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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
RSRIZZO (1853) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2007
Had this beer on 3/5/1999. Color is a bright gold with good carbonation and light head. Aroma is not good. Body is light and goes down crisp with a bitterness. Finish is a bit sour. Overall I rate it as a OK, seems to be a strong Pilsener.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3311) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2007
12oz bottle(4/8/07)-A pale bronze body with a nice white head and an aroma of yeast and smoke. Taste of the same with hops and malt added in. A nice saison. Very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 10/08/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade

clear golden, scant frothy white head, traces of lace, aroma of bitter spicy funky sweaty leather, light body, malt flavor, lots of spicy esters, good earthy funk, light bitterness

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - AUG 16, 2007
A deep golden color with a short-lived white head of fine bubbles. Very sweet malty nose , yeasty, earthy. Sweet & tangy with lots of spice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2007
12 oz bottle from mreusch, 6/3/07: Thin off white head w/ a hazy, light amberish/orange body. Grainy malt aroma dominates and is even a bit more harsh as it warms. Wisps of fruity esters, and very little to no spicy yeast character. The flavor is also harshly grainy. There is a light yeasty flavor and very light ester profile. Mild, and I mean mild peppery yeast phenolic. Mostly harsh, grainy malt flavor. Dry finish, grainy aftertaste. Medium carbonation w/ a bit of bite. Medium body, dry m/f. Too clean for my palate for a saison. Not enough yeast character in either the phenolic/spice or esters for me, and the grainy character that dominates seems unpleasant to my palate and takes away from any other subtleties this beer might have had. Not a big fan of this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAY 28, 2007
A good but not great saison. Mild esthers and some hoppiness. I like more fruitiness/spicyness in a saison. Very good, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
waolsen (1358) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2007
bottle. copper pour with rising bubbles to thin white head. fruity/fresh aroma. baked bread, spice and yeast. fairly mild. nicely balanced but mellow. nice drinking beer but mellow for style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 14, 2007
12 oz bottle from mreusch - thanks! Best by Jan 07 - whoops. Clear amber with a beige head. How is this a saison? Soapy malt and ginger nose. Grainy, malty, more soap and cardamom. Meh. Drinkable, but damn sure not a saison.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Clear, warm metallic-gold body with moderate carbonation and an ample, sudsy white head. Fruity esters in the nose with notes of coconut, orange, and banana. Flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter with some mild tartness. Belgian yeast character is nutty and somewhat sickly and cloying. Lacks balancing spicy phenols. Bottle-conditioning might help. A little. I’d love to go back in a time machine to the days when RateBeer was young and taste the original incarnation of New Belgium saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bleeng (1526) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2007
Smells and tastes like a saison even though it doesn’t look like one. Funky barnyard nose. Small head. Tastes very alcoholic for it’s "size". Almost a summer session beer-I wish this came out in the summer rather than the fall. Overall a well done beer if not exact to style-one of my favorite NB beers.

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