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Brewed by Black Oak Brewing
Style: Saison
Etobicoke, Canada
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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8096) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2004
cloudy orange. Yeasty aroma. But then bitter and lacking carbonation, even watery. Spicy yeast, corriander pepper, Orange peel gives it an acidic bitterness. Thanks jercraigs.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2004
Peachy-orange in colour. Aroma had lots of citrus, hoppy, some sweetness. Flavour had lots of oranges, peaches, some spices. Mild bitterness, medium body and mild carbonation. Finishes with a citrusy bitterness and a wonderful mouthfeel. Very refreshing and enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (2895) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2004
On tap, C’est What. Nice cloudy orange appearance. Frothy and bubby white head that was rather thick. Faint coriander aroma. Taste certainly has coriander in it as well, but the orange peel dominates here - very assertive body that has a good crispness (carbonation) and balance too it. Very silky mouthfeel overall. Long lasting hoppy finish. A truly great summer beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pondoshuffles (141) - Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2004
A great addition to Black Oak’s seasonal line-up. Lively and yeasty with a splash of orange zest. Estery aroma and hazy unfiltered appearance.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 8, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2006 First rate 3.3
Second 3.4 Tap. Aroma created of wheat, earthy meadow like lines. Good soft blend. Light haze on this golden ale. Bitter front, medium body filled with malts. Mellow typical to classic saison finish. Chamomile, herbal. Drinkable approach.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (2821) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2004
Hazy golden colour with a small head. Nose is invitingly yeasty and spicey. Palate is full and refreshing. Flavour is fruity and spicey, with a strong orange/curacao profile, and hints of corriander and pepper. A wonderful summer quencher.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2006 Toronto Festival of Beer 2006 Coriander is fairly prominent and noticeable in the aroma, and in the flavour. Light yeast and fruity notes, very refreshing. Slightly more full bodied than average (3+). Very nice. 7/3+/8/3/15-16<P> 2004: Uncarbonated from the tank this was yeasty with the fruity curacao the highlight accented by spicy pepper from the yeast. Thick yeasty palate. <P> 2004 Bottled, Aroma is predominantly spice with the orange taking the back seat now. The carbonation has really brought the hops to the forefront of the flavour profile. The flavour is now noticably hoppy and spicy with an eyeopening kick at first sip, which mellows in the glass after you get into it. The sweet fruity orange provides a pleasant foundation for all this, and may come out more as the beer ages. Palate is pleasantly light and quite smooth. This should be an interesting beer to enjoy throughout the summer. Numbers are about the same, maybe +1 or +2 for the overall. Definitely a beer you should spend the time to have an entire glass of. <P>Toronto Festival of Beer 2002 - Little bit fruity and mellow spicyness. Good enough that I came back for more than one. 6/4/8/3/14

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (11874) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2001
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2005 Quenching, full body. Subtle spiciness. Refreshing. At first it was quite bitter but five or six months later this has really ’rounded’ into form.

2004: Not ready yet, but I got some anyway. I’ll ignore the flatness and yeastiness, not bother with numbers and just say that it seems very refined and fruity, only lightly spicy, and definitely sweeter than the 2001 edition. Too bad I won’t be around to try it when it’s ready...or will I? I got a couple bottles in the mail and it’s a totally different animal after nine months. Very dry, yeasty, a little funky...proper saison.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strange Brew (157) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2001
Good character and full-bodied flavour that one would expect from this type.


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