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RATINGS: 297   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2014
2013 can at Tasty Burger, 1/16/14
Foamy, off-white head tops a clear deep bronze body. Moderate to low retention.
Thankfully it’s not a spicebomb in the nose, though nor is it particularly farmhousey. Sweet malts are somewhat tempered by the spices and light yeast phenols. Medium strength of aroma.
Bready, lightly citrusy and with pale malt sweetness that is moderately well-attenuated, the flavor is a pretty straightforward American-style saison, replete with an authentic and enjoyable cardamom flavor that isnt overdone. Aside from that, though, complexity is pretty low, with just some peppery phenols and a bit of hop bitterness. Moderate carbonation, lightly watery, soft-textured body with no alcohol noted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
luttonm (4719) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2014
12oz in Washington. Bubbly white head on rich yellow. Standard soapy yeast aroma , taste is soft wheat, clove. Alright beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (10483) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Can. Pours a cloudy yellow with thick white head that lasts awhile leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is strong yeast, clove, and banana. Medium mouthfeel with light citrus and clove with light dry finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eelbasher (285) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Pours light yellow/gold with a fizzy white head. Aromas of fresh grain, spice, and yeasty esters. Flavor is snappy and bubbly. Grain, lemon, spice, and a dry finish. Nice stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
12 oz. can from Dutch’s. Thanks, Chris! Pours a hazy, pale gold color with a big, rocky white head that laces the glass. Aroma of lemon, funk, florals, coriander, bready malts, and wheat. The flavor is the same, with some herbs and pepper. Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a spicy, spritzy mouthfeel. Good saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2014
12oz Can at home - Nutty coriander, earthy parsley and sweet sage, wet grains, and a little sulfur rounding out a classic Saison aroma. Bright and crisp, refreshing session ale, glad to see a well made Saison as a seasonal release.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2903) - California, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Had at AoB in Sac.... Hazy Orange pour, aroma of grains, citrus... Flavor is a nice balance of citrus, earthy grains and spices... Very sessionable Saison ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2014
12oz can. Yellow/ hazy white. Aroma of spicy florals, big herbs and spice. Full flavored wheat character. Herbal hops with additional herbal notes. It’s a good beer for a quiet night. (3950)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
novice101 (308) - - JAN 24, 2014
Pours a light fizzy yellow with a white head that sticks around, smells a bit spicy with some hop character, taste the same nothing sticks out too much from this beer. Fairly average

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (1958) - Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Appearance: very light yellow, with active carbonation jets and a short, fizzy bright white head. Aroma: spicy and herbal, with grass, caraway, coriander, allspice, and of course cardamom (strongly), with some warm citrus and light cracker notes. Taste: typical saison (good) with stronger-than-typical herbal and spice character, a bit of sourdough bread and funk, and some spritzy citrus. Finish: lightly bitter, slightly dry, herbal, and spicy. Notes: Pretty good winter saison. The extra cardamom did somehow lend a bit of a cool weather taste to the otherwise light-bodied beer. Nice. Cool can, too.

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