RATINGS: 318   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
A Belgian style Saison (or Farmhouse Ale) brewed with a blend of British Pale and German Pils malt and hopped with East Kent Goldings. Fermented with a special proprietary yeast which imparts its dry, spicy character. Golden orange in color.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2006
Pours to a golden body with a nice white head. The aroma is lemony, spicy, yeasty, bananas. The flavor is lemons, nice hoppiness, yeasty. The palate is very sharp. Over-carbonated and very hard to drink because of that.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2006
Bottle. Thanks to footbalm for the trade. Pours a beautiful golden brown with a nice white head. WoW, what a mouthfull. Very carbinated and dry were my first impressions. Has a bitter, zesty taste. Notes of lemon and grapefruit. Not sure what else to get out of it really. This is my first Saison. Not to bad. I guess I will just have to try some more to appreciate it more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2006
Pours a beautiful golden straw yellow with a slight haze and a nice fluffy long lasting head and kickass lace. When it is cold, the aroma is almost no-existant, but when it warms it actually becomes very nice and is remarkably similar to a traditional saison like Dupont. Must be the exact dupont strain. Aroma is the traditional saison character- slightly salty, leather, sweet malt and spicy phenols, that get very powerful as it reaches cellar temps. Flavor is nice and phenolic, spicy light pepper, clove, more leather and farmhouse notes, and moderately bitter. Finishes very smooth and very dry- exactly to style. This is a perfect American interpretation of a Belgain saison. The next bottle I get, I will have side-by-side with a dupont to see which is better. This is much much better than I expected. I have already decided that the next time I see a case of this, I will buy it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 26, 2006
Bottles from Doclock, hopdog.

Pours yelow with a huge lasting white head. Smells perfumey with flowers, some grass, sugar, and lemons as the most obvious. Tastes of wheat, coriander, some really nice rosey elements and a spicey finish. Reminded me of something Fantome would make. Many thanks for this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 23, 2006
glossy golden yellow color, clear with tons of bubbles racing up the body. fairly thin pillowy tall white head. aroma is yeasty malt and funky citrus rind like kumquat. very high carbonation, the first bottle was a gusher. starts a bit dry and yeasty, but gets malty sweet like rock candy syrup. finish is back to dry and some white pepper. nice crowd pleaser.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
freekyp (2042) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2006 All hopped up on Goldings and ready for summer, Sly Fox put their own spin on this classic farmhouse style by adding a plentiful bitter finish courtesy of classic English hops. With a yeasty aroma and towering white head, this brew almost stings the tongue with tight active carbonation, and bop bitterness. Fruity and peppery throughout, this is a very American take on a very Belgian style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - APR 2, 2006
This saison pours a light gold color from a 22 oz special wedding gift bottle, shared by egajdzis at OBriens. Large sized white foamy head. Aroma is slightly spicy, somewhat fruit and sweet. A medium bodied saison. Malts are fruity and sweet, slightly spicy. Sweet and spicy, somewhat floral, with a touch of pepper. Light and refreshing beer. Nice saison. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2006
22 oz special wedding gift bottle, shared by egajdzis at OBriens. Pours golden, mostly clear with a large foamy white head. Sweet malty aroma, with yeast and herbs, a little smoke (?), light citrus notes and spice. Flavor featured spice and bitter herbs, earthy notes, a bit of hoppiness and very astringent. Medium body and foamy carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Bottle: Pale straw, very cloudy, brisk carbonation, large sudsy white head, clumpy lacing. Sweet citrus based yeasty nose, a hint of Tang. Both sweet and tart on the tongue, tangy, bready, but the citrus sweetness is a bit more subtle. Very light pepper. Moderate to full body and mouthfeel. Sweeter example, less floral, a bit more Tang like powdery flavor. I still enjoyed it. Thanks Steve for the bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2006
03.29.06 750ml bottle. Pale golden with medium but quick white head of large bubbles. Aroma is citrusy wheat with some weediness, little funk, rusty apples and pears. Flavor is a slow starter - up front its dry and tart and a bit on the sweet side, fruitier than expected, but as it lingers on the palate, the flavor explodes. Emerging spices are carried by simultaneously emerging eff as the palates warmth releases the beauty of this beer, fruits, light honey, floral yeastiness, and mild grasses. The flavor onslaught quickly yields to a quick dry finish. Its a beer of transistions, which, I suppose, might be construed as complexity - maybe not. I think its worth socking a few of these away.

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