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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Belgian Saison aged on ash


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2492) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2009
GTMW Madison Murky off orange color w/ a whispy white head. Lots of sweet fruits maybe passion fruit & mango in teh flavor good piece of hops which dominate. Some light char’d wood notes come through in the aftertaste. Palate is well coated and lightly creamy. A very nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Sampled at GTMW 2009 (Madison, WI). Pours a hazy dark gold, a few orange notes, natural small bubbly head. Aromas are Cynic to a T. Beglain yeast light, pear, apple, light with subtle ash notes that dry and add slight spice. Citrus notes come out a bit more in this version, fruit forward.. Maybe the ash killed out the yeasty qualities a bit more? Sessionable, smooth, and well flavored. Finish slight spice, dry, and fruity. Very mild bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Real ale tent at GTMW 09. A hazy gold color with a generous head. Similar to Cynic in aroma but with a distinct woody character. A light woody character in the body that was a pleasant addition. I’d like to see more wood aging like this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2009
Fobab VI. Called Ashy Cynic, aged on Ash and not oak. Had a much milder wood flavor than oak would generally force out. Distinctly lemony and spicy. I actually prefer this to normal cynic as it is lighter tasting, less yeasty and more lemony and refreshing. Hazy orange colored with a nose of spice and a touch of banana. Not much wood in the nose. Whatever it is, the aging has mellowed this one into a very nice amalgamation of spice, lemon and sweetness. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (1904) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2009
On tap tonight at The Blue Nile. Pour was a hazy and frothy orange color with slight citrus aroma. Flavor was of funky farmhouse yeast, honey and finished flowery with a very creamy mouthfeel. Overall very good and I actually preffer over the regular cynic.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7004) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
On tap at FoBAB. Poured slightly hazy medium golden with a short cap of white head. The aroma picked up sweeter light fruits, clover honey, and pale malts with pineapple and woody accents.. OK. The flavor found tangy lighter fruits and heavy ash over sweeter caramel and floral notes.. finished kinda sour and very woody. Medium-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. decent spicage and OK feel.. the ash was a bit much.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2009
On cask and drawn at Grumpy’s NE bar in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pours a hazy light golden orange brew with a thick and creamy white head that stays with the beer and excellent lacing. Aroma of mild banana esters, apricot, pineapple, peach, honey and light golden multi-grain malt. Taste is close to the regular CynicAle with slight dry herb flavor. Finish continues a semi-dry aftertaste with some light lemon zest and wood character. Not as smooth as the oak aged version but still memorable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2009
FoBAB 2008. Poured a slightly hazy medium orange color. Smelled of honey touched cereal grain with whiffs of banana and clove. Medium bodied and delicately sweet. I tasted orange, flower blossom, honey, and wood. Good, but I prefer the regular Cynic.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
1FastSTi (3283) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2008
FoBAB 2008. Pours to a yellowish straw body with a thin soapy white head. The aroma is almost like a cardamom and pineapple. Must be the ash wood bit as there iss something I cannot pinpoint. Saison yeasts. The flavor has a very strong ash wood flavor along with pineapple and dusty yeasts. Saison yeast with some dusty grain. Interesting but only so-so.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2008
FoBAB 2008, Chicago: I must admit that some of my disappointment with this brew stems from the idea that I had that this was aged on ash... like the remnants in my old fireplace. Then I remembered that I was at a "wood and barrel aged" beer festival, and I realized that it was the baseball bat ash. Be that as it may - This seemed a bit muted from the can of CynicAle that I had last year. It had an aroma of lemony pale malts and mild spices, but gone was the zesty spiciness of the original Saison. I’m not sure what the baseball bat contributed to the mix, but, to this Fantôme lover, this was just a sessionable, decently quiet ale.


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