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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2009 My Bottom Line:
This well-levelled Saison-style Ale produces plenty of spicy rye cereal traits upon which bloom piney brettanomyces wilderness and authentic farmhouse character.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A fluffy head of foam covers the cloudy orange.
-Carbonation is very expansive; this needs to breathe a bit or else the beer wants to come through your nose...
-This is extraordinarily drinkable for an 8.5% brew.
-The body is quite lean, the hoppiness is leafy and spicy, and the flavor profile is relatively straightforward; yes, this is an authentic Saison.

Bottles.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 2, 2008
Poures a dull gold with a large, active head. Smells of funk and dry malts, hits the spot by not being too dry and not being too sweet. A lot of stuff going on with this beer. Let it warm up considerably, and take another sip. It’s two different beers.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Guerde (1212) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2008
(bottle, thanks for sharing Tytoanderso!) Pours hazy gold with a fluffy white head that left decent lacing. Right away I smelled canned tomato juice from this beer, but it changed to some orange peel and coriander. The taste is lightly sweet to begin with and includes some light banana flavor, but soon switches to becoming really bitter and spicy on the finish. Light breadiness detected also. Fairly thick mouthfeel, and there is a lot of carbonation to this. Didn’t particularly stand out.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6320) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 30, 2008
clear amber with a rocky head, nice lacing. nice saison spicy aromas with light caramel and funk. medium body. good flavor is rye bread with toasted caramel, with subtle herbs and spices. Worth a try.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3520) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2008
25.4 oz bottle. Cloudy orange with a whipped white head and crazy lacing. Nose is banana, rye and mild lemon zest. Medium light, almost creamy, with fuzzy carb. Taste is yeast, peach pits, parsley, honey and rye. A nice twist on a Saison.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2008
750ml bottle shared by someone. Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of yeast, citrus, and some spices. Tastes of citrus, spices, some breadiness, and yeast.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (15191) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2008
Bottle, 75cl, thx to papsoe. It pours a hazy orange body with a big diminishing off-white head. Citrus, some caramel, a touch of brett and spices in the aroma. Ginger maybe. Sourish flavor with lemonpeel, spices and alcohol. Dry, medium to full body, fizzy and warming. Decent, spicy finish. I like the spicyness in this beer, but else it was quite ordinary. Or rather maybe just not my beer. (080823)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8549) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Bottle. The nose is consumed in soapy yeast, along with a large dose of estery creamed banana and orange. Medium tartness, some lactic acidity, minimal, I guess. A mixture of creamed fruit and clove esters in the finish. Somewhat overcarbonated, when it dissolves it turns slightly flabby, but overall there are few complaints.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2008
750ml bottle. A gentile pour yields a murky orange beer with a huge, frothy white head. Aroma does have a touch of pineapply and tart brett. Plenty of dry yeast. Lots of spice... especially as it warms up. Perfume. Bread dough. Some hay and leaf pile. Intense and prickly carbonation. Quite distracting, actually. The rye really comes through on the tongue. Very dry, spicy and soapy. Some lactic-ness on the finish. Mouth filling carbonation. Quite dry with a floral and dishsoap finish. Decent. Thanks Joey!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2008
750ml bottle from andrew. thanks my friend....quite a muddy orange caramel brown pour with particles floating througout. thick,fluffy white head took a bit to settle down..... aroma of bread, spice, oranges, and a chemical aspect to it.... flavors followed suit. yeasty, citrusy, and a decent amount of spice with a drier finish. finishes a little too sweet for me though.


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