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RATINGS: 405   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Malt beverage with natural flavors


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2010 My Bottom Line:
This snappy Saisonís yuzu-like fruit character, delicate honeyed malt sweetness, herbal hops and ginger spiciness are all in sync, offering a very drinkable and elegant example of the style.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the clear blond.
-The finishing bitterness is quite green and firm.
-The body is well attenuated and carbonation is prickly, making for a refreshing mouthfeel.
-I preferred this one to the Stone version I had had on tap in SD, but I suppose the main reason is that the Stone was on tap and I prefer bottle-conditioned Belgian styles.
-The ginger personality is a little too strong for this to be world-class, imho. The malts could be more evident too.

Bottles.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Bottle. Pours basically the same as the others, nice fine fizzy white head. Aroma seems a bit more fruity estery with a bit more of an alcohol note. Flavor follows, way dry, seems more dry than the others, chalky bitterness, so dry has a harsh alcohol burn, doesnít seem to be nearly as palatable as the other two which somehow seemed to work with the spices, actually this seems to be missing the lemon quality the other two had. Super dry.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2688) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Pours a clear golden color with a small off white head. Nose is ammonia and tidy cat cat litter, pine, and lemon chiffon. Taste is clover honey, fur, and skunk. Medium to long finish with semi creamy mouthfeel. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a light crystal clear golden with a small white head. Aroma is like spiced cake, very heavily spiced and sweet. No wait, I pick up some spiced cider notes. Very potent and herbal, with a nice clean pale malt note. Flavor starts with an initial sweetness but quickly gives way to a sharp fruit note before the spices come in heavily. The light and almost citric fruits balance the spices nicely. Lightly bitter and crisp finish. Medium body and a super sharp fizzy carbonation. I like this better than the Stone version which I felt didnít have enough sweetness and body to balance all the spices.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3156) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Nice saison that holds up to the other 3 in the series, but doesnít stand out. Aroma was nice and fresh. Pepper, lemongrass and spices. Pour was a medium gold with a one finger white head. Taste was a little too wet and sweet for how I like saisons. Sticky sweet malt in the front with a barrage of spices hitting you as it warms and through the aftertaste. Donít know what rosemary tastes like by itself, but I definitely could pick up something different in this beer compared to others that Iíve had. Lemon, earth, grass, pepper come to mind as well. Good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Appearance: Pours a bright yellow with a small white film atop. Within the body are a few rising bubbles. Not nearly as cloudy as Stone or DFHís batches. Leaves virtually no lacing.

Aroma: Sage, parsley, lemon grass, light perfume.

Taste: Fresh parsley, thyme, tangy spicy yeast. Finishes sharp and bitter with noticeable spicy hops and a sour yeasty twang. Flavors linger well past the sip.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, medium carbonation.

Overall: The spiciest of the bunch, with a very thin mouthfeel compared to the Dogfish and Stone batches.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (5225) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2010
12 oz bottle from Canals Rio Grande. Pours a clear gold body with a small bright white foamy head. Aroma is loaded with herbs, sage and thyme dominate with Rosemary bringing up the rear. The body is the thickest of the three brewers with lots of bubbly carbonation. Flavors of herbs, grains and citrus hops. Nice enough to make me glad I grabbed a 4 pack.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (5311) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2010
From MaltDawg @ 12th Richmond Gathering: Funk and lemon zest aroma. Clear yellow, thin head. Funk and lemon zest flavor with the lemon lingering long after. The Stone version is much better than the Victory or DFH versions.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2655) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy apricot and has a faint and whisky white head. Aromas are odd... Each time I draw near, I pull something different. First is lemon, then pine, a little buttery dough. I cant tell whether it is developing or Iím just in tune with different things at different times. Flavor seems to blend these elements. It starts off with a soft and pleasant lemon edge before a bit of a doughy malt presence takes hold. All throughout, there seems to be a bit of a piney hops that is faint, but clearly there, blossoming most fully in the late aftertaste with a bit of barn funk. Pretty decent and no way would I have pinned the ABV at nearly 7%.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Bottle. Pours with a completely clear golden yellow body with a somewhat small white head, but it leaves decent lacing behind. Aromas of sage, coriander, estery yeast, bready, rosemary, kafir lime, candi sugar, lemon grass and many other spicy notes that I cannot put words too. Flavors of spice, candi sugar, cotton candi, light bitterness, slightly grassy. The spices are not as robust or aggressively in your face as the Stone version. More of a back ground note. Lively bubbles, dry and spicily bitter finish. Nearly as enjoyable as the Stone Version. Still a joy in a glass.


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