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RATINGS: 457   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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A homage to traditional European beers brewed for quenching the thirst of farm workers of "Saisonaires." A unique Belgian Saison yeast is used to impart a mixture of spice, fruity and earthy notes along with a lip smacking palatability.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (6462) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle, shared at the Boxing Day tasting at TimEís place in Calgary. Hazy golden body with a thick white head. Esters of soft banana, spices, sweet candyish malt. Belgian blonde yes, Saison no. Disappointing.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (2939) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle - Apricot, grass and and some light citrus with some spice. Cloudy yellow and a thin white head. Banana esters, grass and a bit if coriander. More like a German Hefeweizen.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
Dark yellow. Funky pear scent. Flat, dry. Pear juice without sugar. Sad. Good tasting. Good friends. Not so good beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (3092) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 26, 2013
Golden color. White head. Sage, soap, wheaty nose, malty, but too sweet for the style. Really not that impressive but ok, though not to style.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (1666) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 8, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours a hazy light yellow with a thin white head. Clove aroma. Predominant lemon and pepper flavors. Not very complex but pretty solid saison overall.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jethro6191 (418) - Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Light gold with a white head. Earthy, musty aroma. Spicy flavor with lemon and citrus notes. Light body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4543) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 15, 2013
22oz bottle pours a hazy yellow with some creamy white head. Nose is mostly yeast, straw, cheese rind, light cracker, grass, perfume. Flavor is nice, sweet, perfume, a little booze, some tropical fruit, honey, straw, yeast. Medium bodied, dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JulienHuxley (2852) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2013
Bomber. Hazy gold pour, white head. Juicy aroma, banana, lemon, fruity hops, really estery, quite a bit of banana. Flavor is fruity, quite sweet, way too sweet for the style, a tad boozy. Palate is sweet, balanced by good carbonation at least. Flawed american interpretation of the style, but still enjoyable.

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jfb (3680) - GERMANY - SEP 22, 2013
(bottle) pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a frothy white head. aroma of peaches, powdered sugar, light bubble gum, marzipan and brown sugar. flavour is mostly just heavy cooked vegetables and alcohol, with a light hint of starchy pale malts, powdered sugar and herbal hops. heavy-bodied with average carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
22 oz bottle into a tulip. A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head isnít as towering as some saisons, but it is a one finger white shade. Retention isnít great, however. S: This actually has a nice whiff of funk to it. It takes a while for it to really hit the nose, though - upon opening, itís mostly comprised of white wine with a spicy undertone. There are also some candied sugar notes buried in there. Aside from being a little sweet for my style preferences, it hits upon the major aspects well. Swirling it, in particular, will really allow all that stank-ass cheesiness to hit the nose. T: It starts off with a wave of spiciness. Earthiness is also prevalent - especially around the middle - but some of the funk notes are a bit subdued next to the aroma. When sufficiently warmed up, swirling the glass will cause some of the funkiness to reappear more vividly - not just on the aroma, but on the flavor as well. The finish is bready and (perhaps) slightly too sugary. Definitely a good saison thatís only let down by occasional overt sweetness. M: An initial fizz helps to lift the (rather dense) body off of the tongue fairly well. After the swallow, though, it leaves a bit too much sweetness on the back palate. Even worse, it also leaves a bit too much astringency on the front of the palate, making it slightly harsh. Thatís never good. Otherwise, itís easy to drink. O: This oneís nice, but not my ideal saison. With a little less sweetness, this could have been killer. Still solid, still worth a try.


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