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RATINGS: 526   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Pours a hazy yellow with fizzy head. Funky aroma. Very tart and fizzy. Great mouthfeel but taste is smaller than id like

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
944play (366) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Draft at Toad in the Hole. Foggy gold with small white head, minimal lace. Spicy, winy nose with a bit of sulfur and honey. Spice continues through flavor and palate, assisted by spritzy CO2 and dryness. Faithful saison and awesome for it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4774) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Draft at Lost Abbey. Cloudy gold pour, frothy white head. Hearty bready malt, spice, lemon, belgian yeast, brett, apple, and light hay. Quite nice and drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4604) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Tap at Lost Abbey. Pours a lightly hazy golden with orange notes and a medium creamy white head. Aroma of saison yeast spicness, bready malt, American hops and a touch of Brett. Flavor match of the aroma.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joet (2332) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAY 11, 2010
cloudy, clovey, melon, green apple, fine foam, roasted apricot color, bits of heat, slightly tangy, light hop character, some hot fusels

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2558) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Bottle from Philadelphia Craft outlet. Interesting hazy golden pour with thin long lacing white head. Instant aromas of lemon and yeast. Thin in the body. Bitter dry lemon fruit finish with notes of bread. I am not a fan of this style, but I rather enjoyed this.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6503) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2010
Small white head. Hazy paleish yellow body. Grapefruity barnyard aroma with earthy herbal notes. Dry-sweetish fruity citric alcoholic taste with earthy strawy notes. Mid-bodied. Mild mouthfeel. Dry yeasty citric eucalyptusy aftertaste with floral earthy notes. Nice and drinkable. (0.75l bottle at Håndverkerstuene, Oslo.)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3600) - 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 (3423) - 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 (4804) - 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.


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