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RATINGS: 813   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 treats–a beer as refreshing as it is complex. 7.3% ABV.
2010 GABF Silver Medal Winner

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3.4
wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Tasted in mid-2011 from a 12oz bottle at Lush West Town, bottled on 4/5/11. Pours hazy golden with an average bubbly white head that slowly recedes to spotty lace. The nose is spicy and earthy with light hay malt, and just a hint of barnyard. The flavor is malty up front with just a hint of sweetness that quickly disappears, leaving spicy yeast and a very dry, lightly funky finish. The body is light with lively carbonation and a long, dry, and slightly funky finish.

3.3
flatmatt (1587) - Northville, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a palish golden with a white head. Yeasty bubble gum aroma with pear/green apple. Flavor is floral, herbal, with bubble gum and some apple; a little residual honey flavor. It’s okay, just not interesting.

4.3
maltdog (626) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Bottle into tulip. Straw colored with floaties, highly carbonated, an endlessly morphing two finder head. Musky, spicy/floral aromas- I get yeast, cantaloupe, barnyard, violet, caramel, wet wool, metal shavings, sycamore tree… Flavor is much more crisp and fruity than I expected from the nose; sweetish, citric, chamomille and pepper, lychee, five spice. The palate is light, gassy, and sharp as ice shards. Kind of a Sprite and brettanomyces aftertaste. Leaves the tounge tingling. A complex and refreshing beer that is exemplary of the style. Even better than Saison Dupont.

4
brokensail (16486) - 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
DrnkMcDermott (3108) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Single bottle, $1.90 at Binny’s in August. The other two beers I got with this were well past their prime. Can’t imagine a saison wouldn’t age well, but let’s jkust tkae this now. Label says "Bottled on Apr 04, 2011." A bit of oxidation when opened; hope that’s 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
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
jredmond (8338) - 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.

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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 doesn’t linger quite as long as I wanted it to. Good complex aroma. Medium body, but crisp. Good overall balance.

2.4
Cavie (4725) - 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
PlainsDrifter (96) - 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 isn’t my style of beer that I prefer. Too tart for my liking.


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