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RATINGS: 582   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2992) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2011
750 ml bottle. Bought May 09 @ Binnyís. Pour looks the color of a cider, but with the fizz of champagne. Smell is clearly tinged with Brett, but thereís also room for some ale fruitiness and good old beery malt. Taste keeps up the tartness but is champagne-dry to boot. I thought at first this was all malts, but now I get a subtle touch of spice, maybe sage, I canít say. That could still just be saison yeast and a summertime ferment at work. If there are US hops here, they must have been aged. Or this is, after all, a two-year old bottle. So in other words, a refined, complex little ale hiding behind a simple mask, just like a Carnavale-goer. And itís very easy to go through a whole big bottle while I find the words to describe it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeyMalts (64) - Davis, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
750ml btl bought from The Jug Shop in SF a year or so ago. Poured into tulip glass. Sweet aromas of orange, lemon, banana, pineapple fruits with subtle sour notes. Pours a thick and rocky white foam, with a clear, beautiful golden yellow color like a pilsner. Actively carbonated (reminiscent of a champagne?) that has a pleasant sweet then lightly sour taste. Smooth on the palate and has some residual sugar on the aftertaste. A great Saison-ish style beer, that I would highly consider buying again (bought it mainly bc I had just gone to Mardi Gras in NOLA shortly before), I would most def recommend it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Bottle, thx Nick. Pours orange/gold with a nice white head. Aroma is citrus, fruit, spicy belgo yeast. Flavor is light, refreshing, a bit sweet but did not pick up any brett. Had it at the tail end of a tasting so my palate was probably shot.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (1034) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2011
750 ml bottle of 2009 vintage, purchased at Beverages 4 Less over a year ago ($10.99). Pours a clear golden amber hue with a finger and a half of very white foam. Aroma has a noticeable and actually very pleasant brett funkishness along with citrus (lemon and a hint of orange) and yeast. Flavor has bready malts, a nice level of brett funk, lemon, orange peel, and pepper. Has a lightly sweet finish with some spicy brett. But unfortunately itís somewhat flat. Despite the lack of carbonation, this is a great saison. (204, 448)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 24, 2011
Pours a hazy yellow with a large rocky head. The aroma has blue cheese, chalk, and cream. The flavor is cheesy, funky, spicy with orange and lemon. Solid but not fantastic.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - JAN 24, 2011
Pours hazy yellow with a thick white head. Sour yeast aroma. Very strong. Nice flavour lots of orange and banana. Not as sour i i would have expected. But a nice saison none the less.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Great label (as usual from lost abbey). I noticed the aroma immediately. Bright and citrusy. Floral and overall fresh smelling. I thought it tasted great. There was something about it that tasted plastic-like. Very crisp and highly carbonated. Hardly sour or tart. Just clean and balanced. The color was a dirty yellow. Overall, I enjoyed it. Not my favorite farmhouse/saison but pretty good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (9687) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Bottles from CAH and Caponeís. Pours gold with white head. Nose is yeasty spice, funky, hopcitric. Tastes of funky yeasty esters, more funk and horseblanket and female gymnast feet than the 2008 offering, and an overall more complex experience overall. This one is very good, and kicks up the living organism count a notch. This one harbors more live organisms than a typhoid infested lady-of-the-evening.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1470) - Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle ; Pour is a clear light gold - frothy white head initially with mild retention. Heavy on the carbonation. Brett, Barnyard, and lemon rinds on the nose.Tingling sensation on the tongue; a spice note comes through, a dash of funk, lemon peel, citrus - this brew is light, crisp, palatable, and quite nice albeit on the simple side.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Lightly hazy yellow pour with a nice foamy head. Aroma is light funk, barnyard, yeast, light fruit and grain. Nice funky flavor with lemon peel, light fruit, some sweetness. Good beer.


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