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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Another Funked Up Belgian style saison finished with Brettanomyces. The grain bill includes Pilsner, Vienna and Munich malts. The addition of spelt provides a crisp, dry finish and 60# of honey gives it a complex sweetness and lighter body. We fermented with a Belgian Saison yeast and then tucked this away for 6 months in steel wine barrels where we added the juice of hundreds of pounds of cantaloupe and honeydew melons. Then inoculated the barrels with a wild yeast, Brettanomyces Bruxenellenis to eat the extra melon sugar and produce funky flavors. If that is not interesting enough we bottle and keg conditioned (naturally carbonated) the entire batch using only yeast, more honey and melon juice (thatís crazy stuff there folks). The resulting beer is fresh, fruity and funky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (8403) - Hasselager, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2015
Bottle @ DōE meeting. Pours hazy dark yellow with a small white head. Aroma of malt, yeast, brett, light spice, honey, flowers, fruit, melon, tart fruit. Flavor is light tart, malt, grain, yeast, bretty, honey, tart fruity, little spice. Medium body, lively carbonation, light acidic finish. 211015

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esp0r (2459) - NORWAY - MAY 13, 2015
Bottle shared with daje, edvard and Simonsen at The "Esp0r #2000 Weekend in The Woods" 2014
Orange hazy, white frothy head. Smell of funk, honey, floral hops, yeast esters, quite fruity. Moderate sweet, fruity, dry, alot of brett, quite funky and musty. Moderate bitter, fruit peel tail. A superb complex saison with brett

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11646) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 5, 2015
Bottle. Gusher. Pours murky dark yellow with a small, staying, creamy white head. Aroma has wet wheat, citrus, grapefruit, lactic, slight pepper burn. Medium carbonation, full and fat mouthfeel. Flavour has lots of malts, lactic and citric acid, hay, red apple, cider, very dry, light warming finish. Lovely sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (1741) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 26, 2015
The beer is light orange gold in color. The liquid is moderately cloudy, and the head is white and rocky. The bottle gushed gently upon opening. Iím getting more and more melon in the aroma as the beer warms. Thereís also a mildly medicinal pale malt sweetness. Sticky, sugary fruit flavors - mango, guava, pineapple. Mild yeasty earth and spice. It almost smells like fruit-flavored candy. Taste is medium sweet for a saison but dries out some in the finish with moderate earthy bitterness. Again, lots of fruit in the taste, but thereís also more of that oddball medicinal flavor. It might be the melon but the mix with the malt sweetness is a bit off for me. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and the sweetness is bordering on cloying, even though itís fairly light. I think the concept for this beer would have worked better in a smaller package. At 8% abv, everything just feels too sweet and big for what should be delicate fruit and brett complexity. Itís not bad, but things donít come together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (13339) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2015
Fonefan 300814. Golden-orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is brett, malt, yeast, fruit. Flavour is dry, brett, melon, malt, yeast, berries, spices. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
_angst_ (3840) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle bought @ Olbutikken. Pours hazy brownish golden with a huge creamy goldenish offwhite head that slowly dissipates while leaving some sparse trace on the glass. Smell is rather rustic, funky and phenolic with crackers, cereal, hay, dry soil, barnyard, watermelon rinds, white pepper corns, orange zest and lemon zest. Taste is tiny sweet, bitter, funky and phenolic with crackers, cereal, honeydew melon, hay, dry soil, white pepper corns, barnyard, sheet metal and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is dry, astringent, slightly champagne-like, tiny boozy and medium bodied. Finish is bitter, funky and phenolic with cereal, hay, dry soil, white pepper corns, sheet metal, barnyard, watermelon rinds, grapefruit rinds and lemon zest. Ok but too boozy and too heavy on the phenols which especially shows as the beer warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (6927) - ITALY - JAN 2, 2015
bottle ambrata non molta schiuma media persistenza note maltate lieve acidulo mandorla amara legno vaniglia nota fruttata

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (3116) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle. Light hazy golden liquid with medium white head. Aroma of white pepper, overripe fruit, banana, dirty funk, earth, bubblegum and grain. Taste is dry and light to medium sour with notes of red berries, banana, light booze, funk and white pepper. Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty nice but unnecessarily strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (4234) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle (750 ml). Slow gusher! Split 3-ways with the lady and the brother in law. From Chris, thanks!

Appearance: Hazy yellow/golden with a small white head and little lacing.

Aroma: Quite floral with honey, melon and light brettanomyces.

Taste: Melon forward with light honey sweetness, brettanomyces and floral notes.

Palate: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Floral/honey finish.

Overall: Impressive melon features. Unique Saison. The light brettanomyces presence definitely helps. It has the flaws from his qualities... itís original, but doesnít have much Saison character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (3671) - BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2014
Wine-barrel aged fruit and honey saison from Kentucky, curious to find out what this is about. Upon opening the bottle, I was confronted with one of the most dramatic forms of gushing Iíve ever seen: a fountain of beer rushed out of the bottle, resulting in a considerable loss of volume, like a champagne bottle that had been shaken for minutes on end. When I finally managed to capture it, it poured a completely cloudy peach blonde with brownish bits of dead yeast in the bottom of the glass... Medium thick, lacing, off-white head. Aroma pleasantly sourish and very estery as in the most authentic of Belgian saisons, complex, with impressions of fresh orange peel, lemon zest, cantaloupe (apparently effectively added), gooseberries, strawberries, dry white wine, wet hay, vanilla, tulips, roses, chamomille, iron, honey, pineapple, wormwood, lavender soap, cake, old cheese, freshly baked bread, basil, leather, sweat, damp cellar and off-putting, but fortunately very subtle medicinal-chemical odours. Very fruity and estery onset with spritzy carbonation - not surprising considering the extreme gushing; pineapple, peach, lemony sourness, then a subtle melon-like sweetness, honey clearly coming through, bready malt sweetness, very yeasty and powdery as in many artisanal Belgians, lactic sourness all the way through with a drying effect, some tannins in the finish along with leafy hop bitterness, a hint of gin-like warming alcohol and lingering fruity yeastiness. Not sure what to think of this: enjoyable alright, at least if you are used to artisanal, yeasty, spicy Wallonian ales, but the gushing really put me off. Something went technically wrong here, that much is clear; my guess is that it has been infected with Lactobacillus. However, I still liked it in some kind of way - my funky Belgian side speaking, I guess. But the aroma was more appealing to me than the actual taste. In all: a very íBelgianí experience, considering the amounts of artisanal Belgian beers Iíve had with similar, mild and more or less tolerable Lactobacillus and Pediococcus infections... I think this one is just too much: Brett, and barrel aging, and adding melon, and adding honey... Complexity and balance are two different things which ideally match and complement each other, but Iím not sure if that goal has been achieved here. Nevertheless, this could have worked a lot better without the infection. Too bad.

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