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RATINGS: 751   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
beastiefan2k (2499) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Bottle from stephanje. Pours a clear golden color with a strong, visible. carbonation. Head is strong but small, lacing sticks around for a long time. Aroma is sweet and herbal. Taste is sweet raisin with very faint (wouldn’t know it unless the bottle said so) pineapple-like brett, A nice thick mouthfeel for a Saison adds to the drinkability of the beer. flavor finishes with an herbal/green aspect. All the little parts work very well together, seems like a nice candidate for aging.
750mL bottle, Heart of Darkness thick walled tulip.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4961) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2013 [ Used to love this - now find it a little husky and over carbonated - also a bit sweet - still decent] [original rating 3.8 - had this beer again recently, and the brett has really come through, dried this out, and added a lot of earthy complexity] Thanks to beastiefan2k for sharing - hazy copper beer with a soapy head - there is a young brett character in the aroma, but you’ve got to take a deep whiff to detect it - the aroma is more a mixture of tangerine, grain/wheat, and lavender - fairly bitter herbal flavors and what seems like pils malt - fairly tart, with very faint brett - strong herbal bitterness throughout - a little bit of phenolic character - a decent saison - I’d love to try it with a year or so on it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3509) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Bottle shared by beastiefan2k. Pours a hazy golden amber with a white head. Pleasant aroma of lemon, yeast, fresh herbs, and coriander. The flavor was quite lovely with both lemon and orange, yeast, and coriander. Well carbonated and a bit fizzy on the palate. Moderate bitterness at the finish. Enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Bottle. Aroma of herbal red fruit, floral notes. Flavor was herbally, bitter, minty. Interesting herbal saison with nice hop presence.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3506) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Bottle shared by beastiefan2k. Pours a clear light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of farmhouse funk and lemon/citrus. Flavor of a spicy initial bite, nice funk, spicy apple, sweetness. Not that sour and I didn’t get any rye. Pretty tasty though. Quite enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4096) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Pours a pale hazy golden with a very profuse head. Gushes out of the bottle. The nose is very spicy, the rye is very present, spicy phenoic yeasty aroma, light oranges, some citrusy hops, warm alcohol, apples, tart and sweet. The flavor is very spicy from different areas, spicy rye, spicy alcohol, spicy hops, spicy yeast. Very interesting flavor. Finishes spicy and warm.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Bottle thanks to Ryan. Very cloudy orange golden pour with tons of head up front that disappears pretty quickly. Lovely apple cider vinegar on the nose with orange peel, coriander, nutmeg, and pumpkin as well. Similar on the palate, but very bitter rye as well. More pumpkin, too, which was surprising. Overly carbonated despite the disappearing head. A bit alcoholic.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2008
The color was cloudy and brassy with orange hues. The head was fizzy, frothy, and off-white. The aroma was pumpkin, spice, and an acidic tartness. The flavor was dry, pumpkin, spice, and waxy. The palate was well carbonated. The finish was warm and spicy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Courtesy ChzMan. Burnt orange/hazy gold. Large, rocky, white head. Earthy, rustic, crisp and lightly sweet malt, barn funk, bitter hops, grainy rye. Medium body, well carbonated yet soft. Very dry finish is yeasty and a little funky. Excellent saison. The brett needs more time, but its tasting great right now anyway.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Pours a murky, brownish orange. The aroma is spot on Belgian. Notes of yeast, spice from the rye, a nice grassiness, an almost tart aroma. The flavor is rich and bold, with the rye note coming on strong. This beer is dynamite.


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