Brewery: Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Beer: La Petite Saison
Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Character: Brewed with Pilsener malt, white wheat, German Perle, Czech Saaz and American Willamette hops.
Ratings at time of Review: BA: 85 | RB: 80
Metal Connection: EVER SINCE – La Petite Mort
I love me a good Saison. This style of beer is becoming one of my favorites, as I enjoying more and more of them as I drink them. Of course, with everything, there are the bad ones and there are the good ones. Twisted Pine beers that I have drank have all been above par, except for the gawd awful Ghost Face Killah, which is a beer that never should have been made, in my opinion. Since having this particular beer, I have sen on the brewery’s website and on Untappd that they have re-labeled their beers. This one was a 22 oz. bottle, and based on the photos I have seen the new package is a 12 oz. bottle. I will have to be on the look out for the new labeled bottles, so I can add it to my collection. Enjoy the review…
Poured into a Boulevard Brewing Company tulip style glass, La Petite Saison appeared a hazy golden straw/hay color topped with a quarter inch bubbly head. There was nice head retention, and active carbonation bubbles rising the entire session. Nice spotty lacing left down the glass.
The aroma was pretty spot on to the true Sasion aroma, which is one quality I love so much in this beer style. Strong banana aroma, coriander, black pepper are all there. There is a good presence of biscuit or crackers, as well as a mild sour funkiness, and faint grassy hops. Overall, a good smell similar to that o f a wet barn. Great Saison aroma.
The taste is pretty spot on, as well. Big Belgian yeast profile with strong flavors of banana, and black pepper, and spices like coriander. A little hint of grassy hops, some honey, and a little bit of lemon zest round out the body of this beer. There is a good lingering aftertaste of biscuit, crackers along with the Belgian yeast flavors.
This one had a lighter body than expected, and high carbonation, gave this beer a small bite. The mouthfeel was crisp and had a nice sharpness to it.
Overall, As I said before, I love Saisons, and so far Twisted Pine has been above par on their beers, and this one fell right there along side their other beers. Not a grand slam home run, but a nice triple that brought in a run that put the team in the lead in the bottom of the 7th inning. Get it? I would definitely seek this one out again, and drink on a nice Texas spring, summer, autumn and winter day, either way, it’s always fuckin’ hot down here!
Metal Connection: Not really knowing where to go with one right away, I did a search on Metal-Archives.com and on DarkLyrics.com and I discovered this Melodic Death/Gothic Metal band from Switzerland called Ever Since. On the band’s 2006 full length release, Between Heaven and Hell, the band had a female vocalist, who handled the lead vocal parts on the song “La Petite Mort.” The song was chosen for obvious reasons. After giving this song a few listens, I must say that I am impressed with their style, even though it is a bit mainstream sounding, I do like the fact that it heavily reminds me of the bands The Gathering and Lacuna Coil. When the male vocalist comes in, it reminds me of later era Sentenced. I really do think I have a soft spot of Gothic Metal. There, I said it, now you all know.