Somehow I missed the news about Deschutes Cultivateur Barrel-Aged Brett Saison a new wax-dipped Pinot barrel-aged beer in bottles available exclusively at their brewpubs in Portland and Bend. It’s not often Deschutes releases a new beer in its bottled Reserve Series, and even rarer that it’s a saison fermented with wild yeasts.
A Google search looking for more info on Cultivateur came up with very little–there is but one small mention of the beer on the Deschutes website, but a description and news of its release was recently included in the brewery newsletter:
7.5% ABV | 22 IBUs
Our third Pub Reserve Series beer is a Provisional Saison aged in Pinot Casks with Brettanomyces giving the beer hints of peach and apricot on the nose and a light, dry tartness on the tongue. This beer is only available at our pubs and tasting room in Bend and Portland so be sure to grab a bottle or two to share with family and friends. Pair this beer with angel hair pasta in a light cream sauce, a nice salmon salad, or enjoy as a dessert on its own. Either way, it will CULTIVATE an amazing taste experience!
Pub Reserve Series
Availability: 22 oz. wax-dipped bottles at our pubs and tasting room now until their gone
Pours an opaque rich orange with a frothy white head that quickly dies down. I appreciate the lack of clarity, so that I know this is an unfiltered beer, as any true saison/farmhouse ale should be. A malty aroma with apricot and peach skin, sweet and tart, grass and weeds greets my nose.
Full-bodied, tongue-tingling, juicy and sour peach flavors with a slight alcohol bite on my first sip. Grassy hops add a touch of bitterness to the finish that will likely both round off and preserve this beer well for aging. Spicy Belgian yeast and hints of overripe funky fruit swarm the palate, while the substantial body and breadth of this beer overtakes the whole of your mouth to wrap around its luscious flavors that leave a lasting impression instead of the more clean and fleeting quality of lighter farmhouse ales. The flavor is full of peach and apricot that so badly wants to be sour. Just as my tastebuds are getting pulled in by an acidic tanginess, the ale lets go and the fruit morphs into this grassy hops and farmhouse funkiness. This beer offers so many pleasurable flavors and qualities, each of which would be delicious by itself, but by never falling headfirst into any of them it achieves an enviable balance that would leave most professional brewers in awe. Fantastic beer, the best thing I have had from Deschutes in recent memory.
Score: 5 out of 5
Find this beer NOW at Deschutes PDX or Bend Brewpubs only.