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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bth122 (1317) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Big bottle at HV condo. Poured honey color. Medium light size head. Nice aroma of honey, Belgium candy, cherry, other dark fruit, Belgium yeast. Medium sweetness. Medium body at least. Some slight fruit tartness. Pretty darn nice. Some spice at finish. Enjoyed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11908) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bomber from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours hazy copper with a frothy white head. Aroma of dark honey and floral. With sour barnyard after. Full bodied. Flavor is honey, dark fruit, fruity esters. Very strong flavors. The dark fruit grabs my mouth - like bitter. This is quite dry. As astringent aspects. Lots of malt, but something balances that. Woot!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tmoreau (2724) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2013
On tap at Bigby’s in Addison, IL., and sampled in a small flute with an orangy/golden color and modest, white head foam. The nose was extremely honey sweet, with a touch of yeastiness, spice, fruitiness, but a distracting, earthy, green olive scent. The flavor was similar, maybe less the olive, with the esters as apple & pear, with the skins. Haven’t had a Boulder offering in awhile, and was hoping for more pleasantries. Not a fan of this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gripweed57 (854) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Hazy copper red color with a rocky beige head. Excellent lace. Tropical fruit malt aroma with notes of bubblegum and fresh baked cinnamon rolls. Flavor is sweet fruity malt with obvious high alcohol flavor. I read the reviews on this and most were not favorable. I think this is not very Saison-like but yet it has a unique, complex sweet malt flavor that deserves a try. More like a strong Belgian style ale with a huge dose of honey thrown in. Could have used some more hops to help balance out the overly sweet high octane alcohol flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
LinusStick (2920) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Blah. While not undrinkable, this is a sweet cloying mess. Aroma was actually good. Strong yeast, lemon and honey aromas. Very thick. Pour was a murky dark gold with a one finger white head. Taste was rough. Overly sweet and alcoholic. Yeast and honey are huge with slight notes of lemongrass and pear. Very thick, alcoholic and almost a chore to finish. Not sure how Boulder Beer considers this a saison, but to each his own

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cybercat (3734) - Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Comes out of the growler a clear, bubbly, slightly reddish dark amber, bordering on mahogany, with a thick and fluffy ivory head. Aroma is mainly yeasty with a little sweet malt. Flavor is fairly strong, if not complex - yeast, malt, honey, a hint of apple. Texture has average fizz and body. If not one of those really outstanding beers, certainly worthy of a try. Definitely for sipping slowly on a hot summer day while watching the home team hand their arch-rivals their own a--es.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3399) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Pour is a murky brown with a small white head. Aroma is sweet and somewhat estery. Flavor is heavy, sweet honey with some ripe fruity wine like characteristics. Finish is again very heavy and cloying with some toffee and alcohol. This was ok for a try but if your going to put saison on the label it should not be 11.5% abv. Seems like an experiment gone bad but they bottled and sold it anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jerm719 (124) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 I was very excited to try this! Sweet, syrupy, grainy. Nice honey sweetness, dark fruits, and ALOT of alcohol!! Too much alcohol to enjoy the syrupy flavors.. A big mesh of forgettable mixtures... Finishes with an alcohol bite... Couldn’t dump.. .. Pounded... Gross...! :( I have tried many 9% + brews .. This one had the biggest bite.. Age this brew for a year...... It might have potential !????

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
drjay44 (2831) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2013
651 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained white head, with some lacing, over a clear, orange amber (SRM 15) body.....nose is light orange peel, floral honey tones, light cereal.....taste is sweet, with orange, honey, light clove, light pepper, finishing with a lingering sweet bitterness......mouth feel light of medium, sticky,slightly astringent, alcohol warmth present, carbonation low, but slight acid present. This is not really a Saison. The beer is much too sweet, has too much alcohol, and is most defInately not at all refreshing. As a Belgian Strong, iti ist rather simple for the dark category, and is MUCH too sweet for the goldens. It is technically well done. But I persieve it as a failed experiment. BJCP 6/3/12/3/6

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DuffMan (7343) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 24, 2013
On tap @ Radio Maria. Very hazy golden, thin wispy head that recedes to a ring rather quickly. Aroma is a bit strange, certainly honey sweetness, but some odd sweet pickles too. Palate is estery and very sweet, a little spicy. Too heavy for a Saison, with no yeast character.

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