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RATINGS: 790   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!


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. This one fuckin’ gushed on me; so to stave off any potential losses, I had to pour some into a pint glass, as well. A: Pours a hazy golden color with plenty of sediment floating about. The head is very frothy, and due to me having little choice regarding an aggressive pour, ends up towering at four fingers high, with a corresponding offwhite shade. The head seemingly retains forever, leaving behind an incredible amount of lacing in my tulip. Frustrations of being unable to drink this immediately aside, this one is extremely beautiful. S: And the aroma is quite intriguing, also. It starts off with a grassy note, before transitioning to crisp apple/pear/grape esters. I also notice touches of rye malt, helping to accentuate the spice qualities more strongly. I don’t notice a massive amount of brett funk, but it’s there. Horse blanket, bro. T: What I notice most strongly on the opening is a combination of spicing and rye malt. The two combine to offer notes of cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, peppermint, and black pepper - dare I compare the flavor profile to a saison crossbred with a winter warmer? The finish is where the brett funk starts to come into play. Initially only offering a bland grassy tone, it grows and accumulates on the palate, developing strong rustic qualities. General fruity esters lurk around the body nondescriptly; I wish they were more vivid here in lieu of all the funkiness. This is my biggest problem - the funk comes off too strongly at times, creating a slight imbalance. I enjoy the complexity, though. M: This one is a bit heavy. It doesn’t necessarily make the beer hard work, just not quite as quaffable as it could have been. I’d call it quaffable, though, because it’s pleasantly dry without any annoying booziness. I can’t really judge carbonation too much - when you have to wait 10 minutes to take a damn sip, I doubt there would be much of it left. O: I know I had a lot to nitpick here, but this is a genuinely well crafted saison that’s quite unique. It just doesn’t really hit all my preferences in a saison (I prefer a simpler, hoppier interpretation like Tank 7). But if you like funk, this is a must-try.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
flatmatt (1231) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2015
750 mL bottle from 2013. Pours a somewhat murky golden amber with a white head. Red apple aroma, slightly tart, with some warm cinnamon spice. Apple flavor, again lightly tart, some candied flavor, a little yeast, tartness, brettiness, and again a bit of ginger or cinnamon. Really quite tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tightslice (328) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle from BevMo in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is fermented fruit cocktail, heavenly spiced-esters, hay yah. Big funky fruits with all the right trappings of a Belgian Yeast Beast. A thing of beauty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOSSbrewer (2507) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 8, 2015
On tap at the source. Pours a slightly hay golden. Thin white head. Aroma is sweet candy and malty. Nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lukasmh (455) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours cloudy golden orange with very nice long lasting slight cream head. Aroma is first some yeast and rye spices. Then reveals complex fruitiness and funky brett. Some flowery notes and earthy hops. There is red apples and sweet ripe pears. Slight alcohol as i warms. Taste is quite complex! Sweet apples, tart green apples, sweet pear, brett notes, some yeast. Some spicy rye and smooth body. Exotic fruit bowl. Finish is super dry! Has relatively high carbonation. Really well incorporated alcohol, slight present at is warms. Almost dry oak in finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CousinBrenden (125) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2015
Great Belgian yeast aroma with some dried lemon. Taste very tart and funky. Finishes super dry with sour orange and lemon tartness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (3002) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2015
2014. Draft at the Bruery. Pours opaque orange amber with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like dry cracker malt, dry citrus, light herb, lemon, very light yeast. Light body and medium carbonation. Smells like dry cracker malt, light citrus,

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McCarty23 (53) - Vista, California, USA - APR 17, 2015
Prickly sparkling wine appearance and aroma. Flavor of some oak funk and lemonade sourness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Renobob (1129) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 15, 2015
Bue en bouteille de 75cl. Nez pamplemousse, ananas. Palais puissant, alcool bien présent, assez complexe. Houblon discret mais intéressant. Ensemble plaisant mais un peu trop fort en alcool et trop acide.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deepeary (271) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2015
17 month old bottle. Pours a clear amber with off white head. Nose is mild, tart with some funk, white wine, cherry. Taste mild, sweet, caramel, rye, spice, honey grapes, dry finish. No booze detected. Flavour is complex but rather subdued. I was expecting more from this.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
dogfishho (653) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2015
What on Earth happened here? Tastes like a great saison that has had artificial sweetener added. Perplexed by the high scores here.


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