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RATINGS: 701   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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!


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
blackflag321 (444) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Shared bomber, in snifter. Shiny orange/gold, slight haze; fine, thick persistent white head. Rye, Belgian yeastiness, and hint of apple and pepper. Tart, zesty mouthfeel and palate start to finish. Great farmhouse ale.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
750ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip A - Burnt orange color with a sparkling white head that forms a thick whipped cap. Blankets of lacing coat the inside walls of the glass. Just a great looking beer. S - Dry grass, earthy yeast, lots of floral, stone fruit, peaches, apricots, some pears mixed in. Sweet malts, perfumey clove spice, woody alcohol. T - Candy sweet malts, Belgian yeast, taffy, citrus and spicy grassy hops mix with the aggressive carbonation to add some bite to the tongue. Fruit esters follow the nose with peaches, apricots, and pears. A lemony tang comes out as it warms. It gets more peppery and spicy toward the finish and helps out with those sweet malts. Finishes dry and spicy. M - Aggressive carbonation smooths out to a creamy/lifting character, heavier body for the style, rich and full, wet and dry. Complex and well put together. There’s alot of yin and yang going on. The carbonation and spice adds balance to the moderately sweet malts. Everything really blends out harmoniously. There were only whispers of Brett character in the form of tartness instead of funk. My only complaint is that it was still on the heavier sweet side of things. When I sip this I think Belgian Strong Pale Ale, not Saison. Serving type: bottle 08-04-2013

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JBPortland (458) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 1, 2014
750ml bottle pours hazy orange with medium head. Nose is funky citrus, apple, and hay. Taste is brett, yeast, apple, cereal, corn flakes, lightly spiced. Finish is weird musty malt funk with some earthy cereal grain and citrus. Not the worst thing, but still not very appealing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (5044) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle @ Home. Huge gusher, lost half a bottle to the kitchen sink :( Finally poured hazy orange with a offwhite head. Aroma of malt, brett, wspice, white pepper, loads of sweet fruity hops, peach, mango. Flavor is malt, yeast, light brettty, spicy, fruity hops, some alcohol. Medium body, lively carbonation, rather dry finish with some alcohol. 241213

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Petkus331 (157) - Redford, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2013
An aroma of pear, bubblegum, cherry, starfruit, mildly sweet banana, and sourness. A golden-coppery color with nice lacing and thin fizz on the top. Tastes of sweet belgian banana yeast, mild hop bitterness, plum and mild crisp but sour apple. The palate is my favorite part of this beer, fizzy but not stingy-almost creamy fizz, but the viscosity is not at all syrupy; this is a perfect palate-i wish I could rate palate higher. Overall, a great beer, I hope I can get this again!

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
firstsip (257) - Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Bottle. Amber (real, sap amber color). Minimal fuzz on top. Great rich mouthfeel while still easy-drinking. Sugary nose? Great saison--good elements of yeasty funk paired with pear, light citrus, and banana esters. Rye only comes on the end a bit, on the back of the tongue.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerGolem (620) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
Bottle 750 ml bought at Redstone Liquor Store (Stoneham, Ma). Pours semi clear amber-orange with thick froathy white head and amazing lacing. Aroma: bretts, rye, berries, hops, saison yeast. Taste: fruits, bretts, bubblegum, alcohol, hops. Balance is near perfect. This is some amzing saison! Right on style, but with its originality.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gmb5127 (229) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Has a very strong aroma, smells more like a quadruple than a saison to me. Tastes kind of like a cross between a saison and quadruple, lots of heavy fruit.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bth122 (1141) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Bomber bottle. At the condo in Orlando. Golden yellow color with a big frothy two finger head. Spicy aroma of Belgium yeast, pepper, orange. Complex flavors. Good head retention. Above average carbonation. Almost too much. A tad barnyard or clovy. Not bad, but not sure I would go out of my way to find it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1338) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 24, 2013
8.5% part of the 3000 yen tasting set at CBB. Nice opaque honey yellow with a thick white head. Sour, spicy with a bit of biscuit/graham notes - it smells like a good saison! Full bodied, sweet, surprisingly some velvety caramel notes, a bit of tartness, some spicy hints & barnyard in the earthy finish. Delicious.


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