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RATINGS: 797   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Belgian Style Ale Brewed With Rye and Brettanomyces Our rustic, deep golden California farmhouse ale is brewed just a few times a year to celebrate the change of the season. Enjoy!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hammy78 (861) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2015
Bottle my wife picked up out west. Pours a very active light golden copper, massive white head, leaving lace. Nose is very sweet and fruity, a touch of funk. Tastes sweet, a little bitter, caramel maybe some barrel character and finish that is acidic and tart. Really good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (4539) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Aroma is yeast, rye, spices/a hint of heat and malts/grains. The flavor is complex spices, lemons, rye, citrus, malts and a mix of slight heat/alcohol and tart in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bwa5879 (808) - Portage, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Really cloudy orange pour with an inch of fluffy white head. Strong Scent of lemon, lemongrass, clove a little cracked pepper. Soft carbonation, frothy mouthfeel, clean finish that’s slightly bitter. Taste follows the nose with strong lemon, sour rubbery yeast, clove, cracked pepper, zestuness is muted by a wheat taste. Nice saison with high ABV that’s well hidden, decent saison but not a breathtaking brüery offering.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (1179) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 23, 2015
Pours a hazy amber with a decent sized creamy off white head and tons of lace. Aroma is farmhouse yeast, citrus, orange peel, slight Funk. Flavour is Funk, farmhouse, mildly sweet, mildly bitter, hay, orange peel, and a bunch of fruity notes including grapes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reimer96 (1491) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 23, 2015
Pours a hazy golden orange with a frothy and fluffy white head that leaves lots of lacing up the glass. Aroma of funk, farmhouse yeast, brett, fruity esthers and light sweet malts. Taste is farmhouse yeast, funk, light brett, and Belgian yeast spiciness with a nice dry finish. Complex and smooth for a high abv beer... Too easy to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Countbeer (5263) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2015
Bottle (75cl): Thanks Hackobock: Split in two: Served in a Chouffe glass at roomtemperature: Medium sized vast creamy white head with a hazy orange body underneath. Aromas of fruits, malts, yeast... Typical Belgian, less typical Saison... Flavours of bitters, malts, yeast, hay, hint of tobacco... Close to the typical belgian style while the nasty bitters and glue stay away but are close with the warmth of this beer. Aftertaste is malty, bitter, warm and yeasty. Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied Ok beer. But nothing exciting...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (4069) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Dba, NOLA: bottle. It pours copper with a small white head. Aroma is brett funk, vinegar, sugar, fruit pie. Taste is slughtly tart and quite funky. The sugar is nice and does not add too much sweetness, but there are notes for sure. The mouhfeel pinches in that tangy way. Quite good chea.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndreasP (14) - DENMARK - JAN 10, 2015
The superbly frothy beer has a light scent of Brett, but also some fresh notes. Starts almost caramel sweet before the dry Brett flavor takes over. It is dry and seasoned and is joined by a light citrus. Not as ’wet’ as it can be. There was some peculiar anise and clove and coriander in the taste. There is probably some bitterness in the end, but it is difficult to determine through the finely spiced flavor. The brew has a soft feeling, I wonder if it’s the rye? Super finely tuned beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomekk1978 (851) - Ząbki, POLAND - JAN 5, 2015
Barwa i piana: złota, początkowo klarowna. Piana lekko zabarwiona, kremowa, umiarkowanie obfita i podobnie trwała. Aromat: na pierwszym planie wyraźna słodycz (cukier kandyzowany) oraz wysoki alkohol. Nuty słodowe (zbożowe, biszkoptowe, lekko tostowe), zauważalna estrowość (jabłko, gruszka, cytrusy, truskawki) oraz nieco korzenne i drożdżowe akcenty. Smak: tu również dominuje słodycz oraz podniesiony poziom alkoholu. Wyczuwalna jest niewielka kwaskowość, ale i nuty bardziej ziemiste, wytrawne, pochodzące zapewne z żyta. Mamy także akcenty korzenne i owocowe (cytrusy, morele) oraz lekko alkoholową końcówkę. Goryczka i odczucie w ustach: niska do umiarkowanej goryczka, delikatna i dość krótka. Średnia do krągłej pełnia, umiarkowane wysycenie oraz nieco szorstki finisz z nuta ogrzewającego przełyk alkoholu. "Książkowe" piwo, z wysokimi ocenami na Ratebeer oraz Beer Advocate. Docenione również, przez winiarski magazyn Wine Enthusiast, w którym wygrało zestawienie przed dwoma laty. Długo nie mogłem się zebrać do jego degustacji i w efekcie spędziło w szafie ponad rok. Prawdopodobnie był to błąd, bowiem piwo nabrało więcej nut wytrawnych i nie jest tak odświeżające i musujące, jak większość przykładów w tym stylu. Barwa jest tu nieco zbyt jasna, a piana za mało trwała. Poza stylem jest również poziom alkoholu i zapewne ekstraktu, przez co całość sprawia wrażenie bardziej ciężkiego. Z tego względu przypomina ono bardziej Golden Strong Ale, ale jest również całkiem pijalne. Moim zdaniem nie warte jednak swojej ceny.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dr_Fellini (794) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Draft at the bruery. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a fizzy off white head. Aroma is spicy, Belgian yeast, slight funk. Flavor has much of the same with a touch of saison zest. Overall a decent and drinkable beer.


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