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RATINGS: 747   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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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


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarrettB (1387) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 10, 2012
May 31st, 2011 - When Spring turns into Summer and the sun gets to be a little heavier in the sky, the fun and heady wheat beers of a month ago lose some of their potency. Something drier, with a heavier grain profile becomes a more suitable beer for cutting the sweat and anguish of an oppressive day. The Colette is a perfect fit for these transitional days, beautiful and burning bright with a dandelion yellow hue and a finger of soft, white foam. Banana and clove and a little corn tortilla rise from the surface, giving off light but coating smells. Fresh and full of grains, Great Divide did an excellent job of capturing the smell of the fields and putting that romantic image into a bottle. Full bodied and busy with a sharp and serrated aftertaste, the Colette can cut through dry mouth or thirst, with ample uplifting alcoholic corn and tortilla and flowery dandelion tastes, like bitter mizuna greens, a subtle vegetable bitterness and again, flowing dry graininess.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamestulloch (3188) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 11, 2016
Can from Cornelius. Hazy pale golden body with a medium white head. Very lively carbonation. Good lacing. Aroma of white pepper, bread and musty lemon. Flavour of lemon zest, orange sherbet and dried apricot. Medium body with a smooth, frothy texture. Very fizzy. Tastes like a blend of Witbier and Saison. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dervock (868) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2016
Bottle - pours palen gold with a dense white head. Aroma is wheat, honey mild citrus and some funk. Taste is mildly tart with a funky wsge. Finish is dry and lingering. Creamy palate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvsn (1486) - ISRAEL - JUN 8, 2016
Can sample at a tasting at Beer and Beyond shop. Cloudy pale yellow with a big frothy head. Aroma is spicy and yeasty with notes of lemon and orange. Fruity, spicy, coriander, citrus, yogurt flavors with bitter finish. Medium-bodied, fizzy. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Evilkniamhel (379) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 6, 2016
Can from appellation wines comely bank. Hazy lemon colour. Nose of peaches, sour apple, wheatgrass. Taste is super thirst quenching, fruity with a lovely dry hoppiness underneath. Ideal summer beer!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ktwse (3736) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2016
Pours cloudy golden yellow with low white head. Aroma of funk, citrys, light honey, wheat. Taste is sweet honey, mikd funky finish. Light and smooth body with average carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rayaron (1238) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JUN 4, 2016
Can sample at a tasting at Beer and Beyond, Tel Aviv. Hazy yellow with white head, fizzy. Spicy aroma with notes of soap and citrus, earthy, banana, a bit lactic. Very spicy flavor with notes of orange, soapy, salty, some banana, phenolic, dry. Medium-bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scottishchris (645) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2016
Can from beerhive. Hazy yellow gold white fading head. Belgian spicy grass. Medium body, low carb. Sweetish with bready yeast and underlying spice. Decent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4388) - Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2016
12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 7/15/2015. Pours hazy golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, pepper, clove, light banana, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, pepper, clove, light banana, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast spiciness and light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, pepper, clove, wheat, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from carbonation and yeast spiciness as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DwarfeD (2438) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2016
355ml bottle at home. Clear golden with a medium white soapy head. Light to medium body. Quite sweet with subtle bitter tones. Yeast, fruits, malts and herbs. Mwah, not my brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ttheilen (528) - USA - MAY 26, 2016
I do not wax on poetically about beer but I do know the quality of a beer once tasted. This review is not about my tastes but reinforces the numbers, which are arbitrary.


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