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Style: Saison
Newport, Oregon USA
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RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A SAISON FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON! Made with traditional farm house brewing methods from the Flanders region of Belgium. A unique Belgian yeast coupled with avaiable spices, Belgian malts and European hops deliver a delightfully pleasant Belgian-style Saison. FestivAle is made from Weyerman Pilsner Malt, Belgian Malted Wheat, Saaz Hops, Grains of Paradise, Ginger Root, Sweet Gale, and Curacao Orange. No Chemicals, Additives or Preservatives. Measurements: 14.5 degrees plato, 18 IBUs, 12 AA, 8.5 lovibond, 6.2 ABV


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4823) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2005
A decent attempt at a saison, but, like most american-made versions of the style, it falls short in many respects - the aroma is spot on; nearly perfect for the style - seriously musty and barnyardy, with lots of orange peel, coriander, ginger and other spices - herbal and tea-like flavor, with a heaping helping of hops (something I’ve come to expect from a lot of rogue brews) - the flavor is lacking the subtle complexity one expects from the style - it’s more like a pale ale with some background musty, earth belgian characteristics that never come to the forefront - they sit flacid on the tongue - turn to heavyweight for a good, american-made saison.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NachlamSie (2751) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2005
draught. Pours a cloudy amber-brown hue with a wispy thin white head. The aroma is quite fruity with some sweet strawberries and a touch of alcohol is apparent. The mouth was thicker than I was expecting. It’s semi-dry with a flavor of berries and herbs. Pretty good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5127) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Brownish copper, no head. Grapey, herbal aroma, with really nice notes of rosemary and woodruff. Rustic flavor, with notes of lemon and cherry, and an earthy, woodsy finish. On draft at Barley’s, Knoxville.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jcwattsrugger (11078) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2005
22 oz bottle-pours a tan head, color is hazy gold. Aroma is hops & grain. Taste is balanced nicely of hops & grain, earthy tones. Good carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Draft at the Drafting Room. This one did not smell or taste saisony to me, and seemed somewhat muddled. The pour was hazy copper with a medium off-white head. I noted some spicy floral, fruity, and hoppy notes in the taste and aroma, but the flavors didn’t seem to marry well.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Clear medium yellow and orange hue. Sweet and salty nose: soapy pepper and lightly fruity with a lot of sugar. Soap and coriander flavors dominate, with a spicy and peppery flavor throughout but especially on the finish. A good try, but not something great.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 26, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2005 Draught at the Rogue Hero Public House in Bellingham, WA Updated with notes from a full bottle tasting.
Bronzed orange color, very little to no head. Nose is tangy with yeast and the decayed orange rind smell comes from the hops. Citrusy tones that are getting drowned out by the pacman yeast. The flavor is a bit too bitter, perhaps from some curacao or hops. Dirty in a bad way with wheat malts in the acidic body. Finishes balanced a vaguely wet. A subpar Saison.


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