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Formerly brewed at Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Saison
Toronto, Canada
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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A strong Belgian saison spiced with cloves, tangerines and kaffir lime leaves. A well-balanced ale with a biscuity malt backbone, spicy aromatics and a subtle tartness.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (1378) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2013
Pours light orange with huge head and good lacing. Nose is spicy with some orange fruit and yeast. Aromas also include rye slices and a bit of earthy hop bitterness. Really neat take on style. Full body with lively carbonation.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DerWeg (1502) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2013
A heavyweight Saison you could lay down a bomber or two of, mine was on draught. Fuzzy orange look with creamy white head, aromas of vanilla, spice and fruit. Deep round flavors of rooty spices nd himts of candy lemon and vanilla. Apricots, apple butter and prunes. Creamy palate, late bitterness seems to be from hops and herbal spices. Only a hint candy-ish and never too heavy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shaynsawchuk (506) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2013
750 mL. Pours a cloudy orange tinged iced tea, with a massive white head. Sour aroma, lots of spicy clove and ginger, mandarin orange, lime, yeast and biscuit. High carbonation and a smooth effervescent mouth feel. Complex and tasty, a great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuillaumeCL (343) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle from the brewery. Pours a slightly hazy deep orange with a whole bunch of fine white head that doesn’t really seem to dissipate much, also leaves a bunch of lacing. Smell is slightly sour and tart, but also has a distinct fruitiness to it that may come from the champagne yeast, interesting. Palate is medium bodied with some really strong carbonation. Taste is really nice, not nearly as sour as the smell would hint, starts with some spiciness and some tart bitterness builds a bit before giving way to some slight sweetness and more tartness in the aftertaste along with some alcohol heat. Very nice, I’m really enjoying this, looking forwards to this year’s version.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (3128) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
Cask Days 2013. Hazy yellow pour, small white head. Tropical fruit aroma, lime, and kiwi come through. Malts are sweet, and bready, wth some light yeasty esters. Finish was lightly bitter, with more tropical fruit, and some light tartness, with some solid lemon, and the alcohol is nowhere to be found. Nice stuff!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (463) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2014
(750mL 2012 bottle from the brewery, cellared ~20mo) Pours a hazed dark brownish orange with a big pillowy white head that really lingers with lots of lace. Aroma of bready malt, slight banana ester, cloves, orange peel, and a tart slightly lemony sour mash note. Palate initially kind of sweet, bready, orange. Bit of tartness pops up in the middle, it’s no Berliner but there’s a hint of lemon to it. Some slightly sweet malt persists alongside to the finish, with orange peel and an herbal bitterness for some balance. Mouthfeel is medium full with soft and effervescent carb that is creamy on the tongue and spritzes on the top of the throat. Drinks well with little alcohol present. Did not try this fresh but think the time helped it, the clove was not overpowering and the booze/sweetness seemed nicely muted. Not as tart or, in my opinion, as good as the 2013 but a nice big pale Belgian nonetheless.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2013 2013 Version at Cask Days. Cloudy golden pour. The nose has a bright citrus and lightly tart aroma. Spices and earthy with some nice bright fruit and lingering lemon. Fresh and delicious.

Cloudy pale golden pour. The nose has a lot of warming clove aroma and a spicy yeastiness as well. Soft citrus and a touch of cooked banana character as well. Fairly assertive bitterness for the style along with a little bit of spice. It’s not a typical winter ale, but I do kind of like it. 6 4 7 4 15

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4168) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Very strong, tasty beer. Pours clody orange with creamy head, good lacing. Smells like ginger and cloves - great saison for winter. Aroma has floral hops and alcohol as well. Taste is tangy with some bitterness. Tap at brewpub.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6150) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
Bottle [750ml] shared with GregClow, jerc & mabel -- c/o GregClow. Pours a hazy orange-copper with a large fluffy off-white and some lacing on the glass. Aroma and flavour are yeasty, fruity and herbal along with lots of cloves and nutmeg. Medium bodied. Fantastic, I loved the spiciness of it.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8726) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
Enjoyed on tap at Bellwoods. Thick lace on an Orange body. Very saison yeast aroma. Magnum and Styrian Goldings hops, with the cloves, lime, yeast, and tangerines make for a full mouthfeel. Imaginative though not so extremely radical.


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