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Saison, the original Farmhouse Ale, was the refreshing invention of thirsty Belgian farmers. Wisconsin pale barleys brewed with Grains of Paradise in this bright new copper hued ale. Deceptively approachable, its complicated fermentation incorporates a blend of three Belgian yeast strains and is fully bottle conditioned. Fresh hops snap with lemon zest and peppery ginger notes, lending to its enigmatic personality. Enjoy, as this sassy Wisconsin Saison is at its best thirst quenching drinkability now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm (1242) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2012
[Bottle] Pours hazy amber with a small white head. Aroma is orange peel, light doughiness, banana, and I can get the grains of paradise as well. Taste is grains of paradise, alcohol, yeast, a little banana again, and light pepper. Fairly thin, smooth, finish length is pretty good. Overall, a very nice saison. Also, I have had some really bad beers made with grains of paradise, but this was really well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (5385) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Sampled at 4 Hands cellarnight. This is haxy golden and has a white head. A soft nose of lemongrass and nice fruit. It has a funky pale malt first sip. Light zest and the fruit and pale malts grow. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow gold with a tight cap of white.

Aroma: Magnificent fresh fruit: grapes, pear, apple. Floral too.

Taste: Sharp spicy belgian yeast, ripe honey dew, literally perfume,banana, modest Euro hop spice.

Mouthfeel: High prickly carbonation ,juicy.

Overall: Saisons seem to have a ton of room for interpretation. While I enjoyed the beer for what it was, it was a bit big, sweet and fruity for my personal Saison tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2012
From the bottle. I like this one, and I think I would like it more if it was not for the pepper. The more I have pepper and spices in beer the less I like them. Love the lemon zest, but pepper takes away in my opinion. Solid brew still.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1423) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle; Pour is murky golden with a mild mannered fine bubbled white head in this glass. Lemongrass, spice notes, and some mild funk, I suppose. This brew is a big disappointment for me - It begins light bitter, barley malts, more spice notes with more pepper - lemon grass is present - but the finish is weak , the belgian side is average - it’s not a great example

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thome50 (1195) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle via Kevin Butler. Pours a golden yellow orange with white head that dissipates quickly. Belgian aroma with some clove and banana with some pepper. Taste is again, Belgian which this seems to be the quintessential "saison". Not my favorite but not at all a bad take on the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (2019) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber with subtle floaties and a nice white tight soapy head that fades to a thin film. Aroma has good yeast and bread notes with some pepper and some noticeable hops. Taste is all of the above with a good lemon zest and pepper hop bitterness, and a very nice farmhouse finish. Palate is slick and shows good carbonation with a drying finish. Very solid Saison.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rxeight (1791) - Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2012 Glowing golden color. Very faint aroma. Typical for a saison. Banana, spice, clove.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle picked up from Woodman’s in Madison. Pours a brilliant gold with a huge white head. The nose is generically fruity, white pepper, faint clove and pilsner malt. Some yeasty overtones as well as some citrus. On tasting, moderately tart. Lacks the plasticky phenols that can be so unpleasant in some of these ’merican saisons. Nice level of fruitiness to support the tart notes. Clean overall and refreshing. Nice iteration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3675) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2012
12 oz. bottle. It pours a hazed golden color with a medium white head, which dissipates a bit. Aroma of hay, fresh dough, pale malts. I get notes of lemon zest and grass, as well as mild pepper and earth. There are some lemon grass and herbal notes as well. Flavor has strong lemon and pepper notes as well as some funky earthy overtones. There’s a fair amount of zesty yeast tones and mild malt sweetness. Nice, well-carbonated mouthfeel with a crisp citrus finish. This is a good American saison.

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