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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   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.


Nephilium's rating

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1348) - Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Slight aroma of honey, pours a clear amber, with a full white head and very visible carbonation. Most of the saison notes are there, with a touch of alcohol heat. This is malt heavy, with honey notes present as well as fruit notes. Lingering sweetness for a finish. Not that bad, although I would have preferred this beer with a lower ABV to fit closer to the saison style.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benzai (8139) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 21, 2014
Sampled from bottle @ ChrisO after GBBF day 3. Clear orange golden color, average sized white head. Aroma is lightly malts, quite yeasty, indeed some honey and some herbs or spices. Taste malts, quite a lot of honey, herbs and spices, sweetish, lightly alcohol. Average body, medium carbonation. Not my beer, but I canít say there are real flaws in it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerViking (2438) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2014
22oz bottle, amber with caramel and lightly earthy aromas, full bodied and almost syrupy, lightly spicy, honey notes, sugggestive of a hoppy, earthy eiswein. Pretty good, though it becomes cloying.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrewBoxer (1982) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Draft at the brewery\brewpub in boulder. Very cool spot . Pours a dark brown kind of bland color. No heD. Very sweet. Eh

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JStax (2960) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle pour into a snifter. Pours a hazy gold with a white head of foam. The aroma is very sweet and sugary and near boozy. The taste is very sweet and surprisingly the alcohol is unnoticeable. I didnít even realize it was 11.5% until I got on here to log my rating. That part is nicely done, but overall the beer just wasnít my thing. Medium carbonation and slick mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NikkTwist (1589) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2014 Draft at Good Dog. Cloudy copper pour with a nice white foam top. Dark amber brown fruits. Apricot pits. Autumn leaves with bitter honeycomb. Starfruit. Quince. Caramel covered golden delicious apples. Worth a try.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scooterbub (823) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - APR 30, 2014
22 ounce bottle. Pours a nice copper color with a two inch beige head. Taste is of malt, caramel, honey, spice and wheat. Similar aroma. Has a decent body with a warming finish. Not bad, but a little quirky.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1159) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
Light brown with a pale head. Aroma is honey, brown sugar, caramel, raisins. Full bodied, sticky mouthfeel, sweet on the palate, warming finish. Taste is caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee. Not bad, but in no way a saison - a Belgian Golden Strong maybe.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Concealer (755) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Tap. Hazy golden amber, tiny beige head. Aromas of malt, honey, green apple. clove, spice, and booze. Flavor is the same, sweet with a warm end. Medium to full bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottw86 (1094) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5335) - 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.


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