RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Editor's note: Prior to 2007 this was akin to a cross between a single and a saison. From 2007 onwards it has been a gruit. The 2007 version included aged hops in the recipe; the 2008 omits hops entirely. Both of these are seasoned with sweet gale, yarrow, and Labrador tea to bitter, and then finished with jasmine, lavender, orange blossom, and chamomile.

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Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Draught sample at the brewpub. Pours amber and hazy with a nice pillowy head. Smells of light citrus, a bit like a blonde ale, lots of herbal hints, heather. Tastes herbal and very citrussy. This is an excellent brew!

Oakes (17831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2008
Golden and cloudy. Even with no hops it has a nice head. A little toasty on the nose with lots of crazy spices - pepper, flowers, sage, orange. Complex and unconventional - reminds me of Saison Athene. Crazy floral, spicy notes. Soft body. Great malty sweetness and nutmeggy finish. Fresh and spicy, could be a good morning beer or a dessert beer.

Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2008
This is a crazy good belgian ale in the realm of something like cuvee des fluers, but this one is definitely unique. I love the use of flowers on this one. Pours a very hazy cloudy deep golden with a nice frother white head. Aroma is loaded with fresh cut flowers, and for some reason I kept thinking of ginger, although apparantly none is used- but yeah i can see the lavendar, and I dont really know what jasmine smells like to be honest. Definitely has a citrsuy orange flavor though- along with a flowery earthienss, and maybe even some alligator pepper- lemony spicy hints with the fresh doughy pale malts. Rediculously easy drinking. I had this on tap at the brewpub, but I also remember drinking a ton of this stuff at BWBD 07 last summer. Great beer!

muzzlehatch (4963) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2008
8 ounce glass at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT (May 2008), cask. Pours a pale very clear gold with a bit of quick-dying head, plenty of lacing in the glass.....excitingly fragrant and fresh herbal-gassy nose, hints of lemongrass and rosemary, slightly sharp....herbal-sweet balance in the boy is expertly done, sharp mineralic-grassy notes contrast beautiful with light sweet malts, earthy and faintly salty character growing as it warms....very dry, woody finish. I think this was actually described as an "English" pale ale on the menu and indeed it seems no less Anglo than Belgian -- it’s full of character and not really to any style; but to my taste anyway, it’s quite brilliant no matter what you call it.

notalush (5883) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Tap at the brewpub - clear golden, fizzy pour out of the tap - huge lavender and lemon grass aroma - semi-tart, with earthy, hay/grass qualities and a strong grain/wheat flavor - lavender and other wildflowers are potent in the mix, but work quite well and balance against one another so as not to become overpowering - very nice.

jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2008
On draft at brewpub. Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with very little, white head. The aroma is bready and also spicy and herbal. It is hard to pinpoint the aroma, but I like it. Then I looked at the description - lavender, jasmine, yarrow, and tea leaves. That would explain the alluring and complex herbal aromas I guess. The flavor follows the nose, with some bready, cracker tasting malts along with that dose of interesting spices. The finish is dry with some subtle citrus - perhaps from hops, perhaps from the orange peel (probably from both). The mouthfeel is well-carbonated and medium-full in body. Overall, this was a very pleasant and interesting beer. I was surprised at how drinkable it was and how well the flavors blended after reading how they added everything but the kitchen sink... A very nice beer.

JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2007
This belgian has notes of floral and light sdpiced fruits. The peppery yeast notes show well with a balanced bitter finish that drinks smooth.

swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2007
BCTC 2007. Enjoyed this one. Floral, jasmine, lavender. Tad on the sweet side. Perfumy. Nice

bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2007
(Draught) Pours a clear golden body with a medium white head. Aroma of florals (esp. lavender), perfume, toast, and light grass. Flavor of floral, herbs, light fruitiness, and yeast with a dry, lightly chalky finish.

TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Draft @ BCTC. Pours golden yellow with a thin white head. Nose has a lot of spices. Too much, in fact. Flavor is equally spicey and lightly sweet and citrusy. Like Eric, I couldn’t really handle all the spice.

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