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Weyerbacher Seventeen

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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2012
12oz bottle poured into glass. OK so I’ve tried a few of these beers before (15,16 etc) most have been good so I was expecting this one to follow suit. For a saison orange/lemon peel is pretty common so I wasn’t really blown away by the aroma/flavor but the ABV is masked very well here. 10.5ABV for a saison is pretty damn high.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coolfunnj (310) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2012
spicy,yeasty,citrusy aroma true to the saison style..so is the cloudy yellow body and the creamy white head..the taste is citrus,spice,and a bit of alcohol to go with the background maltiness,lemon and grapefruit flavors predominate..somehow is light on the palate and very easily drinkable and refreshing especially considering the abv..overall a terrific strong summer beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (3743) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2012
12oz 4pack from Spirits Brick. Poured the same color as apple juice with a smaller foamy off white head that fades fairly quickly but does leave a ring of foam around the edge of my glass. Aroma of pepper corns, citrus, bubble gum, Belgian yeast, dry toast, uncooked dough. Very carbonated with strong tingly carbonation, a fuller body and a dry finish with lots of warming down my whole throat. Flavor of pepper corns,bad lemons, dry grapefruit, yeast, hint of cardboard, toast, bubble gum and lots of alcohol. Not bad but come on Weyerbacher you didn’t "obliterate" the style of Saison you simply brewed a Belgian strong ale, saisons aren’t supposed to be 10.5%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zoso3303 (2) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2012 does not count
This is a beautiful take on a great style. Definitely a little sweeter and heftier up front than the style would normally permit, but this is America, that is what we do. The fruit comes through, but so does a fair amount of earthiness, especially as the beer warms. Sweetness fades and gives way to the pepper and a dry finish. A very welcome summertime beer, I need to stock up with a case. Just be careful, I caught myself wondering how the beer could possibly be 10.5%, . . Dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3106) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Total Wine, Fairfax 12oz ($4.50): Pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. Looks like a saison. Smells like a saison: more hops, more spices, and a noticeable malt backbone, along with a hefty dose of farmhouse funk. Taste is much the same. I want to first point out that the alcohol was very well covered. Taste is somewhat sharp. I think that the pepper and the hops work well together. Malt backbone is heavier than most saisons, but I wouldn’t guess that the alcohol content was so high. So basically, this was a lot easier drinking than it perhaps should be. This is for sure an interesting take on one of my favourite styles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2232) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Cloudy golden yellow pour thin white head ... aroma of fruity saison yeast and some spicy peppercorn .... Taste is a little boozy and of fruity saison yeast, nice spicy bite from orange and lemon peel with peppercorn zest ... Pretty bitter and spicy brew with some abv heat ... spicy dry lingering bite in the finish ... medium to heavy mouthfeel ... Interesting take on a high abv saison

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SSSteve (3661) - - JUN 30, 2012
bottle. murky gold with a small white head. sweet and fruity with vanilla cake mix and floral hops and a twist of orange. a big smack from the 10% and a fullish body with lots of carbonation. bitter. some vanilla notes, but mostly an acidic bitterness from all these peel additions. a lot like grapefruit rind or lemon rind blended with the harshness of the abv. too bitter for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (2616) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Golden yellow color with a white frothy head. Aroma of spice, yeast, and citrus. Citrus flavor with spice-pepper, yeast, spice, and touch of alcohol. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheEpeeist (3177) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2012
12 oz bottle. Cloudy olive orange with a sudsy white head. Nose is banana, yeast and toffee, hints of earthy citrus peel with tailing peppery heat. Drinks fairly smooth considering the ABV but seems heavy and gluey despite the carb buzz. Taste is cane sugar, sage and orange finishing with dry citrus pith and soap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (2308) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2012
4 pack bottles from Liquor Loft. Murky yellow pour with a thin white head and visible carbonation. Aroma is salt, clove, pepper, lemon, orange. Tastes are yeasty zest lemon and orange. Juicy and fizzy. Slick drinkable palate. Clean and simple.

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