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RATINGS: 297   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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An homage to the monkís 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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
generallee08 (756) - 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. Itís 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. Itís has nice fruity and yeasty notes. I get notes of clove, banana and fresh bread. Taste / Palate: Itís 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 itís 7.5% abv is well hidden in its flavor profile.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rubbs92 (2) - Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2015 does not count
Aroma- Nice scent of orange but still subdued. Appearance- A beautiful light orange that is crystal clear with nice carbonation running up the glass. Taste- Lovely orange flavor along with other great citrus notes. Hides the alcohol really well. Palate- Lightly carbonated and very easy drinking. Overall- Best saison I have had to date. With some other saisons that I have had they are usually high on the carbonation but this one surprised me by being light on the palate leaving me with a great refreshing finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JesseBones (60) - - AUG 27, 2013
Sweet and citrus are the headliners in this complex aroma heavy saison. I couldn't put my finger on the appropriate "meaty-protein" flavor that is accompanying this buttery wave of amber. (Been vegetarian too long) It is both alarming and pleasant. The pepper finish is a great call by these clearly talented brew masters. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaBeer1972 (1438) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 26, 2013
On tap at Dohertyís. Served in a tulip glass. Comes in a medium clear amber - not like any saison Iíve ever seen! Nice frothy head. Very smooth, slightly fruity and peppery. Goes down nicely. Very, very good! Not your typical saison.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dangermutant (11) - Arkansas, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Aroma is a hint of spice. Appearance is a clear gold with a decent size lingering head. Taste is fruity with a hint of spice, not as spicy as I thought it would be. Over all this is a good beer. Definately recommend trying.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KornDogg (553) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Bottle. Candied orange, pepper aroma. Golden orange body with thin lasting head, nice lacing. Flavor is sweet, of candied fruits and citrus notes; orange. Light pepper finish, subtle lasting bitter flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (3357) - 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 doesnít come through all that effectively, sadly.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (978) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2013
It is very unusual to see a beer shipped in 12.7 oz. bottles, and a four pack of smaller bottles like this closed with a cork and wire cage. The unusual packaging, label art, and beer style promised something different. The beer poured out reddish amber in color, with a very small ring of bubbles forming on the top. The smell of funky yeast, spicy and floral in its overtones, was just perfect for the style. Pepper was evident when I took deeper whiffs. The taste was very citric, as lemon juice, orange peel, and grapefruit seemed to burst across the tongue. The pepper was only noticeable in the finish. The beer was very dry on the palette because of the sour and pepper combinations, but I like my Saisons on the dry side. If I was to fault anything, I would say there was not enough pepper in here. Next time kick that up a few notches please.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bill Becker (548) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - APR 20, 2014
From the stamp on the bottle, it looks like this was bottled March 28, 2014. Gorgeous pour here. Depp golden colour with a huge head of foam that leaves lots of lovely lacing behind. Big spicy nose with notes of pepper, cloves, lemon, and oranges that add a slight hint of tartness. Dang, ditto for the taste. So true to the smell. The cloves and pepper go so well with that big lemon and orange, spicy hop, slightly tart flavours that itís scary. I do get some mild biscuit that seem to grow as the sipping continues. Itís also cool that the abv is very manageable. The mouthfeel seems slick with perfect carbonation and a nice medium body. I think this is a very fine effort from Sierra Nevada...my favourite of their Ovila series.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrmac (331) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Lovely saison with hints of orange and cracked pepper. Perhaps a touch of coriander on the finish.


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