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RATINGS: 234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7310) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, - NOV 11, 2012
Bottle, extremely lively pour, hazy nut brown, off white head. Aroma is sour caramel, a little bready. Flavours of bready caramel with a sour fruit finish. Is this an amber ale, or a sour ale? Either way, it is not a saison in my books. Low-key funk, dominant caramel. Clumsy. Probably closest to a Flemish red ale style-wise, whether this was intended or not.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AirForceHops (3926) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 17, 2015
750 ml bottle purchased at Total Wine, Tampa. Amber borderline brown color. Aroma is huge hibiscus flowers, candied sugar, and some toasted grain. Body is a tad thin on this one. The hibiscus is mostly all I’m getting here. Almost a old lady’s perfume flavor. Pretty high level of carbonation, not really my style saison, if you call this that style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericdevin (961) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle from Will P in trade. Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange, little to no off white head. Aroma citrusy, with a hibiscus and a grainy yeast character as well. Body lively and a little dry, with a nice orange peel dry bitterness to the finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2444) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
750ml bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York. Hazy orange-brown in colour with a very quick to dissipate white head, no lacing. The aroma is very red wine like, musty and yeasty, alcohol, lots of grape in this. The flavour is very wine like, tart and acidic, fruity, lots of grapes. Acidic mouthfeel, medium body, high carbonation. Finishes long, tart and warming. Like a spicy red wine saison. Very weird but this seemed to grow on me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2047) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle from San Roque in Santa Barbara.

Finally, escape from LA. Brown pour, intense foamy light-brown head that explodes and then curiously dissipates entirely in under a minute. Yeasts drive the aroma, brown sugar, heavy on whatever it is that emanates from the Duchess that keeps me from unreservedly loving that beer. Sweet tart flavor, brown sugar, almost a light Flemish red sort of thing going on, super-yeasty, definitely interesting but sweeter than I’d think ideal. Pretty much what one would expect of a Saint Somewhere belgian ale; definitely not a saison. Quite an interesting beer and well worth trying but not a full-on success.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Experiment_Ale (1071) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2014
At lakehouse with Taylor, Tyler, Cynthia, and my mom. Pours dark hazy bronze with nice foamy head. Aroma is phenolic, Belgium fruit. Taste is overpowering thick Belgium phenolic notes. Yuck.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mattman522 (34) - New York, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Very straightforward Belgian Ale. Thin on mouth feel, pleasantly sweet and very bubbly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cbfobes (2605) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle shared at the GTMW line, pours a murky brownish red with an off white head, the aroma is of prunes and dark fruit with a yeasty touch, flavor is much of the same, decent amount of dark fruit with a yeasty finish, kind of strange though and it doesn’t come together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4763) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Great strong saison. Cloudy amber pour with foamy head and lacing. Coriander, raisin, prune. Some Belgian yeast. Finishes sweet with a light barrel note. Bottle thanks to ajax25g at Epic Sour Tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3898) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2014
From a bottle shared at the DC Epic Sour Beer Tasting. Pours a hazy brown with an off white head. Flavors of tart mixed fruit with some caramel. Tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wchesser (1319) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2014
Slightly cloudy orange brown. Nose is spicy, rustic, some fruit, odd petrol. Taste follows. Muddled as some others have said is a good word for this. Passable.

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