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RATINGS: 188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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New Belgium’s seasonal release, Saison, pays tribute to Belgian farmhouse ales brewed to celebrate the fall harvest. Pale bronze in color, our Saison is slightly spicy and delicately hopped. A sweet malty note glides along with herbal tones produced by an authentic Belgian yeast strain. The finish is surprisingly dry.
Originally, local brewers crafted Saison beers for seasonal workers in the farming community to enjoy at the end of their day. With typical hoppy character and an intriguing Belgian twist, Saison will appeal to hop lovers and wheat beer drinkers alike. Whether you’re pushing a plow or a pile of paper work, Saison will help you bask in the afterglow of a job well done.
Saison - Enjoy the season.
Pale bronze in color, this delicately hopped ale has a bright, yeasty, artisanal quality worthy of toasting those long autumn sunsets.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Tap at Falling Rock: Yellow color with minimal head. Complex aromas of peppercorn, coriander, apple, spice, and yeast. Tart flavor, with hints of fruit, yeast, coriander. Yeasty finish, that is almost citrus like. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (7979) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2005
New version, sampled January 2005 at the brewery. Bold yellow color, just slightly hazy, with a white head. Beautiful nose of coriander, floral yeast, sweet and soft spices and some apricots. Sour apple flavor, pasty texture with a tart, dry and dull spiced bread and apple flavor. Banana esters show up at times. Sour lemon and cake as well. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1285) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Draught at Old Chicago’s.

Pours a dark golden with a thin white head that collars the glass.

The aroma is spicy yeastiness and some bananas.

The taste is spicy yeastiness, cloves and some subtle citrus with a floral hop finish. Reminds me some of a Wit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall, a good easily approachable Belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Growler complements of Crosling, drank within hours of receiving, still cold from shipping.
Completely filtered golden brass color, light sticky head & lacing. Nose of yeast, citrus, clove & allspice. Very complex saison for a US example. Light sulfer, banana, papaya, peppers. A funky acidity & light sweet & tart notes, lots of wheat, pilsner malt base. Full body saison, not as artisnal as some fresh saisons like dupont or fantome but damn good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Gold with just a touch of red. Fluffy white head and sheet lacing. Sour aroms with bitter hops. Lemons for the scitrus and just a bare hint of smoke. Clove and pilsner malts. Flavor is so incredibly complex. Bitter and smoky with biscuits and doubh. Stong spice with a lot of clove it seems like. I’ve never encountered a saison like this from anywehre besides belgue. Awesome beer! Thanks Crosling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2006 Clear and brightly golden; thinnish, frothy white head. Smooth body; pretty easy to drink. Light grains complemented by a honey-like sweetness. Balancing hop bitterness leaves behind notes of flowers and herbs. Delicate hints of banana, clove, citrusy lemon and daisy fields. Nicely balanced and pleasant to drink, but a little restrained. Rerate, on tap at Falling Rock: Clear golden with a frothy, tightly packed head. Light texture; mild carbonation; slightly watery at times. Pinch of tartness was nice, and aromas were nice (delicate flowers). Only a mild bitterness. Overall, nice things going on, but (again) way too restrained. Rerate, bottle: Nice and bright golden, but quickly fading head. Nose was nice, but aromas didn’t seem to carry so well after the first sip. Grainy-bready malts. Kind of hot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 16, 2004
clear golden-yellow w/ a nice white head, light floral aroma & flavor. It has the typical saison nose & flavors, but in a more subdued way. I think that it could use a touch more umphh. Thx Santa

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (6200) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2006 Bottle. Head is initially diminishing. Body is clear medium yellow. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cereal, popcorn, toasted grain, husks), lightly hoppy (herbs), with a light note of soap. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Pretty embarrassing...highly filtered appearance is ugly for the style (saisons are all about nature, and simply must be bottle-conditioned / naturally carbonated), nasty malt character in the nose with little else going on, and a remarkably dirty aftertaste (probably a result of the horrid malt or poor extraction). There’s just not much to like about this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Aroma is quite floral and very appealing. Light golden color with small head. The mouthfeel was quite frothy, somewhat of a change from most NB brews. Malty, balanced palate. Taste is dry throughout, and highlighted by lavender (again, floral) and hints of belgian yeast. Underlying bitterness adds to the experience. Overall, a delicate and floral beer. My only complaint is that it might be a little too carbonated for me- I just want to stick it in the sonicator for about 5 seconds before I drink it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2005 Draught @ the brewery yesterday. Vibrant, bursting, Belgian aroma of spicy hops, light fruits (white grapes and pear), lavender, red licorice and leather. Fitting, soft and round body, with a nice Belgian influence with the spicing (coriander, lavender) , a nice light fruitiness (green melon) and a touch of caramel and butter toffee. A seriously serious Saison that is nearly equal to its Belgian counterparts.

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