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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Bottle. Hazed amber with splashes of rust. Small white head. Nose is soft fruit notes, lots of spice, obvious Belgian yeast notes, grains, light flowery notes, and sweet malts. Light grassy hops as well. Another rater mentioned a witbier and that’s almost exactly what it smells like minus the lemony aroma. Taste is spicy and sweet with white pepper notes, coriander, light tangerine, melon, grassy notes, yeast notes, hints of fresh flowers, and light funkiness. Body is surpringly smooth and creamy. I expected a little bit more sharpness from the carbonation. The carbonation, however, seems like dense microbubbles and this helps add to a pleasant mouthfeel. Finishes with more spice notes, ripe fruits, Belgian yeast, light grain notes, and light hint os straw and earthy funk. Nice, but I don’t know how well this would age. Guess I’ll find out!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2006
22oz. bomber. Hazy, dark golden color with a small off white head. Fruity, spicy aroma that reminds me somewhat of a Belgian wit with all the citrus and coriander in there. Refreshing citrusy flavor with lots of grassiness and spices(coriander, pepper).

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (3903) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Lightly hazy gold with big sand-colored head. Biotic, fruity aroma. Medium-heavy tartness. Medium-light sweetness and a bit tannic. Belgian yeast finish. Medium light body. Good, not as complex as the aroma suggested. Too cidery at times.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2341) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Thin frothy head of fine bubbles. Bright white in color. Light carbonation. Very nice aroma with some fruit (pear), spices (ginger), yeast and a touch of honey. Color is a glowing orange. More fruit and spices in the flavor. Soft malts and a little pepper. Some dryness and bitterness as the beer departs the mouth and lingers for a little while. Maybe some barley for body? Grassy at the finish also. Sort of a heavier and maltier version of a traditional saison. Still pretty damn good though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1849) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Dark golden color with a thin white head of film. Aroma is grassy and smells lke stale hops. Spicy yeast character.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 7, 2006
04.28.06 Bomber, shared at Paul’s Pre-TAPNY. I’ve enjoyed this beer not only on that day, but a handful of times since. Something about this style, which isn’t really a saison, but rather a sort of lightly funked up, nicely effy, mineral, juicy-fruit, and kind of spicy paler brew with nice alcohol punch, something about it I really like. In the past, I’d have compared this with Flying Fish Summer, but no more (what happened there?), but it’s what I’m most reminded of...nothing even remotely close to a Belgie saision like Fantome or Dupont, but certainly has its place as a summer refresher with some kick.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Poured a cloudy medium gold body with a two finger thick white head that left a lot of lacing. Aroma is very barny with a good bit of lemongrass. Flavors have a lemongrass undertone the whole way through cemplemented with cloves, pepper, honey, and barny yeast. Fizzy in the back of my mouth but not obtrusive. Just the beer I was craving today.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quevillon (2407) - Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
Post-mondial Tasting. Blonde simple, bon collet. Aromes d’houblon pas pire. Goût simple d’houblon épicé.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Pours copper-gold with a large nearly-white head. Citrusy, yeasty aroma with a good deal of hay and spices. Earthy flavor with a lightly tart citrus middle and a dry, grassy finish. Good mouthfeel: properly spritzy, but the spritziness develops in the mouth, allowing the taste of the beer to come forward without impediment. Very well done.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2006
(2006 Vintage) The nose is very vinous, which is appropriate for the style. Head and lace are at first thick and full, but they quickly dissipate. The palate is too sweet and too low on the CO2 for the style. It taste like this beer is fermented with the same yeast that their winter ale was fermented with. The yeast imparts a spiciness to the brew. This beer is almost there, but in the end, it is too sweet. For me this style should be airy and refreshing, not cloying.


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