RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
This saison was a small collaboration with an eatery in the Wicker Park area of Chicago, so we wanted this beer to be easily paired with food.

The initial idea was a saison with citrus flavors, so we took notes and went to work on a test batch. Pleased with the test batch, we moved to the large system. The amounts of spices translated to 3#s of peppercorns, 1.5#s of fresh rosemary, and the peels from 20#s of clementines on the 15bbl system. This beer also did all of its fermentation above 80F, peaking at around 88F. What we have as a result is a very aromatic, freshly citrus beer with all the great characteristics of a Belgian farmhouse ale. The ABV on this brew is a hefty 8.3% so dont let the delicacy fool you.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (23944) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2013
3rd November 2011
Hazy amber beer, little white head. Nice fruity creamy nose. Smooth palate, a little dry and a little soft. Tangy syrupy fruits - orange and apricot. Trace of brett then a slight basil thing going on. Smooth semi dry finish with a trace of bubblegum. Nice saison but a little soft round the edges.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (12466) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Sample at the Central OH BA Tasting at From The Vine on 06/02/2012: The beer is a slightly hazy orange-gold color with a medium thin white head that diminishes quickly to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of fruit, herbs and malt. Medium body with a floral character and notes of yeast, fruit and sweet spice. The finish is sweet with a citrus aftertaste. Above average overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9844) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2011
22 oz. bottle purchased at the brewpub the night before Dark Lord Day. Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a small white head that lasts. Awesome aroma that pops out of the glass, with rosemary, clove, clementine oranges (yeah, I read the label first, so what), floral and herbal notes, sweet malts, and hay. Flavor of floral hops, rosemary, clove, sweet malts, sugar, apricot, and more of those nice clementines. Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a dry, floral mouthfeel. I loved this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (9822) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Sample @ DLD 2011. Pours a clear orange amber color with a fleeting medium sized white head. The aroma has moderately sweet citrus, herbal and floral hops with some orange peel and grass. The flavor hasmoderate citrus, some acidity, herbal notes with some dry grass. Interesting, but the parts never seemed to come together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (7111) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. A fun name. A copper colored beer with an almost white head. A very nice aroma. Spices and barnyard. Flavor is equally pleasant. It is dry and fruity. Citrus, especially oranges. Plenty of spices, perhaps too much. This was fun but is not a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (7111) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Flossmoor, IL). Pours a nice dulled amber pour, almost some touches of dark near brownish apple sauce. Well hazed with a big fluffy and cakey offwhite head atop. Some glow, fairly hazy. Aromas are sweet breads, honey, and orange rind, a tart citrusy bite with some pepper and light spicy yeast. A lot of orange as it warms. Initial is medium bodied throwing a big dose of tart orange citrus up front, oils from the rind and touches of yeasty spice move into bread dough, some toast, pale malts and some light spicy yeast, sweet honey and apples. A gorgeous lacing, moving into a more dry and bitter finish, but the mellow sweetness returns into the lingering aftertaste. Some mellow pepper, a touch of spicy yeast, the orange seems to dominate it and some light fruity esters hide behind the bigger citrus bite. Its got some sweetness going on, but I feel the orange peel (copious at that) keeps it at bay. Light spiciness, as it warms more there is some more of the peppercorn apparent in the lingering finish. I liked this, a lot of orange and fairly dry, the sweetness stays at bay and the peppercorns start to show up in the finish. Not your typical Saison, but an interesting and palatable Belgian Ale that doesnt show the alcohol warmth it seems to have. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle and served in mu big ole Tripel Karmeliet tulip: Pours a slightly hazy deep golden hue with a lasting fizzy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of pepper, clove, tangerines, orange zest, flowers, hayfields, bready and biscuity malts, some crystal and candi sugar too. The taste is pretty one dimensional, spicy and fruity with a grainy undertone. Not as crisp and refreshing as I would like in a Saison. Additional the alcohol does become a bit intrusive as it warmed. The mouth feel is a tad chewy and tea baggy, strange astringent tone that should not be there (perhaps from the spices?). Nice to try once but unless the recipe is tweaked, I will not be revisiting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (5453) - Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2011
22 ouunce bomber that pours a hazy dark orange with aromas of tangerine, orange zest, sugar and biscuits. Flavor matches the aroma and leves a kumquaty aftertaste. Really enjoyable brew for grilling.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Thanks yourefragile for sharing this beer. Served in a snifter. Good name; bad beer. Thats the gist of it. Pours a fairly clear orange color with a thin white head and a thin collar throughout. Smells like earth and old orange peel. Musty and kind of gross. A bit of garbage. It smells just a touch, just a tad of garbage can. Maybe old fruit? I dont like it. The flavor is similar and not an improvement. More fruit there, but odd. Very odd. Moldy clementine peel. This is quite bad. Im sorry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thegreenrooster (4228) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2011
Pour is a cloudy blonde with a small white head. Aroma is estery with some spicy and fruit. Flavor is extremly yeasty and fruity with a lot of citrus hop and some funk. A nice pepper is left ont he tounge as this goes down. Very nice and tasty saison and probably the best of the style Ive sampled in 2011 so far.

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