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RATINGS: 557   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Pils, Carapils, and wheat malts, Belgian candi sugar
Magnum and Styrian Goldings Hops
This beer is brewed in the Belgian Saison style (country farm house ale). A potent yet delicate ale, brewed with a unique Belgian yeast which develops a spicy, fruity flavor. Enormously complex. Available from May to around August.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eberndt (165) - - OCT 6, 2013
12oz bottle poured. Slight lace and a reddish amber color. Medium body with a sweet flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (1808) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Clear medium amber with a light head and a streak of lace. Taste leans heavily toward the sweet malt, growing sweeter while adding spiced plum and papaya through the palate, then releasing to a little bittering at the finish. Overall, I donít think this quite works - taste isnít big enough for the abv, balance is off at the end. Aroma is terrific...too bad it isnít reflected in the taste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
glennmastrange (2217) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle. Moderate grain and hay for the malt, light to moderate flowers and herbs for the hops, faint soap for the yeast, with hints of cherry, white wine and alcohol. Head is tiny, fizzy, white with no lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is medium amber. Flavor starts slightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and bitter. Palate is light to medium, slick, with a lively carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Light and spritely, a very refreshing and tasty Saison.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jow (2016) - New York, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Tap at stags head. Pours golden with nose of spice and yeast. Tastes of pepper, red fruits, bananas, cloves, yeast, grass, and earth. Light bodied and easy drinking but missing any punch of character.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2055) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Draft at bistro on bridge. Pours clear orange with a medium sized white head. The aroma has belgian yeast and lemon zest. The taste is zesty lemon and orange, sweet banana, and a little boozy. Good but not really to the style.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NikkTwist (1529) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Draft at Khyber Pass. Poured a hazy amber with no head at all. Fruity esthers. Orange sherbet punch. Puffed wheat. Bell peppers. Pimento. Medium body. Not a proper Saison at all on my opinion but not awful.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrettTaylor (457) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2013
tasted at Blacksburg Brew Do - itís obviously a saison with spice and orange on the nose, malty sweetness and spice on the palate with a bit of citrus as well; like it a lot

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours an absolutely beautiful amber color. The head is a two finger white shade. Its texture is creamy, and it fades away relatively quick. Lacing is streaky at first, but becomes more sheetlike as the head goes away. Itís not really saison like in appearance - even so, this is damn gorgeous. S: This has a lot in the way of candied sugar and phenols. Notes of coriander and sage are also present, but otherwise, this one seems too sweet for the style. T: Ayup, too damn sweet. An initial taste of phenols gives way to some mild spicing...and hardly mild candied sugar. Not only is it rather sugary, but the finish is a bit boozy. Nothing too harsh, though. M: Syrupy, under-carbonated, hefty, lifeless - everything I DONíT want from a saison. Drinkability isnít great, either, but by no means is it completely undrinkable. O: Look, itís not really a bad BSPA at all. Itís just a bad saison: the only characteristic Heavy Seas got right is the spice flavor, and thatís simply too mild. Not only is it too sweet for a saison, itís too sweet for a regular Belgian pale ale. I donít plan to revisit this one.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
daniellunsford (105) - - SEP 17, 2013
Decent saison. Correct characteristics but not very well rounded. Nothing above average.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deaconmike (363) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2013
On tap at Taco Mac. Clear medium amber with a foamy white head that dissipates to a persistent cap; fair amount of lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast, banana and clove. Moderately sweet with a clean finish. Body is light with active carbo. Decent, but not something Iíd seek out in the Saison category.


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