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RATINGS: 545   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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American hopped saison.

Editorís note: The 2009+ versions are spiked with Brett at bottling. Bottles from 2009 are marked as such, although 2010 and 2011 bottles appear to not note the vintage on the label, but might be printed on the neck or base.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Goodgrief (1855) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Thanks to eaglefan538 for sharing. Pour is light milky orange, smallish head and little lacing. Really spicy aroma. Flavor was sweet, bordering on sticky with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Lots of gspice. Like sparkling pear juice with a tart finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevd193213 (912) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 6, 2010
750 mL bottle. Cloudy, light golden pour. Aroma of bread and citrus barnyard. Surprisingly thin mouthfeel with the taste of dough, Belgian yeast and lemongrass with a dry, slightly sour finish. Middle of the road saison priced like a top shelf saison.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Draught at TND: Aroma of malt, fruit, citrus, slight orange, slight tangerine, slight yeast, hops, and a hint Brett. Poured yellow in color with a large, loose, white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Sparkling to very sparkling. Hazy. Small lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of light Brett, pale malt, hops, light clove, and some yeast. Medium body. Smooth, then dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Light to medium sweet, light to medium bitter, hops, pale malt, slight clove, and hint of Brett finish is dry. Very drinkable. Lost of hops!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2010
In short: A moderately funky and relatively thick bready/douhgy bretty Saison. Superb
How: Bottle 750ml. Many times. This rating for a bottle almost one year after the beer release
The look: Cloudy blonde body topped by a medium white head
In long: Nose is very bretty with grapefruit and leather coming out strong. Taste has honeyed malts, white bread, funk, banana bread, semi-ripe bananas, bubblegum, pineapples, very light leather. Finish is medium dry. From the nose I expected a brett bomb but the in the end this is a moderately funky beer. It is thicker and more nourishing than usual for the style but I found the beer to be highly sessionnable nonetheless. A great beer. Anyway, Iíll keep this rating relatively short. Donít you just hate it when people say stuff in their ratings that you really didínt want or need to know? I hate that. Anyway, I gotta go trim my nose hair.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (17007) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 29, 2010
Bottle at home ... nice golden amber ... thin white head ... light brett ... light lemon nose ... soft oily full body ... light hop bitter ... agin hint of the brett ... light dryness ... some lemon peel ... really enjoying this

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Hazy golden color. Thin head, some lacing. Brett comes through nicely. A little tartness on the finish. Very good brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brenn79 (1705) - Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2010
750 ml. bottle- I donít see a vintage on the bottle anywhere, so I assume itís 2008 vintage- Pours clear golden with lava lamp looking bubbles and nice pillowy white looking head, lacework is also tremendous. Aroma is strong which I will assume is the bretts as well as spice, maybe peppercorn. The flavor is strong (again assuming bretts?) and yeast, strong clove and some bananas as well. Much more complex and satisfying than the Lip Stinger before this. These Saisons are the mad scientists of the world, they are always funky, spicy, and unique, sometimes they translate well, sometimes they donít, but are never boring.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4782) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2010 Pours hazy gold into a tulip. Bright white head with medium retention recedes to hug rim leaving spider lacing. Barnyard and marshmallow aromas. Sweet caramel and brett upfront with a slightly bitter lemon and orange citrus and herbs middle before returning to a lasting brett finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalsk (1096) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2010
The Brett comes through strong on this brew. Pour a pale golden color with a thick white foam head and lots of life. Has an aroma of lemon zest, grass, and funk. Dry bitter taste, with lemon zest and Brett funk on the finish. Very nice mouthfeel. A bit yeasty for me, not as balanced as I would have hoped. Decent brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Caged/corked. Very light colored beer, bright and golden. The aroma is vaguely citrusy and yeasty. This drinks with a subtle finesse thatís hard to find ... easy to drink for even the most persnickety drinker, yet with a complex and enticing balance of spice, fruit, yeast ... Very well done. (#3966, 8/15/2010)


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