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RATINGS: 259   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Inspired by crisp white wines, Saison Blanc features New Zealand hops, golden raisins and white pepper for a decidedly bright, spicy, and robust low ABV beer. Finished with Brettanomyces at packaging, this beer will evolve for many more years to come.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (4883) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2014
Location: 375 ml bottle from Sparrow, 4/5/14, Vintage 2013, Rating #3550

Aroma: The nose is Belgian yeast, spice/pepper, citrus, hay, grass, and some wheat notes
Appearance: Pours a murky gold-orange color with a large, foamy white head and heavy lace
Flavor: The taste is spice and yeasty, clean saison hay/grass funk, with an average bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, it has a touch too much carbonation, and a mid-dry finish
Overall Impression: This is a nice, solid, well-made Saison. No complaints from me other than a little too much carbonation. At only 5.4% I could session this for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer5000 (5191) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
375 ml bottle at Christianssand Brygghus. Practically clear golden body with a medium sized white head. Mild, but delicate aroma of pale malt, slightly spicy and a hint of white wine. Flavor is smooth pale malt, spicy with a hint of white wine. The Brett is hardly recognizable, probably to fresh. Medium, well balanced body and average aftertaste. Mild, smooth and nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (4182) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy light golden color with a fairly thick frothy white head on it. Nose is light and citrusy with a little bit of wild farmhouse smells to it - really light and inviting. Taste is actually light and crisp, with a slight bit of citrus to it. Really nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (9838) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 31, 2014
Bottle 375ml @ Christianssand Brygghus, Kristiansand
Pours clear golden with a huge white head. Aroma has notes of malt, yeast, pepper and grapes. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with a long very dry, white wine finish. Body is light to medium, texture is thin, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (15605) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle, 375ml, at Christianssand Brygghus. A lightly hazy, orange golden colored beer with a dense two finger white head. Curtains.Lightly vinous aroma, with grapes and a peppery touch. Pale malts, pine cones and some faint hints of cardamom. The flavor is quite reminiscent of white wine, with a nice bitterness. Full to medium body, bone dry. Some wood. A fruity sweetness chimes in. Pleasant carbonation. Lasting finish. A bit hard to decide on this one, but sure nice. 140329

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (3722) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2014
Bottle bought through craftbeer.se. Pours hazy pale golden with a huge frothy white head that slowly dissipates while leaving some trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and fruity with crackers, raisins, dry soil, hay, white pepper corns and lemon zest. Taste is bitter and tiny fruity with crackers, white grapes, hay, dry soil, dry wood, lemon zest, orange zest, white pepper corns and hints of raisin bran. Mouthfeel is crisp, bone dry and light bodied. Finish is bitter and tiny fruity with crackers, dry soil, hay, raisins and white pepper corns. Refreshing…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3583) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2014
12.7 oz bottle. Clear gold with a huge foamy white head. Nose is spot on vanilla yoghurt with lemon zest and faint grass. Crisp medium body, a touch oily with an airy finish. Taste is bitter grass, honey, chardonnay and white pepper. Classic saison with a nice twist.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (2077) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
Pours light clear yellow. Aroma is gooseberry, funk, elderflower, honey, kiwi. Taste is elderflower, honey, funk, gooseberry. Mouthfeel is somewhat coarse with low carbonation. Aftertaste is a bit bland but with some honey and gooseberry. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (2880) - SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
Pours cloudy light yellow with very low white head. Aroma of coriander, grass, honey, wheat, citrus. Taste is light sour followed by mellow honey sweet. Very balanced. Light, smooth body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Deep cereals, rustic fermentation character and herbal hop bitterness coalesce in this very authentic, effervescent French farmhouse brew.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A dollop of foam sits atop the cloudy gold.
-Mouthfeel is dry and very effervescent; this is nicely drinkable too.
-The farmhouse character is salient despite never falling wild territory.
-A touch of citrus fruitiness is found as well.
-Raisins and white pepper add nuances, never leaping out of the flavor profile.
-A sulphur-y hint hides in corners.
-This could just as easily have been brewed on the border of France and Wallonia.

Bottle; 2013 vintage.

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