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RATINGS: 322   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Sweet, yet dry and tart, apples spiced with coriander, grains of paradise, anise, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger. There is no wrong way to enjoy this Saison Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale!
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


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kbutler1 (1375) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Bottle. Opened with a pretty decent pop and poured into a NB tulip glass. VERY heady, pours a slightly hazed yellow straw color with a white foamy head that is slow to settle. Leaves sticky frothy lace as it settles. Belgian esthers in the nose, some medicinal, pepper. I was hoping for a more fruit forward aroma but not so much. Light mouthfeel. The first thing I notice is the alcohol, slightly boozy. Tart and dry start and finish. Banana, pear, and some apple. Ends with a sour apple on the lips taste. Not bad but not as good as I wanted it to be.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (2209) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Lightly hazy yellow with extensive carbonation and a mammoth, rocky white head. Yeast, fruits, sour apple, tart, light funk in the aroma. Belgian yeast, apple, sour, light funk, ginger, coriander, and a bit of clove. Very interesting and quite tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4908) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2011
22oz bomber. Release #4. 8.2%. Super hazy, practically opaque yellow-tan. Thin, but quite steady, soapy white head. Fresh apple aroma, not unlike cider, some sour green apple tones. Dry and tart upfront, with a sweet, cidery aroma. Effervescent, with some significant spice tones...reminiscent of a pumpkin ale in some respects. Quite unique, with a very enjoyable mouthfeel, really captures a Belgian feel. I would assume this is a love/hate beer, as it is pretty far removed from a typical ale. A little overspiced in my opinion, I would’ve liked the apple to shine a little more, but I suppose the spices add depth and balance. Unique and certainly worth a try for the adventurous connoisseur.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crajun (1046) - , Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Proof again that I don’t do fruity beers.. Pours cloudy pale yellow. Definitely smell the apples, and some belgian yeast + a light funk. Taste was mostly just tart - plus tart apples, light spice, carbonation and the belgian yeast. Is this beer??

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Block (1649) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2011
A really nice beer. Had this a little late in the season but thinking about fall was pretty suiting for a beer with a strong apple profile. Sweet apple in the aroma which is carried through the flavor. Slightly tart finish. Really good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (4451) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite - Jersey City, 9/5/11, Release #5

Aroma: The aroma is fairly funky, with a lot of yeast, some apple, spice, and lemon
Appearance: The pour is a hazy yellow color with a big, fizzy white head that dissipates quickly
Flavor: A nice balance of sweet and sour that tastes a lot like you would expect from the nose
Palate: The body is light (leaning medium), the feel is tingly on the mouth, and the finish is fairly long
Overall Impression: This was a pretty interesting offering. The sourness and sweetness work pretty well together to make for a refreshing brew. I liked the way that this one worked. Maybe a touch too much carbonation, but overall, its rather enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thanimal (29) - Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Cloudy yellow pour. Thin white head. Apple and spice overtone. Good finish with hints of booze and a slighty tart bite.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalsk (1090) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2011
On tap at... Uno’s Hamilton. Pours a pale yellow color with thin white foam head. Aroma of funk with hints of apple and spice. A nice crisp tart taste with funk notes. Nice balance of gentle apple and booze notes. Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (3045) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Bottle from Gription79...thanks Dallas! - Release #6 - Pours hazy, cloudy yellow with a foamy white head that stick around for a bit. The nose is...wow...a blast of perfume that breaks down into cardamom, coriander, dry, dusty yeast, a bit of clove--and a dry malt base. The apple comes in on the taste, with some chardonnay and the same spicing evident. There’s a tart funkiness that comes out, though not overly tart or funky--more dry and dusty. The carbonation is a bit sharp, but it’s fluffy and soft in the mouth otherwise. Overall this one is a bit too spicy and perfumey for my tastes, but it’s an interesting pour. Glad I had it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Big wif of tart rotting apples with an acidic yogurt twinge and raw cereal grains. Flavors of tart apple and just enough musty, chardonnay, cellar stones to make this intriguing and refreshing at the same time. A phenomenal finish just invites more sips and especially evokes a fantastic food pairing with roasted chicken and garlic mashed. Thanks to Epic Brewing for my first taste of their efforts. 2011 22oz.


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