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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Every summer the local Bloatarian Brewing League homebrew club holds a big competition known as Beer and Sweat. This year we decided to brew a full size production batch in co-operation with the Best of Show winner. Brian Jacksonís Saison won over the judges and so he came into the brewery to brew a batch of it with us. Copious amounts of Pilsner malt combine with wheat and Vienna malts to create a crisp Saison that we are glad to say is "award-winning".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9141) - Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Draft at Cincy beerfest and Dutchís. Pours a hazy golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma and flavor have some mildly sweet malts and nice fruity character, hay, and some spicy/ herbal ginger root. Good drinkability and would like to revisit when this is all I was drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13615) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Tap sample. Poured a cloudy golden color with an average fizzy frothy white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate hay malt, sour citrus and yeast aroma. Medium to full body with a slick smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. I would recommend this to a friend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2013 On tap at Cincinnati Winter Beer Fest (CWBF) 2013. Minimal white head. Mostly clear golden color. Smooth, crisp lighter carbonation. Some Belgian yeasty good esters, nice and fruity in the classic Belgian way. Moderate strength carbonation. Little lemon, bready yeast, some light spice. Zesty taste, light sweet in the finish. Best saison in Cincinnati. Plan to revisit outside the context of a beer fest. 7 / 3 / 7 / 4 / 15

Re-rate, 3/22/13: On tap at Dutchís. Glad for the opportunity to finally get to sit down with this beer and enjoy it. Head retention is much better this time around. Nice white layer remains on the surface, leaving a nice amount of slightly loose lace. Getting some nice lemon zest again, but noticing and appreciating the subtle addition of ginger a lot more this time around. Probably not something Iíd have noticed unless I was looking for it, itís not over the top, but I can see it. Itís a pretty tasty twist on the style, makes it a bit more refreshing than your typical saison, I think. Very nice bright flavor profile. I can see now how appropriate of a name "The Awakening" is. Some nice banana, citrus fruit flavors. Some spice, but as far as saisons can go, I think the spice factor is on the lighter side. This stuff is intensely drinkable. Medium to bigger body, but the carbonation is on the lighter side, and the texture is very smooth, with a finish thatís more on the dry side overall. But combining that great texture with that surprisingly refreshing flavor is what makes this dangerous -- it tastes sessionable, but itís not session-ABV. Freakiní great zesty gingery citrusy (with some mild belgian-style yeasts) aftertaste keeps me reaching for more sips. An awesome and unique saison. Best saison in Ohio, I think.. Definitely one of the more awesome & interesting easy-drinking saisons Iíve ever had, period

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9427) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Draft at Olives on Ludlow, served in a pint glass. Pours a mostly clear golden color with a slight orange hue and a small white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma has a lot of fruity esters, bready malts, and mild phenols. The flavor has a lot of fruitiness, too, in the form of apricot, peach, and citrus. Also a wheaty, bready maltiness and phenols. The flavor and aroma both had a spiciness that I couldnít pin down but later saw was ginger root. Makes perfect sense. Medium-full bodied for the style with mellow carbonation and a heavy, phenolic mouthfeel. I later read that there are some issues with presentation at Olives, that beers draw off the lines too much, affecting head retention and carbonation. Makes sense, the way this one felt on the palate. I bet itíd be better with that issue fixed. As it stands, a solid American saison.

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