Brewed by Brasserie de Blaugies
Style: Traditional Ale
Dour-Blaugies, Belgium


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RATINGS: 419   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Ale brewed with fig juice. A traditional style named for John Darby, preacher of temperance whose parishioners were oddly moved by a "soft drink" they insisted was just fig juice...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3203) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2006
Hazy yellow honey hue, with a frothy white head, the nose is one of yeast fruitiness, wheat malt, pale malt, plums note, hint of spiciness in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty character, the usual Blaugies yeast, wheaten note, hint of acidic and wineyness fruitiness, subtle notes plums and figs, with a faint floral hops accent, leading towards a low hop bittering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3463) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2006
Pour is a cloudy yellow with a big white head. Aroma is of citrus fruits and candy sugar. Flavor is of tart candy sugar with some citrus on the tounge. Finishes very musty and earthy. All three saisons from this brewer taste almost the same with a few differences but i think this is the most tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2006
750ml corked bottle. Hazy and cloudy. Dull golden hue. White clinging head. Apples and citrus in the nose. Also slightly musty and peppery. Spicy and Good! Tart and tangy, sour and lively. Banana flavors along with a hoppy, wheaty, grainy, figgy, 7-up flavor. Delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2006
750ml bottle. Pours a cloudy deep golden/light amber color has a fair amount of sediment. Long lasting cream colored head, somewhat dense. Aroma of fruit, yeast, somewhat cidery. Flavor has a strong Blaugies house character, some farmhouse, lightly tart, yeasty, fruity. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, highly drinkable. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10611) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2006
Bottled: Orange coloured. Unclear. Beige dense head. Funny beer. Is smoked, meaty and fruity. Is quite orangy and citric. Qute refreshing though it is a bit "heavy". Medium bodied. Ends on a meaty smoke note. Special but good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Pours a hazy golden color with a large white head, aromas of fruit, sweet malts, musty yeast. Flavor is fruity, hoppy bitter, sour. Good body, Good brew, just not my cup of tea, had this at Issac Newtons, Bottled.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (9642) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2006
750ml bottle. Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with very large sized white head. Aromas and tastes of yeast, fruits, with very light dark fruits. I found the aromas and tastes to be on the weaker side with nothing really standing out. Thinner body with a soft mouth feel that left nice and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2006
2005. Hazy gold. Huge, billowing, dense, off white head has laid claim to its territory and is going nowhere without a fight. Nose is zesty, sour yeast - that is all that breaks through the granite layer of foam. Same yeast flavor up front with definite fig, grainy malt, dried fruit, candi sugar?, subtle hops?- wasn’t expecting either - bitter, yeasty finish and aftertaste. Full body, lively carbonation. Tastes like a fig saison. Very good, unique brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2006
2004 Cork date, Sampled January 2006
Pours a hazy, perfectly amber color that is topped by a frothy, three-finger thick, light tan colored head. This beer is incredibly carbonated and the head starts to form a rocky surface as it falls slowly down. The aroma is quite fruity with definite notes of fig, raisins, and even some notes of plum. There is a light spiciness underneath the fruit, including a slight note of ginger, perhaps some orange zest, and a bit of clove. The aroma is predominantly dominated by the fruit character, I was quite surprised by how evident the fig is, it is quite nice.

The first sip foams up and is generally lost in a frothy mass of bubbles. So I just released a bit of the excess carbonation. The beer is quite light on the tongue. There is a light sweetness up front, which plays up a soft fruity character. Unlike the nose, I would not necessarily associate the fruit flavors with figs. I do get notes of red grapes, and perhaps some currants and some notes of apple, but not much in the way of figs, except a solid non-descript fruitiness. There is a bit of spiciness here as well, though it is definitely not quite enough to balance the fruit notes. There are notes of subtle ginger, pepper, and some notes of clove.

In the end this beer is just not quite complex enough. The fruit character is nice, but it needs a bit of complexity somewhere to balance the fruit out, obviously a bit more spicy Saison-like yeasty notes would be more than welcome. This beer is still quite tasty, and certainly drinkable, it just seems a bit too one dimensional.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Lightly hazy deep golden. Abundant carbonation (duh!). Nose is pure Blaugies dust, hay, flinty steely dry, touch of iron. Faintest whiff of fruit. Ernest is spot on with the cantaloupe and hints of grapes. Medium dryness, not as dry as the Epeature from Blaugies. More minerally water/earthy yeast character so distinctive of Blaugies. Some surprising hoppiness near the finish. This stuff is so simple, yet so elegant, in a rustic sort of way. This is the kind of beer that makes me buy crusty bread, good cheese and good sausage, and sit back and relish in the sensual pleasure of life.

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