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RATINGS: 244   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (4795) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Pours a dark gold with pretty much no head - nose of candi sugar, citrusy syrup (like the syrup they put in fruit cups), pepper, toasted grain - texture is a little watery, and the carbonation is kind of prickly in the mouth - flavor is simple and sweet up front, with sugar and sweet orange - a metallic tang through the middle leads to som moderate bitterness, rustic phenols, and spicy pepper, but for the most part, the sweetness persists through the finish - not completely unenjoyable, but pretty weak.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eRock_2013 (208) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2014
A nice saison, the pepper is a nice accent to an otherwise fruity sweet and Belgian yeasty ale. Pours golden orange with full head, aroma is heavy on orange/ apricot fruit. Pleasant strong flavor intensity yet drinkable. Medium bodied, strange though because I didn't notice much lacing or carbonation. Finishes fruity, clean overall. Well done, but not as complex as others. Recommended overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (1639) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
A nice refreshing and crisp saison. Aromas of sweet yeast and Belgian candy. Nice dry palate. I get a bit of the orange and peppercorn. Very nice overall.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4427) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Bottle courtesy of family. Pours a clear yellow-gold with a white head. Nose is lemon, pepper, citrus, some Belgian yeast, esters, and sweet malt. Flavor is similar: sweet malt, citrus, sweet malt, lemon, pepper up front, yeast and pepper in the mid and a fruity and off-dry finish. Light to medium in body and a nice saison overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (612) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2014
12.7oz bottle - pours a pretty transparent orange , light tan head . Big citrusy yeast aroma . Taste like sweet oranges , and fruity yeast , nice spice bite on the finish . Very good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crompt (109) - York, South Carolina, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Not quite the flavors I’d expect from a saison. Sweet and yeasty getting some of the mandarin but not any of the peppercorns unfortunately because it is needed to balance the sweetness. Not bad but in prefer more of a dry style saison and could do without the sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bule (705) - California, USA - MAY 20, 2014
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a golden color with an orange tinge. A little flat tasting and not much of the wild east flavor. A little citrusy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremyh70 (668) - Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Pours a beautiful bright and clear golden orange with an ecru head that dissipates quickly to a ring and leaves good lacing. Aroma is somewhat sweet with sugar cookies, candied oranges and Belgian yeast fruitiness and some coriander. More of the sugar cookie in the taste, followed by juicy fruit and oranges. Coriander and clove spiciness in the aftertaste along with some mild pepper and floral hops. Finishes somewhat dry with slight lingering spice and floral hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is almost crisp with a medium body and medium/high carbonation. A little sweeter and more fruity than I like my saisons. Off style, sort of tastes like a witbier crossed with a Tripel, but still nice flavors and drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bricktop86 (553) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Pours clear copper with a white head. Aroma is wheat, orange with sight pepper and other spices. Taste follows nose

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuedmaster (200) - Vista, California, USA - MAY 18, 2014
This is an excellent fruit Saison, very drinkable and smooth, yet unique flavor. 12.7 oz. bottle from the local liquor store. Pours clear, dark gold with a small white head that dissipates quickly, no lacing. Aroma of orange rind, lemon, pear, caramel, and dough. Flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter, and light sour, with slight umami, very balanced and delicious. Light to medium body, thin texture, soft carbonation, and balanced, refreshing finish. A true artisan product.


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