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RATINGS: 453   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Bomber shared with and courtesy of gputty. Dark gold pour, a bit orange. Mildly fruity, somewhat bready. Lots of esters and spices (coriander, clove). I agree with some of the previous raters - somewhat dubbelish. Slightly dry in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2006
From bomber. Pours a golden orange with off white head. Nose is bready, doughy, darker fruits and light spices. Flavor follows nose with some caramel hints. Lively mouth feel with a dry finish. Pretty good, but more closely resembles a dubbel in my book.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Hazy glowing orange body topped by a collapsing foamy white-yellow tinged head. The aroma is citrsuy, yeasty, spicy, and sweet. Has some tripel qualities to it in the aroma. The flavor is not bad, light rough alcohol towards the end but before that there is some nice spice and citrus. Needs more funk. As with the aroma there are some shades of a tripel here. Maybe the yeast, not sure but definitely something. Nice palate, prickly dry medium bodied. Not sticky or too full. Quite refreshing. A good effort at a great style. A bit less sweetness and bit more funk and this would be outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1484) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Clear(despite being bottle conditioned), deep gold appearance with a thick head that faded rather quickly but left good lacing. Soft fruit aroma, accentuating the yeastyness, with a slight medicinal note at the very end. Taste was fairly sweet, turning a bit spicier as it warmed. Smooth, medium-bodied, nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Well hidden alcohol catches up fast as it finishes. Side note: the label was a beauty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Pours an attractive glowing clear orange with a foamy white head. Aroma of flowers, lemon and yeast/clove. Very sweet for a saison; notes of light caramel, lemon, orange, flowers, banana, clove, honey and hay. Iím nothing close to a pro brewer but it appears that this may have been mashed at too high of a temperature - has a full, slick, body and a good amount of residual sweetness, doesnít have that dry saison finish. Moderate carbonation. Needs some tweaking but overall, a solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2400) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Medium sized offwhite head, retention is good with a nice lace. Hazy orange/copper color. Lightly spicey nose with notes of wheat and fruity citrusy aromas. Body is fairly light, a touch oily. Dry wheat malt flavors, light pepper notes, citrus, subdued fruityness. Finish is almost dry and fruity. A fair attempt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 15, 2006
(22oz bottle) Hazy amber body topped by an off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange/floral, some caramel, light yeast/duskiness. Taste is moderately sweet, orange/floral, some syrup, sugar, light alcohol. Watery light-medium body, some chalk, low carbonation. I found it too sweet and not dry enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 <b>In short: </b>A citrusy Saison with strong farmhouse character. Very good.
<b>How: </b>Bottle 22oz, consumed fresh one month after purchase
<b>The look: </b>Partly cloudy golden body topped by a small white head
<b>In long: </b>Nose of wild yeast just how I like it, they donít call it farmhouse for nothing, strong farmhouse character indeed. Fresh and crisp citrusy flavour blend it perfectly with the farmhouse character to create a somewhat wild and very refreshing beer. Strong APA style citrusy hops with tasty mild juicy bitterness. A little spiciness here and there. If you really wanna get smutty in the farmhouse this is how you do it: first take a Portsmouth resident, then add a sheep, thenÖ

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 12, 2006
2006 Edition 22oz Bomber. Thin foamy small bubble head with an orange body. Smells of sweet malt and honey. Taste is sweet malty, spicy, and mildy fruity. Tangy mouthfeel but pretty smooth. I think this is a little overrated, itís decent but not derserving of the 3.65 it has right now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Bottle conditioned in 2006. Pours clear and golden with absolutely no head. None. I thought that I had picked up a bad bottle at first. Light, alcoholic aroma. Somewhat sweet from light fruit and yeast. The yeast is very authentic in its, um, Belgianicity. Very sweet in the mouth, especially for a farmhouse. Sweet from molasses and caramel and a little bit of citrus, especially at the finish. The finish is dry and has a little citrus tartness and a hint of brettanomyce, but not enough. I guess itís not bad, but it could be drier, and a little less sweet for my tastes.

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