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Flossmoor Station ReplicAle Saison

Flossmoor Station ReplicAle Saison
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Replicale 2006 - Illinois Craft Brewers Guild ICBG member brewpubs will once again participate in this annual brewing project. Each brewery will produce a "Replicale", or their version of the same recipe. The individual breweries will decide the mash temperature, boil time, fermentation temperature, water treatment, and other brewing procedures, but the ingredients will be the same. This year, the ICBG has chosen a Belgian-style saison to celebrate the diversity of beer styles brewed in the U.S. Legendary beer writer Michael Jackson has said, "There are more beer styles brewed in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world." The participating breweries are diligently handcrafting their rendition of the Replicale. They will be available during the months of August and September at each participating brewpub. The Brewers Association defines a Saison as having a light to medium body. Fruity esters dominate the aroma, and hop character, complex alcohols, herbs and spices may also be evident. Malt flavor is low but provides foundation for the overall balance. Hop bitterness is moderate to moderately assertive. Fruitiness from fermentation and herb and/or spice flavors may also be evident. A small amount of sour/acidic flavors are acceptable when in balance with other components. Original Gravity (ºPlato): 1.055-1.080 (14-20 ºPlato) Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (ºPlato): 1.004-1.016 (1-4 ºPlato) Alcohol by Weight (Volume): 3.5-7.2% (4.5-9%) Bitterness (IBU): 20-40 Color SRM (EBC): 4-14 (8-28 EBC) All malt, hops, and yeast were generously donated. Thanks to Our 2006 Sponsors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2008
cloudy amber appearance with a fluffy off white head. the aroma is spicy air. i caught a wheaty -banana-y flavor. not a bad beer overall, but the banana was a bit overpowering to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Pristine polished copper color with a merging tan wrung for the head. Aromatic trepidation from the get-go, unveiling ginger, honey butter and nectar, sickingly seeping from the comb. Candi sweetness has not dried out. Unflinching, resinous sweetening is a match made in heaven for the sugar that failed to ferment. Clover. Honey over. Some cotton pricks on the palate add insult to injury as a creamed apple blend finishes the task at hand. Thanks for bringing a growler, Brigadier!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Saison #5 I attempted to consume ’blind’ at the Pewaukee tasting but the "blind" phase of the tasting was starting to break down. Clear, light amber color. Wonderful blended aroma of hops, yeast. Mildly sweet, some hop flavor, sourness. Lacking the barnyard edge of other Saisons sampled tonight. Perhaps not the most traditional Saison with the notable hop presence but one of the most enjoyable I have had tonight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Growler. The beer pours to a very clean amber/orange body with an ultra-thin white head. The aroma is sweet. Light brown sugar, clover, banana, and spice. The flavor is clover, light brown sugar, earthy yeasts, and star fruit. Very unique flavor. I’m digging it. The palate is moderately bodied, nicely textured, and creamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3505) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2007
On tap at Flossmoor

This was the first of the special releases. Since the others were either hop bombs or very dark complex beers I opted to start with the saison. I have not had enough to really decide how much I like the style but this was not a bad specialty. I might be bringing a growler to an upcoming tasting to see if other people agree.

Aroma / Appearance - The hazel colored body is covered by a slight amount of head. The nose is horse blanket with a low hop profile. Underneath are some fruity notes of peach cobbler and cherries sitting by a slow burning fire. Flavor / Palate - Thick chewy molasses coats the mouth upon the first sip. As it fades in comes caramel, chocolate and a light amount of sourness. Cherry licorice greets the throat before a Robotussin finish dampens things a bit. This is definitely more of a sipping beer than anything before it and with some uniqueness that makes it stand out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2007
On tap at brewpub in January. Clear golden with good head. Lots of belgian yeast in taste and aroma. A bit sour. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (11965) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Draught. Pours clear dark yellow with an average off-white creamy head, mostly lasting, good lacing. Aroma is average malt (hay, straw), light hops (grass), average yeast (sweat, earth) with notes of bubble gum and pineapple. Medium bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness; sour milk notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaymobrown (1830) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Light yellow color small white head cherries? smells like cherries. Malty. Tastes like wet crackers. Easy to drink with a short finish. Funky feed bag.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2006
I had a butcher of this beer at Flossmoor station. I thought it was pretty good. This beer poured a handsome golden color with a slight amount of haziness and abundant head. This saison’s aroma is mild and a mix of yeastiness and biscuit aromas. The taste was more of the same, with a lot of yeastiness, some isoamly acetate (banana) notes, and abundant spiciness (although I can’t put my finger on just what it is). Quite good. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. I thought this beer was very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2006
On tap @ Flossmoor Station: Pours a yellow amber with a tall head, nice aromas yeast wheat, spices, apples and fruit. Balanced flavors, make this a good session beer. Pears and fruit make this sweet at first spices, biscuitty, lightly bitter and finishing dry. A tasty beer.

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