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Rabid Rabbit

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Three Floyds Brewing Co.
Munster, IN

Style: Saison
ABV: 7.4%

Jill’s Rating:
one beerone beerone beerone beerone beer   (Outstanding within its style.)

I know Eddie Glick reviewed this beer not that long ago, but I'm finally getting around to drinking my bottle of Three Floyds Rabid Rabbit. I don't even know what Eddie thought of it—oh, OK, to be fair, after I'd decided this was a four-mugger, Baby Boy told me that Eddie had agreed. However, I don't know exactly how Eddie described this beer for you. So you can't accuse me of being a kiss-ass and agreeing with the boss just because the boss says so!

While I poured my Rabid Rabbit, I thought, "Will this be a saison, or will it be a massively hoppy saison?" Which one might expect since it's coming from Three Floyds. The pour was gorgeous—a huge head with plenty of lacing. The deep golden beer was perfectly hazy, and the nose was nice and spicy—fresh and exciting, like I think a saison should be. I was excited about this beer.

I will say that this beer had an interesting mouthfeel. I tasted most of the flavor in the front of my mouth. It tasted thick, but I really expected it to explode with flavor and feel a huge ZING!

Three Floyds added chamomile and rock candy to the brewing kettle to make this one their typical "not normal." I was able to taste the chamomile—and I actually felt calmer. Not exactly what I want in a saison. I think they should be a little more zippy, like spring. Not muted like an April shower. I know—a muted, not-so-hoppy tasting beer from Three Floyds. Who'd a thunk?

The finish, however left a cloying aftertaste in my mouth. It wasn't the best-tasting sensation to be stuck with, and I spent a few sips unsuccessfully trying to get rid of it.

Overall though, I did really like this beer. It was certainly a different and "not normal" beer, but I don't think it's a total five-mug knockout. Still, it goes down incredibly smoothly and is a good, full, high-quality craft beer.

Reviewed by Jill Jaracz on April 25, 2008.
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