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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.


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2002
Spicy, not as sweet as others, yeast character a little overpowering

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5034) - 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. Where’s the funk?

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2006
22 oz special ’wedding gift’ bottle, shared by egajdzis at O’Briens. Pours golden, mostly clear with a large foamy white head. Sweet malty aroma, with yeast and herbs, a little smoke (?), light citrus notes and spice. Flavor featured spice and bitter herbs, earthy notes, a bit of hoppiness and very astringent. Medium body and foamy carbonation.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radiomgb (2262) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2007
Pale cloudy yellow/orange in colour, very large white coloured head, fair retention, good lacing. The aroma is of citrus, mainly lots of orange, floral hops, yeast and must. The flavour is very yeasty and musty, lots of orange and lemon citrus, some spice. Sour mouthfeel, medium body, insane carbonation. Finishes long, fizzy, lots of yeast. A very yeasty saison, very high amounts of carbonation. The carbonation becomes a bit of a distraction.

750ml bottle shared by <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>mds, thanks Mike.
Opened on June 22, 2007.
No best before date.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8100) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Sample from a bottle. Light yellow in color and cloudy in appearance with a soft white head. Weird nose of grain and spice, a but floral, but not really peppery or exciting at all, more of a herb-like spice note. Oily texture up front, lightly drying in the back, which is nice enough, but flavor-wise it comes across perfume-heavy and green, with a distinct oily vegetable note throughout. Okay overall, but a little weird and a little too green.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3502) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2009
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Straw yellow pour with an inch of fizzy white foam. Aroma is light and spicy with hints of pepper, spice, apples, and yeast. Flavor is spicy and a bit sour at the beginning with a lot of bitterness and yeast in the middle, and a lightly sour and spicy finish. Not bad flavors but a bit too sour and fizzy.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
QuezXLV (398) - Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Very clear gold color. Aroma is not strong but pleasant. The taste is quite complex. I’m not very familiar with the style, but its great tasting.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Draft at phoenixville. Pours a clear gold with a light white head. Buttery taste. Lingering creamy texture. Seems a little too savory for a saison.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Eric says the aged version of this beer is fantastic. All I can say is that they oughtn’t to put it out till it’s aged. Aroma: pears, yeast, honey-sweetness, white pepper, some lemon. Taste: peppers, alcohol, hot dogs, spice, finish is chalky, aftertaste metallic--eek! If there were a ghost on this label, it would have iron teeth and be breathing hot spicy flames. Let it age till the taste matches the aroma. Let it age!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11104) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2007
on tap-pours a foamy white head and hazy yellow color. Aroma is musty, spice. Taste is clove, spices, musty, grain, light hops-bite, dry. OK carbonation. Occasional.


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