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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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Sťance is a dark, complexly concocted Saison, rich with earthy hues and flavors. A mild tartness begins the journey, and an underlying hop bitterness sweeps the senses through a newly opened door of the mind, where you will soon find subtle hints of ripe fruit, bringing you to a place few dare to roam.


2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4909) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a black color with a small foamy beige head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was dry, woody and smoky. The flavor was dry, wood and smoky with a hint of roast beer and vague fruity hops - odd and not in a good way. Medium length finish of dry wood and smoke. Medium body. Not good.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
raradel (340) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Cool idea but too thin to make much of an impression. The look draws you in but it falls flat with the mouth feel.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gripweed57 (642) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours a translucent dark brown color with a medium-sized rocky beige head. Quite unusual, I have never seen a Saison that had coloring similar to a porter or brown ale. Aroma is light toasted malt with citrus overtones. Tangy toasted malt flavor with light smoky, cocoa notes. Mid taste has some spicy hops. Finish is brief and dry. A confusing beer that defies the style. Not bad, just different.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Block (1360) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2013
I didnít think this beer was super complex, but it did have some strange flavors. It seemed like a mix of malts and spice. Sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2456) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Eventually I found the name on yet another confusing Magic Hat bottle. The beer is much darker than I expected, almost like a thin stout. A little bit of reddish highlight shows around the edges and the head is a thin tan affair after a couple minutes of dying down. Aromas are autumn-y... leaf litter and a little bit of brown sugar is about all I get, but it is pleasant enough, especially for a beer in the 4% range. First sip reveals a nice and clean dark beer - not sure if I would call it a saison, but thatís my problem - with lots of autumn leaves and a little bit of a nut edge to it. There is a hint of lemongrass that keeps it interesting and I have to say that I like this beer. Normally I find Magic Hat to underperform my hopes, but this one is very nice.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
boxofrane (2096) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Opening up the afternoon with a brew by a brewer who frequently underwhelms me. This saison pours reddish brown with a medium sized off white head, some lacing.. looks decently good. The aroma is pretty much caramel and roast.. almost a brown ale.. there is some mild yeasty notes. This beer is very basic.. and more of a Belgian ale than a saison. There is mild dark fruit, a lot of brown sugar.. but it is just boring.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
redpooba (396) - New York, USA - AUG 20, 2013
A dark brown with a white head. Little aroma of burnt oak. It is missing complexity and instead only has indistinguishable dark wood notes.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aurelius (4121) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Lightly smoky, dark Belgian aroma -- malty, yeasty. Dark brown beer, clear, thin ivory head. Bad label, standard US longneck. Part of the Night of the Living Dead mixpack - some of whom, Iím starting to suspect, are used in the manufacture of this beer. Tangy, a little creosote, dry, astringent. Medium light body. Belgian yeast aftertaste over tar flavors.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Evolutionary (279) - Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle from sampler. Nose is fruit and meady. Starts a bit tart with a bit of hop bite mixed in. Fairly light saison and balance is ok. Decent for Warner weather or with spicy food. ---Rated via my mouth

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Suttree (5131) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Itís an overly sweet brown ale with a little bit of wild yeast thrown in. I donít know why I bother.


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