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Weyerbacher Seventeen

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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Seventeen is a Saison Ale brewed with pink peppercorns, orange zest, lemon zest, and grapefruit zest. Brewed to the classic “Weyerbacher anniversary requirement” of a strength of 10% abv or more, Seventeen weighs in at a style-obliterating 10.5% abv. Seventeen releases subtle notes of fruit, berry and pepper upon pouring. You’ll notice a balanced sweetness with a touch of citrus and spice with a dry and peppery finish.
Seventeen is a once-and-done release only and will not be here for long! This style of beer should age very, very well. Be sure to get some before it’s gone!


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Morey (46) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2012
APPEARANCE: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with about a half of an inch of white foam sitting on top. The head settled pretty quick, but there’s some decent retention & alcohol legs following each sip.

AROMA: Flower Petals, Lemon Rind, Wet Lawn, Grapefruit, Pepper, and some Alcohol in the nose.

TASTE: There’s a nice dose of Belgian yeast flavor up front. It’s fairly sweet with some nice citrus flavors that help to balance this some. I’m also getting a decent amount of alcohol coming through towards the middle. The big Belgian yeast characteristics come back for more towards the back-end with a some lingering alcohol heat on the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with a pretty low carbonation level.

MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: This is the highest ABV that I’ve had in a Saison, which works, but makes it more of a sipper than a Saison would normally be. I could have used a bit more peppercorn. It cames through some in the aroma, but I didn’t get much in the taste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goodgrief (1863) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - AUG 15, 2012
On tap at Pinocchio’s. Vibrant yellow color, great looking head. Intensely grainy aroma. Not overly fruity sweet, but lots of grain, peppers and some banana esters. Not all that saisonlike, but quite good.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavoleBomb (1522) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Poured into a tulip. This is one mighty saison, clocking in at 10.50%. Can’t wait to try this. 3.5 A: Opaque golden brown color. Less than one finger of frothy white head. Retention and lacing aren’t worth mentioning since so little head developed. 4.5 S: The first thing you’ll notice with this is how spicy it is. The peels (orange, lemon, grapefruit) both meld together and stand on their own. The pink peppercorns (what the hell is a PINK peppercorn anyway) offers a healthy peppery kick. Otherwise this is surprisingly floral without being very herbal. Yeast also gives you a touch of clove. Quite clean, especially given the murky yeasty color. Booze is extremely well hidden. 4.0 T: Taste is like the nose, but perhaps a bit less unrefined. Plenty of peels and pepper again. More clove than the nose hinted at. Overall quite spicy. Mild herbalness enters the scene. Rich neutral malt flavor, moderate yeastiness. Hay and wet grass. The booze is apparent in the taste, but doesn’t distract too much. 3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Probably the heaviest saison I’ve ever had. Good moderate carbonation, though I’d prefer it to be spritzier. I’m not much of a fan of this kind of body on a saison, but it’s decent enough. 4.0 D: Really tasty imperial saison that is worthy of an anniversary. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-10-2012 23:40:25

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11011) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2012
A hazed blonde saison with a thin lacing off white head. In aroma, nice spiced malt with light kiwi pulp, banana and light cloves. In mouth, a nice sweet saison with ripe bananas, light ginger and maple notes, warming alcohol. On tap at Sunset Grill, July 15, 2012.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrmac (331) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2012
A little boozy, but this Saison is kicking and screaming! Orange, coriander, lemon, and more.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Slightly hazy deep gold pour with a large fluffy white head that fades quickly. Aroma of orange peels, fruity and spicy yeasts with light funk and grains. Sweet fruity entry and mid palate fades into a spicy booze laden finish. Medium full bodied and sweet throughout. One style of beer I don’t want imperialized is a saison.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9447) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2012
Cloudy golden looks, with a minimal ring of a head, Bush glass. Booze exuded in the aroma. Above average mouthfeel, at first I am getting a strong ale/barleywine, at finish I am getting a grapefruit kiss.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4713) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 6, 2012
12 ounce from Bruisin Ales. Spicy saison. Yeasty aroma and taste. Slightly pungent. Some orange meshed in. Not dry at all. Might need aging.

1.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
maxwelldeux (4160) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Pours a cloudy golden color with a moderate head. Lots of spices come off this, but combine in a way that’s really disgusting. Very little that’s even remotely appealing. Ugh.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Westmeister (2061) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle 3.50. Unclear golden pour with frothy white head that rather quickly diminishes. Smell is funky fruity yeast, sweet booze, citrus. Taste is funky, a bit boozy, clove, greenery spice, pepper, bitter citrus pucker in the finish, fruit esters, honey sweetness, fabulous and very big. Fantastic funky finishing surprises on this one.


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