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RATINGS: 586   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (5781) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Numerous vintages of various ages (tap and bottle), most recently drunk on 9/14/15 (bottled).
The first time I ever had this beer was a VERY memorable experience. It was at Deep Ellum and it was on draught and I wouldnt shut up about it while drinking it or for a few days afterwards. Pretty much the perfect manifestation of brett, light and lively, but still with enough tartness and fruitiness, though nowhere near dominating the beer. Very much saison-like, in the good, Belgian way, and I didn’t get much of the American hops; certainly no resin or pine/grapefruit. Tight carbonation and light on the alcohol (though some bottles I’ve had have been slightly on the boozey/estery side). At best, I’d put this in the mid to upper 4’s. The worst bottles I’ve had are still upper 3’s so I guess I’ll give it a general average score, though tending higher as I believe the less desirable bottles had sat warm on the shelf for a long time.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrOrla (2242) - Odense C, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours clear Amber with a white head. Aroma Brett, quite sweet, foral, yeasty, fruity sweet. Tste is sweet fruits, Brett, foral, peachy, quite dry and lingerin, spicey. High carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2015
2015 version. A golden saison with a thin lacing white head. In aroma, sweet caramel malt with light fruity notes, light grassy hops, light mineral notes, OK. In mouth, a light fruity malt with light grassy hops, light fruity esters, light cloves, no Brett noted, decent but more like a regular Saison. On tap at San Marcos Taproom.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
McWorta (1516) - LUXEMBOURG - SEP 2, 2015
Lightly nebulous golden (EBC 6) with a frothy large white fine poring head, good retention and lacings; light viscous. On the nose aromas of funky floral barnyard, light white pepper notes, orange zest, earthy with faint white grapes developping at the back end. Fine perlage, effervescent, light, bright texture developping a soft slickness nearly velvety, medium-full yet elegantly slender body. Some funky wheat sweetness with a lovely peppery note and orangey white grape bitterness occurs. Finish has a lasting momentum offering more complex fruity induced dry barnyard flavours.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (7689) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
Draught @ Port Brewing Co / Lost Abbey Brewery, San Marcos, CA. Pours a hazy yellow colour with a small foamy head. Aroma of fresh fruitiness, some white bread yeastiness and orange. Flavour of Saison yeast, tart orange, mild bitterness and white bread. A bit of caramel sweetness. Mediun bodied. Soft.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5677) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2015
Not vintaged (at least nothing left to denote this at the store and onwards), but not sure what exact beer this is, since it shows at 8,0% abv. Crystal clear light copper and bronzed coloured body with a large and rather fast-dying pure white head that leaves a pretty ugly lace on the sides. Aroma of grass, pale wheat, malt, pepper, hay, hints of hops and a some subdued fruits and sugars. Medium to Full-bodied; Dense mouthful with a good orange and curacao flavour showing some nice fruit quality coupled with a rather large alcohol presence, some malt body and a good fresh herb and very dry flavour to finish. Aftertaste shows a rather complex and dry, grassy/hay finish with more of a kick from the alcohol than anything else - a rather pungent beer for the style leaving almost a bitterness of metal and alcohol, akin to an Imperial Pils or a strong European Lager - interesting. Overall, a good beer, but a tad rough around the edges with a nice complexity that is almost overshadowed by how strong of a beer this is, especially for the style and even more so for the size of the bottle (75 cL). I sampled this 75 corked and caged bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 12-July-2015 for US$7,82 sampled at home in Washington on 27-August-2015.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7301) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Draft at The Confessional. Poured a slightly hazy orange color with a small white head. Aroma was light funky yeast notes, some light peppery notes and a touch of spice. Flavor was notes of spice, wheat, slightly sweet. Tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
AAEA (266) - California, USA - AUG 11, 2015
750ml ($9.99) pretty good beer. but I expected it to be. everything I’ve had from this brewer has been pretty good stuff. pretty good bargain for one of these i thought.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msbernac (1913) - Krakow, POLAND - AUG 7, 2015
Bottle Aroma-floral, herbs, spices Appearance-golden, hazy, white foam, Taste-light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, Palate-medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, Overall-very good

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fashawn (585) - ITALY - JUL 12, 2015
Versata nel bicchiere si distingue subito per la parecchia schiuma, che tende a formarsi velocemente e con non troppa difficoltà tende anche a sparire. Saponosa ed irregolare, non lascia grosse tracce. La birra è arancio, senza irregolarità, bella da vedersi. Al naso arriva il sapore di cantina, odore di legno. Leggera acidità, ed un po’ di frutta. Pesche più che altro. Aroma pulito ma non intenso, anche se abbastanza elegante. Imbocco di miele fresco, nota funky presente. Un po’ di frutta a polpa dolce,intermezzo tropicale, vagamente tropicale. Qualche spezia, e finale amaro e pepato. Buona amarezza, riscaldata dalle spezie e dalla nota funky, quasi brettara. Al palato è dolce, delicata. Carbonatazione vivace come lo stile richiede. Bello il ritorno retrolfatfivo.


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