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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2012
750ml Bottle. The pour was a murky medium brown with a slight reddish hue and an average (1-2 finger) light brown fizzy head that dissipated in a matter of seconds, leaving behind very light puddling with a very small collar and light runny lacing. The aroma was musty and tart with a mild grain malt and a strong funky Brett yeast with notes of green apple, pears and a strong berry odor. The taste was tart right off the bat, with a big dose of sweet fruit which lasted throughout and had a nice sour ending. The flavor stuck with you for a good while letting the fruity sour taste linger on the taste buds. Mouthfeel was just a tad past light in body and dry in texture with an extremely fizzy carbonation. Overall this brew is right up my alley lately, tons of flavor and a strong sour finish. It is also made in my home town of Tarpon Springs, FL. Guess I will just have to visit this brewery...


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savage_Night (145) - California, USA - AUG 9, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2015 2013. Pours murky amber/Brown/orange with a thick ivory head. Head retention is great. AROMA: earthy funk, berry sourness, light/faint hibiscus, blended red wine, alcohol, bread, caramel, herbs, woody, spice, clove, peach/apricot, malty and floral/herbal hops. TASTE: earthy funk, light berries, spice, alcohol, caramel, hop bitterness, herbs, red wine blend, yeasty, hibiscus, clove, hop bitterness, woody, peach, citrus, plout, malt and other stone fruit.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deepeary (305) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2015
2012 cork. Pours a clear amber, well carbonated, with off white head. Nose nose is tart, white wine, flowers. Taste is malty with fruity esters, white wine, bread, figs, prunes, candied sugar, . Dry tart-dark fruit finish — a unique combo. Strange brew, not like any saison I’ve had, but good no less.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AirForceHops (4692) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericdevin (988) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2520) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2177) - 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 (1089) - 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 (2731) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5472) - 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.


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