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RATINGS: 279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (8323) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Draft. Orange, pepper, and caramel malt aroma. Golden yellow with small head. Sweet orange, yeast, and caramel malt flavor. Peppery finish. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2810) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 5, 2014
375ml Bottle, picked up at Cash Wise in Williston. Honestly never thought I’d see this in western ND… It pours a shimmering bronze color with virtually no head. Light oil slick on top. Nose is citrus and noticeably the mandarin. Some floral, grain, and yeast. Translates into the taste with the mandarin being at the forefront, but not overwhelming. If you like mandarin this is probably your bag.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (2165) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2014
Pours dark amber with a fading head. Nose shows sweet malt with caramel notes, soft phenols, a little mandarin marmalade and dried orange peel. Malty flavours too, with just a faint saison note. More light mandarin, the peppercorn is very restrained.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emartell (269) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - AUG 1, 2014
Aroma frutal y característico de una cerveza de abadía. Se percibe notas cítricas, principalmente a naranja, así como ligeramente a levadura. En apariencia color naranja con tintes cobrizo, cuerpo y carbonatacion media, corona de espuma ligera de baja retención. En boca suave, ligeramente dulce y frutal. Al paladar es una cerveza dulce y frutal, agradable, con notas cítricas que recuerdan ampliamente a las cervezas de estilo saison, aún que ligeramente más dulce ya que no se perciben las notas a lúpulo. En general una cerveza muy rica, con ésteres frutales muy marcados y que se bebe fácilmente, pero que quizá carece de cierto equilibrio resultando marcadamente dulce.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericdevin (969) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Draft at The Bier Stein, Eugene. Pours a medium orange, little to no head. Aroma slight citrus, not much else. Body slightly arch, slippery character, pepper character a bit at the end, this honestly just functions really well as a Saison and wouldn’t think twice about added stuff. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Presentation: It was poured from a very cool corked 12.7 oz bottle. The label has a brief description and lists the abv at 7.5% abv. Appearance: The body has a nice amber color with a very slight haze. Carbonation is also lively and helps support the head. It’s head is creamy, off white in color and long lasting. Lacing coats the glass and slowly slides down the sides of the glass. Smell: The aroma is full and inviting. It’s has nice fruity and yeasty notes. I get notes of clove, banana and fresh bread. Taste / Palate: It’s flavor starts with light malt sweetness blended with fruity and bready yeast. I also pick up some light sweet orange notes. This quickly turns dryer as some dry yeasty spice notes and notes from the peppercorns move across the tongue. The finish adds a light touch of floral spice and mild bitterness. The palate feels smooth and creamy and it’s 7.5% abv is well hidden in its flavor profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (813) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2014
sweet, orangey aroma with some yeast. taste is sweet oranges, a hint of peppercorn, coriander and lemon peel. very juicy. finish is nice, a bit warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tide (2006) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2014
Draught at Backcountry Pizza. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, orange, earthy notes, grass, hops and coriander. Bitter finish with citrus, hops and orange. Very nice saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bulk_Carrier (2443) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Grumbler purchase from Breeze In, Juneau AK. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a transparent bronzed copper/orange color with a two finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. There wasn’t much lacing. The aroma smells like someone took some oranges and sugar coated them and lightly spiced them with a peppercorn flavoring and then spiced them again with a light coriander. The taste was extremely sweet with a decent under current of controlled spices of peppercorn and coriander. The aftertaste seems a bit different than expected as the spices take over which lead to dry spicy finish. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium in body. There’s a really nice sessionable aspect about this that seems to encourage me to indulge in more. Overall, what a nice smooth spicy and sweet saison. There’s even a slight refreshing quality going on. I might have to go back to the store just to get some more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dapierce17 (110) - Pasco, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Pours a semi dark amber with minimal tan head. Strong aroma of orange and peppercorns. Some belgian yeast notes come out in the straw and sweet clove as well as the smell of banana bread. Flavors burst in the mouth with sweet orange and bubblegum notes. Slight spice from the pepper. Not as dry as you'd expect from a saison. Very enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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