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RATINGS: 1023   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2010 Original Rating (well, apparently not, but...) 7/19/2009: Shit, I just lost my rating. Here’s a condensed version. Thanks dr. Bill. Pours hazed yellow, big lacey white head. Nose ball. Flavors mirror nose, dry, somewhat bretty, more tennisball. Good,refreshing stuff (3.9)

re-rate Bottle, sampled 5/20/2010...bottle from Sir Kevin Scott, the Frenchman: I think this has at least a good 6+ months on it, at least. Pours yellowish with too large of a head...must pour carefully! Nose is hay-like, spicy, with a spike of brett weaving throughout the olfactory sense waves...and yes, Todd, very good on the "Tennis Ball" characteristic...Flavors are clean, hay, straw, grass, a little spicy but fortunately not in a nasty banana-esque belgian-yeast kind of way. and YES! Todd...Tennis balls, it tastes a bit like huffing on a freshly opened can of tennis balls. BALLS! Gotta bump it a point...it was a very satisfying beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Allstar (33) - , Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Bottle #09752 of 11950 shared by Immy at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Pours a light yellow. First taste had a light fruit, slight bitter but smooth overall impression. It was one that I would have again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Bottle #09752 of 11950 shared by Immy at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Pours a hazy lemon yellow color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is fresh lemons with slight bretty notes. Taste is light mildly funky brett with caramel, citrus and pineapple. Light on the palate. Medium bodied. Absolutely sublime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2687) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2012 2009 edition – Batch 1: Speckled bronzed-yellow. Clingy, mountainous cap of white foam condenses into a meringue consistency. Divine nose of minerals, cotton, Band-Aid, tangerine, pineapple sherbet, lemon zest, and a refined medley of peppery, floral, herbal hops. Fluffy pillow of froth caresses the palate. Initially brisk with a gritty Brett-induced mineralic clinch swirled with a raspy mouthful of grassy hops and a fervid phenolic snap reminiscent of white and black pepper. Artfully refined notes of Band-Aid and floral hops boast their softness as they temper the spiciness while cushioning the firm body. Splash of ripe citric acid follows to bolster the remarkably full center which remains full and creamy despite the bracing dryness. Vividly defined crackery Pils malt gradually takes foothold as it generates ample sharpness as well as a teasing piecrust toastiness. Though the hop bitterness is chalky and borderline astringent, it drips with succulent citrus flavors (tangerine, mandarin orange, grapefruit pith) and delicate floral tones. Fusion of peach and dried pineapple contribute more subtle sweetness and juiciness. Yeast displays a puttylike quality as well as a candied pistachio sweetness. Finishes explosively Bretty and phenolic with a tongue-numbing assualt of mineralic phenols and cottony harshness. Belches beautifully as elegant citrus and floral flavors abound with each burp. Springier Band-Aid accompanies background notes of pineapple sherbet, lemon zest, and grass. Pretty magical stuff, though I slightly prefer the keg-conditioned versions sampled over the years. I’d like to see them either tone down and/or refine the unruly/chalky/aspirinlike hop bitterness (Amarillo?!), or ditch the Amarillo altogether and replace it with a softer and more delicate varietal (Hallertauer or Stryian Goldings?). This is a beer worthy of hours of attention as you contemplate the awe-inspiring marvels of yeast and masterful brewing.

Well, the initial batches were once great, but the hops have apparently been ramped up to excessive levels, ultimately rendering this chalky and aspirinlike. While the brett character is delightfully pungent and horsey, I now find it somewhat one-dimensional as it no longer possesses that lovely tropical-fruit softness of the initial batches. Where their now-retired flagship Saison was a mastery of finesse and finespun delicacy, this is the antithesis. I just wish both could coexist, for those who want an authentic saison. Still, a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2009
Batch 2008-1, bottle #806 of 11950 into a Boulevard Smokestack series glass. Pours a gorgeous light orange gold with a enormously thick white head that leaves a thick lacing. Aroma is nice of brett, fruits (mostly apples and apricots), some lemon and various spices. Flavor is sweet on the heavy side. Mouthfeel is ok, slightly creamy but also high in carbonation and they are fighting it out. Semi dry finish. Overall, a little disappointed. After waiting for 9 months for this to age, it doesn’t deliver on the quality I hoped.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Sampled from 750 ml bottle (00902/11950) and shared by moelikebeer. Pours a semi-hazy golden straw colored brew with a decent sized white fizzy head that slowly dissipates to a thin film top. Aroma of golden grain malt with some wheat character, sour fruits, a hint of lemon, coriander and a touch of clove. Taste is medium bodied, some carbonation with flavors of barnyard funk, some golden grain malt with some dry wheat, lemon zest and a touch of coriander. Finish is semi-dry with a sour fruit and yeast aftertaste that slowly disappears.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Batch 2008-1, bottle 8677 of 11,950, into an Ommegang chalice. Enjoyed this one on 1/27/2009. Pours a pretty-much perfect meringue/bubble bath 2-finger head. It’s bright white and tops a slightly cloudy lemon-pineapple body. Staying power is huge. Lacing is good. Carbonation is moderate in strength and speed. Wonderful slightly soapy spice. A little mild clove, a bit of coriander and very mild citrus zest. Not picking up Brett in the nose a whole lot but this is very even-keeled and plentiful. A little warmth is needed for the Brett to emerge as a mild yet solid backbone to excellent Saison yeast electricity, subtle spice of ginger and austere lemon citrus. Orange zest is on deep background. This is extremely well-constructed. The clean yet bright spicy feel is what makes the Saison style so interesting overall. This is a little tightness with mild sweetness and huge yeast electricity. Hops are really quiet - a little pine but very mild considering this one has been dry-hopped. Still, they contribute in body to the clean dryness of the offering. A bit of bone-dry oakiness emerges with warmth. Brett is slow to develop, but it’s definitely there. One of the better new-world Saisons I’ve encountered. A bit of everything...the floral and piney hops (subtle, but they’re there...especially with warmth) mesh with the dry oak to leave a lasting impression. Savor this one - surprisingly it doesn’t drink entirely quickly. Still, it’s awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2009
Bottle 75cl. @ Papsoes blindtasting. [ Bottle #8. ]
Unclear medium yellow orange color with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is fruity, citrus, barnyard, leather, wood notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, light to moderate acidic and moderate bitter with a average to long duration, and a dry finish. Body is medium, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft. [20090501]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2843) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 6, 2009
This poured a cloudy yellow appearance with a white head. I assume my rating sheet was "Loganed" with a dancing hot dog, or moose, or something. The aroma contains some citrus namely lemons, vinegar, and coriander. The flavor has a slight funk to it with some vinegar and yeast notes. Otherwise some lemons and spices. Overall this is a nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2009
2006 Vintage from the keg at Logan’s Pre GABF Party, Denver 10/10/2007 Fruity and sour aroma. Large white head. Golden coloured and hazy in appearance. Smooth on the palate and sour with a crisp and slightly dry finish.

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