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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
This strong Belgian style ale is made with hand-toasted Pilsner malt, grains of paradise, and fresh picked dandelion greens. Although dandelions are considered a nuisance weed around the world, dandelion greens are a natural toxin-remover, and show up throughout modern history in various tonics and folk remedies. Paardebloem (Flemish for dandelion) has a hazy, deep golden color, a soft-toasted malt character and is 100% bottle conditioned. The grain bill was designed to produce a malty, light bodied beer, emphasizing the flavors of the spices and esters of the Belgian yeast strain. Paardebloem (Flemish for dandelion) was created in conjunction with Chris McCombs and New Belgium Brewing Company. 9.2% alcohol by volume.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2011
750 @Tampa Weekly Gathering-Thanks Ibrew2or3 [via douglas88 perhaps!?]-pours a thin light tan head and hazy yellow/straw color. Aroma is sweet light malt, fruity, grassy. Taste is sweet light malt, fruity, grassy/spicy/wood hops. Yeasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2011
Thanks to Ibrew2or3 for the share at the recent Tampa tasting I made a brief cameo at! Thx you guys rule! Hazy straw colored pour with a fluffy white head. Aroma is hay and lemongrass. Initially this is a crisp tart lemony saison. Finish is dry and salty. Floral aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2011
Big thanks to douglas88 for this one. Waxed 75cl bottle pours opaque copper – gold with off white head. The aroma is smooth hay, lemon like acidity, spicy yeast, firm herbal notes and some saltiness. The taste comes across as wheat, lemon and salt to start with and then it gets herbally and apple like to midway. It ends with apple notes and some tartness. The tartness helps to create a somewhat dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5195) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2011
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours a hazy yellow with an off-white head. Nose is funk, herbs, Belgian yeast, pear, pepper, apple, and some malt. Flavor is similar with funk, herbs, grass, pear, esters, pepper, and green apple. Light-bodied, fizzy, and very enjoyable for a saison-esque Belgian ale. Very good fruity summer beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Not bad. Thanks UtahSteve. Looks like banana pulp with a bit of dingy copper hues. Full lasting head that reduces to scattered clouds. Smells of tropicals, banana, and herb. Full nectar with ample effers. A bit creamy with delightful purity of style. When it warms up it throws off more herbaceous with defined fresh baked biscuits amongst all the sappy stone and tropical fruit. There is a bit of acid on the finish but overall this is a rather round, soft brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2838) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 23, 2011
750 ml. I have to note that there have been two distinct batches on this beer. I tried both of these, but will be rating batch #2. Poured straw colored and cloudy. Nose had Belgian yeast characteristics (banana the most prominent). Tasted fruity with toasty malts, and had a sweet finish. Low Brett character. I am hoping that aged this beer will have more to offer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (8462) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2011
750 ml bottle. A gruit I guess, no hops, a traditional brew with Dandelions. Pours a cloudy orange color with a large white head. A sweet nose of spices, orange peel and light herbs. The flavor is a smooth Belgian Ale; light yeast, mostly dry, fruity, light flowers, strawberries. Enjoyable, warm and a lot of heft here. A very nice palate, creamy and thick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (7065) - Utah, USA - DEC 23, 2009
750ml bottle at RedRock
Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden with a same white head that dissipates quickly
Aroma: Sour aroma, citrus and grapefruit
Taste: Bitter at first then it is citrus, grapefruit and yeast. Finishes with a mild sour taste
This is a very different beer that is real good. Very well balanced with no real overpowering flavor. Is is almost like a dry wine with a sour taste. I enjoyed drinking it and hope someday that we can get it to go, instead of just available at the brewpub.

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