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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scoobysnak (329) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Golden color, with a slight haze. Smell includes: cloves, banana and esters. Taste is very much what youíd expect from the aroma. Cloves, banana and a good pepper bite toward the end.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pepsican (1440) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Gold pour, touch of haze, small white head. Heavy yeast notes, lots of banana and citrus zest. A bit of an herbal blend with mild peppercorn notes as well as some earthy bitterness. Prickly, tight carbonation. Well done NG.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9548) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Bottle poured a clear gold with a small lasting white head. Aromas of straw, spice, white pepper, fruittiness and light yeast. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of straw, white pepper, spice and light citrus with a crisp lingering pepper finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3193) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - OCT 16, 2012
I donít even know how the beer many of the other raters were drinking when they rated this could possibly be the same beer I was drinking here. My expectation of this beer was that it would be too heavy, too sweet, and overly phenolic... I feel like if folks donít like a Saison they should say what they donít like about it instead of just entering canned general complaints that are common for examples of this particular style.
Rant over, time for the rating.

Pours a bright golden color with a big fluffy white head that doesnít shrink a centimeter as the glass is drunk, the lacing is very nice and the beer is full of effervescent bubbles.

The aroma is sort of odd, not unpleasant, not bad, in fact enjoyable... but still odd. The mineral and limestone take center stage here, but itís not like a musty or funky limestone basement character... just that sort of straightforward aroma you get from a limestone basement without all the other funky stuff. The aroma is spicy with a decent but well controlled banana character.

The flavor is bready and very peppery at first, some citrus rind and the common bitterness that accompanies this sort of flavor play well into the character of the beer. The beer has a nice fruit character but itís really not especially sweet. The hop character is great here, very earthy and providing a great bitterness that rounds the beer out in just the right way.

The beer is prickly like champagne but more heavy on the tongue than that libation, heavier than I prefer this style of beer, but by no means beyond what Iíve found in classic examples of the style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rubbishystuff (1811) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Thanks to iNBe. Sort of like a hefeweizen and a tripel had a baby and it had a little bit of the sour funk. Yeasty and highly carbonated with very fine bubbles. This is nice. Serving: Bottle

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Cloudy orange pout with a white head. Aroma is banana, bubblegum, lemon zest, some peppery notes. Flavor is similar. Banana up front, slightly peppery and slight citrus. Ok.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10468) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured hazy amber color with an average frothy off-white head that was lasting with good lacing. Moderate yeast, malt and spice aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium complex spice sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid complex drinkable beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Bottle from trade. Aroma of Belgian yeast, slight banana, and even slighter lager funk. Flavor is some white pepper, banana, and light bittering hops. Always an excellent palate from Daniel Carey's brews, even though they have odd slants for some genres. Still, a very good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2012
bottle.
hazed gold body, white head, thick lacing.
wonderfully rustic yeast in the nose.
black pepper, starchy grains, mild dried banana.
silky texture and velvety carbonation.
dried banana and tropical fruit in low amounts.
strong calcium and mineral presence.
a wonderful unadulterated american-made saison.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3121) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Thanks to Steasy66 for the trade! Pours a clear dark yellow under one of those soapy heads that leaves nice lace. The aroma is a mix of fruit, herbs and lemon rind. The flavor is lightly sweet and fruity with a very soft herbal dryness in the finish. Lively and spritzy.


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