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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14287) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 30, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2012 cask at Heriot Watt beer fesival ... hazy yellow ... spicy wheat nose ... light fruity banana and bubblegummm .. more wheat that saison cask at cloisters ... golden amber ... thin white head ... soft wheaty banana ... light yeaat nose ... sweet yeasty ... fruity and juicy

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (10224) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2009
Cask conditioned at The Wellington, Birmingham. Clouded gold with white head. Bright lemony dry beer, peel and quite pithy with a herby background. Good and refreshing with a pleasant bite on the close. Yeasty hoppy finish, pretty decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2009
Cask, 2nd session @ The London Drinker ’09. Hazy gold with a thin white head. Obvious Belgian yeast aroma with a nice citric note. Taste has the aforementioned attributes with more lemony hop than your average saison, the typical peppery bit and a touch of coriander. I can see what Ian and Tom mean about it not being spot on style wise, it did have the dryness, yeast and spice but had been been anglicized slightly. However, for a UK brewery attempt at a Belgian it was pretty close and quite tasty also.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2009
Cask at the London Drinkers Festival. Alround rating: Wheaty, bubblegum, banana, lightly floral hop, small sulphurus notes too. A cask hefe more than a saison in my book.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13711) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2009
Cask handpull at The Evening Star in Brighton. More of a wheat beer to me than a saison, cloudy gold/orange colour with lasting thin white hed. Very refreshing though. Bit of soap like a Belgian wit on the aroma. Reasonably fruity in mouth, tangerine/orange, touch of herb/spice. Good bit of tingle on the finish. Good intense fruit and spice. Very good wit, not sure it’s a saison.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (6290) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2009
Cask-conditioned at the Seven Stars, Bristol 18/03/09. Pale, slightly hazy gold in colour, with a billowy white head that left plenty of lacing. Peppery, spicy nose with a hint of tropical fruit and lemon and some dusty hops. Flavour was sweetish, with a grainy edge, some citrus dryness, coriander herbs and a decent bitter finish. From memory, a good effort at creating the style. Excellent.


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