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RATINGS: 940   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2009
750ml caged & corked bottle (Batch 2009-2, No. 05945) served in a tulip. Hazy golden orange pour with a two-finger thick head of creamy, off-white foam that lingered around. Chunky lace. The aroma had lemon, pale malt, strong coriander, oranges, grass, and some fruity/funky brett notes. The flavor had fresh citrus, wheat, crisp/bitter hops, spices, and a tart, bretty finish. Medium-bodied and softly carbonated. Nice, dry finish. Well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
CitizenZ (26) - Kansas, USA - OCT 11, 2009
The rate and volume this beer produces head required about 20 minutes to fill my tulip, the towering cream head leaving heavy curtains, much less lacing along the edge. Smells like honey, spice, apricot or mold, similar to a hefeweizen, a deep cloudy amber. Nothing jumps out at first, a hint of bitterness from the hops perhaps, but then a profound dryness appears and casts a border around the sweet lemony notes backed up by a good yeast note. Lively is the right word for how this feels in the mouth, a smooth, uniform carbonation that doesn’t change from the moment you first take it in to the swallow. No real letdowns on the finish either, just good balance. Bottle #07356

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
13allison (5) - USA - OCT 10, 2009 does not count
750 ml bottle from Princeton’s. Pours with lots of light foamy head. Continues to bubble after pouring. Slightly citrus aroma with bitter undertones. Orange-hazy appearance. Funk flavor, slightly sour. Lasting strong finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2009
750 ml bottle from Princeton’s. Super bubbly pour, tons of foam and stays very effervescent with nice lacing. Aroma is subtle at first, but citrus and wheat come out as it sits. The "funk" that everyone seems to smell in it is also there, almost a slight musty aroma. Flavor is very lively, the lemon/citrus notes come out with a sharp taste as does the yeast with a bit of a bite to it. The finish is quite lasting and reminds you of everything you’ve just experienced. Very interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dand645 (103) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2009
golden pour, fluffy white head, horseblanket, grass, yeast, nice funky brett

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2009
750 ml bottle courtesy of a trade with beastiefan2k. As we uncaged the bottle at the tasting, the cork exploded out of the bottle leaving a mark on the ceiling and some of the beer overflowing on to the counter. After we all enjoyed a good laugh and cleaned everything up, we resumed our tasting. This beer pours a hazy pale gold with a large white head. There are several streams of champagne-type bubbles continuously rising to the surface. Very pleasant aroma of lemon, funk, mild spice and yeast. The funk is not heavy or overwhelming and fits very nicely with this beer. The flavor is mildly sour with lemon, mild funk, light spice and a bit of yeast. Bright and lively on the palate. This is just an exquisite beer. Many thanks, Eugene, for sending this one my way!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (14873) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2009
Bottle at Chriso’s pre GBBF tasting 09. Pale gold, hazy, lasting thin white head. Funky, good farmyard. Good lemony funk. Lovely aroma. Good funk

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Bottle from Wise Guys in Schererville. Finally found this damn beer and very excited. Pours a very nice slightly hazed orange-gold with soft fluffy white head that grows. Nose is citrusy and spicy, earth and wood. Taste is pretty phenomenal, nice refreshing bitterness, yeast spiciness and funk from the Brett, though never sour. Perhaps a touch tart and super dry. Fantastic, top shelf Saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EricE (1368) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Orange-brown pour with a thin white head and lots of crap floating around. Funky aroma with slight lemony citrus note. Dry and slighty sour flavor. Funky and woody.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elihapa (1532) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - SEP 30, 2009
9/29/09 notes: GABF Friday session, sampled at least four times. Top Saison at the festival, followed closely by Saison Rue by the Bruery. This beer made me stand up and say, “Holy Shit, this is good!”. Seriously, my buddies can attest. Nose is simultaneously loaded with horseblanket funk and perfumy hops. Palate is medium, extremely smooth, yet with a crisp, snappy finish. Flavors are basically barnyard upfront, layered- not dominated – by a lemon pith lemon tart note that I cannot fully explain. Definitely a bit of sourness and earthiness thrown in there. All of this swirls so wonderfully on the palate, just the way a good Saison should in my opinion. I would LOVE to have a bottle of this to sip on!

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