Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 768   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
Our homage to the beers that have quenched the thirst of Belgian farm workers for centuries. Brewed with barley, wheat and rice and fermented at high temperatures with a special blend of four different yeast strains, Saison is fruity and slightly tart, with a dry finish that makes it that rarest of treats–a beer as refreshing as it is complex. 7.3% ABV.
2010 GABF Silver Medal Winner

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Color was golden in color with a fluffy head. Aroma has some is spice and decent amount of malt, I get some lemon and yeast aroma and flavors. There is a slight earthy grass feel to this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (6156) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2011
The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of Belgian yeast, with some lemon and white pepper notes. Overall, it smells about like a saison is supposed to smell. The flavor is also typical saison. I get a lot of yeast and pepper, as well as some biscuit malt. There is a little bit of light funk in the flavor. The beer is very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
douglas88 (8462) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2011
On tap during GABF week. Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head. The aroma is spices and crisp malts, some lemon and yeast. The flavor is a mix of grass, lemons, dry yeast. Smooth and nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wedgie9 (2638) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Tasted in mid-2011 from a 12oz bottle at Lush West Town, bottled on 4/5/11. Pours hazy golden with an average bubbly white head that slowly recedes to spotty lace. The nose is spicy and earthy with light hay malt, and just a hint of barnyard. The flavor is malty up front with just a hint of sweetness that quickly disappears, leaving spicy yeast and a very dry, lightly funky finish. The body is light with lively carbonation and a long, dry, and slightly funky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flatmatt (1487) - Northville, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a palish golden with a white head. Yeasty bubble gum aroma with pear/green apple. Flavor is floral, herbal, with bubble gum and some apple; a little residual honey flavor. It’s okay, just not interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Bottle into tulip. Straw colored with floaties, highly carbonated, an endlessly morphing two finder head. Musky, spicy/floral aromas- I get yeast, cantaloupe, barnyard, violet, caramel, wet wool, metal shavings, sycamore tree… Flavor is much more crisp and fruity than I expected from the nose; sweetish, citric, chamomille and pepper, lychee, five spice. The palate is light, gassy, and sharp as ice shards. Kind of a Sprite and brettanomyces aftertaste. Leaves the tounge tingling. A complex and refreshing beer that is exemplary of the style. Even better than Saison Dupont.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 13, 2011
A: The pour is a fairly clear straw color with a massive white head that eventually settles down. S: Quite a lot of fruity esters to the aroma. Heavy on the banana and pear notes, but lots of citrus going on, too. There is a touch of tart apple and lemon peel and some light malt and straw. Very nice. T: The flavor is somewhat light, but in a good/refreshing way. Banana sweetness followed by sweet pears. A touch of citrus peel bitterness, yeast, and light spices. A little bit of bready malt sweetness, too. M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation and a crispness to the finish. O: A really great saison. I found this to be a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (3007) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Single bottle, $1.90 at Binny’s in August. The other two beers I got with this were well past their prime. Can’t imagine a saison wouldn’t age well, but let’s jkust tkae this now. Label says "Bottled on Apr 04, 2011." A bit of oxidation when opened; hope that’s just the headspace. A very visible layer of yeast in the bottom of the bottle, but I got a clear golden pour into my glass, where the oxidation is gone, leaving a more zesty wheat malt and warm ferment nose. On first sip, the main impression is of some very tight bubbles like champagne. Which goes well with a dry, slightly tart beer like this. Yep, this drinks pretty light, with slightly toasted malts, a little spice, and a clean finish, but an undeniably complex Franco-Belgian bon-bon. Goes down quickly, which may make it all the more dangerous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into chalice. Appearance: Pale, hazy yellow with rapidly vanishing head that does not leave much behind. Aroma: Sweet with candi sugar and banana. Very light clove and white pepper. Taste: Fairly sweet taste as well, with a focus on banana, some tropical fruit, sugar and light wheat and rice. Finish dries up somewhat with light clove and spiciness. Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Not quite as dry or effervescent as desired in a really good Saison. Overall: Some nice flavors here, but hampered slightly by the mouthfeel. Great Divide makes some great American/English ales, but they have yet to prove to me that they can make an excellent Belgian brew, although this is damn close. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (7649) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Backlog from April 2010. Bottle split with Pat and Tony. Pours a cloudy gold with a white head. Aroma is clove, banana and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of banana, clove, citrus, wheat, and yeast - very refreshing.

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