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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.


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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1390) - 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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (3641) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (11343) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
katrinaez (89) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (11638) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (3415) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bulk_Carrier (2226) - Juneau, Alaska, 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.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madmitch76 (15834) - , 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6025) - 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."

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (9685) - The ’Sham, Surrey, 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1784) - - 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.


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