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Brewed by Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Saison
Toronto, Canada
Serve in Tulip

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A classic farmhouse ale series. Some early bottled versions were refermented in the bottle (with or without Brettanomyces). Cheque bottle label sticker for version details. Versions with custom labels starting available starting late August, 2013 are refermented in the bottle, without brett.


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hangunder (211) - Ontario, - APR 29, 2013
Balanced brett, belgian yeast and alcohol on the nose. Very hazy with chunks of yeast floating around in the bottle, thick head that stays around for a while. Flavor starts off tart, belgian yeast becomes apparent in the middle and bread flavors come through in the finish. Alcohol comes through a bit too as this warms. Remains quite refreshing. Heavily carbonated and medium bodied.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5603) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2014
draft at Bellwoods, golden orange pour, lots of flavor, spice, light pepper, fruity Belgian yeast. well made saison

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BreWedge (295) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
500 ml bottle @ Town Ottawa. Pours a straw yellow, light haze, plenty of effervescent bubbles, medium size but short lived white head. Aromas are reminiscent of a German wheat beer (light banana/clove) Tastes are also banana/clove but there's also grass/hay and a moderately bitter bite. Strong carbonation, lively on the tongue, and a medium bitter finish. Hides the 7% abv well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (2857) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
500 mL bottle from the brewery via my bro, shared. Clear golden with a large, frail white head. Pungent, spicy citrus, smells a little funky, though it is not supposed to have any Brett. Medium-ish body with very lively carbonation. Similar to the nose with plenty of citrus, peppery phenols, a touch funky, ginger-like; dry with some bitterness and a nice spicy citrus finish. Nice stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thorongil2 (1149) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2014
(tap) hazy yellow colour with a small white head; aroma of champagne; very balanced, drinkable, refreshing flavour

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (5934) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2014
500mL bottle, sent from wilco (thanks a lot, Mike), pours a cloudy golden with a small white head. Aroma brings out Belgian yeast, citrus fruity esters, and rustic notes. Flavour brings out traditional rustic farmhouse notes, fruity esters, a little banana, a little clove, and some funk. Really solidly made saison, with just the right balance of notes. Excellent stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hammy78 (724) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2014
Bomber from the source. Pours a clear amber and is super active, fluffy white head, that leaves behind loads of lace. Smells spicy , crisp and clean. A little funk. Tastes spicy, coriander, white pepper. Decent.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Helsdon (111) - Toronto, CANADA - MAY 3, 2014
Kinda sad this one doesn’t have any brett, him and I are good friends. Ah well. It’s a bottle from the brewery. Pours a hazy blonde with a big head (which kinda reminds me of this girl...), white fluffy head a couple of fingers with some pretty active carbonation going on inside that there glass. I suspect it’s the cloud floating on top of this thing, but I’m not getting much smell off this, some bready malts, some Belgian yeast. Taste lighter, with some apricots, wheat, little sourness, kinda wishing that brett was in the mix. Overall a very drinkable beer, I would almost say this would be a good all-afternooner but at 7% you might be hard pressed to really session this fella.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mds (2194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
Bottle from the brewery.
Pours a hazy orange body with a massive and long-lasting white creamy head. Smells of citrus, banana and peppery spice. Quite dry and mildly spicy. Very drinkable. Probably preferred this over the earlier Brett version. 2014-04-25

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2014
My Bottom Line:
This authentic Saison’s delicate guava and banana fruitiness works within dryish hay and spicy hops for an airy, thought-provoking example.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A tower of foam slowly collapses into the cloudy yellow.
-Flavor profile is a bit more revealing than the aroma.
-This is much more carbonated than their other Belgian styles which I tried on tap. Another good reason to try their bottles AND their tap beers. ;)
-This just gets better and better with every sip. A farmhouse brew that drinks like a quencher, in other words, revealing subtleties slowly but surely. Beautiful.
-A citrusy splash garnishes the spicy hop nudge in the aftertaste.

Bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (1145) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2014
Pours a pale golden with a medium fluffy white head that leaves good lacing. A nice stream of bubbles keep it high for a long while. Nose is fruity, spicy, herbal and seem to carry a little bit of sulfur. Taste is quite dry but still offer some light honey notes but mostly just fruity/spicy flavors, Finish is a little herbal and bitter. Body is light, carbonation a bit (too) intense. A nice - and classic - saison!


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