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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
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Saison is a style with very humble beginnings as a tablr beer brewed in the farmhouses of Wallonia. A Saison is brewed using more hops than other Belgian styles, making it a very durable beer. Traditionally brewed in spring, it was meant to last through the summer and autumn.


We brew our Saison with traditional, continental ingredients, using a sour mash of Weyermann floor-malted Pilsner Malt, Wheat, and Toasted Wheat. We finish with a healthy addition of Saaz hops, dry hop with our propietary blend of Estate Hops (CT grown in our New Hartford Hopyard) and spice with a light touhc of Black Peppercorns. We then ferment with a renowned Saison yeast, which adds subtle hints of bubble gum, clove and fuity esters to the aroma and flavor.


We partnered with wineries on the CT wine trail to source an assortment of wine barrels from Chamard, Hopkins, and Jonathan Edwards wineries. Each type of barrel contributes its own flavor and aroma, which blends to create a truly unique Saison.


A true "cellaring" beer, our Saison will delight as a fresh bottle, and will develop new flavors, aromas, and complexity as it ages.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rocbyter (1908) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Sweet light fruit aroma. Clear golden color with a medium whir head. Lightly sweet beginning with a moderate dry bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fishonmyplane (482) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Hazy golden color. There are some fruity esters, with hints of pineapple, kiwi, grape, and melon. Just enough hops for balance and a hint of spice. Not much peppercorn.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Reynolds314 (2440) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 17, 2013
On the syrupy unattenuated side of things. Quite sweet and i dont get much character. Tastes like belgian candy sugar and dough.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (3923) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2013 A bit on the sweet side, but good saison and peppercorn, some wine flavors, awesome and a bit too sweet

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (5188) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2013
750ml bottle pours a lightly hazy yellow with some soapy, white head. Nose has some nice wood notes, white grape, perfume, grass. Flavor is nice, sweet, honey, white grape, perfume, berry, a little wood, some suntan lotion. Clean, dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Murky gold, large bubbled white head. Grassy and creamy nose, light milk lactic but no sourness, very pleasant. Soft lotion flavor, milk and kiwi glide across mid of lemon. Finish is woody, lightly tannic with grape skins, lasting through long finish. Pleasant and well balanced if not very adventurous. No peppercorn.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11636) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2013
75cl bottle, thanks Adam. Small white head atop clear straw body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, spicy, light read. Taste is moderately sweet, Bourbon, light bread. Medium body, light stickiness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5053) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle. Poured a clear, slightly hazy golden coloe with a medium sized white head. Aroma is notes of wine barrel, malts, sweetness, oak. Flavor had some tart grapes, hops, wheat, oak, bitter. Pretty tasty. Touch of tartness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10065) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear gold with a medium, frothy white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is Chardonnay grapes, oak, wheat and biscuit malt with earthy hops. Flavor is malt forward with Chardonnay, oak, medium hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (13252) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Adam of Mogadishu, shukran! Hazy golden yellow color, white head. Aroma of dusty straw. Taste is slightly funky and softly sour lemon.


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