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McKenzie Saison Vautour (Bottle)
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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Beginning in 2/10, Saison Vautour bottled with brett, pedio, and lacto. Bottles earlier than 2/10, should be listed under the draft version (no bugs).


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (29687) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2011
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is dry brett. Lingering brett and smild citrusy fruity. Mild wineous and slight fruity. Smooth fruity and slight wineous finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2010
(750ml bottle, courtesy of Nellie) Pours a hazy yellow body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of mustiness, horseblanket, citrus, and grain. Flavor of citrus, brett, grass, herbs, subtle lacto, and some pepper.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Shenandoah Throwdown. 75cl bottle, thanks dickinsonbeer. Cloudy light-amber body, small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, spicy, pepper, some funk/cheese. Taste is moderately sweet, pepper, some spicy, light funk, bread. Medium body, light acidity.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2011
750 bottle 29/372-thanks to jtclockwork for sharing–pours a thin white head and hazy yellow color. Aroma is brett, wood, vinegar, light malt, yeast. Taste is brett/slight sour, lemon, wood, light malt-bready, yeast. 3.2 *110603- -750 bottle–pours a thin white head and yellow/straw color. Aroma is sweet light malt. Taste is sweet light malt, some spice hops, yeast. 3.5

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (9940) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden straw color with a massive white head that clings to the glass. S: A very nice earthy aroma to this beer providing some grass and hay notes. Lightly sweet malts with a bit of a cracker thing going on. A touch of fruitiness, but certainly some lemon zest that is very pleasing. T: This one starts out with a very light tartness (of the lemon variety). Grass, hay, and leather give this beer a fantastic earthy character and really dry it out. A hint of of spice (white pepper) and a bready malt base completes this one. M: The body is medium with plenty of carbonation and a very dry finish. D: Just fantastic stuff. Glad to have an extra one of these sitting at home.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (8540) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Hazy yellow. Aroma is so nice, tart, yeasty, funky, spice. Flavor is such a great mix of tartness, yeast, light malt. Damn good.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NielsenRatings (8275) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Armin. Nice choice! Very cloudy yellow-orange appearance with a white head. Mild bretty, pineapple-orange citrusy, mildly funky, belgian yeasty nose. Pineapple-lemon citrusy, slightly funky, mild bretty, slightly tart, Belgian yeasty flavor. Light tart aftertaste. Pretty tasty saison.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (7895) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 7, 2011
750mL wild version at McKenzie for RBSG 2011. Pours a hazy golden with a healthy white head. Doesn’t come off immediately as that funky to me. Acid mash wheat beer and Berliner Weiss come to mind in the nose with more lemon and wheat starch in the nose than citrus, Brett, funk, barn. Nose opens up to green apples and cinnamon. Taste is very doughy, lactic tart, and pretty much straight Berliner Weiss with cinnamon green apples. Better than tap version. Still sort of an oddity. Would like to try again after the bottle has a little more age.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Bottle thanks to someone at Bobby’s tasting. Pours with a clear golden body and a white head. Aroma is grainy, phenolic, and sour. Taste is lightly sour, fruity and heavy brett phenolics. Lively bubbles with a dry mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2011
My Bottom Line :
Bursting pineapple and citrus fruit frolick around conifer-like wilderness and pedio funk for an effervescent, characterful Wild Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A slice of foam covers the cloudy pale golden.
-The fruit character is voluble, emulating white grapes and a plethora of tropical fruit.
-Tiny bubbles expand across the palate in great numbers.
-This is obviously dry throughout, yet the overt fruitiness makes you imagine some sweetness early on.
-Doughy yeast and biscuity cereal subtleties can also be perceived.
-Phenols appear in the finish.
-This is very nice, but perhaps linear and not necessarily quaffable for this style.

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