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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottw86 (1140) - Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Poured a very cloudy orange brown color with a thin off-white head. Aroma has lots of fruit, honey, and yeast notes. Some sweet candy and caramel as well. Taste is very flavorful with lots of fruit, honey, and malts. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. Finish is a bit malty with some caramel and more honey. Overall the flavors blend pretty well together and it is a good combination.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (6209) - Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks good; a fairly transparent golden orange with off-white lacing. Smells pleasantly yeasty and estery. Tastes like it smells with some sweetness. Average on the palate. Drinks fairly easy, especially for the abv.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kayres (578) - , Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Hazy orange with a medium tan head. Sweet honey aroma. Sweet yeasty lemony bit of butter. Bit clovey ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
subsonic (82) - Pataskala, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2013
"A crystalline clear amber colored beer with a big sudsy texture, white head. Thereís some hang time. Settles into a moderate ringlet and some film. Wheaty nose. Grapes and sweet honey in the tasting. Not as pleasant as Iíd hope for, but the light, medicinal slick bodied beer is drinkable"

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrinkinWell (325) - - DEC 6, 2013
Pours clear copper with medium off white head. Floral aromas. Citrus notes as well as a nearly overpowering sweetness a la tropical fruit. I had high hopes for this beer, but it?s unbalanced and rather unremarkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Lots of sweetness from the honey but not overpowering. Medium body but no real depth of flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
unclemike (2435) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Pours a light amber color with a moderate head. Nose is both sweet and sour, which is a bit odd. The honey comes through in both the taste and nose, but the sourness of the style dominates. Finishes with a bit of a bite

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElDiablo (24) - - AUG 25, 2013
Had the bomber. Aroma was of pretty decent Belgian yeast. It didnít taste so much like a Saison though, but not in a bad way. The honey was present enough on the back end, and went down smooth considering the 11.5 ABV Not the barnyard funky style Saison that I love, but very good in itís own right. Will definitely buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Glad to have tasted this before buying the big bottle. Itís pretty straight forward, a spicy saison with a touch of sweet honey flavor. I picked up a little fruitiness on the finish. The appearance was a typical golden glow, but I was pleasantly surprised with a little thicker feel to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3115) - Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2013
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage. Pours lightly hazy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of orange, pear, apple, grape, caramel, honey, light pepper, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity esters with malt sweetness; and good strength. Taste of orange, orange rind, pear, apple, grape, caramel, honey, floral, bread, clove, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, caramel, honey, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity ester flavors; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice imperial saison. Nice balance and complexity of yeast ester and malt flavors; with quite smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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