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RATINGS: 280   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A Belgo-American Ale brewed with domestic barley and French wheat malts, the finest Saaz and Santiam hops, and an authentic Trappist Ale Yeast. Enjoy the glowing opaque appearance, amomas of spice and herbs, zesy mouthfeel, and dry finish.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2014
750 ml bottle Iíve had for a long time. Batch E!015. Thereís a 2008 registered trademark date on the label, but I think itís from 2010. It pours a hazy orange that gets hazier and duller as you pour more from the lower part of the bottle, and it has a finger-plus of fizzy white head. The aroma shows its age, with sweet dough, sugar, vanilla, apricot, sweet citrus, and wheaty, bready funk. The flavor has more balance and less mustiness, with apricot, tangerine, peach, wheat, sweet dough, vanilla, and mellow spice. Medium-bodied, with a funky, fruity, wheaty mouthfeel and moderate soft carbonation. Well past its prime, but not bad. Iíd like to try a fresher batch for comparison.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cupcake (4) - New York, USA - OCT 15, 2014 does not count
Pretty sure this is the beer I had on tap at the Ithaca Ale House, described as Excelsior, an unfiltered rustic style wheat beer. It was straw-yellow, opaque, with a frothy finger of white head that dissipated VERY slowly. Unctuous mouthfeel, silky with body. Nose was bread and citrus and a little funk; taste was almost indescribable, rich with flavors but smoothly balanced. Citrus, spice, yeast, bread, all were in there but none overpowered. Finish was clean, and the beer hides its 8% abv so well you could easily drink yourself silly on this stuff. While it has a bit of a heavy mouthfeel, it isnít a particularly heavy-tasting beer. It was an unexpected surprise and a very enjoyable one. Very highly recommended.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4697) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2014
750ml bottle. Almost but not quite gushing champagne carbonation. Unfiltered hazy orange tan. Funky and zesty. A pretty nice Saison. Massive white head isnít going anywhere fast. Wheat farmhouse tones, very authentic Belgian feel. A touch of tartness. Delicate fluffy mouthfeel. Quite excellent. World Class. One of the better US Saisons Iíve had.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Rated on 7-28-2012 (Bottle) The appearance of this beer is a large frothy white head with a short retention, yellow hazy body, very fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and one ring of lacing. The aroma is malt, wheat, yeasty, funky, citrus, sweet, fruity, and spicy. The flavor is sweet, funky, sour, malty, yeasty, some wheat, citrus, and spice. This beer has a dry finish. The mouthfeel is lively carbonation and this beer is medium bodied. I do not care for the taste of this beer as all the different flavors do not blend together very well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (2112) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
bottleshare thanks to Beechner224. Nose is fruity with lemon and a touch of funk. Taste is similar with a bit of funk. Thin mouthfeel. Pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrewFace (882) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle share thanks to beechner224. Mostly hazy pale orange yellow color, large white head. Sweet, tart, bretty, malty aroma. Lots of sweet and tart brett like character in flavor, crisp, refreshing, effervescent, slightly barnyardy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beechner224 (761) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle thanks to beernut. Pours a yellow with lots of white head, just about over carbonated. Aroma is tart, nice. Taste is light, tart, sharp, refreshing. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Daniel719 (144) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours a nice golden color. Huge white head. Smell of wheat and hops. A little bit of fruit character. taste is fruit. Goes down smooth. A little beat of wheat in the taste. Maybe a little Brett?? Either way, itís pretty good.

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanscourt (794) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Had at head keeps, very good. Fluffy white head. Spicy tart aroma. Delicious flavors that starts early. Yummy...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 26, 2014
Bottled. Yellowish golden colour, mediumsized white head. Aroma is grapefruit, some mild spices, sour wood andf mild earthy notes. Flavour is fruity, floral, citrus, some yeast and mild spices. Balanced, and actually rather refreshing, even though itís a rather big beer.


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