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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 2.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Saison ale brewed with all Pilsener malt and Hallertauer hops. This ale was blended with a young six month Lambic and naturally conditioned..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2006
Cookie dough yeastiness and herbal-citrus hop character greet the nose. Hazy white-blonde coloured body topped by a low, off white head that recedes to a large bubbled ring. Mild mustiness, plenty of honey and fair bitterness in the estery flavour with some doughlike malt flavour. Medium body, smooth texture, somewhat syrupy and perhaps a bit low in carbonation. Sampled on tap at the Extreme Beer Fest 2006.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2006
Literally no head covers the apricot hued beverage. Nutty, dried fruits note bathe into tart, yet candied powdery juices. Soured cracker notes, growing lemony and yogurty, the yeast imparts considerable sourness here and this unfortunately becomes a bit troublesome when paired with the mineral character that abounds. Finishing on that weak note and not evolving much further. Close to nil carbonation, restricted attenuation leaves a rather oily sweet film on the tongue despite its rather watery texture. Not their best.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClarkVV (5868) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2006
2006 draught sample at EBF ’06. Watery, very low carbonation levels in this fairly cloudy golden-apricot-tangerine colored beer. No head. The nose begins with a dried apricot and chardonnay wine-like feel to it. Thoroughly drying wheatiness, plenty of soft honey grains and an emerging marmalade like tartness. Some mossy, musty yeastiness and some poignant sourish notes of cider, green apples and barnyard. The flavor begins with a brief glimpse of honey and challenging, Belgian character yeast, but quickly goes South with a heavily sour, spoiled fruit flavor and tons of lactic dryness. Palate deadening minerals on the end incite pictures of licking a cold, hard-water, steel, water fountain. Incredibly watery, with much too low carbonation levels. Hops are soggy and the brief bitterness seems at odds with this texture.
It begins to become apparent that there is something that is not allowing Shaun’s beers to age properly. An infection at brewing, or as many seem to think, problems with the water. I hope he can get it resolved, because boy can he brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
muzzlehatch (4840) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2006
Sample at EBF 2006. Opaque blonde with next to no head even when just-poured....interesting fruit-forward nose, with plenty of apricots and baked bananas, more hefe-like than anything at first, though the earthy-sour Belgian yeast does come through eventually...body is syrupy, quite yeasty, thick and sweet and rather simple, with little of the earthiness or spiciness I’m looking for until the finish, which is a bit too mineralic and harsh for my taste. Most of the others liked this a bit more than me...just didn’t quite hit the mark, I dunno. Still, kudos to Shaun for doing so many sour Belgians!

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