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RATINGS: 245   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 202   ABV: 6.75%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Fifth Element was brewed December 2007 and laid down to age in oak barrels January 2008. It has light peach/fruit notes and a beautiful golden hue. High carbonation created during bottle conditioning gives it a champagne like texture on the pallet. It finishes slightly tart and cleansing.

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3.5
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Shenandoah Throwdown, 75cl bottle, thanks TurdFerguson. Large off-white head atop straw body. Aroma is moderately sweet, lemon, some spicy, light funk. Taste is medium sweet, lemon, some funk, light straw. Light-medium boy, some acidity. Calling this a saison is wholly misleading, regardless whether it’s a "farmhouse" beer -- it’s a sour.

3.8
j12601 (13034) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Bottle at the Shenandoah Throwdown. Pours a light milky yellow with a medium sized white head. Lemony, wheat notes. Tangy and a bit more wheat. Crisp and very tasty. Finishes light and with a bit of musk. Delicious.

4.4
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Very opaque light yellow pour with tons of crap floating around. Really funky aroma loaded with bret. Musty with lemon and creamy oak. Flavor is very sour with a bit of bitterness. Very winelike with lots of oak notes.

4.2
GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2011 750mL sampled at Shenandoah Throwdown. Whoa whoa whoa. Not really a saison- more like a full-on American wild ale. Reminds me of Temptation and Cable Car. Huge Brett in the nose creates a white wine (chardonnay) and bleu cheese funky complexity atop lactic sourness, pears, oak, pineapple, peach, cotton candy. Taste is lactic sourness, thick lacto, yogurty, light/tropical fruitiness, citrus peel, grapefruit flesh. Fat, yogurty palate. Awesome. 6/28/2010 9/4/9/5/15=4.2

750mL thanks to douglas88. The pour is a cloudy, light yellow glowing with a thick, white head leaving sheety, complete lacing. Nose is quite awesome: doughy and Bretty with sweet pineapple, sour peach, and green pears. Taste is similar to RR Temptation: mild lactic acid, chardonnay fruitiness and tannic bite, mild lemon, full sour peach, fresh sourdough to add balance. Very soft and yellow fruity. Starfruit comes to mind. Beautiful all around. 7/17/2011 8/5/8/5/16=4.2

4.4
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2010
The aroma was perfect. Fresh, haylike, lactic, grassy, herbal, tingly, a monster. The greatest aroma ever. The body was really spritzy, just highly effervescent, but not overly so. Color and heft of the body were good, a little heaviness in that the pour wasn’t perfectly clear (though I waited a week before opening). The flavor had lactic sour elements. This is clearly a wild saison, but just clean as heck and natural too. Flavors were slightly sour then slightly sweet in the finish. Great beer, thanks to Douglas88.

4.5
xmarcnolanx (940) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Wow! Saison? Probably not. Aroma is lacticsour, wheaty, lots of brett, and funkiness. Wow, an incredible aroma. Very similar in it’s lactic qualities to Fantome Pissenlit. Taste is moderately sour, lots of brett and funk, and wheaty. Finish is lactic sour, wheaty, barnyard, and refreshing. Great imperial-berliner-that-had-sex-with-a-sour-ale-and Wow!

4.7
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Courtesy of footbalm. Clear somewhat bright yellow, nice head, tiny carb bubbles. In your face peach/apricot combo, hints of oak. Flavor much the same, fruit character is nice and juicy, slight sour and tart, really well rounded. No hint of alcohol whatsoever, 7.3%?. Lively mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. Really impressed.

4.6
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2010 Courtesy of Styles

Bottle: The aroma is floral, moderate lemon, funk, yeast, and light must. It pours a hazy gold with lots of sediment and a small white head. The flavor starts citrusy with moderate lemon. There are some faint vinous notes in the background. The finish has moderate funk, increased tartness, floral notes, and a hint of wood. Light-medium bodied with lively carbonation.

4.5
hopscotch (11182) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Bottle…This beer rocks!... Hazy golden ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Good retention. The aromatics are funky, fruity, bready and moderately acidic. Medium to full-bodied and mildly creamy with modest carbonation. The flavor is funky, lemony and fruity with lovely components of pale grains and funk. Finishes tart, funky and lightly dry. “Great” saison or “Great-est” saison?

3.9
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2010
750ml bottle thanks to Orlando crew. Hazy golden pour with a white head. Nose was citrus, bready, and yeasty. Flavor was citrus, sourness and get hints of apple and fruitiness and slight funk.


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