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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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There may not be a more perfect summer ale. Sweet, yet dry and tart, apples spiced with coriander, grains of paradise, anise, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger. Whether enjoying ice cold under the hot June sun or pairing with a light dinner as the sunsets into the evening, there is no wrong way to enjoy this Saison Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale!
Grains: Pilsner, Apple juice, White Wheat Malt, Flaked Oats, and Acidulated Malt
Hops: Saaz, Tettnang
IBU’s ~16
Release #1 - 7.8% abv…. Release #10 - 7.6% abv
Release #2 - 7.6% abv…. Release #11 - 8.0% abv
Release #3 - 8.0% abv…. Release #12 - 8.4% abv
Release #4 - 8.2% abv…. Release #13 - 8.6% abv
Release #5 - 8.5% abv…. Release #14 - 8.8% abv
Release #6 - 7.8% abv…. Release #15 - 8.4% abv
Release #7 - 6.7% abv…. Release #16 - 8.5% abv
Release #8 - 8.1% abv
Release #9 - 8.1% abv


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4373) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Appearance: Pours a clouded, pale yellow body with a moderate-sized, foamy, white head.

Smell: Granny Smith-based apple cider, then, a bit of pils and wheat malt, with hints of ground spices and cobweb-strewn gum as the sour apple scent ramps up.

Taste: Pilsner malts with, perhaps, a trifling bit of wheat. Lightly tangy, lightly sweet upfront. Yes, there are the expected green apples, moderately tart. Also, a myriad of spice hints and a touch of earthy phenolics (bordering on band-aid occasionally) striking the back-of-the-throat. Finishes dry, phenolic, and tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: It’s interesting and an appealing combination, sure, though I’m not in love with it, and the one visitation is probably enough for me. Still kinda interesting, though!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Bomber courtesy of gription79. Pours a hazy amber with a white head. Smells of apple, perfumy, floral, some sweet undertones. Tastes of light appley notes, floral, some perfumy, funky hints, tarte finish. Enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Bottle from Belmont Party Supply.
I popped this one open after a long run in the summer heat. I really didn’t except too much from this beer but was pleasantly surprised. The sour apples add some more tartness to accompany the farmhouse funkiness. It has a dry and tart finish, but it very refreshing. Lively carbonation with a great palate. It seems like a very natural combination that just makes sense.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 24, 2011
Pours alight hazy yellow with a white head. Aroma is fruity with some spice. Taste is sour up front and gives way to a sweetness. Finish is dry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2011
tasting on 8/20/11. cloudy golden pour with a 1 finger white head. pepper nose with light apple notes, banana and a good amount of spices. lots of yeast esters here. spicy mouthfeel with a gentle tartness. green apples, bubblegum linger. very smooth with a pleasant tartness throughout. tart finish with more apple which really shines at the end.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2011
22 oz. bottle (release 5) from Total Wine - Pours a hazy light golden color with a huge white head. Lively carbonation. Light lacing. Aroma is esters and yeast. Flavor is slightly tart esters with some citrus notes and spice. Finish has a bitter tart twang to it. Light to medium body. A decent beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2011
bottle. batch 2. pours cloudy yellow, almost golden with massive head and insane carbonation. aroma of coriander, clove, and spice...smells just like the brainless on peaches with maybe just a touch of tartness. harsh mouthfeel gives rise to some green apple, coriander, clove, banana, and a touch of ginger...at least the apple comes through a bit

2.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (4054) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2011
On tap at vintage estate. Smells very fruity and perfumy, i thought I smelled it as soon as the Very thin head. Saison it is but it has many of the attributes of my homemade apple cider, apple cider that has had all the sugar fermented out. A little dull overall. Although there is lots of apple in the aroma, very little ’apple’ carries over to the taste. Yes, it IS a saison, a little farmy in there.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2456) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2011
On tap at Vintage Estate in OH. Pours a light whitish yellow with an almost greenish tinge to it, but it’s probably my eyes playing tricks in the dim light. Head is fairly large for a draft pour, but nothing over the top or obnoxious. Aromas are pungent with tart green apples, lemon and grass, and flavor is just more of the same. The sour apple flavor gives it a very unidirectional quality... There are other subtleties there, but they are mostly washed out in comparison to the main event. I liked this quite a bit.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2011 Bottle from Gription79. Release #6. This pours a hazy yellowish gold color with a good fluffy head. A thin layer of foam sticks around allowing for some scattered blotchy lacing. The aroma is citursy and a little yeasty with quite a bit of spices. What comes to mind is cardamon, thyme, and nutmeg. This is fairly sweet tasting and citrusy with a lot of spices kicking in and lingering towards the finish. I can’t say apple specifically comes to mind. The same spice notes in the flavor as in the aroma but they are a little distracting and seem overdone. The finish is slightly dry but still with some lingering sweet fruit and quite a bit of spices hanging around. The body is thicker than I’d like, seeming mealy at times. There is some sourness but it’s hardly worth noting and I’m probably just doing so because of the name. The truth is, at first I seemed to focus on the various flaws, but by the end of the beer I did actually enjoy it.


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