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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 202   ABV: 6.75%
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Fifth Element was brewed December 2007 and laid down to age in oak barrels January 2008. It has light peach/fruit notes and a beautiful golden hue. High carbonation created during bottle conditioning gives it a champagne like texture on the pallet. It finishes slightly tart and cleansing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6916) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2010
Dog Days of Summer Gathering light golden, white head. champagne yeast profile with tropical fruits, mild bitterness, some lingering funk/brett, citrus finish, dry palate with some acidic notes. The barrel use adds a nice mild wood dimension to this beer, definitely giving it a more sour aspect that I am not used to seeing in saisons.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Sour tart lemon nose, some funky notes, straw, a little dusty. Hazy light golden pour, light fizzy white foam ring. Tart, lemony, dusty, a little funky, a little poopy. Lingering tart notes, and some funk. Nice vibrant carbonation. Lively, light, tart and very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6265) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2010
750, corked and baled. Thanks ben and footbalm! Pours a slightly hazy bright gold. Loose whitish head. Poopy sulfuric minerally nose. Creamy medium body with lots of lively carb. Eggs, mineral water, tangy notes on the mid palate. Peppery and spicy, complex and delicious. Long sulfuric finish. Wonderful beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2010
Bottle from footbalm. Thanks Eric! Shared at shanandoah 2010. As others have said, this beer was very dry and sour to the point that it may be better classified a "sour." extremely bretty, a good amount of oaky woodiness, some lemon zest, clementines. I remember enjoying this quite a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5108) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Bottle, via douglass88. Pours a hazy gold body with a one finger fizzy white head that slowly faded to a thin film. Sweet and tart bretty nose, very funky but no real sourness. Some light floral hops and a nice oak undertone. The flavor is dry and funky as all get out, lots and lots of brett. Light and delicate flavors though, itís not overpowering in any way, very drinkable. Lots of ripe tropical fruit notes and I especially like the wood influence. Very minimal if any spicing. Mouthfeel is dry and funky with nice spritzy fine carbonation. Lingering finish. Very nice, up there with my favorites for the style, though itís generally a style I donít seek out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Pours a nice golden color with a white head. Aroma is wheat spices, a touch of tartness. Flavor is wheat, subtle tartness, spices. Lots of carbonation and a prickly mouthfeel. Good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jake65 (2730) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 3, 2010
First off, a huge thanks to Eric for sending me a bottle. Secondly, screw you Eric for not asking for anything in return. Seriously, I have enough trouble sleeping at night and now I must figure out how to repay your awesomeness... The beer itself is delightful and the pour is rather striking. Fuzzy golden blonde in color with a finger of creamy white head. Bright nose is citrus filled, sours, light grassey notes, lemon, and more fruitiness. Crisp taste is an explosion of tartness, tropical fruit, a little wheat presence, and lightly woody. The way the carbonation fits in is just sublime. More sour than saison, but delightful. This rocks & so does Eric!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JoeMcPhee (8622) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2010
Hazy golden pour with a thick white head. The nose is a little bit oaky and chewy. Some light vanilla and soft fruitiness. The nose is incredibly buttery. A touch of soft spice and light malt but itís completely loaded with diacetyl. Itís really overpoweringly laden with chardonnay like character. Meh - it doesnít really work for me at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2010
bottle @ BCTC 2010. Cloudy yellow, nice white head. Nose is lemony wood, acidity, brett. Flavor is lemon, yeast, slightly soapy. Quite tart & refreshing. Lingering tart & yeast character in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Bottled. Sadly, I found this pretty horrid. Was this chardonnay barrels? The intense oakiness rears its head as over the top diacetyl, nearly undrinkably so, like pure movie theater popcorn. The flavor does a bit better at first, with a mildly tart, horsy wild yeast complexity, a touch of sweetness, but that quickly crumbles into a slick, buttery finish. Couldnít even drink this. A 3.0 is probably generous.

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