Though technically a saison, this new release from Deschutes, a rustic and oak-aged Brett saison, can easily be considered a wild American ale. It boasts intense aromas of barnyard funk, hay and lemon, framed by additional layers of pear, underripe stone fruit, green apple, white melon, biscuit and toasted oak. Those notes continue through to the medium-bodied palate, which offers a satisfying core of pale-malt flavors as well as cracker, yeast and earthy spice. The mouthfeel is smooth, yet appropriately lifted by fresh acidity, while the alcohol is surprisingly barely noticeable. The finish is long, dry and spicy.
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Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Roussillon.
Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine
in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast
, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).