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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JesseBones (54) - - AUG 27, 2013
Sweet and citrus are the headliners in this complex aroma heavy saison. I couldn't put my finger on the appropriate "meaty-protein" flavor that is accompanying this buttery wave of amber. (Been vegetarian too long) It is both alarming and pleasant. The pepper finish is a great call by these clearly talented brew masters. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaBeer1972 (1246) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KornDogg (520) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Bottle. Candied orange, pepper aroma. Golden orange body with thin lasting head, nice lacing. Flavor is sweet, of candied fruits and citrus notes; orange. Light pepper finish, subtle lasting bitter flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (2579) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 8, 2013
This is a pretty decent saison. Its has the golden color, large head, citrus and grass smell and belgian yeast funk down. The peppercorn doesn’t come through all that effectively, sadly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (933) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bill Becker (184) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - APR 20, 2014
From the stamp on the bottle, it looks like this was bottled March 28, 2014. Gorgeous pour here. Depp golden colour with a huge head of foam that leaves lots of lovely lacing behind. Big spicy nose with notes of pepper, cloves, lemon, and oranges that add a slight hint of tartness. Dang, ditto for the taste. So true to the smell. The cloves and pepper go so well with that big lemon and orange, spicy hop, slightly tart flavours that it’s scary. I do get some mild biscuit that seem to grow as the sipping continues. It’s also cool that the abv is very manageable. The mouthfeel seems slick with perfect carbonation and a nice medium body. I think this is a very fine effort from Sierra Nevada...my favourite of their Ovila series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2220) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a slightly cloudy dark orange with minimal head. Aroma is slightly funky with some citrus and a little caramel. Taste is very lightly bitter amd medium-light sweet. Loads of orange and citrus with a little spicy pepper. Darn good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BudStew (6) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2013 does not count
Pours a pale amber with a thin white head. Considerable lacing. Citrus was present but did not dominate. Peppercorns give this ale a distinct and tangy nose, but again, not overwhelming. Overall a very pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flatmatt (1025) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2013
375 mL bottle. Pours a golden amber with a white head. Yeasty aroma heavy on clove, peppery spice hints. Peppery spice and perky orange zest lead the flavor into clove and pear and herbal notes, even a hint of aniseed. A nice, varied array of flavors that go together really well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VIBhunter (19) - 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.

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