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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Lush and fruity, this "super saison" has been totally overhauled from the last two years. Previously, this beer has been lighter in color and ABV, but an increase in buckwheat honey has pushed the color into the dark amber range, providing a rich, layered complexity. The first sip leaves your mouth with a kiss of sweetness in an otherwise dry strong ale. 2006 version was Belgian Strong Ale and at 9%+ abv.

2008 version back to 7% abv, more in the traditional saison style - hazy golden in color.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5589) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2009
750 ml cork and caged bottle purchased at Capones several months ago shared at the UFC 100 gathering. Poured with a giant frothy mostly white head sitting atop a hazy nectar orange colored body. Aroma was sweet and floral with some additional notes of toast and citrusy lime. Medium bodied that I found to be only slightly dry on the finish with light carbonation. Flavor had an odd waxiness about it with additional notes of grass, honey, flower petals and toast. Interesting and nice but traditional saisons are still not my style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2009
750mL cork and caged bottle courtesy of a generous BA poured into a tulip. Pours a bright, hazy golden orange with a little bit of sediment floating around. The head is massive and leaves thick lacing along the sides. The aroma is dry and grassy, with more than a hint of sweetness from the honey. There is plenty of light fruit, especially pears and apples and some subdued peppery spices. There is a faint hint of funk, but it’s barely there. The taste has an initial lemony tartness that I was not expecting given the aroma. The sweetness from the underlying yeast forms a backbone along with honey-dipped pears. The finish is very, very dry and crisp, bringing back the grassy character that was so dominant in the nose. As mentioned before, very dry mouthfeel with lively carbonation and a tad sweeter than most saisons, likely the honey coming through. This is definitely a very good saison and the honey adds a bit of complexity and balance to the underlying dryness of the saison. Well crafted beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2009
In short: A straightforward wild countryside blonde Saison. Very dry and to the point. An acquired taste that I have acquired.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed fresh soon after the beer release. Bottle sent my way by JAXSON, thanks A LOT Jeremy.
The look: Cloudy blonde body topped by a medium off-white head
In long: Nose is wild wild wild. Not bretty, not barnyard, just plain wild countryside field with a little phenolic twist. You can smell the dryness of this beer. Taste like the nose is just dry wilderness. The neutral malt backbone tastes like semi-dry hay/white bread with just a little honey. Some dry banana peels. Hops have a dry flowers taste, a bit perfumy but very dry. Overall the beer is quite dry. Carbonation is very lively and the mouthfeel is “fun”. Really really good. Probably the best bottled beer I’ve had from this brewery. It’s the Bullfrog Bestthing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2009
750ml from the generous corby112 - thanks, Craig! Decided to make this my Fifteen hundy. Handsome pale orange pour, almost golden like a tripel or biere de garde. Lively carbonation and pretty nice retention. Lots of brett and pepper in the nose, very nice and appealing. The body is lively and the honey is pleasantly understated in the flavor, allowing some the sharper flavors to come through and make this an appealing variation on a glorious style. Tart finish, this was a good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4611) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Thanks JCB for sharing. Pours a translucent light yellow with a one finger white head. The nose is yeasty, sweet, earthy, nice honey character, very floral. Flavor is mildly tart, yeast comes through nicely, honey shows a mild earthy sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Thanks to JCB for sharing! Hazy gold pour fluffy white head and spotty lace. Fruit and bretty aroma. Citrus & pepper up front slightly dry tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2009
2008 vintage. Pours a hazy, glowing, golden-orange amber color with a foamy, snow white head of smooth, even-keeled foam. Wet, spotty lacing dots the glass randomly. Aromas are really nice, showing honey kissed fresh wheat and cereal grain malts, with traces of light candy sugar and a big helping of bready, doughy, floral yeast. Flavors are similar, again showing a yeasty, bready overtone atop the underlying honeyed grain profile, with hints of citrus blossoms and candied orange peel. The layers unfold really nicely, complimenting one another quite well. Medium-plus in body, with balanced carbonation and a smooth, easy going texture, the palate just works. Very nice, unique saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2009
25.4 oz bottle. Hazy orange with spotty white lacing. Nose is dough, honey, corn tortilla and basil. Medium light with a tingle. Taste is honey, pith, tomatillo and white pepper. The spicy honey really comes through softened with a touch of bitter yeast. Delightful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 10, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2009 Bottle. Very drinkable. Really nice Saison. Aroma has some spices and wheaty essence with a hint of fruit. Taste is nice and spicy with a little green flavors and some lemon pepper. Very good. Sampled again. Noticed a bit of sourness. Not quite puckering but but just enough to give some flavor to the bone dry finish. Even better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle @ Post Belgian Fest killer tasting dubbed Sea O’Floydster, with a load of cool people including Cquiroga, floydster, seaoflament and many others. Pours yellowy orange. Nose is sweet and light and funky. Taste is sweet and light and damn tasty with some honey.

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