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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.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rbfishstick (141) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Enjoyed froma bottle purchased at Whole Foods...on sale! Aroma is bright with citrus, cinnamon and cloves. The appearance is a pale amber orange with a thin white head. The taste is not very sweet with some hoppy bitterness. A slightly sour citrus taste but no lingering aftertaste. The beer is medium body and smooth with fine carbonation and slowly dissipating finish as the carbonation leaves your tongue. Overall, this is a good summer beer that will make you think, but just not too much.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doghair (258) - Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Light cloudy yellow with thick foam. Slowly melts. Nice aroma, remind me of mown grass. Taste is fruity with a little pepper. Clove and a bit of hops. Nice mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Overall excellent. Get some if you can! More beer please...

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (1975) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Pours a hazy gold with a 3-4 finger, chunky, white head. Aroma is full of lemony citrus (more rind than fruit), grains of paradise are very noticeable, general peppery and sweet bread spice notes, cereal grain, toast, hints of floral and citrus hops and fruity yeast notes. Flavor is lemon, up front, grains of paradise, citrus peel, sweet bread spice, light pepper, after all the spices and weirdness die off a bit some nice malt notes come through, sweet hay, cereal grain, starchy hot cereal, pine nuts and bready yeast. Finishes with grains of paradise, peppery and spicy, possibly some yeasty spice in there as well, a bit hard to tell. Palate is medium with a dusty, oily feel and light, but blanketing and somewhat sharp carbonation. I don’t know the alcohol content, but I do notice a little alcohol coming through. Good stuff overall, despite the fact that it is yet another over spiced and (slightly) boozy saison, I did enjoy it quite a bit. Personally I would love to see less grains of paradise and more hops and yeast charactor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joet (2188) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Lightly spritzy propelling a citric lemony, and fruity melon aroma. Also some coriander and white pepper. The more golden side of copper with a beautiful fine bubbled white head. Sweet and drinkable with little hop in the finish. Can’t pick out much as far as yeast profiles -- to estery for me to discern. I’d be interested to revisit this beer done a bit more dry and with less in the way of fruit esters. There seems to be some compelling bits in the hay and what tastes to me like coriander but could be grains of paradise that might stand out more with this beer pared down as only New Glarus pares down.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joshmcg000 (322) - Iowa, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Pours slightly hazy gold with white head. Aroma is yeast and lemon citrus. Lots of lemon and citrus flavors, but it also has a pine hoppy bite to it, also has some spicy peppery taste to is to that bites along with the hops. The yeast flavor starts to creep through more after a few drinks to, and it’s good. Very crisp and refreshing. Good summer, beer, I’m not crazy about beers with so much lemon taste but the hop bite and spiciness kind of balance it out.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joshwoodward (567) - - JUL 30, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2012 Solid, refreshing. The downside is a slight rubbery finish, giving a bitter edge. Not my favorite NG.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4956) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle given to me by thebaldwizard. Clear gold pour with a medium white head. Aroma of banana, malt and some spice. Malty nose with banana esters with some peppery and spicy character before an herbal finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewaha (129) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Pours a clear gold with only a little head. Smells of orange and peach. Smells a little like a Sauvignon blanc to me. Palate is very carbonated but the flavor is very subtle. Not really sweet with a little bitter aftertste

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4479) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Clear golden color with a large head. Classic Belgian yeast aroma: yeasty, slightly spicy, almost some black pepper and lemon. Dry barley and grainy flavor. A bit of floral hop. Unbelieveably dry. Some straw and black pepper. Bready. Nearly full bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AWISLguy (1341) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Bottle from Brookfield Discount. Pours very clear yellowish golden with fine bubbles and a white head. Leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is of all belgian yeast, plus some fruitiness and some bread. Taste has cloves, other spices, fruit, plenty of esters, a bit of earthiness. Dry and very belgian-y. Finishes with a small burst of sweet alcohol. Fresh, but not as saison-y as belgian-y to me.


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