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RATINGS: 211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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You might not expect a Saison in winter. But the enemy didn’t expect Washington to cross the icy Delaware, either. Expectations be damned, we say. We’re sneaking up on winter with a boatload of bravado and this Belgian-style farmhouse ale. Dry hopped with whole organic cardamom pods, our Saison has an assertive spiciness. In your face, winter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4895) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2014 Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a very pale yellow color with an enormous foamy white head that lingered and left great lacing. The aroma was dryish egg whites, a touch of sulfur and citrus. The flavor was dry and chalky with notes of citric acid and Windex. Long dry chalk and Windex finish. Light to medium body. Not good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (4560) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Bottle @ Bruce’s birthday tasting. Cheers to the man himself! The pour’s light gold with a small head. The aroma’s brett, light cheese, graham cracker, dusty attic and moldy grape. Similar flavors. Plenty of pillowy brett. Marshmallow. Musty grape. Soft citrus. Lightly dry finish. Farmhouse yeast. Light body, active carbonation. Nice brett profile, but a bit simple. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2246) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Poured from a 12 ounce can. The nose is very spicy. Sweet malts, spicy yeast, some tannins. Overall a nice Saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing (1834) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
Can at Bruce’s B’day at the Craft. Colour is cloudy piss color. Nose is oily lemon, sweet and sugary. Bit of farmyard and metallic. Taste is sweet lemon, light farmyard, lime, very light but with an oily texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (8100) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
Can at Bruce’s 30th celebrations, 08/02/13, thanks to Peter for sharing this one. Hazed pale golden with a thin white head that clears to bubbles at the edge. Nose is spice, herb, grass, lemon. Taste comprises pale malt, yeast, citrus, spice, a little less depth than the nose suggested. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, dry in the finish. Ok - drinkable stuff but far from being a great saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LYBJ (7) - - FEB 23, 2013 does not count
Slight sour aroma. Mild on the palate. A light version of a Saison aka Farmhouse Ale. Pretty easy to drink. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (2052) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 23, 2013
Can from Village Wine & Spirits in Athens. Cardamom, honey, some funk, and some other stink. Clear straw, thin filmy white head. Sweet & bitter in equal degrees / in mid palate, the funk rises into the sinuses / just a touch cloying in the finis, along with tiny bitter traces. Thin-medium body. Cardmom is interesting here (instead of coriander); it blands nicely with the farmhouse character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (3754) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Overripe lemon nose. Cloudy golden with a wisp of particulate running the full length down the center of the glass, medium head. Overripe lemon and cardamom, tangy., with a malty bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (1701) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - FEB 22, 2013
12 oz can. Pours hazy pale yellow with a collapsing white head. Aroma is extremely fragrant--I get floral notes (cardamom?), fruit (melon), a hint of funk. Taste is lightly sweet, spicy (clove), a bit sour, savory and finishes dry and lightly bitter. Palate is a little thin. It’s tasty and interesting but it’s missing something.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayOfBeer (665) - El Cerrito, California, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Tap: hazy light yellow, thin white head. Wheat and clove nose. Flavor starts weizen-like with wheat, clove, a little bubblegum, honey and banana, then moves into a grassy dry finish. I liked most parts of this beer. It was a bit overly dry at the finish and I was hoping for some yeasty flavors to come through, still makes for good drinking.

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