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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2013
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a lightly hazy yellow body with a spare white head. Aroma of pear, balloons, grass, and earth. Flavor of coriander, grain, grass, vegetal, and plastic with a watery mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11044) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Bottle from Bine & Vine. Pours hazy gold with a 3 finger foamy white head that did some ring lacing. Aroma might have a hint of earthiness - I think thereís banana ester. Med body. Flavor is a little earthy, and thereís some light spice and fruit ester - still thinking banana. Finishes mixed earthy and "Belgian". Definitely towards bitter. Pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (9786) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Doodler (thanks Scott) poured a clear gold with a small lasting white head. Aroma of straw, bread dough and white pepper. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, bread and white pepper with a crisp dry lingering peppery finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
adnielsen (9077) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2013
Bottle @ home picked up at Wilburís Fort Collins. Pours a cloudy, dark orange appearance with a big creamy, white head. Lemon pinesol, mild barnyard, somewhat spicy, herbal aroma. Tangy, tangerine, slightly tart, peppery, a bit goopy flavor. Scroll past.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8015) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2013
bottle. lightly hazed gold body with a small white head, some lacing, light effervescence. potato starch, minerals, dried fruit peel, white pepper, crunchy egg shell / sulfur-accented pale malt nose with little hop aroma. medium-light body with rigid, crunchy, husky malt texture and a stale and dull and lifeless Belgian-type yeast. dried fruit peel and pith and vitamins and dried pineapple pieces found in trail-mix, that sort of thing. low bitterness; more dry than sweet. lacks major flaws but seems to be a rather pointless beer - the aroma and flavor are plain and as a whole the beer does little to excite me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Bottle thanks to mora2000. Pours with a hazed golden hued body with a retentive white head. Aromas are of peppery phenols, sage, black pepper, and plastic. Light apple esters, low malt. Flavors are dry, black pepper and a touch of vegital flavors. Lively carbonation with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 26, 2013
On tap at Tapwerks. Pours a near clear gold with a large white head that lasts throughout the beer and laces nicely. Aroma has a good amount of earthy grain and grass with a bit of resin and earthy fruit. Flavor starts with sweet grain and light fruits with a good amount of grass hops underlying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6486) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours clear golden with a huge white head and a fruity aroma. There is a light malt flavor that is a little fruity with a sour dry finish. Quite yeasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Straw in color, large frothy white head, nice lacing.   Bright herbal and grassy nose.   Mealy and grassy on the tongue.   Not as floral or bright as I had hoped.   Has a slight herbal aspect, along with general bright straw/hay and grassiness.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Mealy wheaty finish, a touch dry, and thats about it.   Nothing really floral or bright to be seen.   Very slight metallic notes on the finish.   Not terrible, but not at all what I would have thought of as a Saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6215) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium to dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, husks), lightly to moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly yeasty (basement, cobwebs), with notes of gum, pepper, sulfur, rubber/plastic, concrete. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, husky. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. AARRGGHHH. So close. So damned close. And from Big Sky of all brewers. These guys had Saison Dupont in mind, quite clearly, and thatís worth an awful lot to me. It doesnít fail in the ways that most American renditions do...itís not a banana bomb, itís not too sweet (the finish is indeed very dry), itís not boozy (5.3%, yeah baby!), itís not filtered, it doesnít have a bunch of unneeded spices. I want to hug the brewer for keeping it pure and effectively "to style" (as loose as this style might be, it honors the basic principals...low ABV, dry/quenching, etc.). But sadly, this has two problems: first, the malt is pretty husky (in both nose and aftertaste). And second, it has some rubbery/industrial phenolics (maybe a little fusel too?)...but thankfully they arenít very strong. The gummy ester threatens to dominate, too, but it doesnít completely clobber everything. I am perhaps being a bit generous with my score (maybe more like a 3.1 with my more typical Big Meanie hat on), given all the quibbles and flaws, but hereís the thing...most American attempts fail *miserably* at this style, so bad that theyíre not even in the ballpark of saisons. This brewery surprised me by doing the most typically wrong things RIGHT. Yes, itís not as well-crafted as it could/should be to get a 3.5+, but they win big points for trying to make something in the vein of Dupont instead of making another sweet, boozy, banana-bomb like everyone else. If they could just improve their malt extraction alone, I would buy this again for sure.

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