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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Saison “Classic Saison” This is a Belgian-style farmhouse ale. The aroma is dominated by fruity esters reminiscent of citrus fruits along with a moderate earthy and floral hop aroma from the use of Noble-type hops in the brewing process. Has a deep gold, hue that is often hazy, and a voluminous head on pouring as a result of the bottle-conditioning and high natural carbonation. The beer is medium-bodied and has a very refreshing effervescence which, along with a fairly low alcohol content of 6% by volume, makes this a beer to be enjoyed on a warm day by itself or with a wide range of foods, whether casual or fine dining. Complex flavors and aromas in this beer are a result of the special yeast used in fermentation combined with the additional complexity added by bottle-conditioning in large bottles for at least six weeks before being released.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrana (427) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Sweet, earthy, with a perfect amount of spice. Has a light lemony tartness with helps brighten and tie together the palette. A well constructed saison that is balanced, simple, but quite good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1376) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2014
To coin a new style -- American saison. Aggressive spicing, notes of tobacco and woods, and apricot and pit fruit on the nose and palate. Complex opening, short finish. Great companion to food.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Timmomyces (2) - St. Louis, USA - MAR 23, 2014 does not count
Appearance: Delightful deep golden straw color. Nice effervescence, pours with a rich dense creamy head that lingers nicely. Although lacing is minimal to non existence. May benefit from an addition of carapills/carafoam. Aroma: Pleasant spicy aroma that hits the pallet immediately after pouring. Lovely noble hop character reminiscent of Hersbruker or possibly Saaz. Smells of fresh grass, lemon, spice and fresh baked bread. Taste: Balanced between yeasty spiciness, noble hop bitterness, malty/bread like character and just a bit tart, but all in equal parts. Mouthfeel: Slightly tart with a full pilsner malt body and noble hop bitterness. Overall: Beautifully brewed example of a classic style reminiscent of Saison Dupont. Well done Blackberry Farm Brewer!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6335) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle at the Grand Tasting of RBWG. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a small white head. Notes of rubber, earth, smoke, hay, grass, lemon, florals, and plenty of funk. Light-bodied, with a dry, funky, slightly smoky mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. There’s a lot going on here, most of it good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8332) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 24, 2014
[ Bottle ][ RBWG Asheville Grand Tasting ][ 750mL ][ Globe ][ Free ][ 2/8/14 ]
>> Pours cloudy gold with weaker foam. Nose is fresh grist, fresh raw honey. Taste is crackery raw malt, gamey honey. Palate is a bit anesthetic with band-aid and camphor. Has a lot of potential.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3126) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2014
2014 RBWG Grand Tasting. Cloudy medium yellow with a white head. The aroma is floral, perfume. Light bitterness, Belgian earthiness.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
italarican (1481) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle generously shared at the RBWG grand tasting. Cloudy blonde pour. Odd scorched aroma and flavor of cigarette butts and burnt cherry. Slight grassiness and a bit peppery but I can’t get past the ashtray notes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (2276) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to suttree at RBWG grand tasting! Pours a hazy yellow with fluffy white head that leaves light lace. Aroma of funky yeast, grass and hay. Taste follows with a slight pepper ester. Good carbonation, nice and easy to drink but nothing special.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8170) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle at RBWG Asheville. Pours cloudy yellow with white head. Nose and taste of lemongrass, light alcohol, saison yeast and touch of earth. Medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (6273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Taster at RBWG 2014 grand tasting. Somewhat hazy golden orange color. Thin ring of off-white head. Couple dots of lace. Medium body. Smooth, lighter carbonation, lightly soft. Light slick. Some lemon aromas, spice, saison yeast. Mild tart taste, moderate sweet. Solid saison.


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