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RATINGS: 220   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (855) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
What luck! They had a 750ml bottle of this at the Squatters pub at SLC airport which I enjoyed while waiting for my flight on June 27 ($18.95). Pours a murky yellow-brown amber color with a couple fingers of off-white foam. Aroma has notes of sourness, light funk, lemon, pineapple, grape / white wine, and yes some cheese (as other raters have found). Flavor is very complex: tart with an acidic sourness that is actually pleasant, fruit (definite peach and sour cherries and lighter citrus and grape tones). The flavor has a woody oak character that is quite strong. Very nice spritzy tingly carbonation which really adds to the flavor. Tart citrusy finish with some funk. The wood character really defines this one and puts it somewhere between a saison and a sour. (50, 348)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (2932) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Big thanks to footbalm for the bottle! This beauty pours hazy yellow/orange with a stable, creamy, two finger white head. The aroma is very sour and funky with lemon, leather, hay, oak, some citrusy and tropical fruit and spices in the background. The flavor is tart and funky with lemon, orange, peaches, nectarines, oak, leather, and hay. Really really great. More sour ale than saison for me, but it takes the best of both worlds and makes something truly unique. The funky and sour character is not overpowering but complex and approachable and exploding with flavor. It feels perfect on the palate, silky smooth yet effervescent. The finish is very oaky with notes of vanilla and chardonnay.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2010
750ml, second bottle batch, relatively young at under 6 months of bottle age. The pour yields a gorgeous, cloudy, golden-straw colored body with a tall, smooth cap of snow-white foam. Deflating swiftly, the froth settles to a thin, swirled film with a solid ring at the edge, leaving feathered splotches and flares of lacing. The nose is stunning....I mean truly fantastic. Citric acidity and fresh fruit notes leap from the glass, showing tart peach and delicate lemon, perhaps some nectarine as well. Underlying wheat grain malt is fresh and clean, made tart by lactic yeast, lending a Berliner-like profile. Thereís a hint of controlled wildness from the barrel, imparting a dry, dusty, earthen character, as well as a touch of must. Flavors are just as striking, initially intensely tart...nay, sour...as lemon and grapefruit induce a downright puckering reaction. Softer notes of nectarine and peach add delicious complexity. Wheat and hints of cereal are again ultra-clean and soured, showing lacto and pedio tendencies. Dry dust and wild wood funk offer interesting contrasts. The palate is unbelievably dry, to the point of being downright parching, as fine, lively carbonation distributes the lemony tartness and accelerates the drying of the tongue. Forget saison...this is a sour ale. If a blend of Cable Car and Southampton Berliner Weiss is something that excites you (and it should), then you need to seek this world class brew out with a quickness. Stunning, stunning stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Shenandoah Throwdown, 75cl bottle, thanks TurdFerguson. Large off-white head atop straw body. Aroma is moderately sweet, lemon, some spicy, light funk. Taste is medium sweet, lemon, some funk, light straw. Light-medium boy, some acidity. Calling this a saison is wholly misleading, regardless whether itís a "farmhouse" beer -- itís a sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Bottle at the Shenandoah Throwdown. Pours a light milky yellow with a medium sized white head. Lemony, wheat notes. Tangy and a bit more wheat. Crisp and very tasty. Finishes light and with a bit of musk. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Very opaque light yellow pour with tons of crap floating around. Really funky aroma loaded with bret. Musty with lemon and creamy oak. Flavor is very sour with a bit of bitterness. Very winelike with lots of oak notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (7875) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 28, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2011 750mL sampled at Shenandoah Throwdown. Whoa whoa whoa. Not really a saison- more like a full-on American wild ale. Reminds me of Temptation and Cable Car. Huge Brett in the nose creates a white wine (chardonnay) and bleu cheese funky complexity atop lactic sourness, pears, oak, pineapple, peach, cotton candy. Taste is lactic sourness, thick lacto, yogurty, light/tropical fruitiness, citrus peel, grapefruit flesh. Fat, yogurty palate. Awesome. 6/28/2010 9/4/9/5/15=4.2

750mL thanks to douglas88. The pour is a cloudy, light yellow glowing with a thick, white head leaving sheety, complete lacing. Nose is quite awesome: doughy and Bretty with sweet pineapple, sour peach, and green pears. Taste is similar to RR Temptation: mild lactic acid, chardonnay fruitiness and tannic bite, mild lemon, full sour peach, fresh sourdough to add balance. Very soft and yellow fruity. Starfruit comes to mind. Beautiful all around. 7/17/2011 8/5/8/5/16=4.2

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2010
The aroma was perfect. Fresh, haylike, lactic, grassy, herbal, tingly, a monster. The greatest aroma ever. The body was really spritzy, just highly effervescent, but not overly so. Color and heft of the body were good, a little heaviness in that the pour wasnít perfectly clear (though I waited a week before opening). The flavor had lactic sour elements. This is clearly a wild saison, but just clean as heck and natural too. Flavors were slightly sour then slightly sweet in the finish. Great beer, thanks to Douglas88.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Wow! Saison? Probably not. Aroma is lacticsour, wheaty, lots of brett, and funkiness. Wow, an incredible aroma. Very similar in itís lactic qualities to Fantome Pissenlit. Taste is moderately sour, lots of brett and funk, and wheaty. Finish is lactic sour, wheaty, barnyard, and refreshing. Great imperial-berliner-that-had-sex-with-a-sour-ale-and Wow!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Courtesy of footbalm. Clear somewhat bright yellow, nice head, tiny carb bubbles. In your face peach/apricot combo, hints of oak. Flavor much the same, fruit character is nice and juicy, slight sour and tart, really well rounded. No hint of alcohol whatsoever, 7.3%?. Lively mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. Really impressed.

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