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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Strong dark saison brewed with just enough caramel malts and boiled for almost five hours in our direct-fire kettle. Conditioned for five month in one of our dish-bottom fermenters. This beer is gorgeous.

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3.8
charule (2299) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle from release shared with buds. Poured hazy dark red brown with zero head. Aroma of boozy dark fruit. Very smooth no carb med bod. Sweet dark fruit taste.

3.8
Jesterdeal (1986) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle shared graciously by Bruce. Aroma is sweet brown sugar, figs, dates, and more sugar. Pours lighter brown than I was hoping with little head. Taste is super sweet with mince meat, brown sugar, and more brown sugar. Some of the complexity I was hoping for is there but it is drowned out by the 13% and sugar. Enjoyable to be sure, but I’d take Bernardus 12 over this any day.

4.1
PhillyCraft (8041) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Bottle compliments of Jean with Brian at the brewpub. Poured slightly hazy amber with minimal lace and head. Lots of dark fruit, toffee, raisin, and vintage wood in the scent and flavor. Tastes like a 5 year old very complex barleywine. Lighter to medium body. So smooth and rich for the 13%. Excellent.

3.7
orangesol (1022) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Review from notes.

A - Pours copper orange with a small half finger head leaving small trails of lace.

S - Sweet nose with some raisins, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla and dulled fruit rind.

T - Taste is similar to the nose in that the sweetness and saison body are the strongest flavors. A bit of fruit comes out as it warms up. Sweet, dry finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, sweet feel with a bit of booze coming thru as it warms up.

O - Tastes just like a quad with a saison core helping to bring it all together. A very interesting beer. The booze is a little stronger than I would like but it is still a solid beer.

3.4
TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Pours a hazy brownish amber with a large foamy tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, spicy yeast character. Flavor is sweet dark fruits, caramel, toffee, nuts and spicy yeast notes. For 13% the ABV doesn’t punch you in the face, however this one is a bit on the sweet side, a little bit cloying. Not unexpected for a 13% beer. Happy the alcohol wasn’t over the top.

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crossovert (14038) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2012
MEtallic notes, cardbord, yeast dominant. Not sure what they were going for here.

3.4
Sammy (12858) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Great name and did a double take seeing it was a saison. Medium brown colured bottle that yields a lot of lace. Spicy, but yeasty above all.

4.2
Tinco (621) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2012
Cloudy brown. Nice brown head. Taste is sweet, raisins, dark fruits caramel sugars. Little alcohol. Aroma is dark fruits and rum soaked raisins. This was way more complex than my tasting notes describe now that I look back at it. A very interesting and well crafted beer!

4.5
DocLock (11112) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Big thanks to JW for sharing a growler of this at Craft Ale House’s Thursday Social Club gathering. Poured turbid and thick ruby-rust colored with minimal head. Complex nose of figgy fruit, yeasty esters, funk. Tasted complex also, with a minimum of carbonation, a big Grand Cru level of fruit flavors and complexity, and a smooth finish. This may not be a Trappist ale, but I call it Westy 12 Junior. What an accomplishment!

3.7
jmm635 (1017) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Poured a muddy brown color with a very thin beige head. Aroma of raisins, figs, caramel, candy syrup, and faint alcohol. Flavor is sweet and sticky, similar to a Belgian dubbel in my opinion. The saison yeast certainly adds an interesting touch. The 13% ABV is well hidden.


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