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Brewed by Starr Hill
Style: Saison
Crozet, Virginia USA
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Starr Saison is a traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ale. Dry, crisp, and complex with plenty of fruitiness, hints of earth, and refreshing hop aroma and bitterness.


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emeister84 (1038) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Aromas of fresh fruit--bananas, berries, and cherries--along with floral and herbal notes. Clear copper complexion with a mostly retaining, white head. Dry, herbaceous, funky, earthy, and bitter. Medium bodied with lively carbonation, and finishes with dry fruit and floral tones, and very pleasant hop bitterness.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - OCT 12, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-13-14- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a clear deep golden color with a fizzy head of a pure white color. The head fades super quickly leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is a rather nice mix of sweet, funk, yeast and bread. The biggest aroma is that of a sweet candied sugar smell with lots of banana sweetness within. Along with these aromas are some yeasty smells bringing with them spice aromas of coriander and clove. A bit of a wheaty smell as well as some grass and hay are there as well, overall producing a very pleasant aroma. Taste – The taste begins with a wheaty and bready flavor with a moderately strong sweet taste of banana and candied sugar. The taste also starts with a somewhat bready, which overall create a smooth and pleasant taste on the tongue. As the taste advances however the smoothness soon fades as some yeasty flavors bring with them lots of spice of coriander and clove as well as some bitter grassy and hay like flavors. The newly arriving flavors all the while, bring with them some more astringent flavors, which in the end, with the mix of all the flavors leaves a somewhat off funky, overly spiced flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A slightly higher carbonation and slightly thinner body may have been a bit better at hiding/minimizing the off astringent flavors, all the while keeping the beer a bit more refreshing. Overall –It was a little too off in flavor at the end of the taste with a bit too much astringent and spice, as well as a slightly weak mouthfeel. An alright saison overall, but nothing all that great.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 30, 2014
Where and how: bottle 355ml
Aroma pleasant, rounded feel with slightly tart softness. Hint of wheat, golden malts. Soft phenolic vibe. Dry finish with pleasant hop character.
Appearance :
Top: nice white top, sparse lacing
Base: fine haze, amber.
Palate : quiet dry.
Taste: Touch of clove, wheat and alcohol. More of a Belgian strong ale than Saison. Lacking mild farm like funk.
Other notes not exactly a Saison yet still a solid brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beakerh20 (37) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Nice golden color with a crisp fresh taste. It has a lot of fruitiness and finishes with a light touch of hop aroma and bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerdedDave (444) - - JUL 20, 2014
amber color; nice, spicy aroma; great spicy, slightly fruity Belgian yeast flavor with notes of pepper and corriander; dry, bitter finish

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gooseunc (15) - Prince William County, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Spicy notes, feint apricot on the nose. Pours uncharacteristically clear for a saison/Belgian, more orange than yellow. Nice Belgian laces on sides of my tulip. Taste is a bit malty, maybe slight fruit, finishes a bit sour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
robgibbens (414) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2014
This brew pours a nice light amber, clear and with a skirt white foam. The aroma had lemon and orange notes, typical of the style. The taste is a tad bitter but goes down smooth.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
devman171 (985) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle, aroma is light spicy and floral. Taste is very light and crisp with a nice Belgian spice and hop finish. Decent for the style

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
shadey (1904) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Growler. Pours a bright gold with a very thin white head of cream. Aroma is very grainy and grassy. Lightly sweet, but no real funk to speak of. Alcohol is surprisingly apparent for the level (6%) and takes away from the experience substantially. Other flavors are grassy hops and not much else. Also tastes a bit oxidized, which is very strange for a growler that was poured yesterday.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4135) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2014
Pours golden with ok head and lacing and some funk in the finish. Comes together well with some hay and some funky wildness. Average carbonation. Finishes lightly sour. On tap at DC Beer Festival.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (4748) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2014
Draft. Poured a clear golden color, small white head. Aroma is light caramel malt, some straw and spice notes. Flavor has light pepper, citrus.


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