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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 donít let the delicacy fool you.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1329) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Atom (1281) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Bomber pours a murky amber with orange highlights and a small white head. Aroma is heavy on the oranges but pairing nicely with herbs, and Belgian spices, some well rounded caramel malts as well. Pretty heavy texture matching the ABV, clementines and Belgian spice. Something a bit off putting with how the alcohol is working between the oranges and spice but really liking the rosemary and pepper on the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mattyb83 (736) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Bottle shared by atom. Thanks bud. Slightly hazy blood orange color with some lighter orange highlights. There was a small white head on this but it quickly faded. This is one fruity aroma. Apricot, orange candy, juicy fruit bubblegum, and some pineapple. Seems slightly mentholated, but that may be due to the rosemary and peppercorns. On second thought that may just be the rosemary that Iím picking up. Spicy taste, more citrus fruit, and juicy fruit bubblegum appear. Only a hint of rosemary shows up, but it works nicely the spice character. Interesting. I can feel this burn in my throat with every sip. I want to like this, but Iím having trouble really getting into it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JRock72 (605) - - MAY 2, 2011
On tap at the brewery. Golden yellow with small head. Very floral with a bit of malty sweetness. Very excellent saison. Would have again.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ekoerper (587) - Iowa, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Tap at the pub. Aroma is light grains, citrus, and a lot of spices. Great deal of pepper and clove going on. Pours a somewhat dark golden with a good deal of haze and fluffy white head, decent retention and lacing. Flavor is very spicy; lots of pepper, orange, clove. Citrus notes are fairly strong, some malt flavors, and a good deal of residual sweetness. Rather full body considering the style, med-high carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2011
This one is from the Peoria, Illinois International Beer Festival. Due to lack of space when drinking, my notes wonít be that great on these beers. Well, I had to get this one because of the name. Wasnít great, wasnít bad. Didnít really take many notes.

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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Bomber shared with atom. Pours a hazy peach color with damn near no head. Aroma consisting of a ton of rosemary, some orange peal citrus, and some strong pepper. It almost has a mentholated quality to it. Flavors begin fruity and ride waves into herbs, followed by a blast of pepper at the end. While it is an interesting beer, it doesnít have the effervescence that I would like from most saisons.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Very meaty saison. Smells funky. But lacks in the taste. Tastes like a meat sandwich


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