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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOMeal (1091) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2011
bottle. Pours a hazy, dark amber with a big, off-white head. Nose is of Belgian yeast and lemon. Taste is lemon and yeast. Mouthfeel is tingly.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (4873) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2010
12oz bottle pours a hazy, brownish orange with a thin, creamy white head. Aroma is great, fruity, yeasty, pepper, banana, medicinal. Flavor is sweet, bananas, cloves, bubblegum, fruit, light candy. Finish is full bodied and sweet. Very nice.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrChopin (3280) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Light orange gold, large frothy white head dies quick. Light medicine, citrus, and bubblegum in the nose and flavor, more bready malt in the finish. Too sweet, more tripel than saison.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8434) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
355mL from the brewery. The pour is a clear orange with a nice, healthy head forming that leaves some good lace but not as much as I expected. Aroma of grassy hops, barn, some hay, straw, pretty on the mark for saison. But as it warms some major league candy corn is distracting. Taste is grassy hops, candy corn. Palate is watery, dry, effervescent.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2010
12oz bottle, thanks Tarheels86. Large off-white head atop hazy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, hay, perfume, Belgian yeast, some orange. Taste is moderately sweet, hay, Belgian yeast, some orange, light coriander. Effervescent light-medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (11842) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2010 12 oz bottle courtesy of tarheels86, thanks! Clear golden, nice head and lacing. Lots of hops and body for a saison. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours translucent golden amber, topped with a large off white head that gradually settles to a 1 finger head. Aroma of coriander, orange, honey, spice, and grain. Spice and orange hit the palate first, and are soon joined by white pepper, wheat, and plenty of yeast. Yeast and spice persist for a lengthy finish. Very active carbonation. I really enjoyed this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
On tap at the Splinter Blue release. Pours a slightly-burnt orange with a nice head and a bit of lacing. Nose is quite interesting, with pepper, citrus zest, a bit of earth, and some honey-like sweetness coming through. Taste is quite similar, with the spices really beginning to shrine through the sweetness as it warms up. Mouthfeel is a bit too effervescent, although this didn’t detract too much from the feel, and too much is always better than not enough. Drinkability is pretty good, although it is a unique beer and not something I’d want all summer long as with some of the classic saisons. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 09-29-2010

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10935) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 30, 2010
A: The pour is a cloudy golden color with a massive white head that eventually dies down to a thin layer that allows one to drink the beer below. S: A big-time spice character to the nose, which you often find in American brewed saisons. Lots of white pepper, orange peel, coriander, and and a floral, honey note. Some soft, cracker malt aromas are present as well. T: The flavor starts off with a lot of sweet oranges as well as some sweet malt and honey. The spices follow this and give off a lot of pepper, coriander, and yeast. Some hints of lemon and orange zest come through on the finish and provide a bit of bitterness. M: Medium in body, maybe a bit heavy for a saison, with a fairly lively carbonation. D: Lots of sweetness and spiciness, but overall a well done saison. Not completely overwhelmed by the spices like a lot of American saisons seem to be.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4918) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy orange-apricot color with a huge foamy beige head that produced a bit of lacing. The aroma was dryish and musty with notes of pepper, wheat and vague spices. The flavor was dry and spicy with notes of pepper, must, mustard seed, and caraway. There was a light tart and citric undertone. The finish was medium length dry, musty and peppery. Moderately full bodied. Solid.


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