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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
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U.S Meets Europe S.I.P.A. - Collaborating with De Molen Brewery in the "Green Heart" of The Netherlands, we have created a wild and inventive recipe that is a unique blend of the best from both worlds! A super-charged Saison I.P.A. is born, featuring kilos of American hops to add a crazy twist to this European-style ale. The fruity, spicy flavors of this malty Double Saison are nicely complimented by an abundance of late and dry-hopping with the finest American hops.

This is the Hoppin’ Frog version, for the De Molen version go to that brewery’s page.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Weird. Guess I should have had an inkling of what I was getting into, but a super strong, sweet saison that is loaded with American hops is not my cup of tea. Candied fruit in the aroma - candied pears and gooseberries. Big sweet malt and Belgian yeast up front in the flavor followed with a big citrus hop finish. Interesting, and I’ve never had anything quite like it, but I would not seek it out again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
EinStein (52) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Poured into a tulip from a bomber. Nice amber color with a moderate tan head. Aroma is almost totally that of a saison - spicy, yeasty, and a bit bready. More hops show up in the taste, although it’s still mostly a saison with a touch of IPA thrown in. Spicy and piney hop flavors, backed by malt sweetness. An ok, drinkable beer, but nowhere close to the beer that I had hoped for when I bought the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrHangover (2724) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2012
Bottle. Clear amber color, small white head. Aroma is more sugary and less hoppy than the other version. Way more sweeter and less interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
erickok (3790) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - NOV 14, 2012
Did a side-by-side of both versions of this colab, maybe thanks to dEnk! Both have the same almost clear dark copper body and beige lace. Rich sweetness, sticky fruit, herbal hops and lemon grass. Quite sweet but also sharp herbal bitterness. I liked this slightly better than De Molen version, even though this has less hop it is more refined. (Bottle at Colin’s De Molen tasting)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (4030) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle @ 2nd tuesday tasting. Aroma is slightly more peppery notes, still huge sweetness but way better then 3 months earlier. Prefer this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (3553) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle at monthly tasting @ De Molen, hosted by dEnk. Clear amber pour, thin white head. Aroma of spices, floral hops, black tea. Flavor is slightly sweet, spicy, some sugars and quite fruity. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (5689) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2012
Sample at the molen monthly beer tasting. Thin white head. Slightly hazy amber pour . Malty fruity aftertaste. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3386) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2012
22oz bottle 11/0/12 (Binny’s Naperville) -42° in Snifter-Pours a clear light amber with a small white head. Aroma of hops, funk, spices, and malt. Taste of the same with a bit more spices on the back end along with some more hops. This full bodied brew is something very different but I have to say I am a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (8654) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2012
This brew pours a clear dark copper color with a medium off-white head that dissipates steadily to an outer ring. Sparse lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet fruit, yeast and hops. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and flavors of ripe fruit, yeast and earthy hops. The finish is sweet with a borderline cloying fruity yeast aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle thanks to bittermestupid! Clear medium brown pour some soapy carbonation and an aroma of sweet dark fruits. Flavor is also sweet and malty sugar, a hint of hops and syrupy pears. Not a bad beer, but just not much to write home about (too sweet, not much complexity.)

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