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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Madrone is an amber saison with a hint of tartness and a big burst of fruity west coast hops. Citrus and tropical fruit in the nose this might be the closest to an IPA we’ll get.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (4115) - Utah, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle shared by Dallas
Clear golden with a medium sized white head and some lacing. Aroma of pit fruit and wheat. Tastes of wheat, tart citrus, fruity and dry

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericdevin (591) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Draft at brewery, Portland. Pours a lighter orange, decent amount of white head. Aroma yeast-dominant, but in a pleasant, subtle way, maybe a touch of citrus poking in there. Body lively if a bit creamy, finish a peppery bitterness, nice use of hops to play up spicy notes in yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (1742) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle thanks to Vasili ! Pours a medium golden color with good clarity and a thick three finger white foam that sticks around for the length of the beer. On the nose its got a nice combination of hay and fruit forward yeasty esters that are accentuated by the citrus and fruit from the hop addition. The palate is clean and focused with some classic rustic grain and yeast flavors holding the beer firmly in the saison style, but the fruity apricot and citrus notes amp the final product into a highly enjoyable brew ! Carbonation is a little light on the backend but just makes the finish a bit rounder than expected but still highly enjoyable !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle:   Thick orangish straw, a bit dirty, some sediment on the bottom, large foamy white head, fairly nice lacing.   Barnish nose, musty, slightly herbal.   Not a bright Saison by any means.   Seems a bit more hopped than most.   Dusty, with lingering citrus peel.   Needs to be floral, a little brith, spritzy.   Comes across as a bit hoppy, straw, barnish, a touch mealy, with a slightly spicy wheaty finish.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Finish falls off somewhat quickly, lingering musty and dusty barnish straw notes.   Needs to be more floral and brighter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 9, 2013
750 thanks to Prufrockstar. Big pour. Orange body. Big citrus fruity taste. Hoppy. Settles with some lemon and dry body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10348) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Capped 750 from Made in Oregon. Pours gold with a large creamy white head. Aroma of fruit that’s suggestive of perfume. Med body,or nearly. It’s a bit like tropical fruit funk with citrus. Dry and astringent. Hoppy saison. What a good idea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle. Cloudy golden yellow color, massive white head. Aroma of dusty straw and light lemon. Taste is peppery lemon and hay. Moderate funk and barnyard. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4490) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Rich light amber and copper coloured body with a large off-white head. Aroma of light hops, yeast, funk, spices and a strong floral element. Medium-bodied; Pungent malt and grassy kick up front with some lighter spice notes, a heavy flavour of yeast and grass and a bit of perfumey and grapefruity hops show up on the finish. Aftertaste shows pretty nicely with a good layering of malt, hops, flowers, yeast and finishing with spices. Overall,a good darker and deeper saison than their other offerings, but perhaps not as good as some other local options - a very nice problem to have indeed. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Made in Oregon (PDX Airport, Terminal D) on 28-September-2013 for US$11.95 sampled in my hotel room in New York, New York on 01-November-2013.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (5929) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2013
750, capped. Pours a hazy medium amber with a loose and sudsy white head. Big florally spicy nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Tangy palm sugar and caramel mid palate with lively citrus and floral spice notes. Long tangy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1708) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2013
A brewery I just found out about. This is a pretty good hoppy Saison. The color is this clear amber-gold with a big fluffy off-white head. A thin blanket sticks which leaves some scattered spotty lacing. The aroma uncovers yeast, grassy hops, earth, toast, and a touch of citrus. The flavor mostly follows in line with that, showing a generous amount of grassy and leafy hops to go with citrus, bread, and a little bit of yeast. Some herbal undertones. The finish is bitter and fairly dry, but the entire package is light enough for me to find it very easy to consume. Solid beer. I have another one of their Saisons on hand I’ll have to try soon.

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