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RATINGS: 307   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (8691) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1888) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
pras (548) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4370) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2013
375mL bottle. Amber in color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of black pepper, yeast, juicy oranges. Taste is of heavy pepper, yeast, earth, citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4577) - Frisco, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle. The look is very clear, off white head, and copper colored. The smell is fruity, pepper, spice, yeasty, and more fruits. The taste is fruits, spiced, yeasty, and pepper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2013
12.7 oz. bottle. Pours clear amber color with a short tan head. Aromas of fruit, spice, yeast. Lots of caramel flavors with orange. Medium carbonation. A little too buttery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lamas (1494) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2013
12.7 oz. corked & caged bottle. A cloudy amber/rust pour with a thick and creamy beige head. The yeasty aroma features quite a bit of bananas, candi sugar, caramel, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, cantaloupe, lemons, oranges, citrus rinds, and some musty funk. An excellent toasted graininess becomes apparent with a little warmth. Medium-bodied and relatively creamy on the way down. The taste starts with some caramel and candi sugar. Just a tad bready. Bananas and vanilla in the middle. Oranges, lemons, and zesty citrus rinds finish things off. A big dash of pepper adds a decent kick at the end. Yeasty and spicy with some warming alcohol throughout. Pretty good, but I was expecting even more from this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rumproasts (4290) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Bottle. Golden orange with small head. Fruity Saison with excellent flavor. Light funk. Really dig the mandarin oranges in this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cduncan14 (138) - Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Poured into a tulip glass. Tons of mandarin oranges on the nose, with some yeast and a trace of candi sugar. Itís a blush, almost pinkish orange color, with a pillowy, cream-colored head that stays around. The farmhouse funky flavor is the best feature of the taste. The orange is almost too sweet, and the higher ABV is more evident in the taste than the nose, where itís almost imperceptible. Itís a super-complex beer with tons of fun stuff going on, and I feel like I should like it more than I do. Overall, itís just a tad sweet for me, but itís a really impressive example of a Belgian-style saison done by a California brewery.

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