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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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TAR (2437) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Pale copper. Condensing mountainous white head morphs into a spongy and pasty froth. Perfumey phenols line the nose amid pungent scents of white pepper, sulfur, herbal hops, alcohol, juniper berries, and aniseed. Faint mustiness and overripe banana. Creamy carbonation. Deceptively full in body. Initially flabby with slick baked apple textures and considerable sugary weight. Sweetness persists with a rumlike quality coupled with a fusel and intensely peppery alcoholic bite. Malt isn’t particularly clean or vivid, as it lends more vanilla cake and honey-drenched bread-crust muscle which reinforces, rather than lifts, the unwavering sweetness. Phenols possess plenty of feistiness, but largely go by the wayside as a result of the omnipresent sweetness. Borderline medicinal, as well. Finishes amply bitter and torridly peppery, as distant mineralic and sulfuric vigor fuses with a fairly dull and unrefined hop punctuation. All in all, a rather muddled effort. Needs a simpler grain bill (simply too much heft, as is), cleaner attenuation, and the alcohol and spiciness need to be toned down to better allow the subtleties to come forward.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maverick34 (2163) - New York, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Bottled. Pours an orange, nice flower and hops and yeast to smell. Yeasty and citrusy. very good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2009
On tap at Bruery’s tap room in Placentia. Pours a hazy, golden body with a huge, white, frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is wheat and a moderately spiced yeast. Some fruity Belgian yeast as well with some citrus and bready malts. Flavor is peppery, yeasty, earthy, bready, and moderately sweet with some mixed fruits and citrus. Finishes with a light astringency and a growing grassy bitterness. Medium bodied, dry, soft carbonation, and a long lingering bitterness. Overall, a pretty solid saison. Sweet, but a pronounced spicing and long, lingering taste. Good one.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
halfonit (1151) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Has a cloudy golden color. Smells like cheap french perfume, leathery. Tastes is full of floral, yeast flavors. Has a smooth finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2009
I enjoyed this one during our tenth wedding anniversary and it worked well with a cold end of May night and its warm yeasty texture with some bitter hops in the background (hallertauer? German?). The rye really works with this one and seems to meld well with the sweetness without creating an odd bready sensation I’ve gotten with other beers which utilize rye. Dry and a lot of carbonation (big head).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Nice looking beer. Aroma is pepper, spices and some earthyness and moss. Taste is a little dirty with belgian spices and some sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1498) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAY 19, 2009
Bottle from spark27! Nice bright orange color, followed by a monster head that took a while to settle. Classic saison aroma of yeasty, dirt and earthy notes. With a sourish brett in there as well. Taste is the same, yeasty and earthy. This one had just the right touch of brett in there, not to sour or over powering. Nice carbonation level. Smooth and easy to drink. Wish I had another bottle. Oh well... Thanks E!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Pours cloudy apricot with a lacy white head. Light aroma of spice and lemon funk. Light body and active carbonation. Funky apricot taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (2615) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Bottle Pours out a apricot color topped with a cream white head. Aroma was nice lots of spice, pepper, brett, and some sweet malts. Tast was more of the Brett and lots of spice. A nice fruit and malt on it was well. A very nice body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Pours a hazy orange with 3 fingers of foamy active fluffy ice cream cone head. I turn my back and come back expecting the head to have settled and its now more like 4 or 5 fingers of head and a inch above the top of the glass. Aroma is spices, yeasts, bretty funk, esthers, pepper, citrus, malt. Flavor is esthers, bretty funky goodness, spices, malt, yeasts, some bitterness and citrus, grass and sulfur. Really nice Saison.

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