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RATINGS: 288   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2960) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Burnt tangerine body with a nice eggshell cap. Yeast, lemon peel, cracked black pepper, honey-baked biscuit, freshly cut grass, and a hint of barnyard. Well constructed but not remarkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 3, 2013
12.7 oz. bottle purchased at Harvest Wines, Liquor and Beer Cave in West Hartford, CT. Pours a golden amber with a white head and moderate lacing. Smell is citrus, apple, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops. Taste is smooth and citrusy. Mouth feel is slightly syrupy, nice Saison, but doesn't strike me as remarkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3327) - Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2013
375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/22/2013. Pours slightly hazy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, orange, peppercorn, clove, herbal, honey, light caramel, floral, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes with the spicing; and good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, orange, pepper, clove, honey, herbal, caramel, bread, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, pepper, clove, honey, herbal, caramel, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced saison style. All around good complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6230) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Orange pour with white foam and lace, herbal orange cake aroma and flavor , some ginger snap , soft finish

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (976) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike5326 (1111) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Poured from a cold bottle into a frosted glass at a bar. Dark orange color, medium white head. Slight floral smell. Nice initial taste, fast taste transition to sweet fruit. Nice aftertaste, good drink ability.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Thanks to Spence3208. Reddish-brown pour with a light tan head. Aroma is spice ,yeast, a little sweetness. Taste is sweetness from the mandarins., spices, and yeast. A touch of pepper. Complexity and taste meld together as one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (6504) - Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2013
375 ml bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good for the style; a fairly transparent deep orange with white lacing. Smells solid; Belgian yeast, citrus, and spice both traditional saison and peppercorn). Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4360) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Pours a soft golden amber with a thin fizzy sandy tan head. Nose is very yeasty and doughy with a big bready component. Some weird fruity notes and a touch of spice show as well. Very bready and doughy flavor with some acidic fruit skins and pear flesh. Too yeasty for my tastes, rocks the raw bread dough component too heavily and the citrus and spice doesn’t come through in such a way that cuts that character.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2013
A steady pour into my New Belgium tulip produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a almost red tinged, rich amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright honey-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a pronounced, though not overwhelming, fruity, mandarin orange aroma to it as well as an earthy, spicy, almost peppery character to it that plays the supporting role. Hints of malt suggest at whole grain crackers, or perhaps even some English biscuit like note.

The beer has a nice effervescence to it, a somewhat viscous body that is medium’ish in texture, though this is fairly quaffable to. The Mandarin orange character is certainly the dominant note here, but the finish has a spicy, peppery note that lingers lightly on the palate. The Mandarin oranges accentuate a sweetness in this beer, and also somehow bring out a slightly metallic note in the middle and finish. The malt character becomes a bit more apparent as the beer warms up, but is still a merely supporting role here; soft notes of whole grain crackers, wheat thins, and perhaps a touch of nutty grain character. The yeast character provides a soft mustiness to the finish, and some earthy spicy notes in the finish that seem to be a mix of clove and coriander.

The Saison character here is fairly muted; the body isn’t nearly as light as I like to see in a Saison, and the yeast character isn’t expressive enough to break free from the dominant Mandarin orange notes. Having said that, this is still a pretty nice beer that I am enjoying drinking.


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