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RATINGS: 310   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


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowe1983 (1351) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Pours a cloudy yellow color with a white head. Sour aroma with apples, yeast, and some bubblegum. Flavor is also slightly sour with some apple, bubblegum, and belgian yeast.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Bottle sample (Thanks Alvey!) Light hazy yellow pour, plenty of carbonation and the faint smell of apple. Flavor was dialed back mixture of a slightly funky saison with a hint of apple. Not too sour or fruit forward. Decent beer, but pretty uneventful and not worth the price tag.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (4956) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Sample at the Epic tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 8/11/11. Pours a clear yellow color with a thin white head. Very herbal nose with basil, sage and apple notes (yes, I’m aware that there’s no basil or sage in it, but that’s what my nose is interpreting this crazy blend of spices/herbs to be). Herbal flavor with some sour apple and a finish that’s oddly meaty, yet not smoky.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Cloudy light yellow pour with a huge white head. Nose is of barnyard and light fruits. Taste is extremely crisp, and has a nice tart apple quality to it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4391) - 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 (2182) - 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.


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