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RATINGS: 231   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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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7032) - 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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (1957) - 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.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Experiment_Ale (1043) - 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.

3
   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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cbfobes (2349) - Quad Cities, Iowa, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4493) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3650) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wchesser (1245) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
revolution2718 (266) - New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2014
Pours hazy brown /red with big fluffy head. Nose is a lot of funky house yeast, raisin, fruit esters, dark fruits, brown sugar. Taste is a touch of berry and sweetness at the top, funk throughout, then it gets extremely dry, there's a flower planty kinda thing going on, and odd hibiscus kinda aftertaste that's also super dry, raw fusel alcohol flavor but not burn. I liked the nose, but it smells much fruited than it is. The taste leaves quite a bit to be desired. Sweetens a bit as it warms. I don't hate it, but not a big fan. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fritz123 (1123) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2014
Bottle from the brewery. Shared with friends. Pours a reddish amber with a thin head. Aroma of lots of sweet fruits and yeasts. The taste was kind of a sweet mix of too many fruits. No real defined taste to it. Very muddled. Sorry...not for me.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gamin (108) - - MAR 9, 2014
Poured from a corked bottle. Deep red amber colored. Vigorous, loose head that dissipated quickly. Lots and lots of fruit characters in both aroma and taste. Otherwise somewhat dull. Its alright but not very remarkable.


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