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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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A special collaboration between brewmaster Aaron Taubman and homebrewer (and ratebeerian) Kevin Roberts.


2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
herky21 (10) - Iowa, USA - AUG 12, 2012
A- mostly light malt and slight fruit smells. Taste was very light mostly tasting the pale malts with just a touch of a tart fruit flavor and a hint of the saison yeast. Mouthfeel was thin but did have a decent dry finish as a saison should Drinkability was ok, I found this beer to be nothing more than average, nothing bad, just didn’t find anything great about it either. forgettable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2008
UPDATED: APR 3, 2008 2007 Great Taste: Quite grassy, with orange and lemon, coriander and cloves. Smooth in the beginning, sharp in the end. A little fuzzy feeling on the tongue. That is to say, not quite smooth but in no way harsh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 13, 2007
GTMW 2007. Poured a nice hazy yellow-light orange color. Head was tall and foamy with good retention and lacing. Attractive aroma of light clove, citrus, and malty cereal grain. Moderately acidic on the tongue. Earthy and tart with citrus, mixed spices, grass, a touch of ester, and subdued cider vinegar.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2007
I’m on my Millstream kick. Had this at the Great Taste of the Midwest ’06. Poured a cloudy light straw with a moderate off white head. Aroma was tangy orange, spices and fairly yeasty. Flavor was very tart and acidic with all the aforementioned aromas coming through in the flavor. Light bodied with soft moderate carbonation. Very citric, but pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2006
GTMW ’06. Hazy yellow body, big white head. Herbal-hop spicy aroma. The flavor takes on a tart citrus alongside biscuit malt and those herbal hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 16, 2005
On tap at the brewpub. Pours the color of morning’s first evacuation. Hazy with an oil slick atop each glass. Frothy head with a strong yeasty and sour aroma. A citrus sweetness without the hop content. An orange bitter treat. Long mellow bitter finish. We drank a pitcher of this while sitting outside in front of the brewery on an absolutely perfect August friday afternoon. The people at this brewpub are about as nice and gracious as humanly possible.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 Draft, at Millstream. Of course, I have to think back to the Avery Twelve Saison I had just a few weeks ago. While the Avery went for an extreme version of the stye, this one is more subdued, like its farmhouse ale origins. Pours a light straw color with a white head. After an initial impression of hay, I find a nice balance of malts shaded toward the Vienna side, lending it a bit of a caramel tinge. A perhaps northern German hop character. Then a sweet spiciness that seems to come more from saison yeast and a warm ferment than any additional spices. Perhaps a touch of white pepper on the side, then just a little sourness. Again, not extreme, just a happy little beer that raises the standard for lawnmower beers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2005
Pale gold. Nose flowery, mildly funky, some minerals. Sweet taffy fruit up front, then a bit of funkiness, a fair amount of spice. Lots of hops at the end. Rather grassy and outdoorsy, good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Straw lightly hazy white head that vanishes. Spicy, light alcohol, fruity, citrus, goodness. Quite hoppy. Even spiciness throughout. The malts are a bit fimer than I had anticipated. Quite quaffable and very enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 11, 2005
I have had this several times. First at the Belgian festival in Iowa City, and a couple times at the brewery. It has definitely changed over time. The body is a cloudy light gold with a creamy white head. The aroma is all summer with hay, lemons and apples. As it warms you also get banana esters. The taste is dry hay and some lightly sour cherries. This finishes with a hint of soapy grapefruit. There is also a little bit of black pepper spice. The soft mouthfeel makes this complemment the hot weather. The homebrew of Kevin’s seemed to have a little more funky wild character. Nicely executed.


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