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RATINGS: 781   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!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1419) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 26, 2009
750mL bottle. An incredibly murky pale gold pour with a massively fluffy light-tan head. A subtle aroma that features some of the usual sour/funky Brett smells in addition to lemons & limes and some light floral qualities. Goes down big-bodied and creamy, yet crisp in some places. Sweet fruity flavors start things off taste-wise. There is a creamy chai tea middle followed by some funky/sour Brett and a touch of rye. A crisp, floral finish with some citrus. Interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1396) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2009
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark gold with a monstrous fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is wheaty malt, brett, metallic rye and some other spices.

The flavor is wheaty malts, some light sweet fruit, and brett leading to a medium bitter metallic finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation and is a bit watery.

Overall,a decent saison. More brett would be nice. I keep going back and forth between thinking its interesting and noticing off notes and not liking it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Paulp (20) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Poured cloudy gold with a medium white head, aroma of yeast, dry fruit, very little hops, and some spice with a dry finish. first saison, not too bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2009
Bottle from Premier. Slightly cloudy gold body, white head. Nose is honey, lemon, pepper, yeasty spices. Flavor is pepper, earthiness, some lemon, light soap. I don’t get much brett character but it’s still nice enough.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (7021) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 13, 2009
75 cl bottle. Ok aroma of spices and Belgian yeast, honey and fruits. Fruity, spicy flavor with a strong yeast profile again. Honey and lemon are there with a bit of tartness from the Brett. The best of the batch today, but I think they need a new yeast strain.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Funky pear aroma, as noted in an eariler review. Flavor is sweet and full of apple, pear, white grape and chardonnay notes. Pours cloudy golden with white head that froths up at first. An excellent Bretty Saison!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bp (819) - Queens, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Bottle: pour a cloudy amber with a frothy white head, aroma has some sour funk from the brett and some citrus notes, taste of honey, some funk but it is pretty mild, might show up a bit more with age, pretty nice saison

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6517) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2009
Bottle. Head is initially huge, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread/grain), lightly hoppy (herbs, apricot), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of grains of paradise, wood/dry leaves, clove. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Smells spiced to me, but I could be wrong. Saison-inspired, perhaps, but it’s too sweet and boozy to be a true saison IMHO. The Brett character is a minor player. Overall a nice brew, but the Lente is a superior rendition in all respects.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (2591) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2009
Bu à la Fête Bière et Saveur 2009, le 5 septembre. Blonde dorée un peu claire, petit collet. Arome d’herbe sucré, notes de petits fruits crèmeux. Goût d’herbe fruité mi-sucré, mi-sûrette, finission juteuse avec une touche amère. Une saison de délice!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkska101 (1097) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2009
Sample from bottle at Festival bière et saveur 09.09.04 : Dark yellow in color, small sparing head a bit hazy with average carbonation. I smell straw, perfume, pepper, lime, pineapple. This beer is something. Acidity is present but well hidden by it supperb spice bouquet. My hightlight of that day .


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