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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Starting with a blend of pale malt and wheat along with honey malt – a pale Canadian barley with a distinctive sweet finish – Scratch #33 includes orange peel, coriander, elderflower and honey bush for a subtle fruit balance that complements the pepper zest of Saison du Pont yeast. Following the boil, the wort passed through our hopback (filled with spices) and then began a rapid ferment at a higher than typical temperature for an ale yeast. Following fermentation, Scratch #33 was bottle-conditioned with Westmalle yeast and warm-aged for two weeks to create a vibrant carbonation with an effervescent finish.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Scratch: Belgian Style Saison
Date: October 01, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: muddy burnt orange, fine off white head
Aroma: sweet fruity and spicy aroma, lots of fruity esters, nice spicyness, touch of orange
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, light spicyness, light earthy bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4806) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2011
bottle thanks to mora2000. poured gold with a white head. nose is earth, funky, spices, florals, and light sweetness. very easy on the palate, well carbonated, light tartness, earth, and florals.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (5977) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2011
In short: A semi-rustic golden saison with lots of minerals and dust.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed approximately 10 months after the beer release. Bottle from my BA buddy, thanks Heath.
The look: Cloudy orange-blonde body topped by a small off-white head
In long: Nose is very rustic and very phenolic which in this case worked well together. Taste is minerals, some phenols, dusty carpet, dried orange cubes, pineapples, red apples skin, more minerals, lemon zest, and orange peels. Finish is sharp, a bit tart and with an astringent minerals character (almost salty). The soda-pop style carbonation was a bit too aggressive and lowered drinkability. The drinkable offspring of a bottle of dusty Saison and a bottle mineral water. Nothing remarkable here, a short-lived and rather ordinary Saison that went as unnoticed as a typo on page 17 of the iTunes license agreement.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (10674) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2011
Bottle at The Funky 7, Brooklyn. Pours a clear, amber-gold with a sturdy, white head. Spices in the aroma, some coriander, yeast, zesty citrus, orange. Moderately sweet flavor, some lightly grassy bitterness, yeast, clove. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Slightly mustiness in the finish, very light alcohol, orange peel, light grassy hops, some spicy bite. A nice beer overall. Highly drinkable for sure.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mora2000 (5650) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Thanks to StormKing47 for sending me this bottle. The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a large white head. The aroma is very fruity and very sweet. I get quite a bit of orange and Belgian yeast, along with some candy corn and circus peanut notes. The flavor is better than the aroma. I get a lot of orange citrus notes, as well as some sugary sweetness and some Belgian yeast notes. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
orangesol (683) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
12oz bottle poured into my Mad Elf chalice. A - Pours a murky orange color with a thick two finger tan colored head with lots of tiny bubbles leaving only a few wisps of lacing down the glass. S - What a smell. Strong aroma of spices right off the bat. They are joined by a light citrus hop presence and a slightly sweet flavor from the malt. The belgian yeasts help round out the nose and add a bready aroma. Very nice. T - The spices continue to dominate this one. A light citrus flavor of oranges mix well with the almost peppery spices. Belgian yeast adds a chewy backbone to go along with a faint hint of sweet malt. Every sip seems to bring new flavors to the table. M - Medium-Light body with a fairly strong, heavy, flavor thanks to all the spices. Feels very alive thanks to all the carbonation. D - All the flavors combine very well to form a complex, yet oh so drinkable saison. A great variation on a classic style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5536) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2011
(12oz bottle thanks to Mora2000) clear gold with thick eggshell-colored head. Nose is funky, floral, spicy Belgian yeast and oranges. Taste of orange zest, spicy, Belgian, with a creamy body and nice linger.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2011
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a clear golden body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of coriander, mustiness, orange peel, yeast, florals, and clove. Flavor of grass, earthiness, pepper, yeast, citrus, and coriander.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle (filled to the brim). Pours with a clear amber hue and a very large, fluffy, white head. Aromas are strongly spicy, cardamom, phenolic, pepper, grainy with some esters. Nearly a Unibroue -esque yeast character. Flavors of candi sugar, honey, grainy and bready. Huge amounts of phenol and yeast character (again, a bit Unibroue like). A bit of a sugary mid palate. Very fizzy, dry and light bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (4892) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2011
Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark gold to amber body with a frothy one inch off-white head. The nose is really spicy with a touch of earthiness and fruity esters. Some dark wheat notes. The flavor is a little heavy handy on the spicing. I wish there were more focus on the yeast character. No real farmhouse funky softness, just hard spicing. Lingering almost Hefe-like notes of banana and clove. Medium to full bodied, a little too heavy on the tongue with some clinginess on the back end. Fizzy active carbonation. I guess if you’re into spicy Saisons it might be good, but I’m not so much into that.


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