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RATINGS: 386   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Saison brewed with spices and aged in French oak Pinot Noir barrels.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2778) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Pours a cloudy maize color with a soapy white head with great lacing. Yeast, barnyard funk, wood, and wine aroma. Batch #1, but still a bit hot. Citrus, yeast, funk, and pepper flavor. Touch of sour, but very subtle. Very nice!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (736) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Batch 1 Aroma has huge amounts of pineapple, but also some light pepper, coriander and clove phenolics. There is also a bit of a spicy floral aroma. Light fruity esters along with low oak notes. Pours a cloudy, dark golden orange with a big, faintly off white, pillowy head with moderate retention. Lacing is moderate and legs small. Flavor has a hint of sweet malt left to it, but it is otherwise Brett, phenolics and oak. The pineapple is in the flavor but not as dominant as the aroma. Nice phenolic notes with pepper, clove and an herbal, floral note. You can taste the high mineral content of the water which accentuates the moderate bitterness. Lingering spice in the finish. The finish also has a real floral quality to it. Only light oak and tannins present as the flavor is dominated by phenolics and a floral note. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low acidic astringency with medium low alcohol warmth. Overall a very nice beer but the time has taken away some of the character that I am sure was present like the orange peel. The grapefruit has really come out though in the aroma as this beer develops more Brett character. Not as much wine influence as I would have expected.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6509) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2013
750 ml bottle I’ve had for a while. First batch to hit St. Louis, whichever and whenever that was. Pours a cloudy orange with a deep pinkish highlight, making it look like a blood orange wheat beer, with a huge eggshell white head that settles into a thin, creamy, long-lasting cap. Aroma of grapefruit and orange citrus, bretty funk, oak, wine, plenty of strong florals, spices, and sweet malts. The flavor starts and finishes with abundant floral notes, with grapefruit, oak, bretty funk, stone fruit, spices, and some sweet and bready malts. But the florals and grapefruit dominate here. Long, lingering bitterness from those two. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation. Very good, but honestly didn’t quite meet my exceedingly high expectations based on the Anchorage beers I’ve had so far, and the ratings on this one so far.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle
Appearance: Cloudy golden amber
Aroma: Yeast, some funk, floral
Taste: Slight floral bitterness, with a hint of spices
Palate: Lively, lots of carbonation
Overall: Good, a lot going on in a fairly complex beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (3455) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 29, 2013
750 ml. shared bottle. Pours golden orange with a nice white head. Aroma of yeast, citrus, funk, and spice. Taste is citrus, brett, apples, wood, and spices. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (909) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Batch #1 from August 2011. 750 ml bottle purchased fourteen months ago at Bine & Vine ($14.49). Pours a honey-orange hue with three big fingers of frothy eggshell white foam. Aroma of tart underripe fruit, bretty funk, some bright citrus (lemon, lime), honey, and a bit of oak. Flavor has a noticeable tangy brett bite initially, followed by notes of citrus and stone fruit, some honey, menthol, and pepper with hints of other spice. The brett certainly makes itself know, but this is not very sour. The red wine barrel does not seem to add a whole lot here except for a bit of oak and some dryness. Nice funky-fruity take on a saison. (351, 794)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7389) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Very smooth and delicious saison. Lots of fruit notes, spice, wine, oak, very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoisirius (1715) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Brilliant beverage. Can acquire a few spots along the West and Best Coast, thankfully. Oak, funk, and fruit on the nose. Funky in the middle and definitely spicey Pinot flush at the end, it’s polite though. Lovely!

0.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
jimlovesbeer (12) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Horrible flavor for a beer. Reminds me of a pineapple grapefruit punch. Disappointing for the style. Poured half bottle down the drain.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bragesnak (5387) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2013
Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Tap, 040513. Light amber with white head. Aroma of malt and spices. Flavour with some yeasty fruit and wood note.


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