Capitol City Belgian Saison
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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   SEASONAL: Spring   ABV: -
Spiced with coriander, this traditional unfiltered Belgian ale offers a medium body with the light bittersweet accents common in the region.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bartlebier (2820) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JUL 4, 2013
(US backlog Sep 2012) Draught@Capital City Brewing, Downtown DC 12/09/2012. Drinkable enough, no hints of organic funk or other saison-like elements whatsoever, save maybe Wit-style coriander and wheat? notes. This mild malty thirstquencher is drinkable enough, but shares as much with a Dupont-style Belgian saison as Bud Light shares with a Bavarian or Czech lager. As in quite a few over-airco’d sub-par corporate brewpubs in the US, this seems hastily concocted for the sole sake of "ticking" a further EU in-style to the exponentially increasing menu.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Served on draft at the Virginia Craft Brewers Festival, Devils Backbone, 8/25/12. Pours a hazy orange color with a thin white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of sweet malts, grainy malts, honey and herbal hops. The taste is grainy sweet malts, honey, citrus and an herbal finish. Medium bodied and refreshing. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (9999) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2011
Sample @ Brewpub, Capitol Hill
Pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, dried fruits and yeast. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Draft at brewpub. Pours a hazy orange-yellow with little carbonation. Dry with note of bubble gum, clove, and banana. Floral and dry. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is close to homebrew, with some pale malt, yeast and citrus notes. Flavor is kind of like an immature homebrew with that sweet wort dominating - also in the mix is some light fruit, citrus and a sourness in the end that was probably the only interesting thing about this brew. No carbonation to speak of. Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 16, 2009
On tap at the downtown brewpub. Pours a cloudy light yellow with a thin white head. No lacing or retention. Aroma is a bit skunky pale malt along with cloves, bananas, bubblegum, pineapple. Taste is very similar to a cross between a hefeweizen and abbey tripel: a bit creamy on the palate with lots of wheat, bananas, coriander, nutmeg, cloves, canned pineapple, light candied fruits, white sugar. Watery body and finish. Not a saison in my opinion though: no yeasty, funky notes. Too much like a witbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2009
On tap at Capitol Hill location: Hazy bright golden with a well-lacing airy white head. Aroma of sweet biscuity Belgian malt with a touch of clove and lemon citrus. Starts with good fullness and semi-sweet wheaty pale maltiness with an authentic blend of clove and citrus spice before a drier crisp finish. A pretty good saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2007
sampled at brewpub. pours a light carbonated very pale yellow/gold with mild head. sour wild yeast aroma. yeast tart anad sour thruought sticking in the aftertaste. dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
radagast83 (6101) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Shirlington location. Slightly dark copper color, with a nice white head. The beer had a decent aroma, with a slightly fruity body. Flavor was well spiced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
eaglefan538 (2965) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
A weak example of the style, poured amber colored with a very small head that didn’t lace well. The aroma was mostly of caramel, not much farmhouse funk in this one. The flavor was built on a backbone of caramel malt and had hardly any peppery spice going on. A forgettable experience, but not terrible.

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