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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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This saison was a small collaboration with an eatery in the Wicker Park area of Chicago, so we wanted this beer to be easily paired with food.

The initial idea was a saison with citrus flavors, so we took notes and went to work on a test batch. Pleased with the test batch, we moved to the large system. The amounts of spices translated to 3#s of peppercorns, 1.5#s of fresh rosemary, and the peels from 20#s of clementines on the 15bbl system. This beer also did all of its fermentation above 80F, peaking at around 88F. What we have as a result is a very aromatic, freshly citrus beer with all the great characteristics of a Belgian farmhouse ale. The ABV on this brew is a hefty 8.3% so don’t let the delicacy fool you.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2011
hazy gold, miniscule off white head, lacy. spicy nose, almost ginger bready. flavor is spicy, bready, hints of citrus. spicy sharp on the tongue, medium bodied, dry finish. not enough of a hop presence for me. enjoyed on tap @ brewpub.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6608) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2011
22 oz. bottle purchased at the brewpub the night before Dark Lord Day. Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a small white head that lasts. Awesome aroma that pops out of the glass, with rosemary, clove, clementine oranges (yeah, I read the label first, so what), floral and herbal notes, sweet malts, and hay. Flavor of floral hops, rosemary, clove, sweet malts, sugar, apricot, and more of those nice clementines. Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a dry, floral mouthfeel. I loved this.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (3765) - Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2011
22 ouunce bomber that pours a hazy dark orange with aromas of tangerine, orange zest, sugar and biscuits. Flavor matches the aroma and leves a kumquaty aftertaste. Really enjoyable brew for grilling.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6083) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle and served in mu big ole Tripel Karmeliet tulip: Pours a slightly hazy deep golden hue with a lasting fizzy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of pepper, clove, tangerines, orange zest, flowers, hayfields, bready and biscuity malts, some crystal and candi sugar too. The taste is pretty one dimensional, spicy and fruity with a grainy undertone. Not as crisp and refreshing as I would like in a Saison. Additional the alcohol does become a bit intrusive as it warmed. The mouth feel is a tad chewy and tea baggy, strange astringent tone that should not be there (perhaps from the spices?). Nice to try once but unless the recipe is tweaked, I will not be revisiting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (5004) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. A fun name. A copper colored beer with an almost white head. A very nice aroma. Spices and barnyard. Flavor is equally pleasant. It is dry and fruity. Citrus, especially oranges. Plenty of spices, perhaps too much. This was fun but is not a great beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (5562) - Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Sample @ DLD 2011. Pours a clear orange amber color with a fleeting medium sized white head. The aroma has moderately sweet citrus, herbal and floral hops with some orange peel and grass. The flavor hasmoderate citrus, some acidity, herbal notes with some dry grass. Interesting, but the parts never seemed to come together.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wedgie9 (2004) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 20, 2011
Tasted on 7/20/11 from a 22oz bottle purchased at Flossmoor at pre-DLD day. Pours clear, bright, orange with a thick white head that slowly recedes to a very thin layer of lace in the center of the beer, and a collar that is just a little bit thicker. The nose is signature spicy Saison yeast along with hints of peppercorn, orange peel, and a vegetal herbal aroma, with some cereal and bread malt. The flavor is lightly sweet with the bread and cereal malt up front. The vegetal flavor is a little stronger than the nose would have suggested with the peppercorns more subdued, and the same spicy Saison yeast and citrus peel. The body is fairly full, and somewhat sticky, with average carbonation and a long vegetal, peppercorn, and spicy yeast finish.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Thanks to Alex for this brewery only tick... medium apricot, light watery head gone immediately... smells terrible, malt with herbs, tons of aloe... the taste is better but not by much, less herbs, but nothing I’d want to drink

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Super citrus. Slighty sweet. I enjoyed this. That yeastiness coming through. Very interesting. Pours yellow gold with a small head. Really solid brew. Tons of interesting things going on. Solid.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1512) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Bottle shared at DLD. Pour is hazy golden with a very small white head. Aroma is very floral with just a hint of citrus and sweetness. Flavor is very yeasty and spicy with a slight bitterness and citrus finish.


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