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RATINGS: 792   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Our homage to the beers that have quenched the thirst of Belgian farm workers for centuries. Brewed with barley, wheat and rice and fermented at high temperatures with a special blend of four different yeast strains, Saison is fruity and slightly tart, with a dry finish that makes it that rarest of treatsa beer as refreshing as it is complex. 7.3% ABV.
2010 GABF Silver Medal Winner

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 13, 2011
A: The pour is a fairly clear straw color with a massive white head that eventually settles down. S: Quite a lot of fruity esters to the aroma. Heavy on the banana and pear notes, but lots of citrus going on, too. There is a touch of tart apple and lemon peel and some light malt and straw. Very nice. T: The flavor is somewhat light, but in a good/refreshing way. Banana sweetness followed by sweet pears. A touch of citrus peel bitterness, yeast, and light spices. A little bit of bready malt sweetness, too. M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation and a crispness to the finish. O: A really great saison. I found this to be a fantastic beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (3075) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Single bottle, $1.90 at Binnys in August. The other two beers I got with this were well past their prime. Cant imagine a saison wouldnt age well, but lets jkust tkae this now. Label says "Bottled on Apr 04, 2011." A bit of oxidation when opened; hope thats just the headspace. A very visible layer of yeast in the bottom of the bottle, but I got a clear golden pour into my glass, where the oxidation is gone, leaving a more zesty wheat malt and warm ferment nose. On first sip, the main impression is of some very tight bubbles like champagne. Which goes well with a dry, slightly tart beer like this. Yep, this drinks pretty light, with slightly toasted malts, a little spice, and a clean finish, but an undeniably complex Franco-Belgian bon-bon. Goes down quickly, which may make it all the more dangerous.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into chalice. Appearance: Pale, hazy yellow with rapidly vanishing head that does not leave much behind. Aroma: Sweet with candi sugar and banana. Very light clove and white pepper. Taste: Fairly sweet taste as well, with a focus on banana, some tropical fruit, sugar and light wheat and rice. Finish dries up somewhat with light clove and spiciness. Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Not quite as dry or effervescent as desired in a really good Saison. Overall: Some nice flavors here, but hampered slightly by the mouthfeel. Great Divide makes some great American/English ales, but they have yet to prove to me that they can make an excellent Belgian brew, although this is damn close. Quite enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (8096) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Backlog from April 2010. Bottle split with Pat and Tony. Pours a cloudy gold with a white head. Aroma is clove, banana and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of banana, clove, citrus, wheat, and yeast - very refreshing.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
leakyrivet (7) - Missouri, USA - AUG 13, 2011 does not count
1st bottle from 6 pack. Pours a slightly hazy golden straw. Crisp white head that doesnt linger quite as long as I wanted it to. Good complex aroma. Medium body, but crisp. Good overall balance.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cavie (4642) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2011
Bottle From Cap & Hare. I pretty much got all yeast sludge. Pours a milky brown tan color. Smells sour, funky and yeasty. Flavor is grains, yeast, some funk and light fruit.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PlainsDrifter (95) - Adelphi, Maryland, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a fluffy white head that lingers. Aroma of yeast, doughy, orange. Has a sour tartness to the start, smooth finish. Medium carbonation. Flavor of orange, spice, lemon grass. This isnt my style of beer that I prefer. Too tart for my liking.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (2159) - Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2011
This is what I think of when I think about a solid, refreshing beer thats good for hot Florida summer days. Doesnt get caught up in a gaudy price tag, has a minor funk edge to go with some lightly sweet peach notes. Crisp. I suppose this is my 700th rating. Thats cool I guess.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spookgolds (241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2011
got this in a summer case, nice citrus/lemon aroma while taste is citrus with a tart finish. nice hazy, unfiltered golden pour.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (10072) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark golden with a fluffy white head that is mostly lasting. The aroma is yeast, doughy, slight orange citrus,soapy floral notes with toasted bread. The flavor is lemon grass, orange zest, toasted malts, bread, doughy yeast, with a mildly tart somewhat herbal finish. Medium bodied and fairly dry. This is an average saison.


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