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RATINGS: 795   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!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2315) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2009
750 ml. Cloudy, deep golden body. Huge, frothy white head, mostly lasting. The aroma is sweet and funky with notes of spice — mustiness, clove, toasted bread, wood, orange, alcohol. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture and lively carbonation. Sweet, almost sugary, with a slight vinegary taste that sits behind the lasting bitterness. Peppery alcohol, too. The brett is there, but not a big part of the beer. Too sweet and too much alcohol for a saison. Still, it gets points because it is an interesting beer and enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1368) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2009
Orange brown pour with little head but lots of bubbles in the glass. Funky brett aroma with minty herbs. Sweet and funky flavor. Bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2009 Cloudy and active pour. Aroma of spice and funk. Flavor begins slightly sweet, with a funky, spicy dryness on the tip of my tongue. Bready, yeasty, spicy, some tartness, a little grassy. Just a lot of wonderful things going on here, very enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3706) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Dark amber orange pour with thick white head that lasts a long time. Aroma of funk, leather, sour apple. Some spice, belgian yeast. Flavor is spicey, the rye really comes through. Light dryness, some leather and funk. A bit of citrus, dust. This is really good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 10, 2009
750ml bottle. Pours a beautiful pale orange with a massive white head that’s nice and sticky and sticks around forever. Bubbles escalate throughout the entire tall glass. Looks the part. Aroma shows nice classic saison qualities. Belgian yeast throws off some spices, pepper, phenolic, some citrus twang. Some banana maybe and a touch of lemon. A touch of creaminess is also present which adds a nice and unique touch. Flavor is smooth with a creamy, silky mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is really the standout here, feels really lovely without any sweetness. Great body. Certainly one of the better Saisons I’ve had and I bet this would continue tasting good for quite some time as the brett is really not showing itself yet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (5454) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Bottle from Blacklick Wine & Spirits. Cloudy orange pour with a big off-white head. Malty and somewhat sweet aroma up front with a nice orange character and a hint of brett. Creamy and bready malt flavor followed by a blast of orange before a creamy and tart finish. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (4664) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Thanks to the Tampa Crew for this one. Pours hazy yellow-orange with a white head. Nose is some brett, orange, citrus, pepper, lots of carbonation, and spice. Flavor is peppery, tart brett, orange/ citrus, and yeast. Nice saison, dry finish, medium body, and lots of carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Very floral, with a nice brett character. A bit of tarragon and mint in the nose. The flavor is lightly sweet with cotton candy and honey malts, lightly bitter and just lightly tart in the finish. The rye comes in with a spiciness late, especially once it warms. Body is soft with gentle carbonation. It’s a little sweeter than I’d like it, but a very solid offering and better than I thought it’d be.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 6, 2009

Source:750 mL bottle from a trade.
Glass:Gulden Draak tulip.
Appearance:Cloudy yellow pour with a two finger white head.
Aroma:Spices, yeast and fruit.
Flavor:Spice and fruit dominate, with a slight grassy finish.
Palate:Light body with solid carbonation.
Overall:Excellent example of the style. Loved this.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4916) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2009
An opaque yelllow beer with a tall whie head. Huge pieces of yeast and protein, some of the biggest I have ever seen in a beer, the size of dime. Lots of wheat. Some citrus, and grains of paradise.


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