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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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A swarm of flavor and a stinger at 11.5% ABV. The French saison yeast produces big, estery, phenolic aromas and flavors, while the wildflower honey from Madhava Natural Sweeteners in Longmont CO lends a spicy, sweet aroma with essence of dried fruits. Champagne yeast is also used to complete fermentation and create a dry finish, and a strong malt bill imparts a rich, golden honey color to the ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ajnepple (2901) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2014
22 oz bomber purchased at the brewery for 3 bucks. Orange and clear appearance with a small off-white head. Aroma of honey, banana, apricot, esters, phenols, clove, dried fruits, alcohol and Belgian yeast. Flavor is strong, syrupy, sweet and a bit boozy with light bitterness. Full bodied with mild carbonation. Kind of hard to drink after a few sips. A bargain for sure, but definitely one for sharing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (4520) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle shared at Chriso’s minidig 16/08/2014. Golden orange coloured pour with a halo of white head. Aroma is mineral, nutty malts and some honey on the nose. Nice saison yeast and some orange skin on the nose. Flavour is resin, caramle, saison yeast and honey. Hot alcohol and solvent in the finish. Palate is semi-sweet, heavy on the tongue and highish carbonation. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (12025) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle shared at chriso Post-GBBF Tasting 2014, London. Clear golden beer with a nice offwhite head. Honey aroma, grass, hay, bready notes, citrus, some caramel. Fruity honey flavor, raisins, hay, warming alcohol, peach, some grass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
katrinaez (241) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Light honey flavor and scent. Doesn’t linger. Very upfront, was hoping for an after effect. Saison was light but made well enough to not overpower the honey. Deep amber color.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (13022) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle shared at chriso’s Post-GBBF 2014 Tasting - London. Pours perfectly clear, bright amber-gold with a frothy white head. The nose holds some doughy bread, light toffee. Very, very sweet, with toasted sugars, yeasty bread, candi sugars and old oranges. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Super sugary finish with grains, candi sugar, yeast and doughy wheat. So so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (3958) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 5, 2014
22 oz. Color is a murky amber gold with an orange hue, thin head in the tulip. Aroma is honey with honey and more honey.

The flavor has caramel, sweet bready malts and sugar. The body has some yeastiness with honey of course. Very sweet without being completely cloying. ABV is hidden throughout. The classification of a Belgian Strong ale is correct. I like it but it is very simple, more like a carbonated mead.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bulk_Carrier (2438) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Thanks Brenda. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about thirty seconds. Light lacing stuck and then started sliding into the beer after a minute. The smell had a decent amount of light sweet bready material with a slight Belgian sugary candy - ness inside of an earthy yet weird dried honey sweetness to allow a light spice to it. The taste was mainly earthy, sweet and spicy. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. It came across slightly syrupy and the carbonation seemed fairly smooth and good for the style. Overall, I say this was an okay Belgian ale. Whether it’s a saison or Belgian Strong Ale, this one is what it is - okay to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madmitch76 (16867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2014
13th September 2014
Hazy amber beer, small cream coloured head. Palate is light and crisp and fairly dry. Evaporating dry alcohol immediately obvious but there is no real heat. Sweet malts, repressed subtle hops. Tangy dried orange. Mild spice. Light dry finish. Very clunky and not easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
"Big n meaty, more like a mead than a traditional saison, like I thought it’d be...but also with a belgian spice that played nicely with the flowery honey. Sweet, but with a lot going on. I’d get again."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (11111) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle shared at Chriso’s post GBBF minidig, 16/08/14. Golden orange with a moderate off white covering. Nose is light smoke, honey, straw, bitter citric notes, light yeast. Taste comprises orange rinds, sweet lickings, candied nuts, honey toast, light spice, faint yeast esters, suggestion of dark fruits. Medium + body, moderate carbonation, lightly drying close with a touch of booze but drinking below 11%. Fair.

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