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RATINGS: 319   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
deyholla (12583) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Bottle shared by Kyle at the Winter Solstice. Poured a pale gold with a white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of floral and fruit with a backing yeast and grain note. Flavor was similar with floral, fruit and sweet grain coming through with a bit of soap in the finish.

3
jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2007
on tap-pours a foamy white head and hazy yellow color. Aroma is musty, spice. Taste is clove, spices, musty, grain, light hops-bite, dry. OK carbonation. Occasional.

3.4
hopscotch (11419) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Bottle... Hazy yellow ale with a huge, frothy, white head. Terrific retention. Spicy, breadsy nose with banana, pale and fuzzy fruit esters, coriander phenol and dough. Sweet, fruity flavor up front, then gently bitter, slightly pungent and spicy on the backside. Medium-bodied and creamy with fizzy carbonation. Finishes a touch tangy then fairly dry. Without the cage, my bottle would’ve opened itself. Feisty!

3.3
DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
A complex, well balanced saison. Flavors of yeast, coriander, citrus, and wheat. Finished fairly smooth.

3.2
gnoff (11138) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2012
Sampled at GABF on Saturday October 13, second session
Hazy copper color, tan head. Sweet, fruity, apple scent. Alcohol, sugary, Belgian yeast taste. Warming alcohol. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.

3.5
jercraigs (11071) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2006
Hazy yellow with a big billowy white head. Spicy, lightly peppery aroma with very minute notes of lemon and yeast. Dry peppery flavour with a healthy does of pale malts and warming alcohol. Average but effervescent palate. 7/4/6+/3/15

3.8
phaleslu (10895) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2011
750 ml bottle from michael-pollack- thanks again, Pollack! Pours a cloudy yellow-gold color with a big, fluffy eggshell white head and plenty of visible sediment. Aroma of farmhouse funk, grass, lighter spices like coriander and clove, bready malts, and mild tropical fruits. Flavor of grass, straw, herbs, bready malts, funk, pears, peppery yeast, and a bit of banana. Medium-bodied, with a good amount of soft carbonation and a bready mouthfeel and dry finish. Man, I had a lot of great saisons over DLD weekend for some reason. Good beer.

3.3
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 Name: Saison VOS
Date: 05/31/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

Appearance: light golden yellow, lots of carbonation, big bright white head, drippy lace,
Aroma: nice light spicy aroma with a touch of estery funk,
Body: body has a very carbonated mouthfeel,
Flavor: touch of sweetness in the flavor, nice spice character, good yeasty bread character, grows on you as it warms

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+/4

3.5
cubs (10740) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2013
GABF 2013. Pours a bit hazy golden yellow appearance with a thin off white head. Fairly spicy, peppery, lemon, light banana aroma. Pretty dry, lemon/orange citrusy, somewhat spicy, grassy, pils flavor. Pretty tasty.

3.6
MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2007 On tap at the brewpub:

The Lure:
This appears to be filtered? If so, I really don’t understand why. Oranges and coriander are abundant but don’t leave any room for more perfumes to show up. This will be a straightforward, spicy, and clean malt example.

The Festivities:
Peaches and oranges trample the honeyed malt back. Low carbonation and hefty malts point to an American heritage rather than Belgian, which isn’t what I was looking for in this beer. Toasted malts fall into hop bitterness, but there isn’t much mop flavor to link them.

Transcendence:
Imitating the greats is a daunting task. 3.4/5

Bottled:
Now this is much better. I don’t know if this is all the work of bottle conditioning, but whatever. The farmhouse character is authentic, the lively carbonation fits the style, the wet haystack and fruity esters (banana bubblegum) admirably merge with the herbal, spicy hops and the yeast just works. A very good Saison, better than some Belgian examples. 3.8/5


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