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Free State Bumper Crop Saison
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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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The appropriately named Saison style originates from Wallonia, the French speaking region of Belgium. Meaning "season" in French, Saisons were once brewed in the autumn in farmhouses to be set aside to refresh farm workers during harvest season the following year. Today, Saisons are brewed year-round and given to a broad range of interpretations. Our latest interpretation pays homage to the style’s farmhouse origins with wishes of an exceptional harvest. A "bumper" in the 17th century was the name for a large glass of beer or wine filled to the brim, hence the term "bumper crop" being an indicator of a particularly bountiful harvest. Our Bumper Crop Saison comes from a blend of three malts and is hopped with lemony Simcoe hops. This spicy version of Saison is the result not only of the spicy Belgian yeast, but a substantial spice addition as well. Tart rose hips (the fruit of the rose plant), citrusy lemon peel, and slightly warming Tellicherry black pepper contribute to the overall spicy character, resulting in a complex amalgam of cloves, tropical fruit, lemon, black pepper, and, appropriate to the style’s origins, hay. The resulting beer is at once perplexing and refreshing in spite of its relative heft.
O.G. - 15.0ºP/1.060
Hops - 12 IBUs


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (5918) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Quite excited to see a brewpub saison on the board .. . pours out hazy yellow, good head, light lacing .. . light bitterness, hay and light light yeast .. . very simple and lackluster .. . i wanted more .. . Old people don’t need companionship. They need to be isolated and studied so it can be determined what nutrients they have that might be extracted for our personal use.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3231) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Draft in Lawrence. Fairly typical saison appearance and aroma. The flavor trended more towards the sweet and fruity side of the house. Really nice and refreshing really. Pleasant.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Clear light golden with a fizzy white head. Sweet lemon and grain aroma and taste with a spicy straw flavored finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Growler; thanks Alex!! light amber and clear with faint white head; fruity juicy nose with some white pepper and mango; banana phenols with a light bubblegum, fruity juice and stale lemons; quite sweet to me and not very dry at all in the finish; more fruit juicy is my overall impression as opposed to yeast forward

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2641) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Draft at the brewpub. Fruity, sweet, floral aroma, lightly citric and honeyish, with notes of orange and spicy yeast. Dark golden orange in color with a lasting, fine head. Flavor is sweet, with plenty of doughy, spicy yeast and tropical fruit detected, finish is very mildly acidic and refreshing. Mouthfeel is effervescent, body is medium. Tasty, a little sweet, but made for an excellent pairing with an Italian salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewDad (5005) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Small tasting/gathering last night of Seattle Beer Week 2010
Thanks Alex – Amber in color, hazy with a thin head. Nice aroma of malt and Belgian yeast. Lots of herbal flavors and very spicy this finishes quite interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2000) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Bomber via trade with tgenenbacher, thanks again Todd!. Pours a hazy, sort of dirty gold with a 1 finger, creamy white head that has good retention. Aroma is dusty prarie flower hop notes, wheat, light, nondistinct tropical notes, citrus peels, light spice and just a hint of bubble gum. Flavor is full of sweet, dusty floral notes, citrus punch, doughy yeast, pineapple, banana, vanilla cake and bubble gum. Palate is medium bodied a little sticky on entry, dry and slightly chalky from there on out with a moderate, blanketing carbonation. Good stuff for sure, a little too sweet though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Nose is fruity and wheaty with banana, bubblegum, lemon, soft spices. Pours orange hazy with a thin head and lace. The flavor is banana and bubble gum, soft sweet spice, almost reminiscient of a German Hefe. Nice and drinkability soft and sweet. Tasty stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Thanks riversideak! Juicy tropical bubble gum aroma, intense. pale yellow, small white head. thin bodied, light lemon notes, dry herbal cotton kinda finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6239) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2010
growler, thanks alex! pours a cloudy medium amber with a loose off white head. banana and clove nose, very german hefe like, with fruit loops mixed in. creamy medium body with soft carb. tangy caramel, banana, and clove mid palate. mild tangy finish. offbeat and interesting.


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