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RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Saison Bernice is an exquisitely fermented farmhouse ale. Dry and refreshing Bernice is made of the freshest on-hand and locally available ingredients. She saw multiple yeast additions including Brettanomyces and further bottle aging. Drink now or cellar properly. Saison Bernice will endure. The beer in this bottle is alive. So is the yeast. Grow it, keep it, use it. We encourage you to brew your own.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joet (2534) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Pale golden/apricot color slightly hazy with fine white foam. High effervescence, spritzy. Mild astringency. Beautiful aroma hay, citrus fruit oranges and touch of grapefruit - medium full. Acidic and sharp on the tongue, lightly sour. Mild white vinous notes. Second pour, buoyed yeast bodies, large. More barnyard aromas emerging as it warms, 51 degrees. Admittedly off-put by the dreadlock chunk of yeast that broke free from the bottom and moved into the glass, this beer is now becoming more and very charming. Citrus tang with a touch of phenol, clove, becoming more apparent as it warms 54 degrees. In a bright and good direction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5657) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 21, 2016
750mL bottle shared with Blisscent at Hill Farmstead on 8/11/16.
Huge white head is well-retained and tops a lightly hazy, deep blonde-golden body.
Minerality is high in the nose, with gentle acidity and mild yogurt-like suggestions, but no one yeast/bacteria note dominating. Lemon character grows strong, with lots of peppery phenol and light fruitiness from the hops, but again not dominated by either hop flavor or acidity. Malts add biscuit, strong honey and just a pinch of caramel and it all comes off very well-integrated with no alcohol or flaw.
Very soft, malty texture shows ample, tight carbonation and good attenuation overall. Quite big on the mineral character with even some strong salinity that takes the edge of any potential hop bitterness and softens the acidity produced by the mixed culture. This creates a bit more perceived sweetness than I think is actually here and really highlights both malt/grain character as well as the esters from the yeast. Some tartness still emerges on the finish, inevitably and it never comes off too sweet, some light oak tannin dryness helping to see to that, as well. Not much of a hop footprint here, which I like, but the mixed culture still sees it straddling line between traditional saison and American sour ale (despite it not being sour). Love the minerality/salinity. Not the most complex saison, but very enjoyable and drinkable nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlasgowTAD (1336) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 4, 2016
Bottle thanks to BenH! Pours cloudy golden with a minute white head which soon recedes. Aroma is citrus rind. Taste is citrus bitter, citrus sour, orange sweet, marmalde sweet, tart lemon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
gephross100 (201) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2016 Pours with a cloudy yellow color. Funky cheese and barnyard note. Slight nail polish remover nose. Medium heavy mouthfeel. Short aqueous finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (10099) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2016
Draught @ CBC 2016. Pours yellow with a white head. Aroma of light malt, light sourness, yeast, brett, hay, fruit. Flavor is light sour, yeasty, nice bretty, hay, wood, fruity. Medium body, average carbonation, light acidic finish. 130516

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2815) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2016
Sample @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2016. Clear yellow body with a small white head. Light yeasty, brett, wood, funk, fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (10890) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2016
Draught @ CBC 2016, Blue session, København
Pours slightly hazy golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, funk, brett, yeast, citrus and grape. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long funky, yeasty, citrus and grapefruit finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (15163) - DENMARK - JUN 11, 2016
CBC. Hazy dark yellow with small white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, yeast, funk and spices. Flavour is malt, fruit, yeast, spices, funk, little dry, hop, little sweet and a little bitter.5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (17417) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2016
CBC. Light hazy yellow with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity and yeasty. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish with an acidic edge. 130516

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (2675) - GREECE - JUN 1, 2016
From tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2016 - Blue session. Light hazy yellow golden color with off white head. Yeasty and hoppy aroma, floral, grassy, fruity citrus and other fruits, funky, dusty, light spicy. Sweet, light bitter and acidic taste like aroma. Medium almost oily body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (7965) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2016
Tap@Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2016, Copenhagen - golden yellow coloured pour with a white head. Aroma and taste is light citric fruity with some floral grassy hoppy nuances, yeasty, straw, brett, barnyard, tart finish.

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