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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
Scratch #14-2008 is our interpretation of a farmhouse ale—a once near-extinct winter-brewed (and summer–imbibed) Belgian ale. celebratory brew starts with a black pepper and ginger nose. The nicely carbonated brew releases a honey-malt flavor that gives way to a tart crisp finish that masks the elevated ABV. We use a blended yeast strain (Saison Dupont & Le Chouffe) to create the traditional peppery, spicy earthy flavors of the saison. Slight hints of ginger also come through in the finish. Drink it ‘til the wedding bells chime! <UL> <li>O.G.: 15.4 Plato <li>I.B.U.’s: 25 <li>Malt: Pils, Munich, Vienna <li>Yeast: Belgian/Saison Blend <li>Juju: Ginger <li>Hops: English Pilgrim, Saaz </ul>

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Bottle:   Dirty straw, thick, large frothy off-white head, nice lacing.   Farmhouse like aroma, very barnish with a floral aspect that is very musty.   A bit more mealy than expected, but it remains bright.   Has a nice bright floral aspect to it.   Not as bubbley or sharp as others, but it remains flavorful and in a sense, heavier than most.   I almost want to say its like an American Tripel in its mealiness.   Touch of warming from the alcohol, but its minor.   Finishes like a Saison crossed with an American Tripel.   I liked this one more than I thought I would.   Nice work Troegs!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 16, 2011
A: The beer pours a clear golden orange color with a nice big white head that clings to the glass. S: A mild funkiness to the nose with a big time floral aroma. A touch of honey on the nose with some mild grass and earth to it as well. I get a little bit of spice, particularly white pepper and some light fruits. T: Sweet fruits, lots of pears and apples, with a little bit of white grape. Some white pepper notes, a little bit of coriander, orange zest, and an overall earthy and grassy aroma. Plenty of yeast and some pale, bready malts. M: Medium in body with a fairly high level of carbonation. O: A really nice surprise. This beer is fantastic and easily one of the better Scratch series beers I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (4285) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Bright, somewhat hazy lemon-yellow body. Nice, fluffy white head. Great retention and dense lacing. (Lots of sediment in the bottle as this has some age on it, but I successfully kept the vast majority out of the pour). S: Soft lemon zest. Light spice of clove and coriander. Draws much from a belgian strong pale with some banana and yeast as well. Not particularly "farmhousey." T: More of the same. Perhaps a bolder citrus profile that carries over a nice spice undercurrent. Again, this is more on the belgian strong pale end of the spectrum. M: Effervesecent and light bodied. A really nice crisp finish that has some bite to it. Refreshing as all hell. O: I docked it some points in the smell/taste categories as it was lacking some funk, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying this nicely crafted brew. Now if only Troegs would brew a saison regularly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (10216) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Bottle shared by Sean! Poured a copper amber with a gray head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was sweet with wheat and floral with a slight underlying citrus. Flavor was similar with nicely balanced floral, citrus and wheat with perhaps a bit of tart in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2010
12 oz. bottle; thanks to Sammy for the trade; pours straw gold and very hazy with huge fluffy white head; lemons, yeast, spice and floral aromas; texture is soft the lemons and a raw fizziness; raw and grainy overall with not much from the yeast; bitter lemons in the finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
Thanks for the opportunity to try this Mike! 12 oz bottle poured into my snifter. A- Nearly opaque, cloudy straw yellow body that pours with a hefty 2-3 finger foamy white head. Head has great retention and plenty of lacing left all the way down the glass. Cloudiness is very thick and dynamic with a TON of yeast sediment whirling about at the bottom of the glass. S- Lots of Spicy and yeasty scents in the nose. Behind this is apples and lemon and a slight bready sweetness. T- Apple and pear flavors are upfront and are accented by a peppery spice. In the background is a soft, bready yeast. The finish gets a bit spicy as floral hop flavors and bitterness come through along with the spices intensifying. What is left to linger is a hint of sweet apple and remnants of sweet bready yeast. P-Medium to high carbonation and a full. smooth, yeasty body. O- This is a very good beer and another great offering from Troegs-who really has yet to disappoint me. Wish this were offered more often. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3561) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Bottle from a trade with machfive55. Pours cloudy golden orange color with white head. Fruity and spicy aroma. Flavors of sweet fruits, spices and some pepper. Medium body with effervescent carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2010
In short: An authentic feeling flowery, wild, dry and tart Saison. Underrated.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed about 16 months after the beer release. Sent to me by CaptainCougar, thanks a lot Tom
The look: Cloudy blonde body topped by a persistent medium white head
In long: The pleasant highly aromatic nose blends wild yeast, meringue and a bouquet of freshly picked wild flowers. Taste is rather nourishing, big body, doughy lemony meringue, flower petals mash, some bananas, some coriander, a strong wild saison yeast presence with an authentic Dupont-like feeling, a lot of floral hops bring. Finish is a bit harsh with a medium bitterness and medium dryness and a nice sharp tartness. The bottle is over a year old but the body feels very lively and has that freshness sensation that usually get from much younger Saisons. Underrated beer, but I’m a Saison lover so I tend to give good marks to any Saisons that feel authentic. Yet another nice session beer that I like a lot more than most other reviewers, sometimes I feel like I am a fugitive from the law of averages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2009
12 oz. bottle via trade with Ughsmash - Pours a hazy light golden color with a two finger thick white head. Light lacing. Aroma is esters, yeast, grain, and spices. Flavor is much of the same. The beer really lingers on the palate. Light to medium body. A decent beer, just not my style. Thanks Jason.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2009
bottle, pours hazy orange with a thin off white head. Aroma is citrus notes with tart lemon in the forefront with lime and a lambic wild yeast funk. Very nice refreshing flavors of wheat and pale malt, nicely balanced with a solid hop bite and a lemon peel bittersweet finish. Carbonation is high with an extremely crisp mouthfeel and a nice lingering finish. Great stuff.

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