The Referend Bier Blendery Mont Sainte-Victoire Houblon
What the brewers say
Our spontaneously fermented impression of saison, brewed with New Jersey wheat, rye, buckwheat, and oats, dry hopped with Strisselspalt and Saphir.
What our panel thought
Fruity nose with citrus, apple, persimmon, blueberries, tangerine, plus minty-grassy hops and earthy leather. In the flavor, tart citric bite joins minty hops, backed by grapefruit peel. Slightly astringent. Disjointed—a chasm between nose and tongue.
What our editors thought
Dueling earthy funk and lemony hops in the nose. The sip is disjointed, as high notes push lemon acidity, then a big mid-tone gap before earthy bass-notes drop. Unsatisfying for hops fans, lacking the nuance of better wild ales.