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RATINGS: 227   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
New Belgiums seasonal release, Saison, pays tribute to Belgian farmhouse ales brewed to celebrate the fall harvest. Pale bronze in color, our Saison is slightly spicy and delicately hopped. A sweet malty note glides along with herbal tones produced by an authentic Belgian yeast strain. The finish is surprisingly dry.
Originally, local brewers crafted Saison beers for seasonal workers in the farming community to enjoy at the end of their day. With typical hoppy character and an intriguing Belgian twist, Saison will appeal to hop lovers and wheat beer drinkers alike. Whether youre pushing a plow or a pile of paper work, Saison will help you bask in the afterglow of a job well done.
Saison - Enjoy the season.
Pale bronze in color, this delicately hopped ale has a bright, yeasty, artisanal quality worthy of toasting those long autumn sunsets.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kyzr (1464) - Montana, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Light orange with white head. Notes of a spice future for my palate on the nose. Has an interesting yeast flavor with ripe citrus and bananas and maybe an apple thrown in there too.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
pinkzambia (1929) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Bottle: Clear gold with lots of bubbles rising to the top creating a white fizzy head. Malty aroma of rich spices and ripe bananas. The flavors are interesting - in some ways it is close to some hefes. I noticed flavors of cola, yeast and bananas. It is easy and smooth to drink as far as the feel, but I am not sure I want this beer to be that easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IndianaRed (4320) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Bottle pours a light slightly hazy orange bronze with a thin quick off white head. Aroma of soft spices and floral hops. Flavor was quite bland, subdued and thin. I expected a much more bold spice flavor profile. It seems to me that NB is trying top introduce a "Saison" for the masses and trying to hard not to alienate its regualr customers with something to wierd. Tons of the stuff showed up at the local co-op the other day so it appears to be "un"-retired. Maybe it still should be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Whew...the aroma is one of the spiciest Ive encountered: cloves, allspice, floral perfumes. There is an overlying impression of black tea, the palate is especially deceiving - hitting the back and sides of the tongue where beer doesnt usually make itself known. Sits on the back of the throat. Something else of note, this beer doesnt seem so have that bite associated with spice-laden beer - its actually very smooth finishing with an out-of-nowhere sweetness that gives me the impression of band-aid - maybe its the lavender. Unusual.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2006
12oz. Employee Bottled thanks to Crosling. Clear golden color with a good sized white head. Floral, fruity aroma of green apples, coriander and hops. Flavor is mildly sweet and very fruity. Green apples, tropical fruits, coriander are the flavors that stand out the most with some earthy yeastiness. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (14386) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2006
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a clear gold with a large, lastin white head. Aromas of pineapple, yeast,light spice and a hint of mustiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of apples and a hint of spice with a clean, dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Thanks to Nick for the bottle. Pours gold with a nice size, lasting head. Smells like corn though, with just the faintest amount of earthy funk. Taste is sweet and corny but Im not going to let this beer trick me. In fact, it reminds me of Stella Artois meets McKenzie Saison. Weird... but sort or addictive. So, I give this stuff a real mixed rating and hopefully the great folks in Ft Collins will have this stuff available all wee at GABF 06. Cheers!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Bottle. Thanks. Deep golden in color with a nice white head. Citrusy malty aroma. Corn notes. Cooked vegetables? Malty and citrusy flavor. Yeasty. Coriander. Finish is dry. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Pours a hazy yellowish/gold color. Aromas of tart fruit, bread, hint of citrus. Flavor is malty/citrus. Leaves a yeasty orange aftertaste. Not for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (9882) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2005
Orange-gold, clear; small whitish head. Very flowery nose, with aromas of special grains, coriander-like with a streak of caramel. Human sweat, coriander, phenolic, bit Brett-like, citruspeel, very "farmyard", anyway. Slightly burning MF, ending a bit watery. Not exactly uplifting beer. Search again.

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