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RATINGS: 303   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


2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmikolich (1446) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2011
On tap at buckeye, not being a saison fan I was Leary but the immediate sour taste derived from the apples makes this palatable

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Meh, I was expecting much more. The aroma was great of nice tart apple but the taste just didnt seem to compare. I had to try my friends belgian wheat ale to make sure that I wasn’t given the wrong one. Not much saison taste, definatly not yeasty...blah

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jtd6628 (357) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Strong taste of sour apple and grass and sweetness. Dry finsh probaly would get something else next time.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2011
release #2 on 11/1/10. yellow colored pour with a white head..... it doesn’t look real. it smells like a middle eastern grocery store... dried lemon, coriander, dust, canvas rice bags, cardamom, straw and yeast. the flavor follows suit... it gets tart as it warms up... akin to lemony green apple type tartness but not necessarily sour. it is medium bodied with crisp drying carbonation. 8/4/7/4/15+

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Bottle. The whiff I got opening the bottle made me salivate! Pours hazy pale yellow with a white head. Aroma is a delicious green apple, spicy Belgian yeast, light funk, barnyard. Flavor is a terrific balance of tart, funk, and apple. The apple is just enough to say that it is there, while the funk is not overpowering either. Crisp and refreshing - I wish I bought two bottles!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3315) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2011
On tap; poured a clear, dull gold color. Aroma of sour apple, yeast, ginger ale, and herbs. Flavor of herbs, yeast, with a bit of apple. Good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jesterdeal (1842) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Aroma of floral, buttered corn and wheat. Pours thick and blonde with a nice thin coat. Tastes of bubblegum and Apple peel. A neat flavor but I feel this could have been paired better with a.lambic or sourbeer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Bomber from Once Upon a Vine, Richmond. What up, Eric? I’m drinking this too. Interesting pour, a super pale yellow that blasts forth with a huge, almost uncontrollable head. Prickly and contained, though, it settles almost abruptly. Nose is initially sweet farmhouse yeast, mild spice, and oh yes, a bit of Granny Smith. Mildly tart rather than "sour," I’d say; you get more puckerage from a Now ’n’ Later, but that’s okay. Lively mouthfeel, but not as obtrusive as I’d feared from the head. Light floral hops and a bit of a bitter finish, from spice, dry hops, and so forth. But the saison base doesn’t come through enough to compensate for the relatively anonymous adjuncts, nor is there enough tartness to make you forget that. Decent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Bomber. Pours cloudy yellow with a 2 finger fizzy white head. The nose is spicy yeast, green apple skins and cloves. The taste is faint sour fruit, spice and slightly funky yeast. Medium, very prickly mouthfeel. Decent – definitely refreshing on this 112 degree day in July.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (4563) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Draft at Rustico, must be Release #3. Poured a hazy golden color with a small white head. Aroma was heavy on the spices: Ginger dominates with other coriander, anise, cloves with a relatively healthy amount of apples. I was hoping for a bit more of a tart Granny Smith apple flavor, with a bit less spice.


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