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RATINGS: 313   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HeadyDE (696) - Delaware, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Light/medium orange color leaves a small ring layer white head at top of glass..nose is very enticing with with the orange..lemon zest..pepper..light to medium bodied with a quite dominant citrus presence from mandarin oranges with a backbone of white pepper remnants..mouthfeel is smooth and finishes dry..pretty nice offering however seems more like a hybrid between a dubbel and saison..aftertaste is reminiscent of blood orange canned pellegrino offering..not digging this part as much..worth a shot..

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (6974) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 26, 2013
375ml bottle I picked up at Westover Market. Pours a darker orange with some cloudy, creamy, white head. Nose has tons of herbal soap, some sage, lots of peppercorn, a little bit of sweetness, some corn, dried orange peel, some flower petal. Flavor is more straight forward, sweet, malty, peppery, a little fruit, almost a little jalapeno, lavender, a little medicinal too. Chalky, peppery finish. Interesting.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (21888) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2013
Cask gravity @ GBBF 2013. Pours a golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy weak yeasty mandarin aroma. Fruity malty spicy weak peppery flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty mandarin finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjgmd (1924) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Bottle. Pours a reddish amber orange pour with a small head. Nose is floral and peppery with some citrus zest. Taste is yeasty and peppery with fruity flavors, nothing really stands out on the palate, but drinkable. Finishes with strong yeasty notes, with s medium body. Quaff Score 7 / 10

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zgaier (1857) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Pours a hazy orange with a small white head and herbal aroma of spices, lemon zest, and fruits. Taste is of esters, yeast, spices, fruits, and light pepper with a yeasty finish. Medium bodied and drinkable saison

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VIBhunter (25) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Pour from a bottle into a 16oz taster’s glass. Aroma: Citrus, lemon, and pepper smell. Appearance: Pours golden orange with a slight copper look in the glass. The beer has a good carbonation about two fingers head at the top of the glass. Taste: Orange peel and slight pepper. Palate: Orange-citrus and subtle pepper that is not over powering with a clean crisp finish. Overall: It is a good saison beer for the hot summers. The beer is light yet has a little kick with the pepper which makes it interesting. I would have a few during the warm weathers.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Awesome on tap at Library alehouse in santa monica, good saison but with the nice orange and peppercorn flavor

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (9189) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle. Slightly murky orange pour with a smaller head. Lemon, black pepper, orange, and yeast. Very drinkable. Fairly crisp. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (2271) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2013
Clear amber with a small pale head. Aroma is honey, mandarin, apricot, peach, caramel. Slightly slick mouthfeel, medium bodied, sweet and fruity on the palate with only the vaguest hint of peppercorn on the aftertaste. Taste is apricot, peach, mandarin, clover honey, Belgian candi sugar, hint of kaffir lime and green peppercorn. Nice but a little off balance - slightly too sweet and the peppercorn/saison yeast spiciness just doesn't come through.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
pras (567) - Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2013
I was hoping for more. This is not a classic Saison. Aroma is barnyardy. Flavor has some of that barnyardiness, but the mandarin shines through more. Peppercorns leave a little spiciness at the end. Was hoping for more.


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