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RATINGS: 247   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Brewed with Palmetto berries and whole Hibiscus flowers. House saison yeast strain along with a dose of wild yeast at bottling add to the complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UXO (1524) - CANADA - AUG 8, 2016
Appearance: clear amber-brown with two fingers of growing rocky beige head, moderate retention and patchy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: floral, fruit, orange peel, Belgian yeast, caramel, light horseblankety funk. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light funk. (7/10) Medium body, lively carbonation, off-dry slightly sticky finish. (3/5) I’m not quire sure how best to categorize this: it’s clearly Belg-ish, with elements of Saison, but at least at the outset, it smells and acts a bit like a lambic. There’s some floral (though I’m not sure I could identify a hibiscus to save my life) and generic fruit esters on top of a light tart funk. It starts off rather promisingly, neatly uncorking itself as soon as the cage is released, and initially seems like it’s going to be an effervescent, dry, and rather interesting wild. Unfortunately, all of that falls rather flat - literally as well as figuratively - in rather short order. The carbonation dies off fairly rapidly, along with the head, and no decent lacing develops. As the carbonation dies, the dryness of the body goes away as well, leaving behind a slightly sweeter, slightly stickier ale than promised by the first few sips. Most damningly, however, the more interesting elements of the aroma also die off fairly rapidly, becoming more brown apple and less tart funk. That’s not to say it’s a complete write-off - it certainly isn’t - but it’s not as good as I initially had hoped it would be. On the upside - well, I say “upside”, but maybe it’s a huge downside for some - that fairly beefy 8% ABV doesn’t become apparent until the bottle is fairly far gone, and you realize you’ve been quaffing 8% beer pretty liberally. Good times! (13/20)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rejtable (2322) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2016
Bottle from AJ’s. Pours amber with pink tinge initial frothy head and no lacing. Nose is fruity and floral. Flavours of hibiscus, plums, field berries, some dough. Taste light bitter, light sweet. Medium body with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
edgallow (3680) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 31, 2016
750ml bottle pours hazy amber with a white head. Aroma of grass, floral, fruit and some caramel. Taste is yeast, fruit and caramel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (6575) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle share at CBC Islington as ’Saint Somewhere Pays du Soleil’, 8%. Many thanks to Matteo. Dirty brown, hazy and opaque, foamy tan head. Aroma is vanilla, vinegar, marker pen. Body is light, tingly carbonation, smooth. Taste is vanilla, vinegar, marker pen, liquorice, green apple, tangy sour finish. Too harsh for me - there’s a chemical note on top of the acidity and the two things together make this hard going. Still, has some nice characteristics.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Grassy, fruity aromas with an effervescent light fruity flavor with a little funk going on. Damn fine beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (9515) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2016
Bottle shared at the big Dave tasting at craft beer Co Islington. Many thanks to Matteo for this one. Clouded dark orange amber coloured pour with a lasting beige head. Aroma is orange rind, Belgian yeast, bready malts, little spicy citrus, hint of sour. Flavour is composed of jammy orange, spicy citrus, bready malts, little musty airy stuff. Palate is semi sweet, frothy carbonation, little sticky hop. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12707) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2016
Bottle thanks to Matteo at Craft Islington. Gush! It pours murky brown with a thick, foamy light beige head. The aroma is soft, sweet, funky, peach, sour apricot, dirty musty, floral notes and some creaminess. The taste is crisp, tart, funky, woody, dirty peach, apricot, alcohol, must and spice with a dry, woody finish. Medium body and high, foamy carbonation. High carbonation detracts from the overall experience. Decent anyhow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (6732) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2016
75cl bottle shared at Dave’s tasting @CBC Islington, London. Bottle via The Bottle Shop. It pours a murky Amber colour with a small beige head. This beer gushed massively. Aroma is sweet fruity and tangy with notes of peaches and caramel. Taste is also mostly sweet and tangy in the finish with more apricots lemon and almonds. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, tasty but sweet

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17229) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2016
Bottle split at Islo thanks to Matteo, 21/04/16. Hazed golden amber with a Decent off White head. Nose is bitter orange, funky straw, yeast esters, light smoke. Taste comprises Bitter orange, spice, funky, grain, tangerine, bitter citric wash, light yeast esters. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with an earthy bitter wash. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (18710) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2016
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Matteo. Pours cloudy orange with a creamy, off-white head. Dense yeasty notes in the nose, wheat, light caramel, ripe berries. Medium sweet flavour, a little body, with notes of grape, light toffee, berries. Medium to full bodied with average to lively carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish, with more yeast notes, light caramel, bread, berries, grapes. Tasty, if a bit punchy.

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