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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2009
750ml.Deep biscuit and rye nose, a little lemon and real slight funk. Tste is more of the rye, a little deeper brett character, some peppery saison spice, but an almost overload of orange/lemon zest. Much better as it warms and the barnyard flavor comes out more. Iíd like to try one with some age on it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 28, 2009
75cl bottle picked up down in OC after the anniversary party. Hazed dark orange, almost copper color with a big, lasting off-white head. The aroma hits you with some brett in a funky earthy way right off. Hay, earth, lemon, blood oranges, candied ginger and some sweet malt in the aroma as well. Really nice nose. The flavor is fruity, and pretty spicy with a light tartness. There is a higher level of malt than many saisons as well, but the finish is still pretty dry. Not really hoppy, though there is some bitterness in the finish as well as some graininess. Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Just a little sweeter than I was hoping, but a nice maltier saison

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevin (2085) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 28, 2009
pours a heady yellow brown and reeks of rye, so peppery, with a bit of lemon, and sugar in there,. dry, and shalky flavors. spiced rye flavor with a bit of the milkshake mouthfeel, bbut it doesnít quite cross the line, a kitchen sink beer for sure, iím thinking of the other times i had this nad iím assuming they were olser, and had time for the brett to really take hold, this has a bit of powder and metal going on, but nit much besides a bit of band aid in the finish . leaves a scotch gaurd like finish, and for those of you that have been there, you know exactly wwhat i mean, numbing, and chemicl notes, not necessarily bad, but noteworthy nonetheless. 3 6 6 2 13

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2009
Bottle. Nose is quite yeasty, floral and citric, with some alcohol warmth. Palate is full bodied, yeasty, citric and rather fizzy (this softens as you work your way through it). Some llight sourness is in here, with somenice spicey, peppery alcohol and citric yeast bitterness in the finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Bottle. Very solid saison but a bit on the heavy side. Pours with a more golden copper color than expected. Has nice aromas of funk and ripe fruit. Flavors of spice, yeast, citrus and caramel. Finishes wiht some real funk. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Bottle sample at the Draft Magazine PBS Beer Festival. Pours clear gold with a fizzy white head. The nose is fruit and spice. The taste is lemon zest, candy, light funk and fruit. Light prickly mouthfeel. Decent Saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2009
This one was a serious gusher and didnít stop foaming out of the bottle for several minutes. Poured a deep orange color with a huge, bubbly cream colored head that lasted forever. The aroma shows hints of citrus fruits, oranges, and lemon zest to go with some candied sugar, and the farmhouse style brett. The flavors follow suit with the orange citrus and lemon zest, candied sugar, and some spices. The rye malts come through and balance things out, while the brett dries things out and add tartness. Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation and a bone dry finish. This is a very unique and tasty saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6537) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 19, 2009
This golden ale poured with an overactive beige head that took some time to recede. There is a strong citrus aroma and a strange mixture of flavors: lemon, pepper, brett yeast, caramel malt, grass and anise. Itís interesting, but doesnít work that well in regard to taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29367) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2009
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with light notes of acidic lemon. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt and lemon, leading to a slightly tart finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TAR (2499) - 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 isnít 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.

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