smell it. Peppery beef jerky, big bing cherries and cigar.
Beautifully balanced on the palate. Sweet almonds transition into a stinging back end of cherries and leather. The tannins are mellowed out.
When you spend over $50 bucks on a bottle of wine you expect something special (unless you're rolling like Jay-Z). Paul Hobbs delivers with this one. A gamey wine with balanced fruit and tannins to match on the back end.
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