New Belgium Long Table Farmhouse Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on August 20, 2015 in Summer Guide
- Brewery: New Belgium Brewing
- Origin: Fort Collins, CO, US
- Rated On: August 20, 2015
- Best Before: December 20, 2015
- ABV: 6.2%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Saison
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 12oz bottle pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and increasingly creamy off-white head, which leaves some chunky snow mass lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.
It smells of grainy pale malt, a doughy breadiness, soft earthy yeast, a touch of lemon/lime citrus, some middling Belgian candy sugars, banana chips, and a tame coriander and white/black pepper spiciness. The taste is quite consistent, with the sharp, grainy pale malt, a further white bread sweetness, indistinct pome fruit esters, more heady coriander and rainbow peppercorn dusty spice, banana-flavoured cotton candy, and a twinge of demi-sec white wine booziness. The carbonation is quite light and engaging in its lilting frothiness, the body a sturdy middleweight, and fairly smooth, the yeast the only interloper, and it came in hands-up, and so very non-threatening. It finishes on the sweet side, but just, as the pastry-adjacent malt takes in the wan citrus, and other attendant sugars to put on the finishing touches.
A very agreeable, solid, and yet easy-going version of the style, with an extra soupcon of hop and alcohol to remind us all that autumn’s cool winds are but a few sad, reflective weeks hence. Worthy of a go now, then, and anytime you’re in the mood for a well-rounded and well-made farmhouse ale.