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Brewed by Niagara Oast House Brewers
Style: Saison
Niagara on the lake, Canada
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2013
A hazed golden saison with a super thick frothy white head. In aroma, a sweet fruity malt with light grassy hops, fruity esters, citrusy, coriander notes, nice. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity malt with curacao, coriander, cream cream and bananas, silky, very nice. Bottle from LCBO.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (8719) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2013
The Rhino winterfest. A bit funky. Not so drinkable although smooth mouthfeel. Just off-putting spices that were more like a biere de garde. Lasting head.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2013 Bottle - hazy pale golden pour. Thick white head. The aroma is lovely - bright spicy yeast with a touch of clove and some faint dustiness as well. A touch of damp earthiness (biere de garde-like) but it also has a touch of soft citrus top notes. Fairly peppery with a little bit of soft cologne like character. Really lovely. I can’t tell if they’ve done some tweaking, but this is a really fantastic brew. I definitely underrated it last time around. Cloudy pale yellow pour. Huge rocky head. The nose is wheaty and a little bit spicy. A touch of orange and some lemon as well. Medium-bodied and a little bit sweet on the finish. Sort of a wheat/saison hybrid. Interesting. 7 3 7 3 14

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
My Bottom Line:
This doughy and cushy Saison shares plenty of rusticity and fruitiness alongside polite herbal hoppiness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A towering head of foam decorates the hazy straw blond.
-From nose to finish, this is very authentic.
-Bready malts and yeast character are nicely harmonious.
-Effervescence is intense and its big bubbles help to air out the mouthfeel.

Bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2013
2013-02-10. Hazy pastel dark yellow body, small white head and lace. 3+ Yeasty aroma, dryish grassy wheat like notes. Whispers of lemon? Flavour is similar, on the mild side, dry grassy hops, mild lightly wheat pale malt. Light bitterness throughout. Average bodied palate. Enjoyable, a bit mild but rather nice. Quaffable. Rhino Winter Festival, Toronto

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6139) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2013
Bottle at Rhino Winter Beer Festival, Feb. 10. Pours a cloudy light gold with an average size semi-lasting fizzy white head. Sweet aroma of banana, herbs, yeast and some light spices. Sweet flavour of banana again along with herbs, yeast and a spicy finish. Average to medium bodied. More of a Hefe then a Saison to me and more banana then I’d like but overall it’s pretty good.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2014
Cloudy pale golden pour , very hard to pour at that, covered by a gigantic, rocky white head. Peppery, pear-like nose with a tartish rusticity with dust and floury dough character. Pale fruits and fairly acidic flavour profile, it works decently in the nose, but the mouthfeel is, even for a Saison, very exageratedly carbonated. It almost hurts, it bites with a carbonic acid splash. Underneath, a grainy, rustic grain malt profile couples with the high effervescence to provide a relatively dry palate, with an almost astringent, drying finish. Little hoppiness in there, but laudable yeast character, just racy enough to feel authentic, I could have scored this much higher with a more polite effervescence level. It just kills in-mouth flavour development as it is.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (5843) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2014
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, partagée lors d’une dégustation entre amis. Arôme: Odeur de blé avec une pointe citronnée. Apparence: La couleur est blonde-dorée légèrement voilée avec une forte densité de bulle. Présence d’un large col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de levure avec une pointe de citron et de fruité. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement citronné. (Rating #5569)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2013
[5118-20130210] Bottle. Yeasty saison aroma. Hazy, light orange yellow body with a medium-lasting foamy white head. More mild yeasty grasses in the flavour. Medium body. Interesting. (6/3/6/3/14) 3.2
(Rhino Winter Festival @ The Rhino, Toronto, ON)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle: Poured a dirty cloudy beige color male with a nice huge white foamy head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma consists of light rustic flavours with some light yeasty and bready notes. Taste is dominated by quite a peppery yeasty punch with some rustic malt flavours with light hay notes. Body is full with great bottle conditioning and some strong carbonation. Very enjoyable and easily drinkable with nice spicy and peppery notes.


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