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RATINGS: 557   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Brewed with traditional harvest grains. Surette is a provision Saison with a tart and vinous character from extended barrel aging.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (4172) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 11, 2016
bottle @ The Beer Trappe / Lexington KY --- Aroma of fresh grain light yeast. Cloudy medium orange amber color, off-white head with a light orange tint, sheets of lace. Taste is malt in medium carbonation that is attacked by strong souring. The sour moves clearly to a vinous character, combining the taste of wine and sour malt. Very interesting. And so much stronger than I expected. But, it does refresh, and it does awaken my appetite in a positive way. It would be too much to have more than one of these in a session.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5839) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2016
375ml bottle at Eronel, Dubuque. Funky leather sour barrel tone. Tart and tangy. Kind of leaning into all out sour territory, whereas the Vielle still seemed like a traditional version. Pungent, deep fruity sour tones. Pretty fantastic US Sour. Cant believe Im drinking this at a show. 10 dollars. Tart apricot leathery tang. Solid, but not a Saison anymore.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (2699) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed at Dougs house on July 04 for the first beer Ive brewed with him! 375 mL bottle. The pour is a darker amber color with a large frothy white head that roils down leaving a bit of lace behind. The aroma is full of barnyard funk. There is a light tartness, but its all spice and funk. Im not getting a whole lot else. I cant say I care for it. The flavor is a little different with a nice addition of some lemon zest, but its a little messy. It gets pretty vinous on the finish, which isnt really what Id like to see in a saison. Its an interesting beer, but definitely seems a little messy. The mouth feel is lighter and crisp with a lightly sour funky lemon on the back end with a lot of dustiness. Hmm. Im not sure how I feel about this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (4713) - BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2016
Another one from this American saison specialist, batch 15 so a vintage bottle of now two years old. Delicately papery lacing, medium thick, egg-white, irregular head, lightly hazy warm orange blonde colour with somewhat pinkish hue, turning more opaque peach-orange with yeast sediment added. Aroma strongly reminiscent of buttermilk, next to impressions of fruit yoghurt, lemon zest, melting butter, tulips, orange, peach, pineapple slices in syrup, goat cheese, wet hay, white bread, gooseberry, sweet white wine, white pepper, dry earth, wet wood but subtly so in spite of the oak ageing. Crisp, lively fruity onset, apricot, yellow plum and a lot of gooseberry, tart with a yoghurty sourness and even a lemony acidity that cuts through the whole palate without becoming too sharp or puckering; effervescent, smooth, supple body. Soft bready malt middle, caramelly touch, sweetish but well in balance with the vinous tartness, which dominates the finish amidst lingering malt sweetness, retronasal yoghurt with peach and subtle drying woody notes; a brief hint of earthy, dim hoppiness is there but provides structure behind the scenes rather than actual bitterness. Softly tart, vinous, very fruity and yoghurty, this is a very pretty sour ale with a diary-like main character but very well crafted and beautifully balanced with enough sweetness to provide body and rotundity, though it is still the lemony sour theme that gets the last word. Crisp, quenching and very refreshing too, key factors in any good saison even in the modern sense of the word, i.e. at 6.2% ABV and in this case turned into a sour much more than any traditional Belgian saison would be.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9643) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2016
Bottle. Hazy yellow, lively white head. Awesome big bretty presence, with clean crackery malts, zesty lemon, and spicy undertones. Just love these beers.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gegwilson (3400) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2016
Bottle from Favourite Beers, Cheltenham. Cloudy amber with a frothy white head. Rich sour lemony brett aroma. The taste is really zingy tart lemon curd. Light oak too. Crisp and refreshing. Great.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DiarmaidBHK (4269) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2016
Draft at liquor express. Pours golden with a thin white head. Leaves trace lacing in the glass. Big barnyard and funk on the nose. Lots of horse blanket flavor on the tongue along with some tartness. Finished clean. Lovely saison! I see why people are so Smokey and the Bandit about it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6516) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2016
On tap @ falling rock, pulpy orange with no head , aroma of oranges and wheat sour, flavor is thick orange grape fruit juice , sour lactic

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokestereo (307) - SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2016
Pours golden with with small white head. Aroma; Vineous, apples and lemon. Taste; Vineous, green apples, lemon and oak.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jc1762 (959) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2016
Tap into a wine glass showing a finger of clean white foam on top of well filtered hay yellow. The nose shows a citric forwardness of fresh and ripe lemon with a robust malt backbone. The palate is moderately carbonated and light to medium bodied. Medium tartness throughout with flavors of light citrus but a strong citric zesty bitterness that permeates the beer; distracting and overpowerful. The bitterness reaches into the finish and not a lot of maltiness to balance it out.


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