Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Saison
Horsham, England
Serve in Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ladnewton (1762) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2010
Cask at the Cask Pub & Kitchen on 26th March 2010. Hazy gold with a thin lasting white head of foam. Strong grapefruit hop and "Brugse Zot/Orval" style yeast/hop aromas in a slightly "sticky" texture. Dry hoppy finish. The best Beglian-style cask conditioned ale I have drunk. Exquisite and very well crafted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6651) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 21, 2011
Pale gold, cask at Southampton Arms. Fantastic flavoru of soft fruit - apricots and oragnes, some funky yeast character, dusty hops. Long complex finish. Superb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18074) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2011
Cask at CPK. Pours a lightly hazed, yellow-gold with a fine, foam head. Prominent Belgian yeast aroma, some bubblegum and clove. Medium sweet, very yeasty, some biscuits, banana. Medium in body with soft to fine carbonation. Slightly dry finish, more clove and yeast. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2011 Cask conditioned handpump Southampton Arms London. A hazy yellow coloured beer with a good white head and lace. A funky peppery beer. Authentic saison like flavours and especially yeast work. A good long finish. Nice hops. Very tasty indeed. Good work. Score 3.9
Subsequent rating scored 3.8. Score unaltered

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2011 Cask gravity, Derby Summer BF 2011. Misted gold/white halo. Banana, coriander, dusty perfumed aroma. Really good soft perfumed character. Nothing like an English as claimed. Thick and peppery, big fruity esters. No funk or horse or anything but then saison is a broad church, and this is a proper saison. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (7795) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 12, 2011
Cask at Cloisters. Yellow, a little cloudy. Cider apple and lemon on the nose. Lemon, grapefruit and rosemary flavours. Some lingering bitterness. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JUN 14, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2012 Cask at cloisters. Clear yellow amber, moderate head with good lacing. Cider vinegar, floral, slight lemon zest, biscuit nose. Taste is dry, some toffee malt, lots of yeasty flavours, light citrus spice finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobinlondon (1286) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2011
Hand pulled cask at the Southampton Arms. Hazy amber with a small lacy white head. Noticable belgium yeast and decent resinous hops balance a lovely sweet juicey malt base. I’d love to try this from a fresh cask.

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