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RATINGS: 484   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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.


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11184) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 20, 2010
Bottle, bought @ ōlbutikken, 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 (1050) - 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 itís really amazing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (6480) - 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) - HillerÝd, 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 (699) - 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 Iím 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2010
750 ml bottle; thanks to cakanator for the trade; pours bright gold with faint haze, steady carbonation and egg shell white head fading to a thin film; nose is primarily farmhouse brett with pears, apricots and faint raw spices; texture is thin with a creamy smoothness and flavors of fruit, white sugar and lemons; get very little brett in the flavors and overall the flavor profile is quite light and a little boring with very little yeasty notes to help fill it out with more complexity; dig the nose though; finish is dry and dull with some grassy and minerally flavors; stale lemons, apple juice; aside from the aromas, this was pretty uninteresting to me; a word I see popping up in reviews sometimes is flabby and I think I finally get what that means with this beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1418) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2010
750 mL bottle from Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO. Yellowish-orange pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of tart lemon, a hint of horseblanket, and bready yeast. The bitterness, typical of most saisons, is present and is well-integrated with the tartness from the brettanomyces. Not quite as smooth as some other brett-spiked saisons but very nice all the same.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 26, 2010
750mL Bottle. Thanks Andy! I have had enough syrupy malt bombs. I want something I can drink. So, on to this...ultra-crystal-clear straw gold yellow pour with a clean white head. Aroma is subtle and of a wet, cellar-like cork and old malt. Flavors give some more of this and bunch of strong orange character. Iím not getting much, if any, Brett, which I was under the impression this beer had some of. If there is much Brett, itís the acetate, white pepper, bit of foot must - the Brett C kind. The beer is a little sticky and acerbic for me. I donít know...somehow this isnít working. I expected more fluffiness, more tropical fruit, more dryness. That distinguishing salt-peteresque, Lost Abbey mineral-heavy yeast really dominates the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12547) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 26, 2010
Bottled 0,75l
Clear golden color, small steady white head. Belgian yeasty nose: apricot fruityness, "dry yeast" and some alcohol. Flavor is fruity (apricot, peach) and yeasty. Finish has some grape juice, watermelon and hops. Quite Belgian easy going ale. No Brett found.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1715) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2010
Spiked I dug this guy a lot. Unspiked, itís a great saison, just missing that bite I really like in these sorts of brews. The bretts bring the orange zesty grass in a sour way that works well. Would be curious how those bottles are doing aged...


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