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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2005
At Brewery. Poured a clear, but solid looking golden body with a small white head. The nose was very peppery. Flavor was bready with coriander, pepper, and clove. A shake of hops. good way to end the Summer OF Saisons.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2005
Clear dark gold body, wearing a medium sized white head. Soapy hop/yeast carbonation appears both woody and herbal in the nose, but further studies reveal appealing candyish honey malts and underlying spices that, in mouth, take the shape of mustard seeds, coriander and sage. Developping a soft grassy bitterness, but despite full carbonation, it canít hide its insufficient attenuation and therefore wins most of its saison character from the spices. Medium bodied, foamy texture. Too bad they didnít have any of those famed bottles yet.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2005
Pours a clear dark gold color with a thin ring of white lace. Aroma of spices with farmhouse character. Decent barnyard flavor with spices. The body is light with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. A decent effort but it doesnít quite have the authenticity of true Belgian Saison.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2007 On tap at the brewpub:

The Lure:
This appears to be filtered? If so, I really donít understand why. Oranges and coriander are abundant but donít leave any room for more perfumes to show up. This will be a straightforward, spicy, and clean malt example.

The Festivities:
Peaches and oranges trample the honeyed malt back. Low carbonation and hefty malts point to an American heritage rather than Belgian, which isnít what I was looking for in this beer. Toasted malts fall into hop bitterness, but there isnít much mop flavor to link them.

Transcendence:
Imitating the greats is a daunting task. 3.4/5

Bottled:
Now this is much better. I donít know if this is all the work of bottle conditioning, but whatever. The farmhouse character is authentic, the lively carbonation fits the style, the wet haystack and fruity esters (banana bubblegum) admirably merge with the herbal, spicy hops and the yeast just works. A very good Saison, better than some Belgian examples. 3.8/5

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2005
Appears a light hazy gold with mild streams of carbonation coming up to the top. Solid white head does not want to yield to the surronding pressure. Spotty and streaky lacing abound. Smell is of slight barnyard funk mustiness with apple skin, coriander, pepper, and lemon zest with perhaps just a touch of bananas. Taste is of the same aromas matched with that slight funkiness. Mouthfeel is dry with some of the lemony zest and coriander peaking quickly before the dry finish. This is going to be the shiznit when bottled. Only a few weeks away.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (4860) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2005
On draft, Phoenixville location. Poured a golden straw with nice 1/2 head. Aroma of banana, spices, belgian yeast. Flavor is ok with a general spicyness, wheat, clove, and with a very mineral finish. Palate was the highling of this beer for me, nice velvety mouthfeel with good carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer, but it lacks intensity on every front. None of the barnyard/complex flavors and aromas of a true Belgian Saison. As if brewed not to offend anyone. Very clear pour, needs more yeast and funk in there. Whereís the funk?

2.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Draught @ Brewery: Strong scent. Smells of cloves, pepper, and other spices. Medium orange in color. No head. No lacing. Tasted sour. Flavors of hops, yeast, pepper, and must. I did not like this (I donít like the style), so it was hard to drink as far as I am concerned. At least it smelled good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Draft at the Leigh Valley Brewfest in Easton, Pa. Nice smooth beer. Satrted sweet then had a dry spicey finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Tap, LV brewfest 04. Cloudy yellow, white head. Piney notes in the aroma. Flavor is hoppy and a little funky. Does not seem all that big.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Tap @ Sly Fox. Not quite clear, hazy yellow/gold. Good white head, and carbonation. Aroma was of sweet, raw bacon (the good farmer's market stuff), other unusual smells including mild, sweet wee wee. (Not negative though, I couldnít stop sniffing it). Flavor is slightly sweet, tangy, spicey Belgian yeast with a full but mellow clove flavor. Mild hops. Malt flavor was well integrated into the spiciness. Nice, dry finish. Into the med bodied range. I usually avoid the more clovey beers but this was quite good..... Plagiarized: "Musty" is a good descriptive word for this brew.


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