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RATINGS: 374   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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It’s a lively jazz rhythm, a vigorous sway, a change of view or even a roll in the proverbial hay. Now it also means the welcome jolt of joy you’ll experience upon your first sip of this session saison. Bracing, but benign, this Belgian style ale enlivens any experience with a spicy, aromatic start, citrus snap and fresh finish. Swing into spring with taste!


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zvikar (3963) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAY 20, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Yoav. Pours an hazy yellow with a small head, aroma of sweetness, yeast, acidity, honey, nutmeg, clove, allspice, flavor is spicy with green tea, pepper, some herbs, yeast, medium bodied

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3946) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Clear light golden yellow with ample bright white head. Smells fantastic sagey lemon pepper. Flavor is not quite as good, but has a spicy bite and a green citrus hop character. Good moderately high carbonation. Smells better than it tastes though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (3878) - Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Comes out of the tap a nice, bubbly, clear golden with a fine-bubbled white head. Hearty aroma is quite yeasty, with fruity and subtle malty notes. Crisp flavor has yeasty, malty, fruity, and coriander tones - definitely for sipping rather than chugging. Texture has average thickness and fizz, but scarcely subtracts from the enjoyableness of this brew. Swing a session with this one.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a fat-two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves some light, but nicely layered lacing on the walls of the glass as I slowly consume the beer. The beer is a nice gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, pale yellow gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of hay like grain, soft cracker like malt, lemon zest, and other citrus notes. A deeper inspection of the aroma yields a grassy, slightly herbal edge to the citrus character, but there is also a sort of Guava like character and something that reminds me of mint or menthol too. As the beer warms up a light peppery note starts to come out, as does a sort of woody pine / menthol type note.

Dry tasting with a noticeable, but not overwhelming citrus character. There is a solid pale maltiness / grain-character here too that contributes a chewy pale-wheat cracker like note, a touch of dried hay, and a rounded, chewy rustic white bread crumb like flavor. The beer is quite light bodied and quaffable, but without being overly thin. There is a spicy, peppery note to the finish that lingers on the palate for quite some time, and this is joined by a light phenolic note that suggests at cloves, but is more musty and melds in with the woody, almost menthol leaning, peppery notes. The citrus flavors are subdued compared to their aromatics; in fact the beer has more of a woody peppery note as well as some woody pine / menthol like notes; still citrus is here in the flavor with Meyer lemon notes, lime zest, and a tropical-citrus character that subtly influences the character of this beer. The flavor is actually better balanced than the nose, as the citrus character is a bit dominant in the aroma.

This is a solid Saison, I really like that it is so low in alcohol, but still has a substantial flavor to it. It is not the most complex Saison, but it is light and quaffable, and works for me as an easy drinking, sessionable brew that is interesting enough to hold my attention when I want it to, but is otherwise a beer to do other things with.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Sampled at Pints for Pets. Light hoppy aroma, spicy with notes of citrus, sulfur, and fruity esters. Yeasty. Nice saison aroma profile. Pale straw clear with thin head. Medium body with vigorous carbonation. Starts with wheat and pilsener malt notes, light sulfur, citrus and herbs. Tasty saison that’s not too overwhelming. Not quite crisp but enjoyable. Done well for the style, with mild chalky bitter after.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhillyCraft (3790) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2013
On tap at BBE. Pours clearish gold with light to medium head and lacing. Notes of wit bier, coriander, pepper and too much spice. This one was way more of a belgian white then a saison. Medium to heavy carbonation. Not a big fan.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3771) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2013
I do agree with the previous commenter that the retail price for this seems a bit high, given what it is. On its own terms, it is a reasonably well rounded, floral saison, with a hop note biting more at the start. Decent palate. Quite a bit of head. Bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (3762) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2013
bottle. Golden with one finger head. Light bodied saison with mild flavor and very little funk. Still, this is a very nice refreshing beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAY 11, 2013
Quite interesting and sweet Strong in taste and character but not so spicy as other this style.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2013
Slightly hazy yellow. White head has some staying power. Kind of a dirty laundry aroma. Floral fruity and sweet flavor. Rose petal comes to mind.


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