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RATINGS: 301   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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A Belgian style Saison (or Farmhouse Ale) brewed with a blend of British Pale and German Pils malt and hopped with East Kent Goldings. Fermented with a special proprietary yeast which imparts its dry, spicy character. Golden orange in color.


2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jfb (3968) - Freising, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2014
(bottle) clear golden colour with a frothy white head. aroma of heavy manure and yeast, with lots of cooked celery, some floral hops and sugar icing. flavour is quite sweet, with some notes of pineapple, powdered sugar, some light caramel, more manure and cooked vegetables. medium-bodied with lively carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (3787) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2014
How: Draught.
Where: Earl of Essex, London.
Appearance: Amber colour with a tan head.
Aroma: Fruit, a bit sour, alcohol, yeast.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Sweet malt, fruit, a bit sour.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (2892) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2014
Clear golden colour, white head. Aroma of malts, green banana, saison yeast and spices. Malty flavour, banana, cloves, bit bitter. Finish malts, cloves and green banana.
(from 66cL bottle @ Earl of Essex, London. Thanks for sharing, RateBeer crew!)

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (2870) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Delicious and refreshing saison...not strong and cloying like the trend seems to be with this style. Aroma was a little weak. Light pilsener malt with heavy yeast character. Pour was a nice hazy light yellow with a two finger white head. Taste was nice and crisp. Heavy yeast and pilsener malt with a nice strong biting carbonation. No flavor dominates the other and the mild noble hops provide just enough of a spicy dry finish. Nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (11036) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle at Earl of Essex, Lindon. Hazy pale yellow beer with a decent white head. Fruity hop aroma, floral, hay, perfume, grapes, lemongrass, some peach. Sourish fruity flavor, grassy, perfume, mango, some hay. Decent beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (4500) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle - Light banana, citrus, grass and clove. Clear gold with a rich head. Effervescent, sweet yeasty esters, orange and a nice slight clove finish. Lively and refreshing.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
obguthr (3923) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Caramel, apple, funk aroma. Clear golden, thin head. Apple and lemon, dry. Not a whole lot going on and tame for the style. No off flavors though.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (2042) - Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Ed. Dusty yellow, bright body with a bone white head that fluffs up nicely but recedes very quickly. Aroma contains apple skins with a mild tartness, some gummy yeast, bread, & a little bit of clove & minty spice esters in the finish. Taste follows closely with lots of yeast, apple skins, biscuit malt, & a hint of funky tartness. Brett, maybe? Touch of hay & a hint of clove in the finish. Dry. A little uneventful, nothing doing, really, but not bad, either. Decent.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
williamstome (912) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Pale straw pour. Light, spicy aroma. Flavor has some spice and yeast notes, but body is a little thin. Overall this just isn’t a very good saison.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1731) - - MAY 19, 2014
Transfered from BA review on 2-15-12 - Served on-tap in a 12 oz chalice Appearance – A medium golden body with a slight off-white head. The head is filled with large carbonation bubbles and upon fading leaves a bit of lacing on the side of the glass. Smell – The smell is largely fruity up front, with nice citrus and some more tropical aromas. There is a biscuit-malty aroma toward the middle which is mixed in with an ever so slight astringent “funky” aroma. Taste – A little on the sour side initially with some lemon and citrus. The more subdued sourness gives way to some hoppy and sweeter flavors toward the middle - sweeter citrus fruits with some more tropical’s; orange, mango, sweet lemon (lemonade) and even a little sweet apple. These sweet flavors are mixed with some yeasty flavors and a more sour green apple-lemon flavor, which come into play and rounds out the flavor profile. Mouthfeel – A lighter bodied beer with a moderate to fairly high level of carbonation. The carbonation suits the beer quite nicely with the lighter body making it quite drinkable, although its thickness is lacking a little bit and it could use a bit more. Overall – A nice “wild” brew. A little thin in the body which when mixed with the sourness makes it taste a little like an ale with a bit of lemon squeezed in (but just a bit; overall it is vastly better than this). It is well worth a try.


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