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5 Seasons North Crouching Tiger Hidden Poulet Saison
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 274   ABV: 9.14%
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Brewed with European Pilsner malt, German wheat malt and a hefty dose of turbinado sugar in the kettle, this beer clocks in at over 9% abv. Despite that it has a dry finish and is very drinkable. The traditional Belgian yeast packs this beer with tropical fruit flavors, a mysterious earthiness and an inviting spiciness. In addition, we added grains of paradise, coriander and the peels of fresh clementines. After fermentation and conditioning we then aged the beer for 3 months in a red wine barrel from Tiger Mountain Vineyards before bottling. The barrel aging added a prominent red wine character, a beautiful color, a nice oak backbone and a mysterious mustiness.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4158) - Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Cask. deep hazy orange. thin head. Spicy, herbal aroma. Hints of fruit. Flavor is a dry sweetness, spice, pepper, and some light vinous flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JUN 11, 2008
On tap at 5 Seaons North. Tried with Atlanta ratebeer crew. Red-orange color. Flat. Lots of oak and red wine in the aroma. Pretty nice. Kind of a bretty like phenolics, which I think might be an illusion from the oak aging. Pretty good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11078) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2008
750ml bottle @Noogfest4.0-pours an off white ring for a head and cloudy yellow with brown tint. Aroma is oak-wine, musty, yeast, dark fruit. Taste is oak-wine, musty, yeast, medium/dark fruit. Semi-dry finish. Occasional

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Noogfest ’08. The body was hazy dark amber with a white head. The aroma was grapefruit with some floral hints. There was also some cheap hard candy and brandy. The taste was bread and cherries. Interesting and sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUN 7, 2008
At Noogfest Four-O. Pours orange with beige head. The aroma is lots of spices, yeast, pear, and muffins. Flavor is very bready, with some mild woody and fruity tones. Sweetish aftertaste. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2008 Date: 05/22/2008
Mode: Firkin
Source: Brewpub

Appearance: cloudy burnt orange, scant head,
Aroma: sweet winey aroma with a light spicyness,
Flavor: sweet wine flavor, nice spicyness with a light peppery edge, only a hint of oak along with a touch of funk, nice fruity character,
-------- /> Date: 07/16/2008
Mode: bottle
Words: beer and cheese

Appearance: cloudy orange, fine off white head,
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma with lots of wine character balanced with a nice peppery edge, hint of alcohol can be roused and the fades away,
Flavor: lots of sweet malt flavor, fruity character melds with the sweet wine, spices come in to balance out the sweetness, light oak blends with the spicyness for a light bitterness, hint of alcohol
-------- /> Date: 09/17/2008
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting

Aroma: aroma is pretty much unchanged,
Flavor: flavor is getting a lot more agressive on the oak and spices, sweet winey fruit is still strong but playing a supporting role,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4360) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 5, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2009 Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a tall, though thinning, white head. Smell: Pale and wheat maltiness done up right with crisped sugars and spice and maybe a bit of lavender. Infused with a few added drops of orange citrus oils. Distant note of red wine, like someone dropped a bottle in the next room. Taste: Soft malted wheat sweetened with citrus-flavored candy and vanilla-lavender ice cream. Dash of spice. Slight pear fruitiness. A puckering red wine component jumps in and out of the flavor. Finishes creamy, warming, and rather dry. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very velvety texture. Drinkability: A nice saison, albeit a very different kind of saison.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3052) - Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2008
The color of this one is quite nice. It’s a perfectly clear slightly darkened copper. The large head settles down after a couple of minutes to a creamy layer about a quarter finger thick. Very floral aroma, a bit of dark spicing. On closer inspection, there’s vanilla and wood under the bigger floral aroma. The wine-like flavors and aromas are there, but subtle enough that the may not get noticed under all of the other flavors and aromas unless you knew to look for it. In the flavor toward the end, there’s a bit of caramel like the crust of creme brulee. There is a harshness, almost like the creosote flavors I pick up in some beers early on, but it seems to fade the more I drink it while the more interesting and pleasant aspects come out more strongly. A strangely slick mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Tasted at Noogfest 4.0 (2008). This saison pours a pinkish orange gold color from the bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, floral and sweet, touch of spices. A medium bodied saison. The malts are fruity and sweet. Sort tartness as well. The hops are earthy and spicy. Interesting beer, nice mix of yeasty and spicy. Very clean and crisp tasting. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and spicy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Noogfest Four-O

Bottle, courtesy KP. Semi-clear copper pour, some brown highlights, and a fizzy white head and plenty of lacing. Big floral aroma, fruity esters, jasmine, hibiscus and some hops. Bright floral range in the flavors, with some creamy vanilla and flavors with spices and Belgian yeast. Bright touch on the tongue, immensely enjoyable and quite balanced. Very unique and I liked it.


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