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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Inspired by the classic French Farmhouse Ale, our interpretation gets its deep ruby red hue from a hint of caramel and dark chocolate malts. The citrus spice of Saaz hops provides a perfect balance and gives each sip a refreshing, peppery finish.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (13430) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Draft at GABBF. Bright amber color, small tan head, solid lacing. Aroma of bitter and peppery caramel. Taste is similar with light chocolate. Not bad.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2012
Filtered amber without much head. Kind of boring caramel aroma with light phenols. Similar flavour. This is bland amber ale, quite disappointing.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 12, 2012
(12oz bottle, courtesy of mar) Pours a clear amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of raisins, anise, dates, caramel, and toasted rye bread. Flavor of toasted bread, raisins, chocolate, caramel, and anise.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (11889) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle drank at Hill Farmstead while waiting for the Harvest Festival VIP session to begin, Vermont. Pours clear, golden-brown with a fine, frothy cap. Moderate yeast in the nose, brown bread, subtle ripe fruits. Medium sweet flavor with faintly toasted bread, light yeast, some faint berries. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation. Sweet finish with further notes of yeast and brown bread, along with light caramel and brown sugar. Decent balance, very smooth character.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (11600) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Sort of caramel/brown in color with an off-white head. Heavy on the yeast aroma with a bit of pepper and some spicy noble hop aromas. A hint of chocolate (chocolate malt?) and some faint caramel. The flavor has a definite banana character and there is some pepper, yeast, and dark fruit to it, too. The malt is sweet, but the beer is also a touch watery. Overall a decent beer, but not great.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11531) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Bottle from the Folsom Whole Foods. Pours dark copper with a foamy/fizzy 3 finger beige head. Aroma is yeast/spice, malt and earth. Med body or better. Flavor is very yeast/spice with some dark, near chocolate, malt and quite a bit of citrus/grass hop. Finishes prickly bitter, and definitely earth. Unusual, but it’s a very tasty drink. Seems well underrated.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11227) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2012
on tap-pours dark copper with a tan head. Aroma is medium malt, fruit. Taste is Sweet medium malt-roasty, medium/dark fruit, yeast.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11094) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Bottle. Poured a clear dark ruby color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate sweet malt and floral hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. I enjoyed this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10220) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting creamy amber headf. Aromas of burnt carmel, cola, spice, light yeast and light fruittiness. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, cola, spice, light yeast and a hint of fruittiness with a smooth lingering carmel finish.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (9556) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Draft… Clear, deep copper ale with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Fantastic retention. The aroma presents caramel and dark fruits. Light to medium-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and airy carbonation. The flavor is perfectly-balanced, but thin and bland. The only things I can draw from it are mashed grain and traces of toffee and cotton candy. Finishes short, crisp and clean. Not very saison-like – no spices or herbs detected in the aroma or flavor. French Farmhouse Ale? Even that is pushing it. However, this is not at all offensive or unpleasant.


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