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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   ABV: -
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Heart of the Season! This is the second beer that we have produced using a blend of special Belgian Yeast Strains. The first was our Holiday Saison which used used coriander, orange peel, grains of paradise and star anise to accent the flavor of the spicy Belgian yeasts. This time we toned back on the spices a bit. There is just a hint of anise and a background pepperyness from the grains of paradise but most of the flavor really comes from the yeasts. This is also just a touch stronger than the Holiday was and the alcohol contributes a warmth of its own. Served unfiltered but fined, so expect a bit of a haze.
O.G. 16.85 P/1067. Hops 25 IBUs.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4546) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Pours a hazy golden with a medium creamy white head. Aroma was very spicy. Coriander, pepper and star anise. Breast malt and spicy saison character. Flavor was much of the same spice mix. A bit much at first but I got used to it. Nice and dry saison.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3710) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Served at the annual Free State Banquet. Comes a dark gold with a small white head. Aroma of malt, citrus, and yeast. Taste is malt, yeast, citrus, spice, and grain. Enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3297) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 6, 2008
Draft, served with Dessert at the Free State 19th Anniversary Beer Banquet. Pour is a hazy dark yellow, with a nice white head. Aroma of malt, earthiness and sweet-candy yeast. Taste is really nice, solid malt backbone with highlights of spicy earthiness and the faint sweet candy flavor. Medium palate, that had the nice grainy Saison body. I probably could have done with this being a touch drier, and bit less sweet, but thatís my personal preference in Saison. This one was really well done.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - DEC 27, 2007
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a hazy, dark amber with a lasting, dense head of tiny ivory bubbles. The nose is of bright citrus, pale malt, a light, fruity spiciness and a faint, sweet candy-sugar note in the background. Light to medium-bodied with soft, yet lively carbonation and a quick, dry finish. Lightly spicy and yeasty, the flavor is less citrus-forward and less sweet than the nose, but otherwise follows its lead; all of the components are quite well integrated. An enjoyable Saison thatís certainly worth trying for any fan of the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4135) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2007
On tap at the brewpub. Pours dark hazy amber with a small head. The aroma is rich and fruity with heavy malt and light spice. Medium body with a grainy feel and mild sharp carbonation. The flavor starts quite rich with light earth, rich fruitiness and grainy spice. The finish is crisp and lightly sour with a spicy bite. A nice American attempt at the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2007
On tap at the brewpub. Poured cloudy yellow with a thick white head. Aroma was banana, bubble gum, clove, and sweet belgian yeast. Flavor was sweet original bubble gum, belgian yeast, some banana, and lots of spice. Overall it was a little too sweet, but was still a solid brew. Had a dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2007
On tap at the brewpub. Hazy yellow with a stiff white head. Lots of fruity, banana, bubble gum esters. Very light spicey notes. All the same in the flavor, with some wheaty character. Sweet finish. Its okay.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - NOV 25, 2006
On tap.
Pours a hazy orange-golden hue -- a bit darker than usual for a saison. Thin, tight white head forms and sticks around for a while, leaving rings of lace around the rim with each sip. Flavor is an intense burst of lemon citrus, floral, herbs & spices, earthy hops with a mild-to-medium hop bitterness, a tiny dash of pepper, and a partridge in a pair tree. Remarkably creamy palate slides right down the back of the throat -- not at all what I was expecting. Quite an excellent session brew.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6353) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Multiple samples, GABF 2006. Body is hazy light yellow. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted bread, cookie), with notes of apple and honey. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Expected a little more out of Free State, but it just didnít come together. Itís not overly sweet, which is good, but the aroma doesnít really make me think of saisons.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9555) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Draft... GABF í06... Hazy yellow ale with no head. Fruity nose of lemon, apricot and mandarin orange. Well-balanced, woodsy flavor. Lots of funk; no sweetness. Light to medium-bodied with a raspy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lengthy, lightly tangy, mildly bitter, dry finish.


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