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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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An homage to the monk’s noble work, this unique farmhouse ale is incredibly complex with notes of lemon, pepper, straw and herbs balanced by the tang of Mandarin oranges and a spicy kick of pepper. The Mandarin oranges used to make this beer were locally grown, including a portion grown on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux and picked by hand by the community of monks living there. We hope you enjoy this collaboration ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbeatty (1183) - New York, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle, 07/12/2013. Pours brilliant orange amber, clear, thin fizzy off-white head fades rather quickly to leave only a small ring of lacing around the glass. Aroma is strong floral, yeast, perfumed mandarin, vanilla and subtle peppercorn, spices in the finish. Taste is fruity, mandarin dominant, cereal malts with herbal citrus hops, spicy bitter finish. Medium palate, drinks easy. Sweetness definitely stands out from the typical saison profile, but spices offset nicely. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1926) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2013 Draft at Monks. Orange gold pour with a slim off-white head that mostly disappears. Full, heavy, syrupy, body. Burnt tangerine peels. Clove. Apricot ears. Oak planks. Tea. Orange JELL-O. Thyme. White truffles. Black pepper. Semi-dry finish, but in balance a bit too sweet for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coreyc1221 (275) - Truckee, California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Bit of sour and tart but complex aroma. Golden amber color, lighter than usual saisons with white bubbly head. Tastes a bit like it looks. Like a heavier saison. Still tart and bubbily with strong floral tones but stronger. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (3338) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 8, 2013
This is a pretty decent saison. Its has the golden color, large head, citrus and grass smell and belgian yeast funk down. The peppercorn doesn’t come through all that effectively, sadly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Appearance: Pours clear copper with a dense creamy cap of white foam.

Aroma: Citrus essence, spices, fruity floral Belgian yeast, peppercorns.

Taste: Fruity sweetness, bitter earthy Euro hops. Spicy yeast with some metallic notes. Finishes with long earthy bitterness from hops and yeast. The Mandarin orange definitely pops out as this warms up.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, active carbonation.

Overall: A solid offering, but not my bag. For my tastes, it wasn’t dry enough, and was a bit too bitter to be refreshing, which is my favorite quality in a Saison. Definitely worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (10463) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours orange gold with white head. Nose and taste of lemongrass, alcohol soaked orange peel, spicy peppercorn and yeast. Well balanced alcohol finish. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chalicemaster (111) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Bubbly, light, and full of spice-tinged citrus flavor. Very solid saison, although I was a little disappointed with just how ’competent’ it is. The emphasis on mandarins and peppercorns was minimal and I feel this beer could of used more kick to distinguish it from similar beers on the market. Given the price, I’d go with Ommegang Saison every time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freeofthoughts (682) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JUL 6, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2013 Pours a hazy orange with off white fizz. The aroma is sweet and familiar Belgian grains with a light fruit. The flavor is similar with a smoothness that is fantastic. There is an upfront citrus that is heightened by the bubbly carbonation. It varies over an earthy funk and spice from the grain with a light caramel that reminds me of some German brews. The hops give a little dried flower and hay. Musty citrus flavor ends with a hearty Belgian kick. Nice overall and rich but a little gruff, still a decent offering from Sierra Nevada.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UDBeernut (2059) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2013
pours orange, nose of orange. taste begins with slight sweetness washed away by lemon and orange peel. did not notice the pepper corn. body is light to medium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (1799) - Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Orange. And sweetness. Quite a bit of belgian notes but not much spice. Decent stuff.

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