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RATINGS: 639   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
Itís a saison of sorts; hellaciously herbaceous and hopefully contagious. This was not a ready made ale. But it is a ready made collaboration. Meaning Stone and Victory are 2 breweries that are exactly like Dogfish in that they do/brew exactly what they love and they do/brew it exactly like no other brewery out there. (Love - lots of it in this bottle)

-Samuel A Calagione

Ale brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Pours hazy orange. Aroma is Rosemary and almost nothing but. Nice but sort of one note. Flavor is all Rosemary all the time too. Wares to cook with it more than I wanted to drink it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Goodgrief (1973) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Rated this one a couple pts lower than the DFH version, but I actually favor it. Really spicy with parsley, sage rosemary and thyme all noticeable. The DFH version tasted strongly of parsley, this one reeks of sage. Itís a bit more drinkable all you can also taste fruit malt, while the DFH version was drier. Still not really my thing...but interesting enough to split a bottle with someone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigbish (684) - California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Pours a slightly hazy yellow/gold, thin head but lots of carbonation. The nose is powerful! Yeast, honey, citrus... lots of stuff going on. The flavor is slightly bitter, some spices and herbs. A touch of sweetness on the finish. The finish is very short and clean. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
robforbes (2152) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2010
pours a clear yellow with a medium size white head, above average carbonation, and some lacing. smell is of citrus, spice, some malt, a little yeast, and rosemary. taste is somewhat tart, yeast, malt, a little sweetness in the back, grass, some crisp citrus, and spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Super fruity nose, tons of citrus, mostly grapefruit, some mango, and light honey. Taste is light to moderately sweet, lots of honey, a ton of grapefruit juice, moderately bitter. Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Pours a cloudy golden amber. Nice fruity nose, like citrus hops with oranges and pineapple juice. Flavor tastes like grapefruit juice and herbs. Finish has a bit of bitterness with some hops and grapefruit peel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2010
A careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat, four-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The head has lots of staying power and, as it slowly subsides, leaves lots of lacing patterns on the sides of my glass. The beer is a rich gold hue that has some touches of orange to it, but shows a very bright, straw gold color when held up to the light. The beer smells up front like American hops; a bright citrus character backed by herbal pine like aromatics. The herbal character is quite interesting, but could still be hop derived, but the more you dig the more you realize that it couldnít be from hops. This reminds me of lemon thyme, sage, perhaps a touch of eucalyptus, rosemary and even a touch of menthol; really though the biggest note to me is of the sage. This is definitely a beer dominated by the spice character as I donít really get any of the base malt character; though perhaps there is some spiciness derived from the yeast character (clove mostly, but some pepper-like notes).

Fairly dry tasting, and when you add the herbs on top of this the beer is quite dry from start to finish. Woody rosemary notes, peppery, earthy sage, some lavender like notes, potpourri, and even a touch of lemon zest. The herbs add some woody astringency to the finish that lingers on in the finish coating and drying out the palate pretty significantly. Hints of straw like grain, and a touch of honey-like malt (that seems derived from herbal flowers) become noticeable after a bit, but are still very subtle underneath the dominant herbal character. There is actually a fair amount of body to this brew, but the herbs make this seem lighter than it actually is.

There is a nice bright lemon note in the nose that doesnít quite translate to the flavor. It is interesting how much this smelled like it was aggressively hopped during my first few smells of the nose, especially when all this came from the herbs with a touch of yeast character thrown in.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - AUG 20, 2010
A real peppery saison. Drinks really nice. Full of big malts. Very carbonated but the flavor is very full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2010
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one and a half finger thick white head. Light wisps of lacing. Aroma is fruity esters, citrus, and herbal hops. Very nice. Flavor is much of the same. Finish is slightly tangy. Medium body. I really like this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bleeng (1652) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2010
Tap at Trinity Colorado Springs, CO. Bright yellow and clear. Nose is very peppery and spicy. Taste comes off the same with lots of pepper, coriander, with a little alcohol presence. Light and fluffy and very easy to drink. Good.

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