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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Dark amber in color, bursting with tropical fruit aromas, and flavors. This beer is continuing to develop, and will only get better with time.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
malrubius (1707) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Time to catch up before BCTC. Bottle at CL Rosso release. Thanks to all the RB’ers and BA’s that brought great beer. I know I got this one from Dickinsonbeer. From growler. Reddish with big bubble head. Strong sugary bubblegum spice mild red fruit and spice with clean finish. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Bottle at the Otown Throwdown. Dark brown amber body. Very rootbeer-like and very peppery. Roasted malts and spicy feel. Really liked this. Hope to have again.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopscotch (9158) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 Bottle... C&P’sLYFO Throwdown... Clear amber/copper ale with a little, fizzy, white head. The aroma, to me, mainly suggests ginger and sassafras. Light-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Bitter, spicy and thin. Abrasive, moderately bitter, dry finish. Not quite my cup of tea, but thanks to Dickinsonbeer for sharing the bottle! Most attendees really seemed to like it. * * Video = http://homepage.mac.com/maltajo/RATEBEER/iMovieThe

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6023) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2009
In short: A spicy and semi-wild toasted Saison. Very good.
How: Bottle 22oz (hand bottle I think). Post-EBF tasting. Big thanks to Dickinsonbeer
The look: Slightly cloudy golden copper body topped by a small off-white head
In long: Nose blends spiciness and wilderness. Taste has “rough” toasted crunchy malts, caramel pastry, semi-wild yeast, spicy character, tree bark. Semi-fluffy body. Another excellent beer on a night when I had way too much to drink again. Way too much to drink. But I never hate myself in the morning. I sleep ‘til noon.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Bottle, courtesy Dickinsonbeer. In a day full of damn fine beers, this one might just have been the most interesting and unique of the bunch. The pour yields a lightly hazy body body that is a rusty, reddish brown in color. A small, frothy, khaki colored head leaves spotty lace. The nose is off the wall, spicy gingerbread cake and dessert bread dough showing in the malty base, followed by layer upon layer of spice and fruit. Cinnamon, raisin, banana, vanilla, and clove all make their presence felt. Hints of dark rum and toasted rye also show. Flavors are similarly structured, again quite bready and cake like, with wintery spice elements and dark fruits throughout. Gingerbread shows most prominently, and the cinnamon really lends a spicy kick. Substantial and smooth bodied, with a well concealed alcohol presence. This quirky brew is really, really cool.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9100) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottle from the Otown throwdown. Brown pour wtih a small whitish head. Aroma is full of some anise aromas, earth and maybe a bit of yeast. Flavor is spicy and malty. This was a very good brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Pours a dark caramel brown, with a small white head. big earthy, minty notes arise, with some clove and other spices as well. Huge malty backbone to go with it. The flavor was much like the aroma, very spicy with big doses of that clove and some numeg as well. very big on the flavor, a little syrupy n its texture and mild carbonaton in the mouthfeel. Nice little treat this one was.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6678) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2009
Sample at O-town throwdown ’09 Pours amber with thin white head leaving nice light golden lacing. Aroma is very fresh loaded with what seemed licorice and medicinal herbs. Taste fruity, herbal and spices very fresh and some licorice and rhubarb. tasty and was extremely fresh on the palate. A fine Saison.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2009
Growler shared by dickensonbeer at the Rosso release. Very dark brown beer with a light tan head. Aroma is quite lovely. Soft fruit and a bit of light sweet spiciness. There is a bit of licorice and a kiss of toasted wheat/rye spiciness as well. Light citrusy note with a kiss of light mintiness toward the back. The flavour is a bit grainy with a bit of soft herbal flavour. As it warms, there are a few overly sweet notes as well, but overall, it’s a pretty nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2509) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Draft at Malvern. Pours out a mostly clear nice shade of copper with a moderate off white head. Very nice, strong aroma, dark fruits, toasted malts lots of different spices. Taste is smooth and very complex. Yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg, dried fruits, toasted malts and a smooth slightly warming finish. Very well done.


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