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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2011
22oz bomber from the brewery. Hazy, dull orange pour with medium white head. Aroma of fruity Belgian yeast esters, rosemary, citrus peel. Mild pepper notes along with decidedly apple juice bits. Flavor is fruity, with more than a twinge of citrus. Apples, cinnamon, and other spices. Fairly dry. The pepper comes out towards the finish. Medium bodied, Iím shocked to look at the ABV, because it drinks a lot lighter. Great beer, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (2039) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (9007) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (6720) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Atom (2156) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mattyb83 (737) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wedgie9 (2633) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Bottle at DLD, Iím sorry I donít know who brought it but thanks! Pours a hazy gold with an almost orangey note at the edge. Fluffy white head. My first thoughts are holy sh!t this has a ton of spices in it. And I donít like excess spice in my beers. So thereís that. Pine like only rosemary can produce and a peppery phenolic component. Citrus comes through but is overshadowed by the spicy herbal aromatics. On taste, the pepper and rosemary lend an unpleasant astringency but the citrus kind of helps to abate that somewhat. I wish I could have more yeast aromatics. For the temps this was at, it should be more interesting fundamentally. Just seems somewhat unfocused. Interesting, just not my bag.

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