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Brewed by Black Oak Brewing
Style: Saison
Etobicoke, Canada
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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 8, 2004
Floral and mildly spicy nose. Amber-copper colour with thin, white head. Lightly phenolic with some tart peach/pear-like fruitiness and a gentle finishing floral hop flavour and bitterness. Soft palate and low carbonation. Overall a bit too ale-like without the characteristic saison yeast flavours. Bottle enjoyed with beerhugger, CapFlu, DumDum, muzzlehatch, radiomgb and Rastacouere.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
12oz: Thanks radiomgb for a new collectible saison. Nice cloudy amber body, thin off-white cover. Good herbal nose, slightly floral, minty, fruity (pears) with notes of coriander. Herbal palate provides a very approachable balancing bitterness through mild hops reminiscent of goldings. Decent biscuity maltiness, soft body, quite low carbonation. It is quite yeasty actually, but this yeast strain just doesnít boast the same maturity than a Dupontís or blaugies. Finally, this didnít feel like a saison all that much although Iím glad to see a Canadian brewery give the style a try. It definitely lacked some carbonation and needs more original summery hay, funk or whatever flavour, more head would be fun too, maybe next year? By the way, this is said to be far superior on tap.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CapFlu (4616) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
(Bottle) Thanks to RadioMG-b for bringin this up to Celebration November 2004. It pours a thin, white head with a light carbonation. Hazy orange body. I found the nose sour and lactic with a mild malt. Not what I expected from a saison. The flavours where rather sharp, perhaps a bit too orangy. Not my favourite.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (1996) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
Sort of like a good witbier on steroids, or perhaps a milder/wheatier version of Unibroueís Fin du Monde. Orange in colour with average carbonation. Yeasty and spicy aromas, cardamom and orange in particular. The flavor is quite wheaty, along with notes of orange rind and a slight bit of horse blanket. Lacks a bit of the refreshing effervescence of Saison Dupont, but this is still a very high quality beer. Thanks radiomgb!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8565) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2004
A gift from Jercraigs, thanks! Orange colour with thick yellow head. Very citrusy, sweet aroma. Caramel and a touch of alcohol as well. Light fruit, phenolic and lightly spicy and yeasty. Lots of orange flavour and a hint of tartness. Long, surprisingly bitter finish. Tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2004
Beautiful hazy orange-amber with lasting creamy bubbles on top. Malt and balsamic and yeast and a light mustiness on the nose. Moderately sour mildly spicy flavours of orange and yeast. Lingers nicely but the underlying funkiness I was looking for in a saison was missing. Refreshing and eminently drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 16, 2004
Cloudy orange with thick white head. Yeasty, with orange and spice notes in the nose, triple light aromas. . Light body with clean cleansing finish. Flavors of coriander, yeast and a light citrus sourness. A lot of flavor for not a lot of body. Thanks Jer_craigs!!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2004
Cloudy dark orange-brown color. The nose is yeasty with a light touch of organic hops. Slightly dusty tasting with some banana undertones and a citrusy whisp. Smooth almost flat mouthfeel. Sweet malty fudginess at the front with a touch of dust and an organic hoppiness comes through in the middle. Fades into a bittersweet finish. Yeasty and fun.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Firefox (1) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2004 does not count
Tried it at the Toronto Festival of Beer. Almost orange in appearance and absolutely stunning from the moment it hit my mouth to the moment it was gone. Citrusy flavour and aroma. An exceptionally smooth beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1597) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2004 On tap at the judge. Taps a cloudy orange with a nice tight frothy cap. Aromas of fresh fruits and spicey yeast smell. Starts tart and citrusy then mellows with a sweet malty departure accented by spice and apricot...finish is clean and refreshing. A much cleaner and refreshing drink than itís Belgian original...I like this as much as a light hefeweiss for quenching....a very nice brew for the summer.


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