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Flix Brewhouse Saison de Walt

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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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A complex Belgian farmhouse ale brewed in honor of a lost beer legend, Walt Powell.

Saison de Walt is produced using a split fermentation with part taking place in a modern stainless steel fermenter with a Saison yeast strain, and part spending a couple of months in a wine barrel to be further conditioned by wild yeast strain Brettanomyces, lending a classic earthy, complex and sometimes almost smoky aroma and flavor. The two are then blended and Styrian Goldings hops, inspired by Walt’s favorite beer, Orval, are added. The Saison yeast produces a very dry beer with lightly fruity and peppery flavors which are enhanced by the addition of pink peppercorns in the brew kettle. This blends with the earthy Styrian Golding hops and barrel aged “wild” beer to make a subtle, yet complex ale that is light straw in color and very easy to drink. I hope every time we enjoy one we will be filled with fond memories and fun stories about the legendary inspiration behind it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5158) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Tap in Des Moines. Cloudy fold with a thin bright white head. Nose of banana and slight yeasty funk. Some light wood and grass notes along with pears. This tastes yeasty with lits if bread crust. Notes of spicy pepper and cinnamon and present along with peaches. Nicely done and lively on the tongue. Cheers Walt!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7361) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2014
I saw this was available and heading over right away and giving it several tries was a no brainer. I finally met Walt in person at the last gabf I attended 2012 (my first gabf) at Falling rock along with markwise. My first gabf and finally meeting and talking with Walt for about 20 minutes was one of the highlight of the week for me. Cheers to you Walt!

The saison pours with a pale gold body that has a slight haze and supports a nice looking bright white head. The aroma offers up plenty of saison like yeasty spices, more yeasty notes and then floral hops and fruity red apple around the edges. The taste smooth and crisp and light and punchy and pretty much everything I enjoy about a saison. It delivers modest yeasty spices and a little bit of fruitiness that’s kind of snappy and not really overly sweet. It then gets into floral hops and a bit of a flowery note as well as soft yeastiness. I love how light and crisp this is with just the right depth and richness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2014
GABF 2014 Rating (Denver, CO). Pours a hazy yellow straw hue, some decent haziness, frothy creamy offwhite head. Decent thicker ring laces well enough, nice stick around. Aromas are a bit dry and spicy, decent yeastiness, earth and bitter hop character. Gentle straw, bready malts with a touch of fruity ester. Some touches of bitter earthy hops, gentle spice and dry straw. A touch of faint banana, mellow bitterness and gentle yeast as we taper out. Clean, quite drinkable, with gentle spice, nice fruit character that quickly gives way to a more dry, clean crisp finish with gentle spice. Nice stuff. Cheers, buddy. Miss you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3329) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Tap at the brewpub May 2014 Pours bright lightly hazy yellow hue with a nice soapy white head and some sparse lacing. nose is very hoppy, lite musty notes, and a bit of brett. Reminds me of Tank 7 alot from Boulevard. has very similar characteristic to it. lost of hops on the flavors with some nice yeast quality and lite brett character. this is an awesome flavorful session saison on the utmost degree!!! next time im in this area, I will definately stop here again!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cwsample (163) - Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2014
On tap at Flix Brewhouse. Pours a hazy golden with a thin white head. Aroma is a funky spice...honey and pepper? Taste is woody grapefruit with a sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (4005) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Tap at the pub. Pours a slightly hazy light golden color. Light ring of white carb. Dry aroma, slightly sour, dry Brett, some peppery zest. Flavor is funky, lightly tart, dry fruit tones that finish very dry. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fratto (2803) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2014
On tap at Flix. Kinda hazy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is lemon, pepper, a little funk, grapefruit, and almost woody. Taste is dry, floral, almost woody, and some old citrus. Great finish. A good man.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (4135) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JAN 7, 2014
Golden yellow body and small lasting lacing. True saison farmhouse yeast, French in appeal, with just the right (Saaz?) hops and sweaty malts. Light warming alcohol, just very Aromatic and tasty yeast, light bitter, soft sweet ending. Very tasty, perfectly executed. A great saison from America? Surprise, it exists! (On tap at Flix Brewhouse)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5003) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Hardboiled. Gold with a white head. Nose is funky, light wine, grass, earth, light spice, and more funk. Easy palate, fresh cut grass, earth, earth, light yeast, lemon, and tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9618) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Poured a hazy golden color with a white head. Yeast, lighter brett/funkiness, spices, wood, citrus, and toasty. Was also getting some vanilla in the tastes. Very drinkable.

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