RATINGS: 268   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Inspired by crisp white wines, Saison Blanc features New Zealand hops, golden raisins and white pepper for a decidedly bright, spicy, and robust low ABV beer. Finished with Brettanomyces at packaging, this beer will evolve for many more years to come.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nealblind (2019) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Cloudy orange yellow pour big frothy head that stays. Aroma of barley,. honey, sweet yeast perfume. Tastes typical bananas yeast but then follow with harsh metallic bitter. Palate is creamy. Pepper leaves a dry staleness. An American hopped saison executed a bit botched. I’ve yet to have a lost Abbey beer that really impressed me.

anstei (2745) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - OCT 6, 2017
Bottle. Pours cloudy golden. Aroma is vinous, grapes, pepper, raisin. Body is medium, grapes, raisin, quite bitter, low carbonation, smooth, almost boozy. Sweet lingering grape palate. Good!

ALIBALI (2706) - Kiel, GERMANY - MAY 5, 2017
Limettobrettofreshosmell mundet im DRYWINEYMUSMASSAKER!!💀...lang champagney & doch auch stumpf verheft..nerdy 😉..375ml Flasche vom DeMolen Online Shop. Maybe 8Euro!? Hot Stuff....

Prokroustis (745) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - JAN 5, 2017
Cloudy pale golden colour, white head. Yeasty spicy aroma with mainly pepper, white grapes, a slight tart note. Medium body, ideal carbonation. Flavour has wheat, pepper, a hint of lemon, coriander, grapes.

djd07 (16298) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Bottle at GABF. Pours a cloudy yellow with medium white head that lasts. The aroma is yeast, funk, brett, spice. Medium body, spice, funk, yeast, light dry finish, very good.

__Rb81 (791) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2016
Bottle at home (vintage 2013, shared). Pours golden with a white head, small champagne like bubble. Aroma of malts, citrus, light funk, yeast. Taste is moderate bitter, light sweet and sour, lemon, yeast, malts, bitter aftertaste. Not bad, but not really picking up the raisins or pepper.

Nisse666 (8153) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2016
Bottle from de Molen web shop cons 2016-08-13 Göteborg AR: sweet sour yeasty, white peppery (according to Adam non RB), AP: cloudy golden, froth wee withe head F: sweet sour yeasty, white peppery, white grapes

snoworsummer (6276) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2016
2013 bottle from the brewery. Pours opaque cloudy gold with an extremely thick, bubbly, frothy off white head. Tastes like mild dried fruits, white wine, light spice and light funk. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like funky dried fruits, white wine, and light spice.

sonnycheeba (6561) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2016
2013 bottle. Pours Hazy gold with a thick pillow of off-white head. Aroma is pilsner and wheat malt, grassy and floral notes, apricot, and faint funk. Flavor is dry and juicy with nice citrus and apricot notes, some floral hop bitterness, cereal malt notes, and a slightly funky finish. Medium body.

corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Pours a cloudy and very dark gold color that kind of looks like apple cider with a massive three finger, pillowy foam head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting cap. Looks over carbonated taking forever to finally settle. Large chunks of soapy lacing left behind. Earthy, funky aroma with strong zesty spices, sweet vinous fruit and pale. Funky farmhouse yeast notes with musty brett, and prominent peppery spice. Hints of pepper, ginger and coriander along with bread, biscuit, apple, pear, raisin and citrus rind. Nice balance of farmhouse funk/yeast, ester-y light fruit, brett and spice. On the lighter end of medium bodied with lots of bubbly carbonation. Too much so for my preference. Very earthy and musty with nice farmhouse/saison like flavors. I don’t know if brett is added but it feels like it with a nice dry and earthy, Orval-like character. The pepper/spice flavor is pretty strong but not as prominent as in the nose. Zesty and peppery with hints of clove, ginger and coriander providing a nice compliment to the earthy funk. Bready yeast notes come in mid palate, giving the beer fullness and some needed balance. Still, I thought that there need a little more sweetness to counter the other flavors. The light fruit flavors found in the nose are minimal here and only come in on the back end. Just a touch of grape and apple cider-y flavor but the spices and funk dominate. Overall, this was a pretty decent beer but the carbonation level is too high for my liking and it comes off a bit one note. Okay but I wouldn’t seek it out again.

ClarkVV (6962) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2015
375mL bottle, early 2014, drunk 9/4/15.
Good clarity throughout the bronze-golden liquid. A touch of deeper amber peeks through. White head is initially large and foamy but rather steadily recedes to cover.
A lot more raisin in the nose than I would expect from a 17 month old bottle. Brett is rather funky, though, but fairly subtle, while saison yeast contributes a healthy amount of Belgian esters and light cellar/mustiness. Malt shows light caramel and is tempered by the peppery phenols (or maybe actual white pepper). No alcohol or flaws.
Tons of raisin in the flavor. Very odd, with just a tart, almost leathery brett presence further backed by peppery phenols and various earthy/musty notes. It’s almost got a sweet/sour thing going on between the malt and yeast character, while the texture is slick and watery with appropriate, ample carbonation (though somewhat relaxed with age). I think it’s a bit oxidized, though the flavor is a bit blurred between oxidation and what may just be odd raisiny flavors. Interesting and drinkable, but I’m not in love with the raisin flavor. The sweet, rich, rather dullish flavor works greatly against the bright/crisp/dry elements.

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