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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Brune Reserve is our dark saison aged 9 months in Pennsylvania oak barrels. The resulting beer has a wine- like acidity that can accentuate even the simplest flavors in food.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2557) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Thank you Vince and Tom. Pours clearer amber like a cognac with a big bubbly beige head that dissipates quickly. The aroma brings sweet malty oak barrel and wild yeast. The flavor has gone quite wild in 2 years maintaining the wine-like acidity described. The body is not thick and a bit cleaner than expected. Still drinking well after two years for sure! It is quite nice with some homemade edamame hummus.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Notes from my backlog: Hazy amber pour with an off white film of head. Aroma is quite spicy- minty, juniper, lavender, biscuit undertones- unique. Spicy in the flavor as well. Lavender, mint, some woody bitter tannins. A touch of vanilla on the back as it warms. Vanilla and lavender resonate on the back. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (5998) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
In short: A very woody (extremely woody) rustic Saison.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed 9 months after bottling date. Another one of the too many beers dumped in my cellar by Dickinsonbeer. I hate you Paul.
The look: Cloudy golden orange body. Medium beige head with good retention leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is moderately rustic, dusty attic, some fruits (grapes mainly), some wood. Taste has a lot of wood. Vinous wood barrel, woodshop 2x4 lumbers, sawdust, you name it lots of wood. The beer is also a bit vinous (white wine vinous) with some tannins. It also feels fruity although no specific fruit comes out. Does not feel particularly wild or bretty, but certainly very rustic. Sweetness is not typical caramel/honey, more like sticky tree sap. Body is quite heavy for the style but never does the beer feels sweet or nourishing. Carbonation is very lively and the mouthfeel is very satisfying. Just a whole lot of wood in a bottle. This beer is tasty, heavy and the finish is extra dry. This is not a thirst Saison, this is more like a sipper. What a crazy beer. That beer was harder to figure out than a IKEA instruction booklet. And if you ask me, IKEAs definition of "some assembly required" is "Heres a tree, a saw and some nails."

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JAXSON (528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Bottle, pours a very dark, clear burgundy with a thin soapy head. Nose is huge red wine barrel, some red berries, Belgian yeast and some brett. Flavor needs some time in the glass to blossom, as at first its just this massive, acetic red wine barrel that overwhelms everything. A touch medicinal. With some time the barrel kind of calms down and raspberries and cranberries come through. Quite a lot of wet wood with some musky wild yeast. A bit sweet for my liking. Finish is a lot of barrel and kind of muddled with that acetic quality coming through a tad. Overall this has some merit -- its a nice style, reminds me a bit of Beekeeper but clearly without the finesse, and the flavors are rich. Certainly a nice effort and Id like to try an aged bottle at some point. After trying 4-5 McKenzie oak-aged offerings I think these guys need to play with subtleties more instead of just going for huge wine barrel as they do here and with Cuvee McK. Good but Im done giving them brownie points just because theyre small and local.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2408) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Another bottle from hopdog, thanks Steve. has a light gush from the bottle and then a big head, beautiful head with a sticky lacing. Aroma is, well, divine. First there is light cherry brett, than strawberry bubblegum (not from esters), and some unobtrusive grainy barrel. Brett is present with some sweet Belgian maltiness. Flavor thins out a bit more, its brett-centric, with sweet pit. This evaporates nicely off my palate and a nice aftertaste of musky and mineral flavors. A bit of a bitter grainy kick at the end. Beautiful aroma and a great mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Underrated beer for sure. This should be at least a tenth or two higher, as it is a perfect reflection, I guess, of the old Southampton Biere de Mars. I love, love, love this kind of malting. Softly spicy, leathery, plum roll fruity, with a great hop bite. Excellent beer, easy to drink. Also similar to JPs Biere de Mars, which when on is a lovely beer. This style is perfect. Jason, you read this one perfectly - thanks man.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
750 ml bottle; wow, thanks Alex as this was one Ive been trying to get lately; light brown with fizzy tan head; pepper, spice and creamy mix of grass and wildflowers; maybe hibiscus; oranges, oaky and sweet with a nice, light creamy mouthfeel; dried flowers, grapes, bread and wheat; almost tarty finish too, which pulls away from the smooth, dry finish; red clover or similar flowers; a little chaulky; pretty nice overall and I dig the dried flowers

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2010
bottle thanks Paul! Pours brown with a medium off white head. Aroma is very fruity, all over the spectrum. Flavor is strawberry, apricot, apples and a light spicy funk.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 17, 2010
750mL blue wax-topped bottle courtesy of hopdog. Pours a hazy brownish amber with a big rocky head that recedes to a solid cap and leaves spotty lacing. The body is very active with tons of bubbles streaming to the top. The aroma is funky and acidic with earthy yeast and plenty of vinegar in the nose as well as some leather. There is a bit of sugary sweetness and plenty of spicy oak with an intriguing juniper/mint thing going on. The taste starts off with a seriously dry and funky kick with leather and barnyard all over the place. Some grapes and brown sugar mixed with vinegar, but the finish is exceptionally dry and astringent, with the oak tannins dominating in the end. The mouthfeel is active and extremely wine-like with a funky astringency throughout. The finish leaves a burn. This is a big ole funky saison with lots of complexity but dominated by the dry funk and oak with some interesting herbal and minty components. Very interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2010
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazed light brownish deep copper with a foamy dissipating head- some lace. Aroma is funked out but strange in a somewhat good way- mint, pine, juniper berry, slight medicinal, cedar, earth leather medium toast and burnt bread, and has similarities to sahti. Flavor is more berry, mint, earth, leather some horse funk, pedio bacteria, light cherry pit, pine sap, moderate to lightly sweet residual maltiness, very woody and astringent in the end, but opens up nice as it warms- mellows out a bit, mostly smooth in the end- very funked out sahti meets brown saison. Pretty cool.


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