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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Saison
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Cartoon Series N° 2. Belgian Blond Ale 5% fermented with French Saison Yeast.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
26th May 2012
Very hazy gold beer, little white head. Palate is crispy and a little dry. Bretty start, quite strong. Mild orange - lemon citrus underneath. Then dry seltzer and brett minerals dominate. Dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (8995) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 21, 2013
330ml bottle (BB Brevinga, Riga)
Pours a clear pale straw colour, with a large frothy head that supports itself from the lively spritzy carbonation. Slightly swimming-pool watery aroma right from the outset. Some hints at being a blonde. Then slightly citrussy and lemonadey. In the mouth it’s crisp, plenty of lemon in the retronasals, and some earthy yeastiness in the retronasals. Taste matches what I think of as being Struise’s pale belgian ale fingerprint. Odd blonde/saison hybrid. I can see Soy yeast in this if I squint my tastebuds. A bit watery or lemonadey. Finish does have a very nice noble hoppy bite, which segues subtly to a very fatty late finish. Adding some yeast gives it a rush of citrus in the aroma, removing the wateriness, and adding more saisiny spiciness, but mellows the taste a bit, and fills out the texture, making it smoother. Adding some more yeast adds a minty freshness to the aroma too, adds some more light grains to the body, and again makes it a bit fuller and smoother. I’m adding points with each splash of yeast. The glass with no yeast now seems to have some alcohol to it compared to the cloudy one. Conclusion - pour this with at least a haze, but cloudy’s good too. Too much yeast, and you end up with too much yeasty earthiness, but I think that’s better than the 100% clear pour. Don’t think the hybrid worked, but it was a fun journey, and definitely not a failure.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borresteijn (4541) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2013
33cl Bottle from De Bierkoning. Hazy golden yellow colour, fluffy white head. Aroma of straw, yeast, dry pale malts, lemon. Flavour is yeast-dominated, a bit of dead yeast/plastic, nice dry and floral malty, a little lemon, dry bitter finish. Light-bodied. Gets better and gains more depth with every sip. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrHangover (2449) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours a misty, pale beer with a nice, typical Struise-like white head. Aroma has a lot of citric influences mixed with a lot of yeasty characters as well. Flavour returns loads of the yeastyness, being a bit sour. Lemon is also present. Gets more balanced when warming up, giving away flavours like sour apples. I’m not so impressed with this beer from Struise..

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vickey9 (439) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2013
Cloudy yellow with a small white head. Nose is citric, herby, yeasty and floral. Body is light, carbon enough, texture thin. Taste is refreshingly citric. Fruity, citric, grapefruit, pepper and French hops palate. Very refreshing and light one. Citric aftertaste. B@H

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kraddel (2704) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 27, 2013
At de kelk bruges pours light hazy blonde , small white foam Smell is very saison-ish , almost fantome ! Taste is more of the saisonish.. Wtf ? I thought the cartoon series were single hop ipas ? Guess i was wrong ! I get hay , honey , higher carbo than usual struise ? Freshness, drinkable . Meh...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonas (5592) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle. Citrus, light peach aroma with dry yeast notes. Light hazy golden, fine carbonation, low white head. Fresh lemongrass in the flavor, peach, orangepeel. Sparkly, dry on the palate, chewy. Pleasent, perfectly sessionable.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haf (529) - Gijon, SPAIN - JAN 14, 2013
Botella de 33 Cl. Cerveza tipica rubia tipo "Blond Belgian ALE".

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dEnk (3682) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle @ home. Aroma is grassy and floral hops, some fruit, a spicy yeast note. Nice.Flavour is lght yeast with a medium sweet malt and fruit note, againsome spicy yeasty notesand floral hops.Too flowery for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACD (617) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 7, 2013
33cl bottle at The Head of Steam, Durham. Pours hazy gold with thin bright white head & decent lacing throughout. Aroma primarily of citrus, slightly musty light yeast funk, spices, bread. Taste gives a tasty bit of citrus fruit followed by a palate-drying hit that only saison yeast can do. Biscuit and bready notes, plenty of light spice & herb notes. Decently balanced. Mouthfeel a touch too thin. Refreshing would be the main descriptor to use for this.


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