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RATINGS: 317   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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An homage to the monk’s noble work, this unique farmhouse ale is incredibly complex with notes of lemon, pepper, straw and herbs balanced by the tang of Mandarin oranges and a spicy kick of pepper. The Mandarin oranges used to make this beer were locally grown, including a portion grown on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux and picked by hand by the community of monks living there. We hope you enjoy this collaboration ale.

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4.1
flatmatt (1576) - Northville, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2013
375 mL bottle. Pours a golden amber with a white head. Yeasty aroma heavy on clove, peppery spice hints. Peppery spice and perky orange zest lead the flavor into clove and pear and herbal notes, even a hint of aniseed. A nice, varied array of flavors that go together really well.

3.6
djd07 (14507) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2013
On tap at Hay Merchant. Pours a cloudy gold with mediun frothy white head leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is strong yeast, clove, spice, and light citrus. Thin mouthfeel with strong spice notes upfront with light dry finish. Very good.

3.7
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 21, 2013
375ml C+C bottle into a goblet. Julian date puts this one at June 18th, 2013. Pours a rather clear amber body. Awfully dark for a saison. A fingers worth of thick white foam with nice lacing but minimal retention. Aroma is of dried oranges, cloves, pepper, wheat, and yeast. Awfully earthy and the mandarins are noticeable, I was just hoping for something a bit fruitier. Taste is subtle oranges, grass, and wheat with a somewhat harsh wave of pepper and earthiness washing it over. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall this is just decent, especially given the price point. It’s also much better when colder.

3.8
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Pours clear and a deep golden with an orange hue. Streaming effervescence and plenty of tall, pillowy head to last and last. Left passionate lace. Nose was mandarin oranges, light and sweet and pepper as promised. Deep but not heavy spice with a little coriander and a stone fruit back drop that hints of peaches. Belgian yeast on the nose and it’s tart and a little sour. There is sweet clover honey on the nose too . The malt is light caramel and a little bread. Floral and dry . Taste follows all the way. The light caramel is pretty sweet and steps out a little too far to overshadow the tart and sour yeast just a bit. The bread gives it palate and nuance. The fruits are sweet and juicy and deep. The spices dry it out a little and take it to a dry finish. There’s some wheat dryness as well and when it all comes together in the finish, that caramel is not what lingers in the aftertaste. The balance was a little off and a little towards the malt but it’s not unpleasant or cloying. It does drink a little heavy but the pepper and orange in the aftertaste are worth it. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is lively and adds to the refreshment.

This is a stand up saison that combines a very sweet fruit character with a deep malt and comes up a winner with some honey and a spice that tingles. The pepper is so well done and authentic. The That pepper smacks at the back of the throat and stays there throughout the drink keeping a decent balance. There’s lemon as it warms and that adds to the drink and lets the spice really shine through.

3.3
Geokkjer (7627) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle. Pours golden with a creamy off white head. Aroma of fruitiness, some spicy yeast, malt and orange. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some caramel, yeast and citrus. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.5
Meilby (11495) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle 375ml @ Motel Room, Motel 6, Kingman, AZ
Pours clear deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, yeast, pepper, orange, herbal and hint of alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long yeasty, fruity, pepper and slightly dry finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

3.1
yngwie (17053) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle, 375ml corked. A dense, finger-thick off-white head sits on top of a lightly hazy dark golden body. The aroma is rather banana-ish and toffee-ish, with a faint spiced touch and some orange. Spiced hints too, not much Saison yeast impact. The alcohol is detectable in both nose and mouth. The flavor is quite sweet, with banana, toffee, a spiced hint and orange. Full body, soft and smooth, with a little alcohol warmth. Some bitterness in the else sweet finish with banana, some toffee and spices. Not much of a saison this one, but quite decent anyway. 130819

3.4
dfinney23 (3269) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Pours orange with a nearly white head. Pepper and citrus aroma (shocker!) Taste is caramel and citrus with the pepper coming on in the finish.

3.7
BillWyce (1086) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2013
From notes: Poured hazy orange-amber with a 1-finger white head. Pleasant aroma of citrus and spices, with a mild earthy note beneath. Medium body, lightly oily with a mild astringency to the finish. Flavor is of orange, with notes of spice and a touch of caramel. Takes on some earthy yeast notes as it warms. Liked this a lot.

3.5
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2013 Draft at coles. Gold pour with a thin white head. Smells big on tangerine and yeast. Taste is sweet citrus with bubblegum and a dry pepper finish.


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