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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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Inspired by the spice markets of Egypt, the saison/ farmhouse ale takes a worldly and unique twist through the addition of hibiscus petals in both brewing and cold-conditioning stages. Lovely pink in color, with a cherry-blossom pink crown of foam, our Hibiscus Saison is as beguiling as it looks. Slightly fruity, tart, somewhat earthy, and with a refreshing dry finish; wine lovers and beer lovers may find happy common ground here!


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2012
8/10/12. On tap at the brewpub. Clear red pour with a small khaki head. Floral aroma with a nice light tartness. Lightly tart and floral flavor with a nice soft wheat edge. Tasty!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
agent_511 (157) - - SEP 29, 2012
Excellent beer. Pours a slightly cloudy lovely pinkish color. Spicy, yeasty, saison aroma with a bit of hibiscus also noticeable. Tart from the hibiscus, but not sour. Crisp and smooth on the palate.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Tap at Sugar Maple. Poured to a red hued body from the hibiscus used in it. The aroma was hibiscus and saison. Thatís about all that could be said of the flavor too. HOWEVER, and I say with a strong however... this beer was absolutely fantastic. Extremely easy to drink. One would say this is a chuggable beer. This is a very sessionable beer, but also dangerous because the abv is 6.1%.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5150) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Received sneak preview of the Hibiscus Saison two days before release, cask drawn at the Vintage brewpub in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-clear dark copper colored brew with a creamy off-white head that leaves behind some excellent lacing. Aroma screams "farmhouse saison" period. Additional aroma of elderberries, toasted dark malt, a touch of apple and hibiscus petals. Taste is very floral and fruity with less medicinal character compared to aroma. Finish has a quick smooth aftertaste with some elderberry, saison yeast, and then a crisp finish. Most excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (2658) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2011
On tap at the brewpub - Pours ruby red with a fine-bubbled white head. Smells soapy and perfumey (Iím assuming from the hibiscus). Floral, with light, dusty yeast. Tastes lightly sour to begin, then cherries come in. Lightly sweet, with malt taking over in the finish--bready, with some nice dusty/earthy yeast. Light perfume and floral layers in the finish. Has a nice balance between dry/sweet/floral--does a nice job of not tasting like a bottle of perfume.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2270) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2011
On tap at brewpub, this is actually one of the bartenderís own recipe and they ended up brewing a full batch, pretty cool! Pours a light red with a pink head and lacing in the glass, the aroma has a nice fruity touch with some sourness and funk on the nose, the flavor has a strong fruity front with a sour tartness and a dry finish, pretty darn enjoyable.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jlruthven (541) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Draft at Vintage brewpub. Pours a bit disconcertingly purplish-pink, faint pink head. Highly carbonated. Nose is lemon, yeast, wildflowers. Sharp carbonation, hibiscus, fresh berries and a slight lemon hint. Quick, dry finish. Interesting, and almost entirely successful.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2012
On tap at the downtown Vintage bar. Pours an almost ruby red which I was not expecting. Floral notes on the nose and a clean crisp flavor. This is almost 7% and it drinks like it is 4.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2012
On tap at Vintage Brewpub as Hibiscus Saison. Translucent deep amber with a medium white head that sticks. Aroma is spicy, floral and herbal. Taste in line with aroma, very herbal with floral notes. No bitterness and a spicy herbal finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2012
On tap at brewpub
The third sample in the flight was a fruity saison with a twist. Tropical beers are good for this time of year. Even if the temperatures were somewhat mild for August this hit the spot. I canít wait to try the saisons in the cellar.

Aroma / Appearance - The warm mandarin body glowed. Earth and hibuscus share the spotlight like a floral bouquet pulled from a potting plant. There is a dry tartness that hits after a few seconds for more punch.

Flavor / Palate - Tart apple crisp, a floral middle, and sweet hay star in a sessionable beer that refreshed the palate. The only flaw is a medicinal aspect that pops up from time to time. Take that away and I could drink it all night.


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