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RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.


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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnGalt1 (496) - , Idaho, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Picked up at Brewforia Eagle for about $4... definitely more expensive than other places in town, but I was in Eagle, so.. oh well. Pours with a surprisingly short lasting white head atop a clear orange brew. The aroma shows clovey phenols combining with the citrus... quite a bit of residual pale maltiness IMO. Flavor is more leaning toward the esters with some pear and banana.. still a decent amount of clove... the citrus and peppercorn flavor merge more toward the finish... still too malty Body is heavy for a saison... carbonation is also a bit light adding to the heavier body. Decent beer at a decent price if I purchase elsewhere.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1334) - - SEP 21, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 8-25-13- Poured from bottle into a chalice glass Appearance – The beer pours a murky copper color with a one finger foamy-just off white head. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a tremendous level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is bready and yeasty with lots of spice of clove and coriander. Some lighter aromas of caramelized sugar and some orange citrus fruit are there as well as some very light hints of pepper. Taste – The taste starts out with a smooth wheaty taste as well as a smooth tangerine orange flavor. A yeast cake and spice flavor of coriander and clove quickly come to the tongue. These flavors all create a base for the brew and persist to the end while other flavors also join in. Toward the middle to the end some flavors of pepper and grassy come to the tongue. At the end a little bit of a alcohol taste to leave a nice smooth Belgian spiced orange and wheaty taste on the tongue Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side in its creaminess and thickness with a carbonation that is average to slightly below average for the style. The two combined, accentuate the very smooth flavors of the brew giving it a very easy drinking style but having just enough of an alcohol presence to keep you in check. Overall – A very smooth and easy drinking saison. Not a flavor powerhouse and nothing super out of the ordinary, but very tasty and very easy drinking none the less.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
lweiberg (110) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Touch of barnyard rotten eggs with some soy sauce over skunky. It’s lite bodied with a soft brownish orange lite body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (2307) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 9, 2014
"Darker in color, fruitier, and slighty more spicy pepper character than the original. The mandarins are a nice touch. This heavier than usual for the style beer took a while to open up, but once it did. I really liked the interplay between the citrus, bubble gummy yeast, spice and pepper."

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (6465) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 7, 2014
Tap at the Bee Hive. Deep orange color, hazy, with lace. spicy, herbal nose, oranges, malt, a bit of smoke. Flavor is sweet biscuit and orange, spicy, grassy, quite bitter. Ok. Still a bit too bready, sweet and spicy for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (1344) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2014
From notes, consumed 6/20/2013. 375 ml bottle poured into a tulip. Light gold/amber with 2.5 fingers of off-white head. Good lacing and head retention. Aromas of funk, yeast, citrus, oranges. Tastes of funk, yeast, mandarin oranges, citrus, herbal notes. Medium body with a semi-dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
badhack (315) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Pours light orange with plenty of soap bubble head. Nose is lighter toasty malt, musty orange like smell, some yeast. Tastes peppery, orange, orange rind, bitter. Dryish and soapy and slightly sticky.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (2149) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2014
From a bottle. Pours clear copper with a very thin head. Tastes like herbs, lavender, soapy, pine, resin, grapefruit, orange, caramel. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like vegetable, herbs, lavender, lemon.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3562) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear golden amber with thin, fizzy white head. Aroma is cereal and toasted malts, light straw, faint caramel, orange peel, and light spice. Flavor is dry malts, light toast, light citrus esters, faint spicy hops, and some farmhouse yeast esters; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jayzz (335) - Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2014
saison with a nice addition of pepper. The pepper really stands out in the nose and is well complimented by the yeast and citrus/wheat notes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4400) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2014
12.7oz bottle. Unfiltered orange-tan body. Creamy off-white head. A pretty tasty beer, not sure it really nails Saison though, the body is really creamy and yeasty. The orange and pepper accentuates the herbal funkiness of the yeast strain, which isn’t really a bonus. Some banana tones. Quality feel, great mouthfeel. Good but not really a definitive example of the style.


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