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RATINGS: 273   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2013
My 8th Sierra Nevada rating this week, and the only one not bought locally. C&C 375 mL bottle from Bestway. Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a thin white head. Fair head retention. Aroma of bubblegum, citrus, floral notes. The taste is bright, tart citrus, spice, including a bit of pepper, stone fruits. Medium bodied, dry. Solid beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5329) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle - 375mL corked and caged. Rusty amber with a short, fizzy tan head. Aroma is grainy with light pepper notes, sweet fruit, oranges, yeast and straw. Taste is fruity with sweet malt, grains, straw, yeast, oranges, light spices/pepper and flowers. Body is medium but slightly chewy with a moderate, dense, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more oranges, toasted malt, grains, straw, light earthy notes, peppery spices, ripe fruits and flowers.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (1732) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle..Pour is golden with a medium white head..Nose is nice citrus, spice,honey, musty yeast...Taste is nice citrus, sweet,smooth, slight pepper, soft and balanced..Not getting much peppercorn

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaBeer1972 (1368) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 26, 2013
On tap at Doherty’s. Served in a tulip glass. Comes in a medium clear amber - not like any saison I’ve ever seen! Nice frothy head. Very smooth, slightly fruity and peppery. Goes down nicely. Very, very good! Not your typical saison.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3714) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Not a huge or typical saison. There’s a noticeable fruity character that is typical of a hop profile, only that it doesn’t finish with an especially strong hop bite or bitterness. Some spice in my tasting. The mandarin isn’t really there, and the orange is somewhat marginal. (on tap, Church Key, Washington DC)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2013
300 cL bottle from Capone’s. Pours hazy orangy copper with 3-finger off-white head and spare lace. Nose is resiny hops, yeasty malt, orange zest, black and white peppercorns. Tastes of yeasty malt, orange zest, bready, and peppery. The finish has a bit of an odd flavor note, so that is a minor deduction. Overall good but not great, as the ingredients don;t seem to meld well together.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6201) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Draft at Blue Monk. Orange golden pour. Floral heavy flavor, mandarin orange hits tip of tongue. Passion fruits, light peppercorn. Fruit and floral forward beer. Fuller mouthfeel . Nice

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3074) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2013
Bottle (375 ml). From dresden, thanks! Slightly hazy golden/orange with a small white head and some lacing. Aroma is floral with citrus (mandarin Orange), peppery notes and Saison yeast. Unique and interesting. Taste is slightly sweet with pepper, yeast, floral notes, citrus and malt. It doesn’t get together as much as aroma. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry. Original take on a Saison. Quite complex, but lacking drinkability/quenching qualities for the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Pours a clear copper color with an eggshell head. Aroma is banana, clove and a touch of citrus. Taste is sweet with the peppercorns adding a great, spicy kick going on with the clove and banana. Sweet with a medium mouthfeel. Good beer, but definitely not a traditional saison.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerGolem (713) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2013
Bouteille partagée par Tom10101, merci! Robe orange claire. Arôme: impressionant bouquet floral, mandarine, poivre, lavende, herbes, levures et malt. Le tout est original. Caractère malté. Bien équilibrée. Ronde en bouche.


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