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RATINGS: 275   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   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.


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2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Sucked. Looks like generic light beer...no head, carbonation not fine enough, didn’t have the dry finish I look for in a saison. Palate was sweet and bland and lacked character. Love this brewery, but this one was a misfire.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bricks (842) - Delaware, USA - FEB 13, 2016
Looks almost like lemonade, Aroma of peppery spicy hay citrus. Tastes like cardamom, allspice. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
twc017 (1) - Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2016 does not count
Like the cardamom spice. A bit hazy straw color with just enough bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ByTheirLimpin (104) - New York, USA - FEB 13, 2016
Poured from a can. Hazy yellow gold straw. Lemony farm funk nose. Palate is citrus, dry through the middle...little Belgian spice. Decent beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryecatcher (1171) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2016
Can. Hazy, straw yellow pour with billowing white head, excellent retention. Nose is mild funk, straw, lemongrass, lilies, chamomile. Mouth is medium bodied, grassy, mint, tons of bread dough, toast, faint spice, underpinning bitterness balances it a bit. It’s okay.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (9825) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2016
Draft - Ginger and light grass. Clear gold with a small white head. As it smells with a bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (5210) - Trois-Rivičres, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2016
On tap at Billcos. Lightly hazy gold pour with thin white head. Aroma is hoppy, light citrusy notes, soft wheaty aromas. Taste is lightly bitter, juicy, citrusy notes. Palate is med bodied with light carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finhead (1484) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Hazy, yellow with a white head. The aroma has floral and lightly spicy hops with a touch of lemon. It has a light, somewhat watery body with average carbonation. The taste is bittersweet with a dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (4842) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2016
Can from Beer & Wine. Hazy butterscotch body with thin white head. Nose is citrus, spicy, wheat. Taste is citrus bursts and wheat and honey. Pretty good with nice texture and kick to it. Enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Pours a very cloudy, dark straw color with golden yellow edges and a 2.5 finger, pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting cap/ring. Very good retention with sporadic spotty lacing coating the glass on the way down. Earthy, musty aroma with peppery spice, bready yeast, ester-y light fruit and funky yeast. Hints of pepper, clove and cardamom along with some bread, banana and bubblegum. This is countered by funky farmhouse yeast along with a bit of cider and pear sweetness. I was expecting more cardamom, spice and farmhouse funk in the nose but the aroma is somewhat pedestrian. Full bodied with a stronger spice presence than the aroma suggests. Some musty, peppery funk with bready yeast, slightly wild farmhouse yeast and bread along with sweeter light fruit flavor toward the finish. Spicy clove, white pepper, ginger, allspice and cardamom up front followed by hints of sourdough bread, banana, apple and pear. The saison/farmhouse character is still a little weaker than I prefer but the cardamom really stands out on the palate especially after it warms up a bit. An interesting take on the style with interesting Indian spices. Not the most complex beer but the spices are refreshing and the ABV in nicely masked making this beer pretty easy to drink.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4003) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2015
(can - 12 oz) Hazy light gold with a fizzy white head. Tons of cardamom and spice in the aroma. Flavor matches with the abundance of cardamom but also gives a nice dry and lightly funky tart finish.


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