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RATINGS: 957   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Saison-Brett, based on our very popular Tank 7, is assertively dry hopped, then bottle conditioned with various yeasts, including Brettanomyces, a wild strain that imparts a distinctive earthy quality. Though this farmhouse ale was given three months of bottle age prior to release, further cellaring will continue to enhance the “Brett” character, if that’s what you’re after.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 14, 2010
My first rating in 7 months. What foolishness conspires here, my friends? I put such things behind me: this seems a fitting beer to begin again. Pours a slightly hazy straw with airy, snow-white head. Initial sharp clove nose clears with a little swirling, and the happy aromas begin: the smell of fresh rain on parched red earth, flowery lemon notes, menthol, black pepper, ripe pears. Bright and peppery on the palate, but a certain viney silkiness persists. Minty lemon flavor, briskly hoppy, dry with just a hint of melon sweetness in the finish. Beautiful, sophisticated beer. I do wish for just a little less alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbone78 (42) - Panama City Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Not really sure if some age would help this, but it wasn’t at all funky. I was expecting some real funk out of this bottle. Poured into my glass, it had some sediment floating, which I liked and that gave it some haziness to it. Had a strange bubblegum flavor that lead into a spice flavor and finished pretty clean. Carbonation was right on, but I wasn’t impressed with this Saison.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2010
bottle thanks to pepsican, pours piss yellow with a tall white head. Sour lemon and hay with some funkyness in the aroma. Flavor is straight bubblegum and lemon peel with some dry yeast notes. This wasn’t as funky as I thought it would be, perhaps it’s a fresher bottle.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2010
750mL bottle, 2008 batch 1, courtesy of maximum12 poured into a tulip. Massive pop when the cork opens up and no surprise when the pour generates a gigantic fluffy white head that goes absolutely nowhere. The body is a slightly hazy golden yellow and as bubbly as champagne. The aroma is extremely refreshing and bright with lemon zest, Belgian yeast and some spices as well. The brett adds some complexity but doesn’t dominate and it’s still more citrusy than earthy. The taste is even more refreshing but with a more prevalent brett presence. The initial taste is off lemon zest and hops with the Belgian yeast forming a solid barckbone before the finish brings the earthy funk to the forefront. To say the mouthfeel is lively would be a massive understatement. Crazy amoiunt of carbonation, maybe too much though it doesn’t take away from things. This is definitely one of the better saisons I’ve ever tasted, extremely refreshing but also very complex. A home run from Boulevard.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (19478) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small longlasting off-white head. Has a fruity fresh spicy hoppy brett aroma. Smooth fresh fruity malty spicy yeasty flavor with some sour tart hints and hints of citrus. Has a fruity malty smooth yeasty hoppy brett finish with hints of citrus in the aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Pour: Cloudy, golden. Huge pillowy white head, long lasting. Wonderful complex aroma, with bananas, yeast, lemon, vanilla. Luxurious on the tongue, lively carbonation. Initially, a sweet, lightly sour taste. A long finish of hops. Very nice, would drink again.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3371) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Bottle-2008 Batch 1. I have had this beer on numerous occasions over the past few years, but never rated it, so im rating it from my almost 2 yr old bottle. Pours hazy orange with a huge froathy big-bubbled head and effervescent carbonation!. aromatics everywhere! WOW-this thing smells wonderful! Brett yeast, sweet citrus, mint, lemongrass, chamomille, and light woodsy note. When cold, things were not very good-astringent and harsh, but really opens up as it warms with notes of lemongrass, brett, sweet citrus, and pale malts. my only gripe is the malt profile here gets a little mushy flavored on the finish. Palate was much harsher cold-big carbonation tingle on the tongue but as it warmed, things got better-carbonation was not so harsh and the flavors opened up a bit more.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2010
[Bottle] Pours a glowing, slightly hazy (due to an admittedly turbulent pour) gold with a large, fluffy cream colored head. Aroma is remarkably hoppy with super fresh, pulpy orange and resinous hops, a good shot of funky, earthy brett, mushrooms, some apple skins, and various florals. What a brilliant aroma. Flavor is nice and full with lively carbonation, lots of earthy brett, lightly sweet midway through, really not much for hops other than a pleasant light bitterness on the finish. What a freaking fantastic beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Draught from Avery’s inaugural Boulder Sour Ale Fest (amazing). Orange with little tan head. Aroma is flowers, a little acidic while flavor is flowery and boozy citrus. A clean mouthful smooth and nicely balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Pours a straw color with a nice amount of white head to it. Has a nice brett, and spice smell going on. Had the typical saison spice taste to it. I didn’t really pick up much brett which really let me down on this one.


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