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RATINGS: 84   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1828) - - AUG 29, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-28-12- Served on tap in a snifter glass Appearance – Served a clear amber color with a one finger white head. The head has a light level of retention fading over time to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is sweet and wheaty. A strong wheat aroma mixed with a light fruit aroma of grapes, pear and peach create the bulk of the smell. Mixed with these is a lighter honey aroma as well as a little bit of notes of a floral like aroma. Overall it is quite pleasant. Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor with a little bit of wheat mixed within. With these more malty tastes, is a sweet flavor of caramel and honey upfront. The caramel is soon lost, but the honey flavor persists throughout the taste. In the middle of the taste flavors of light fruits of grape and pear enter and last till the end. Flavors of some alcohol and a bit of bitterness and sourness comes to the tongue more at the end of the taste. These flavors actually help round out some of the sweeter flavors, in the end leaving a rather nice warming and semi-sweet flavor to be left on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is average as well. The medium body and higher carbonation (at least for a brew of 11.5%) was good for the sweeter flavors of the brew, but was not too over the top in thinness or carbonation to take away from the more boozy and malty flavors of the brew. Overall- Its packs a sweet punch upfront and is quite high in alcohol, but still maintains a nice easy drinkability about it. I rather enjoyed this beer and would recommend it as a good sipper after dinner or a nice dessert style brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coolfunnj (323) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2013
spiciness and citrusy fruit qualities dominate as in most saison type beers,slightly more sweetness in the aroma than most but not exagerrated or even dominant..amber clear color with very slim white head..going against the grain here but this tastes pretty good to me,spice,apple,white wine,citrus,well masked alcohol and i cant find the overbearing sweetness ive heard about in other reviews..light to med bodied tingly carbonation,sort of an"imperial saison"I like it and would recommend giving it a try

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (523) - truckee, California, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Cloudy amber color. Melon rind and Carmel scents. It has a thick body sweet an the start then turns a bit funky then fades away nicely leaving a light yeasty but moist palate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2013
22 oz bottle - pours crystal clear orange-yellow crimson with medium full white head. Decent retention and lacing. Big aromas of pepper, spice, and honey. Esters all over it. Taste is dried banana, spice, and honey. Creamy honey, not too strong, but I like honey. Very palatable, no real burn at high octane. Good brew to try.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilgrimoutlaw (804) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2013
On tap at UJs. Golden pour with foamy white head. Smells funky and floral like a sour, but aromas of honey, dough, banana on the tongue. Moderate/high sweetness, low bitterness. Full bodied and dry. Interesting beer. I’m surprised that this has been getting relatively low ratings.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11528) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
onceblind (4623) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2013
At Big Beers, Belgians, & Barleywines Fest 2013. Semi clear copper-orange with an aroma of dusty saison yeast and that intrinsic aroma of a public library. Flavor was thankfully sweeter and saison-ier. Flavor of sweet honey and pale grains with a very estery Belgo yeast. Nice boozy warmth with a caramel and honey finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4541) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Pours deep gold into a tulip. Bright white head with medium retention recedes to mottle surface. Honey and yeast aromas. Soft with sweet caramel upfront turning to dusty yeast and mild earthy bitterness before the lasting hot, sweet honey finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5095) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2014 Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a caramel-tan color with a medium sized foamy white head that left incredible lacing. The aroma was sweetish honey with chamomile and a light earthy undertone. The flavor was bitey with notes of bread, chamomile, honey, perfume and white zinfandel. Long bread, honey, chamomile and zinfandel finish. Moderately full bodied. Alcohol fairly well hidden. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2016) - California, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Dark golden in color.... Aroma of honey and sweet malts... Like a delirium tremens, well-balanced hops malt and alcohol, prevalent honey... Alcohol is well concealed for its ABV... Well done


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