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RATINGS: 294   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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Release #17, bottled on 7/26/12. Poured into an Allagash chalice. Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a bone-white frothy cap. Fair globs of lace cling to the glass. Sharp scent of spices - coriander, pepper, and a big wallop of apples. This is almost causing my nose to pucker a bit. Carbonation level is moderate, definitely not as spritzy as many in this style tend to be. Not complaining about that at all. Nice mellow finish. There’s enough boldness in flavor to keep this one going. On first sip there’s a big smack of herbs and spices. Coriander, lemon pepper, cinnamon, yeast. A lot going on here. But there is a nice puckering tartness to this as well. With my experience as of late, I thought the apple would be downplayed, but it is far from that. Sour green apples, lemons, limes - all make this nice and tart. It’s not the most enjoyable or flavorful, but it is sour. As this warms this characteristic develops and opens up even more., but I’m presented with another characteristic I don’t care for - nail polish remover. Near the end, this is dang near difficult to finish. I think this one drinks better on the cold side, but that’s just me. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eberndt (162) - - JUL 5, 2014
On tap at 101 bottles of beer in Kent. Lots of spice flavor and a sour crisp finish. Wife liked it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BLADT (451) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle pour. Matte lemon color in glass. Nose has a sterile, cleaner things going on. Spruce and pine needles and citrus. Taste pulls through pine notes. Eggnog, nutmeg and apple cider. Uneven.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5574) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Draft at Water Street Grille. Bright golden beer with a definitive herbal aspect, even maybe a coriander tilt. The snappy green apple appeal doesn’t make its presence known until the tart finish. Super light, super puckery. Quite nice for a sunny day. (#5533, 6/1/2014)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1572) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 30, 2014
On tap at Beer Keyaki Spring 2014. A tart green apple aroma, tasty. A rich cloudy gold pour. Medium bodied, silky mouthfeel. The taste is sour, spicy, peppery, tangy apple. Good & refreshing. More apple than saison though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (2868) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
Draft - Tart and sour apple, with a bit of sweetness. Pale yellow with a thin white head. Light sour apple, some coriander and grass with a sweet yeasty finish. Dry and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gendv138 (973) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle (Release #24) shared at DC Annual Epic Sour Tasting, thanks Shaftie! Straw yellow with off-white head. Aromas of funk, citrus, apples, Tastes of wheat, apples, funk. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOSSbrewer (1420) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Pours yellow with a large foamy white head. Lots I apples and yeast in the aroma. Very sweet. Almost syrupy. Yeasty. Medium to full bodied. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (3584) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2014
650 ml. release #27, 7.9% abv. Hazy golden with a lasting film of cream. Aroma is spicy papaya, white grape must, funky wheat and bubblegum. First tastes of spicy tropical bubblegum, earthy vanilla and nutmeg. Later notes of white grape and peppery citrus zest. I get the tart green apple a little later and it sticks around along with the touches of white grape and pepper. Medium body has too-high carbonation but an excellent balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
illidurit (2104) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 5, 2014
On tap at Beercraft. Gold with a white head. Aroma has a nice green apple candy character. Flavor is overbearing with spices, heavy coriander and nutmeg. Tastes like a flabby wit with apple juice and a dumptruck of spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nsanders (484) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Tap at Pizza Luce. Translucent dark yellow with no head and very fine carbonation. Wheat, a little sour apple, lemon, funky yeast and wet grass. Taste is a really a mix of light malty sweetness, a tart lemon apple, and grassy bitterness. Body is lighter with a light stickiness broken up by the carbonation.

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