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Olde Hickory Southern Belle

Olde Hickory Southern Belle
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Southern Belle- epitome of grace, poise, charm, and Southern hospitality. Irreplaceable, inimitable and unforgettable, the Belle holds a place in the hearts of all she meets. Our Southern Belle is brewed with un-malted wheat and acidulated malts which make for a very bright and refreshing saison. Like many a Southern Belle she is both sweet and tart, smooth and brisk. Please pour gently to avoid rousing the yeast. Enjoy with proper manners as this little Belle is 8.5% abv.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2013
750ml bottle, thanks to phaleslu for sharing. Mildly hazy golden color. Thin white head, decent reaches and ropes of lace. Bigger body. Smooth, soft carbonation. Light slickness, kind of dry though. Kind of apricoty, bright tropical fruity hop. Moderate tart taste, light bitter, some pepper. Nice belgian yeast character, kind of an old hop maltiness. Decent belgian pale farmhouse ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
phaleslu (9384) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2013
750 ml bottle via NC trade- thanks again, John! Pours a cloudy, light, bright gold with a small white head that dissipates quickly and laces the glass. Aroma of vanilla, grass, white grapes, lemon, herbs, sweet dough, and funk- it strikes me as something that was aged in a white wine barrel, but it wasn’t. The flavor hits mostly the same notes- vanilla, lemon, grass, straw, dough, funk, and grapes. There is also a popcorn-like (diacetyl) thing going on in here; it doesn’t dominate, but it isn’t a good development. Light-bodied, with a dry, sweet mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Not sure if this has gone downhill since bottling or what, but something is just a wee bit off. It isn’t bad, but not what it should be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11791) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2013
750 mL bottle from Appalachian Vintner. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium sized frothy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of bready malts, caramel, a bit of spice, mild nuts and herbal hops. The taste is citrus, apple, herbal notes, spice, pale malts with a bit of breadiness. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
magsinva (1105) - Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Tap at Amos Howard’s in Hickory - pours clear gold with a thin white head. Taste is bready sweet with a dry lemon sour finish. It kind of works for me, seems like they have corrected some of the issues mentioned below, though it has some room to improve.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
mtbackma (7) - - MAY 11, 2013 does not count
Not a saison at all. Too sweet on the taste. Bad flavor. Really not a siason and overall is a really bad beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (6075) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Cloudy orange, loose white head. Very bready, boozy aroma. Smells kind of like fresh French bread. I also get some herbal notes, and some woody, oaky aromas. Flavor is woodsy, bourbon, apple and tobacco. I like this beer ay 8.5%, but I think I’d love it at around 5.5 - 6.0%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Pours golden yellow with a white head. The aroma and flavor are both bringing noxzema like astringent notes, I am assuming from the saison yeast. There are some sweet notes with a sharp ending as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2012
750ml from Sam’s, Durham. This customarily rock solid brewery hasn’t really found its groove with saisons just yet. Nice enough appearance to the beer, a deep cider-y look and well carbonated. But there’s a sweet grainy collision in the nose that suggests this one hasn’t developed nearly enough yet. Saison Gee was better, and I found this one to be tart and apple juicey, lacking almost everything I crave in a saison.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DiarmaidBHK (4190) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2012
Draft at taco Mac. Pours golden with a thick white head. Very sweet on the nose. It smells like rum. Also very sweet on the tongue with only a hint of funk. It could use more hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TURDFERGUSON (4047) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle. Damnit. Really wanted emacgee to just have gotten an "Off" bottle but that was clearly not the case. This stuff is not so good. Smells like stewed veggies with a hint of lemon, the yeast does not seem to be very clear on its job description. "what would ya say, ya do here?" Glad I haven’t subjected too many of my trading partners or friends to this one. Hopefully round 3 will be better. This is nowhere near what a saison should be. American, or Belgian.

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