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RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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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.


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3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nealblind (972) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Cloudy orange yellow pour big frothy head that stays. Aroma of barley,. honey, sweet yeast perfume. Tastes typical bananas yeast but then follow with harsh metallic bitter. Palate is creamy. Pepper leaves a dry staleness. An American hopped saison executed a bit botched. I’ve yet to have a lost Abbey beer that really impressed me.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mesjasz (114) - Lodz, POLAND - MAR 28, 2015
Hazy orange color, almost no head. Aroma is acidic, funk, vineous. Taste is light acid and dry, some bitterness and tartness at finish. Flavor is funk, citrus, grapes, bread, herbal. Aftertaste is tart, dry, bitter with citrus character. Medium body, thin texture and medium carbonation. Bretts do the work. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SinH4 (554) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 18, 2015
Hazy orange color with big white head. Grapey, fruity, funky fresh aroma. Fruity taste, dry, high carbonation, vineous, spicy. Even a little bit salty. A nice one, okay-priced as well! Quite complex.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (988) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle poured at a blind tasting. Thanks Eugene. Pours a reddish orange color with a short fizz head. Slightly sour tropical fruit aroma. Sweet gummy fruit flavor with hints of spice.in the finish. Interesting. Nice beer here.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (10072) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 26, 2015
from Au Trappiste - hazy golden-blond beer with a moderate foam left; fresh aroma of raisins, apples and pears; light cheesy; medium-bodied, ively and tasty; dry, sour/bitter and with a late saltiness; fresh fruiy and funky finish with lingering peppery notes

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zoucrew102 (732) - - FEB 1, 2015
375ml corked bottle. Lemon citrus aroma with notes of pepper. Pours hazy golden colored with a huge white head and no lacing. Starts with wheat and lemony citrus flavors. Finishes slightly dry with peppery flavors as well as a hint of Brett sourness. Interesting beer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (6454) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2015
37,5 cl bottle (5,5%) @ tiong
Aroma is a bit musty with some grainy malt and apricot. Also some citrus. Flavour is odd with berries, some soapy citrus, apricot and hayish wheat. Also fruit candy. Only faint traces of bretta here. Not that good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (4281) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2015
375ml bottle from Bierkompass

Pours clear orange with a thick white head. Aroma of bretta, funky yeast, tropical fruity hops, crisp malts and spices. Taste is crisp, funky yeasty and vinous with notes of bretta, fruits, spices and tartness. Finish is vinous, funky and crisp with notes of berries, bretta, spices and mild tartness. Quite interesting.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5156) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2015 Corked and caged, 12.7 oz bottle VINTAGE 2013. Nose is malty, dusty, faintly sweet; a maple syrup-raisin thing going on there sans sweetness. Some creamy/vanilla character, too. Pours light golden with moderate carbonation and a large, tight/dense, Orvallish head. Taste is very dry, golden pils/pale malt with low bitterness, slightly oily and perfumed hops (think Strisselspalt), candi residue, black pepper and a touch of airiness (neither fit in well), very light sweaty tartness that near familiar regurgitation/vomit, and there’s some sagging bell pepper bile, but that’s about it for the funk. Zesty, lively citrus, medium-full body with no apparent alcohol. Not sure I like the mix, or the contribution of the raisins or yeast (would prefer the flavors contributed naturally by a saison yeast).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (6157) - Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2014
375 ml bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a hazy golden orange with white head. Smells of honey, golden raisins, and a bit of spice with a mild Chardonnay-like presence. Tastes like it smells, but more bretty than raisiny, with a medium-bodied semi-dry mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kita (1313) - Koper, SLOVENIA - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle, 0.375l, shared with friends. Hazy pale golden color with thin creamy white head and average sparkling appearance. Aroma of funky brett, barnyard, white wine and fruits. Taste starts with light sweet biscuity malt, follows refreshing yeasty, vinous and fruity with dry peppery mouthfeel and moderate bitter finish. Full body, oily texture and average carbonation in palate. Excellent funky saison...


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