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RATINGS: 489   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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American hopped saison.

Editor’s 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3509) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
750ml bottle from K&L Redwood City. I had heard some questionable things about this beer, but I thought it was great! Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. Aroma is rather funky and bretty. Some sweet malt and floral hop notes come through as well. Flavor is mainly slightly sweet pale malt and bretty funk. You get some of the normal Belgian yeast in there as well, which lends a nice green apple quality. Some pepperiness, but not as much so as in the 2008. Somewhat dry and crisp on the palate with medium body and fairly lively carbonation. A very nice beer overall. I had no problem taking down the whole 750 and enjoyed every sip.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3220) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2010
Pour is a cloudy gold with a small white head. Aroma is a little funk with a nice apple juice and vanilla. Flavor is fruity with a very dry malt that follows. Finish does have some brett but not in a big way. This is a good but not great saison. I was hoping the brett would have come out more by now.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 28, 2010
Sampled from bottle@Håndverkerstuene, Oslo. A low big-bubbled head over a bright gold colored body. Inviting fruit aroma, peach and apricot. Some dusty hops and whiff of yeast and barnyard. Taste has a clean, semi-dry malt body with a sourish accent. Noticable Brett notes, some light fruitiness, spices and yeast. Soft on the palate. Well-bodied. Rounded finish with a certain sugary sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35088) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 27, 2010
Bottle 750ml. @ home.
Light unclear medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, grain, toasted, fruity, apricot, moderate yeasty, barnyard, leather, brett, spicy. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, light acidic and moderate bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Very refreshing and easy to drink. [20100419]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2010
Amber pour with minimal white head. Large carbonation. Sweet/sour apple aroma with clove and spice. Very light flavor. Apple, lemon, spice, and citrus hops. Finishes sweet

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11188) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 20, 2010
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph.
Enjoyed to the Inter - Barcelona game.
Pour is light pale golden with a great, staying, frothy, white head. Lazy bubbles moving upwards. Impressive fruity hops aroma, green apples abound, grassy hops, brett character, zesty, some sugary backbone, flowery, a hint of ginger and white pepper, tulips, pilsner malts. Lovely, just lovely. Low carbonation, surprisingly fat and creamy mouthfeel with a lingering dryness. Flavour is has a slight mouldy touch at first, but it soon disperses. Very dry, quite bretty, lots of green apples, some sweety malts nose. Very good, but better in aroma than taste.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - APR 19, 2010
750 ml corked bottle. A hazy medium to dark golden beer with a small and almost fully diminishing white head. The aroma is moderately malty, lightly to moderately hoppy, lightly to moderately yeasty. There are notes of bread, cookies, flowers, lemon, brett and barnyard. The flavour is moderately sweet, moderately sour, lightly bitter. Wonderfully balanced and very complex and flavourful. Medium body, lively carbonation, dry and long finish with medium bitterness. Wow, just my kind of beer, the only minus is the appearence, but apart this it’s really amazing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (6501) - Helsinge, DENMARK - APR 17, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear golden with a longlasting white head. Very fruity aroma with some bretty dru spicy notes and a great caramel and hoppy balance. The flavour is dry bretty, yeasty and very fruity. Smooth and balanced. Very dry bretty finish. Great!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - APR 15, 2010
Bottle shared with Andreasen11. It pours a hazy golden colour with a firm off white head. The aroma is very refreshing and dry, with notes of ripe fruit, citrus and dirt. Flavour is fresh and dry with citrus, ripe fruit, a little caramel and dirt. Reminds me of a really nice and fruity white wine. Really nice!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
J_man (707) - Tustin, California, USA - APR 9, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2011 Surprisingly (at least to me) this poured a very pale yellow color, topped with a pillowy white head. The first thing that hits you in the aroma is the sour tinge of Brett which really worried me as I’m not a big fan of it. However, the first taste allayed my fears as the balance of sour yeast and light malt and hops was extremely refreshing. This is a very easy drinking beer and a great American interpretation of the Saison style.


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