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RATINGS: 580   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2005 Arrghhhh for my 420th rating! Argghhh... Arggh, arrghhh... Anyway, this isn’t a hemp ale, but it involved redness. Silly, not of the eyes, but in the sky! Oohhh, trippy! This beer ain’t trippy. It’s sugary, filled with a banana-like fruit, honey, and heavy with sweet things; spicy, but not sure how or exactly why it’s spiced in such a way; drinkable, prickly, and otherwise mediocre, but all in all not quaffable at all. This is a really strong brew, but I prefer their other strong brew, their IIPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2005
I like it. It’s got some heavy spice notes without being astringent, a nice heavy body, deep golden color, and some floral and honey touches to complement the spiciness. Nose was not outstanding. Not much funk. And a little too sweet in the end and aftertaste to be truly refreshing. Very good nonetheless. Because I’m notoriously bad at record-keeping, I forget who I traded for this. Kinz maybe? Thanks!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2005
I never had a Saison Ale before, so I don’t know what makes a good one, but I got this at the Friar Tuck’s in Champaign, IL in one of those "Build Your Own Six Packs" for $7.99 and this was a delightful surprise. Not a real heavy beer, but good taste and nice smell.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2005
Dark golden coloured. Sweet and fruity aroma. Fruity flavour with some sharpness. Not very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Cloudy bright golden orange with a nice creamy head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Fruity, spicy aromas, tropical fruit, orange and lemon flavors, a bit of a sourness in the finish. Medium bodied with a nice soft mouthfeel, alcohol very well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Clear golden with a bunch of floating particles and a quickly dissapating white head. Banana and clove in the nose. Taste has the same plus notes of spiciness, yeast, lemon, some apple and candi sugar. Very sweet, couldn’t detect that much bitterness. Alcohol content very well hidden. Much more full bodied than the appearance would make you think - very full, round and creamy with lively carbonation. No lacing or head retention. Overall, solid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Bottle. Clear gold with nice head that settles into a shallow puddle of thin scum. Aroma is malt, banana and spices. Taste is saison-like with typical flavors of yeast, banana and malt but there’s no real substance to this. Too much candi sugars. They taste is a bit cloying and undercarbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
igneous1 (1533) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 18, 2004
clear medium golden, no head from my bottle. aroma is a little clove, a lot of candied sugar, spot of bubblegum. intially a little sour, some alcohol, more sugar, moderate spicing (little pepper in the finish). not that typical of a classic saison, in my opinion, e.g. pipaix, but still pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (5857) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2005 2004 bottle. Aroma before even pouring gives off a cinnamon and candied apple note, lots of candi sugar, tons of yeast. Light hoppiness to start the flavor, which progresses well in to a sweet candied belgian ale of sorts. Sticky sweetness and a chewy texture thanks to the carapils make this a thick saison. Good medium-full body. There are some grassy/herbal notes on the finish, light lemony and peppery, which seem to provide only a glimpse at the style. The rest of the beer is heavy belgian yeast, candi sugar and strongly sweet pils malt. Some esters on the end, light bubblegum and some clove. Appearance is highly filtered! but. . . but. . .I love it! I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a highly filtered belgian beer this much (ok, I can it was Rodenbach Grand Cru) but anyways, you get the point. For a filtered and clear belgian ale, this is quite stupendous. There is a sharp undercurrent of alcohol notes and the bittering hops are not melded well enough with the rest of the body. It seems most like a saison right on the first couple of flavors that hit the palate and then again on the aftertaste. Regardless, this beer has made me write a lot, I’ve drank it quite quickly too. Whatever the hell it is, it’s damned good, even with all of its crazy out of style characteristics and minor brewing flaws. I think overall, this beer is better than its score inidicates.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Bottle - thanks to slob! Pours dark golden with a slight haze and a small off-white head that mostly diminishes. Aroma is yeasty, hints of fruity esters and spice. Flavor is sweet, featuring banana, apricot, honey, yeastiness and mild hoppiness. Medium body, smooth in the mouth with almost no carbonation. Quite nice!

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