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RATINGS: 874   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.


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
750ml bottle into a tulip. From notes. A: Pours a hazy yellow color with tons of carbonation and even some yeast floaties. The eggshell-colored head is tall (three fingers high) and quite foamy in texture. While its texture is inconsistent, the lacing left behind is...well, it’s inconsistent. Looks nice, though. S: The funk here is subtle, and it’s backed by some citrusy notes. As it sits in the glass, it develops a nice earthen tone, with some lesser qualities of black pepper and phenols. Some very timid sourness can also be caught. This aroma has some nice complexity, I must say. T: Bready, spicy yeast hits the palate first. It’s funkiness gradually builds on the palate, but never to the point of excess. The finish is nice and citrusy, with some underlying lemon notes. Complex, but in a soft, suggestive way: it never bludgeons the palate in any manner M: Indeed, this is a soft yet full brew - a bit too astringent though. Not like it matters, because this is dry, fizzy, and immensely drinkable. I really don’t want this to end. O: I love Tank 7 and I love this. If I have to nitpick (and I always have to, every single time) it’s that the complexity is a bit concealed. Luckily, discovering all of its nuances is such an enjoyable experience. I’ll definitely have to get more next year!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Helsdon (147) - Toronto, CANADA - AUG 22, 2014
Looks cloudy golden with a creamy white head finger that sticks around. Nose of sour lemons, hay malts, little rock candy. Whoa brett sour! Bitter sour with bread malts and some citrus, mild sweetness on the follow up.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 7/20
Herbicles69 (46) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2014
It goes from a bitter IPA-type taste with an earthy linger on your palate. Very interesting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (518) - Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours mostly clear golden with nice white head. Great Brett aroma. Taste is great clean with nice Brett aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (481) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle. Opens with a huge pop and gush. Pours hazy dark golden with a huge frothy head. Nose has yeast, spices, ripe fruits and some cereal. Taste is fairly bitter with peaches, yeast, white pepper and straw.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kayres (456) - , Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Hazy golden with a huge white head. Yeasty floral aroma. Crisp lemony grassy herbal. Bright and refreshing medium bodied ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (431) - - AUG 5, 2014
750 ml bottle is 2008 vintage: Batch 1, bottle 01200 of 11950, shared by Chris. This bottle was a gusher! Pours a hazy bright yellow color with a lasting spongy white head that left thick lacing. Aroma is dominated by brett, with floral yeast, barnyard, and mild earthiness. Flavor is again brett upfront, Belgian yeast spicyness. Carbonation is active, and detracts slightly from the overall flavor. Medium bodied, tart funky finish. From notes 1/23/10 (Geist Dark Lord Tasting).

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rajendra82 (949) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2014
The golden colored body that was poured out of the 750 ml bomber, was cloudy. The bomber was capped with a cork, and wire cage, and the long pop, and the ample gun smoke were evidence of a good seal, and generous carbonation. The head that formed atop the pour was four fingers thick, and very stubborn. The smell was very rustic, ad the beer was clearly blessed with smells of wheat crackers, horse blanket, hay, orange peel, and white pepper. This is just exactly what I want a Saison to smell like.

The taste was dry, biscuit like, with an unmistakable presence of Brett. There was some bready sweetness, and a hint of pepper and lime juice in the finish. The combination of sweet, tart, spicy, and funky was very well done. The body was fluffy, light, and quenching, and the 8.5% ABV was very well hidden.

There are very few non Belgian beers that approach perfection for this style, but this one certainly does.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tuscany56 (3) - - JUL 27, 2014 does not count
Tastes a little soapy, first time I've tried a Brett. Luv the saison, but keep the Brett. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beachmaster (110) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Bomber into a tulip glass. pours a cloudy yellow, with a massive white head that persists, leaving good lacing. Nose is wheat with a faint note of funk. Taste is typical saison with a slight sour note and a bit of funk on the finish. Delicious

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
agl108 (784) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2014
On draft at Frisco’s. Poured hazy orange with splotches of white lace. Yeast, light citrus, pepper. Funky. Great beer.


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