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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Saison
Horsham, England
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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Cask, Seasonal;
This is a cask version of the Belgian farmhouse ale, historically brewed to be enjoyed by the farmers during the harvest. This beer is light gold in colour, hopped with Saaz, Styrian and Belgian Goldings and pitched with a specially imported Saison yeast that ferments to dryness and provides a distinct flavour.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TEJA (1261) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2009
Cask at OT. Swow white head, exelent for a cask! Earthy aroma with some rubber. Typical real ale taste, not so god as a Saison. Dry finnish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2009
A Mes rate. Gravicask at London Drinker.
Bright yellow coloured with a thin white rim. Looks like a mad lambic. Good lemony wheaty notes with a faint sourness and some really good fruit. Bright and tangy, superbly dry and all round awesome. Not particularly saison like but impressively Belgian all the same. Lovely stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
hirigalzkar (2245) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2009
Cask @ OT. L: Light yellow beer with white head. S: Anonymous. Hints of citrus and belgian yeast. T: Mild. Typical but shy saison taste of spices, belgian yeast and some honey. Smooth and thick mouthfeel. O: Interesting brew. A little shy but a nice session beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (9152) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 1, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 Cask (Gallows Bird, Espoo)
Rich golden colour. Aroma of mostly noble hops, a little wheaty, pleasant but not big. The first impression as it hits the mouth is that it’s almost watery, with a hint perhaps of saison spices (yeast?), but that becomes more subdued as it warms, and more hops and ginger show up in the taste and aroma. Hint of coriander perhaps. Leaves a good refreshing finish of slightly biting hopes. Still a bit watery and not a saison. Unusually, Phil didn’t share this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6044) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2009
(Cask at Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Hazy golden colour with brief, white head. Fruity, yeasty nose with notes of lemon, coriander and spicy, earthy hops. Fruity, yeasty taste with citrus, coriander and an earthy, spicy bitterness in the finish. Medium body. Some sweetness, combined with a certain tartness. Generous, spicy bitterness. Possibly not as complex and brilliant as Dupont, but on the other hand Dark Star just started trying this and this is a good shot at the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19220) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 21, 2009
Cask at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Hazy pale golden. Grainy nose with ripe banana. sweet and fruity. Medium bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Spruce needles and orange mixes with toffee and herbal spices. Some shampoo-like bitterness. An unusually Belgian feel to it for being British - a nice marriage of two beer cultures.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2009
Cask at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pours out in a hazy pale golden colour with a thin white film. Authentic yeasty aroma of mild herbs, cheese and lemon-zest. Medium to light-bodied with notes of cheesy yeast, herbs, nuts and apricots. Long yeasty and rather hoppy finish of herbs, pepper and lemon. Crisp and quaffable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2009
Cask @ London Drinker 25: Hazy, flourescent yellow/green. Lovely Belgian aromas of apricots, cognac and oak. Sweet and sour lemon and melon flavours with a resin and raisin follow-up. Tingly carbonation followed by a smooth oil and a dry tongue. A good, British take on a classic style. Interesting but in a way quite mild.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
evergreen0199 (1942) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2009
Cask at The Rake, London. A hazy golden beer, rather weak tasting Belgian style wheat beer. This is definitely a wheat beer in my book and not a Saison. You can do better than this Dark Star.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2009
Tried at the rake. A cask saison....couldn’t pass this up! Woody and bready nose, looks really good in the glass. Coriander flavours with a slight dryness to the finish...it’s a touch sweet to be a good saison...not all that refreshing like you’d expect. more like a belgium wit but pretty easy drinking.


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