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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Saison Bernice is an exquisitely fermented farmhouse ale. Dry and refreshing Bernice is made of the freshest on-hand and locally available ingredients. She saw multiple yeast additions including Brettanomyces and further bottle aging. Drink now or cellar properly. Saison Bernice will endure. The beer in this bottle is alive. So is the yeast. Grow it, keep it, use it. We encourage you to brew your own.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joet (2595) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Pale golden/apricot color slightly hazy with fine white foam. High effervescence, spritzy. Mild astringency. Beautiful aroma hay, citrus fruit oranges and touch of grapefruit - medium full. Acidic and sharp on the tongue, lightly sour. Mild white vinous notes. Second pour, buoyed yeast bodies, large. More barnyard aromas emerging as it warms, 51 degrees. Admittedly off-put by the dreadlock chunk of yeast that broke free from the bottom and moved into the glass, this beer is now becoming more and very charming. Citrus tang with a touch of phenol, clove, becoming more apparent as it warms 54 degrees. In a bright and good direction.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (1405) - Bled/SF, - APR 16, 2017
[email protected] taproom: pours golden cloudy with foamy white head. Aroma-flavour: funk, grapes, notes of tropical fruits and citruses, crisp, bready, wheat-like malt notes. Finish is dry, astringent and tart, body is moderate medium/medium, texture is smooth, carbonation is moderate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tapefuzz (372) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 31, 2017
750mL bottle at Hill Farmstead, Greensboro Bend, VT. Pours cloudy yellow with a large, fluffy white head. Aroma is tart lemon, yeast funk, some grass, and a good amount of wood. Taste is similar; sour lemon and lots of funk, filled out with the addition of wood, some hay, a little white wine grape, and a touch of lime. Somewhat reminiscent of a gueuze. Clean, dry finish. Light/ight-medium body. Smooth carbonation. Creamy, pillowy mouthfeel. This one lives up to the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (1010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2017
Aromas of yeast and barnyard funk. Lightly tart body of sour lemon citrus, showing yeasty undertones and floral components. Lingers with well-integrated spice and crisp white wine flavors. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wombat23 (1229) - Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2017
Sample at Ratebeer Best. Hazy yellow, minimal white head. Aroma and taste of tart fruit, funk, white wine, yeast, spice, floral notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anstei (1975) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 29, 2017
At RBBest. Pours hazy yellow. Aroma is strong saison yeast, with some grassy hops. Body is medium with a light sourness, tart and crisp, refreshing. Funky palate. Good balance, very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9980) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 29, 2017
At Ratebeer Best. Pours cloudy gold with a modest white head and a fruity aroma. There is a slightly sour pale malt flavor with a dry finish. Easy to drink with lots of flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
radarsock (1184) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2017
Bytemesis supplied, many thanks!
750 mL bottle.
No bottle date to be found.

The bleak western-drabness of its stickered label actually made it stand out with me. It was so glaringly simple yet the choice of playful colors (red, black, and light beige) was stunningly meticulous as to how they were used.
To red wine glass, it pours a cloudy light orange that a snowy white head attached itself up on. Wonderful.
The aroma is an assault of tropical fruit sexiness, springtime flowers, and sourdough yeast starters. I managed to retrieve guava, dried mangoes, canned pineapple juice, fresh sourdough, clementine zest, and wheat upon taking my first few sniffs. All sensations remained unbearably the same even after the 10 minute mark, though a touch of algae, soured milk, farmhouse yeast, and peas did oversee some small part of action lingering in the back.
Altogether flavor is what I could best describe as "cocktail-in nature": expensive champagne, orange and clementine juice, table sugar, dry bitters, and lime. This almost perfectly represents the mimosa. I havent tried Hill Farmsteads glorious attempt, but I can only guess its just as good - though Id probably reckon that there would be an overabundance of orange juice in the flavor. This one doesnt really have much tropical sting aside from whats riding in the background faintly muttering out of the loud choruses of funk, champagne, and pale malts. Rice malt experienced alongside sweat, crushed coriander, pea water, wildflower honey,and noble hops convincingly at swallow.
An inventively sturdy sour milkiness hides a barely-existing alcohol heat in its maltose bosom, burning bright and massive, until my next sip. Lavender only merely hinted at after its swallow.
This is a fantastic saison: just as good as anything Ive had from HF.
I may have been wondering if the abv was higher while I was on a half-glass of this beauty, because feeling the burn was an inevitable occurrence. It wasnt potent, but certainly wouldnt be misremembered.
Age this on fruit and you will have the best sasion the world has ever known.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (36459) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2017
Draft. A hazy golden beer with a white head. The aroma has notes of brettanomyces, malt, lemons, and straw. The flavor is sweet with notes of lemons, straw, and malt, leading to a tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sjogro (3557) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2016
Shared from bottle at Maakun. Clear palish golden with thin head. Dank cellar, sweet grain, white grapes, champagne. Subtley sweetened gueuze. Light sweet and sour and bitter. Medium body, soft carbonation, chalky dry. Very nice complex stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maakun (4932) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2016
Bottle shared at home. Clear golden with bubbly white head that leaves a small ring of bubbles. Soft honey, soft funk, hay, grass, light lemon, quite some fresh malts and bread. Some American funk, light spicy yeast. Soft champagne in the finish. Light sweet sour and bitter. Medium bodied with soft fizzy carbonation. Another great SARA beer.

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