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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Farmhouse "Saison" Ale O.G. 1.060 ABV 6.50% BU's 24


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Draft at Monkís Cafe. Pours a dark golden orange with paler yellowish orange hues. Slightly hazy with a 1.5 finger white head that slowly fades into lasting cap. Streaks and spots of soapy lace left behind. Slightly earthy, funky aroma with subtle barnyard notes, especially hay, grass and straw. Theres a nice funky brett presence thatís countered by subtle crisp hops and light fruit notes. Medium bodied and fuller than expected with a nice dry, funky brett presence along with some zesty spice, bready yeast and light fruit. Lots of peppery spice, coriander perhaps, complimenting the funky brett. Thereís also a nice bread/yeast flavor that adds complexity and fullness tithe palate. The funky, earthy character is countered perfectly by the sweeter notes. Hints of apple, pear and subtle alcohol. This beer is very complex and extremely quaffable. One of the better saisons Iíve ever had. I went back for several glasses until the keg was gone. Highly recommended!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Tap at Monks. Poured hazy golden with a small white head. Pretty good retention and foam. Aroma had apple cider, citrus, wheat and orange peel. Some honey was added to the taste. Maybe I am missing something here because I thought this was very good. The mouthfeel was wonderful I thought with good balance.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 bretty, leathery aroma with mimosa characteristics...hazed yellow color with a thin halo. Full brett onslaught; leathery, dry, and champagne like with fresh squeezed OJ and pineapple notes. From my memory of "Sanctification", I would say that this beer is either extremely close or the exact same beer. The characteristics are extremely similar as it seems that brettanomyces is the main yeast here...This is what i would want a saison to taste like, but it doesnít taste like a saison is supposed to taste like.

Interestingly, had this again after itís been sitting in the keg for a few weeks and it has taken a extremely orvalish character...a little weaker bodied and less floral than orval but very very similar..interesting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (6100) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Pour out of growler, thanks to Stephen. Pour is hazy orange with nice fluffy white head, aroma has notes of nice biscuit, vanilla, hints of earth, bread, touch of white fruit, hints of spicy yeast as well, smells nice. Taste is a mix of sweet biscuit, bread, cracker, sme sour grain, slightly funky, hints of earth, biscuit, vanilla, white pear and peach, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter, dry.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (2542) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Bottlet at Danís shared with friends. Golden orange appearance with a two-finger, white head and great lacing. Cheese, wax, spice, tropical fruits, pineapple, and straw in the aroma. Taste is mango, armpit, pepper, pineapple, cobwebs, biscuit, and pear with a lightly tart finish. Medium mothfeel with high carbonation. Spicy, sour, funky, bready, and smooth. Really nice saison.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamJackson (2389) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 28, 2012
1 oz pour at RR.

A - Straw color. 2 finger head. nice lacing.

S - Bready yeast and some oranges. coriander.

T - Very sweet with some spices and sweet orange peels. Very bready and has this mouth feel thatís very thick and solid.

M - Heavy body. lots of carbonation.

O - This is a solid and very drinkable beer.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SirADNielsen (8949) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2014 Bottle @ Danís house, courtesy of Steve_0. Thanks! Pours a bit hazy golden appearance with a very nice off white head. White pepper, straw, mild grassy, lightly fruity,a touch funky aroma. A bit tangy, tart, a touch funky, light barnyard, lemon, somewhat spicy flavor. Pretty interesting. Update at RR: good brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2012
Pale golden straw colour. The nose is bright ad lemony. A little bit of light pepper and lemon. Fresh and spicy. Nicely done. Flinty/spicy bitterness. Awesome

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
From a growler. Pours a hazy golden amber with a small white head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is earthy with a light mineral note, a hint of apple, and a peppery note. The Taste is dry and earthy with a bit of pepper. The finish is dry and earthy with some light apricot. Medium body. Medium carbonation. A pretty solid American Saison.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
luvcasks (178) - USA - FEB 16, 2006
Arma: Apple, spices, and wonderfully funky funky brett character wow! Appearance: Cloudy, golden with a nice head very appealing Flavor: Dry, Balance of malt restrained hops citrusy Palate: Very refreshing, some sour notes and very intriguing with that funky flavors Overall: I have to say one my absolute favorite commerical representations of Saisons.. Another excellent Belgian Style brewed by Russian River... anytime I make a trip up ther I have to try the Belgians. In my opinon no one in the Bay Area can match Vinnie for the quality, variety and number of Belgian style beers on tap


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