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RATINGS: 263   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2638) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Tasted on 2/19/13 from a corked and caged 375mL bottle purchased at City Beer. Pours hazy dark yellow with a thick white head that slowly recedes to bubbly lace. The nose is very dry with some nutty brett funk and a hint of tropical fruit hops. The flavor is the same with the raisin note coming through with some spicy yeast and the same nutty funk as the nose. The body is light with average carbonation and a long nutty, funky, and spicy finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jorn69 (2725) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2014
@ Omena Hotels, Köpenhamn 8/2-2014. Flaska från Kihoskh, Köpenhamn. Frisk och krispig, fruktig, småsyrlig med en del jästtoner, medelsöt. Ganska mesig och tillbakadragen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (3680) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2014
12.7 oz bottle pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of citrus, malts, pepper and grass. Taste is malts, pepper and bread.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bmsulliv (219) - - FEB 6, 2014
Promising but bottle was completely flat. Not a ton of aroma, cloudy yellow. Wheat malt and slight acidity. Would try again ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Bottle from Chuck’s, opened the next day.

Pours hazy gold with a fluffy white head that fills out my tulip glass and then some. Delicious nose just the way I like my saisons, rather in the Dupont vein but without as much of the fruity esters than their flagship saison. Dusty farmyard and pepper, apricot skins, a hint of not-so-damp stone cellar, restrained brettanomyces bringing more leather than funk. The flavor follows, which for a beer with this good of an aroma is a very nice thing. Very dry on the front side and even more so late as the brett kicks in with lots of leather, again a light dusting of pepper, a citric twist like well-steeped orange water, just a touch minerally, not nearly so much as Avril of which this beer reminds me in some ways. I don’t really get the white wine from the commercial description. Anyone still making Lost Abbey carbonation jokes (guilty here!) needs to try this; the mouthfeel is perfect, a gently prickling effervescence that imparts the perfect amount of body, leaving a beer that is extraordinarily drinkable after physical work or play.

I’m really impressed with what Lost Abbey was doing. I started out a fanboy back in the day, then became somewhat disenchanted -- but with this and saint’s devotion (a pair I need to try head-to-head) coming in relatively inexpensive bottles I’m delighted at the direction their beers are taking. These really good saisons and in my opinion should be sitting near the top of the US-brewed saison rankings. I would have thought this one was closer to 4.1 than the 4.3 I’m giving it, but with the bumps for drinkability here we are.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zer0 (1207) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2014
Bottle shared at ’t Klooster, Delft. Pours cloudy golden. Aroma is peppery, grapefruit, citrus, tropical fruits, funky and some bread. Taste is moderate sweet and some hoppy bitterness. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (3038) - Gray, Maine, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy orange golden color with a puffy rocky white sticky foam. The nose is rustic hay, floral grass, peppercorn and traces of barnyard funk. Palate follows the nose with a nice round grain backbone that is livened by aggressive carbonation and complex touches of grass, honey kissed apricot and light pepper that rolls into the dry refreshing finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11242) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2014
A superior saison, thanks to the staff at WIndy City. CItrus hops play along with the white pepper and make this very tasty.Big foamy head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle:   Bright straw, fairly hazy, small to moderate foamy white head, nice lacing.   Dull musty aroma, a little barnish.   Not terribly bright.   Brett seems minor, just about non-existant.   Almost seems to have a farty or soft sulfur sort of aroma.   A bit brighter on the tongue, musty, barnish, with a little tartness.   A little Brett is noticeable.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel, a touch prickly.   Clean finish, in a dusty barnish grassy sense.   Perhaps the white pepper shows a bit on this one, but its very faint.   Decent, but not a vibrant Saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (6950) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 19, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2014 Bottle. Pours cloudy yellow gold with a small diminishing white head and decent lacing. Aroma is citrus, fruity, pepper, a bit of funk, decaying leaves. Flavor is quite light sweet, a bit funky, fruity, peppery, touch of lemon. Zesty bitter finish. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation.

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