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RATINGS: 229   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Dark chestnut colored ale with a nice steady off-white head. Aroma is all about finesse, loads of blossoms and spring flowers. The mouth-feel is refined, playful and complex with Saison-like peppery flavors. Soft nutty after taste with a bite."


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
375 ml bottle bought in DC at a fairly steep $12 price tag. Slightly hazy chesnut brown covered by a mostly lasting light beige foam. Perfumey, very floral nose which has some elegance, but the floweriness hides most of the subtleties underneath. It’s not agressive, but very forward and too strong a perfume to give sidekicks like cereals any chance. In mouth, it’s easier to graps nuances such as toffee (albeit there is not much residual sugars in here), clovey, peppery and anisey intense phenols, burnt toast and hay. Pleasant and complex enough, though fairly alcoholic in mouth, it plays in the ground of sippers, yet has fresh and bright aromas. The contrast is unusual and the perfume is focused on flowers to the point where it may very well be a love or hate situation for many. I tend to lean toward the curious category myself, appreciating the particular challenge and typicity, but not finding here something I would want to drink with any regularity even if it were not for the steep price.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ktwse (1477) - SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2013
Pours murky brown amber with pretty much no head. Aroma of yeast, hay, barnyard, earth, butterscotch, light corinthians, Taste is lightly astringent bitter with a mellow balancing sweetness and tons of barrel and alcohol. Body is light to medium sticky with soft carbonation. Did I mention the alcohol? It’s all over the place!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (3549) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Aroma is dark fruit, berries, malts, flowers, alcohol and slightly perfumed. The flavor is malts, dark fruit, slight sweetness notes and a tangy/mildly alcoholic finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2026) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2013
February 2013. Tap at Max’s in Baltimore. Amber color with an off-white head. Floral aromas with malt and yeast. Spicy flavors with a bit of sweetness on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (5082) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2013
Sample at CBC 2013. Amber colour with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavour of caramel, fruit, alcohol and malt.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (1744) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Newly released version that is not brewed at De Struise but rather at Dog Brewing in Maryland. Not sure why the price went up two dollars a bottle since the last release seeing as it was brewed much closer to home and the bottle size only increased by .8oz, but I digress. Pours a rich rusty ruby chestnut color with a finger of eggshell foam. The nose is very interesting with a big malty belgian candi sugar background, touch of kola nut, and some deep floral notes. The palate follows the nose nicely... spiced floral malts, cola, almond a touch thin but round at the same time. Lingering hay and stale grass with just a touch of molasses.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (3861) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Tap @ CBC 2013. The pour’s medium amber with a small head. The nose is bright banana, saison yeast, light plum and dark fruits. The taste is more of the same. Jammy dark fruits with a countryside saison earthy sweetness. A touch of lemon. Pepper. Medium body. Overall, fine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (2766) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2013
On tap @CBC13. Dark brown with beige head. Aroma is sweet, toffee, burnt sugar, some fruit and flowers. Taste is similar with mainly toffee and alcohol. Nice beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garito793 (240) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Jet black with a large white hoad. Very thick feel. Roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel give it an almost stoutish feel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (5045) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2013
Draught @ CBC. Pours deep golden with a offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, nuts, dark fruits, alcohol. Flavor is rich malts, caramel, nuts, sweetness, dark fruits, light hops, alcohol. Full body, soft carbonation, warming alcoholic finish. 040513


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