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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle picked up from Woodmanís 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 ímerican 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 (4036) - 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. Thereís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (2020) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Bottle. Clear dark golden pour, good frothy/thick carbonation and lacing with a light funky lemon rind aroma. Flavor is light lemon, pear, white pepper and some creamy funk on the finish. Extremely enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2012
8/10/12. 12oz bottle thanks to cbfobes! Hazy orange pour with a really nice off-white head that is thick and lasts forever. Citrus and mellow cream aromas with definite phenolics. Light citrus and cream flavor with nice yeast aspects and phenolics. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2012
12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a big creamy white head with little lacing. Plenty of spicy Belgian yeast and some fruity esters, hints of banana. Orange zest and white pepper. Crisp, spicy Belgian yeast with some sweeter malt and grain notes, which I wasnít expecting as much. Lemongrass, orange zest and even a bit of sugary pears in the finish. The mouthfeel is less carbonation than many saisons and definitely on the heavier side of things. Itís also sweeter and less dry than most in the style. This is another great beer from New Glarus but I donít think itís one of the best versions Iíve had (unlike their wheat beers, which are stunning).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2012
12oz bottle from the bed and breakfast that we are staying at. sweet. black top too to boot... pours a mostly transparent, although just a touch hazy, consistent throughout and topped with a thin to medium soapy white head... lemon, citrus, and hay found in the aroma. a light yeastiness also present as well ... flavors are crisp, lemony with other supporting citrus aspects alongside mild yeasty note. a little phenolic with spiced undertones. a touch of bitterness on the backend but fairly minimal. mouthfeel is shy of medium with quite active and lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryanfolty (2391) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2012
August 7, 2012 bottle from the brewery. Cloudy yellow pour with large amount of head. Aroma was fruity / citrus, spicy, belgian yeast and floral. Taste was consistent with a slight bitter finish. Thin to medium body with some carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2012
bottle. Pours clear gold no head aroma green apple floral fl clean yeast green apple hay

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle from Casanova in Hudson, Wisconsin. Pour a semi-clear golden straw colored saison with a decent sized rocky white head that has some excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of golden grain malt, some light clove, hint of ginger, white pepper and yeast. Taste is medium bodied, some mild spice with additional flavors of ginger, golden grain malt, light floral hops and a hint of banana. Finish has a mild ginger aftertaste, some spicy yeast and a hint of citrus. Solid saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Pours to a glowing slightly opaque brassy body with a lightly frothy white head. Aromas of cinnamon, ginger, light clove, and banana. The flavor is banana and fresh ginger up front with light clove, toasted malts, and cinnamon on the finish. Spiciness from the yeast and carbonation on the palate. Medium bodied with a long lasting palate. Sweet, but not sugary. The lively carbonation really holds this beer together.

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