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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 188   ABV: 6.25%
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This brew harkens back to our first Anniversary beer, a cascade hopped Saison aged in gin barrels with apricot. That was our first experience using gin barrels, and we’ve grown to love the botanical nuance and oil rich mouthfeel they lend. This version is the first of what will become an annual release and uses a mix of three wine casks along with the gin barrel, which still shows strongly in the beer. The nose opens with a bit of all of the elements- the spirit, herbs and spices, hops, apricot, brettanomyces and wheat. More fruit shows in the flavor and the beer has a historic dry and bitter profile. The four cask blend has about 10% fresh beer (the base for the 2015 batch) added, which brightens the profile and will allow for an interesting conditioning well over an year.

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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BEENJAMIN (292) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 11, 2014
750ml bottle Pours a murky golden with a lasting white head. This is the third time I’ve had this beer and the main component that sticks with me is it’s rustic, almost ballsy strong funk mineral driven flavor. Big fruit, musty gin barrel comes through, pepper and sulfur, rich texture. Very intriguing, I’m curious to some age.


4.1
bytemesis (9502) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 3, 2017
Bottle. Pours clear golden, medium off-white head, dissipates fairly slowly, good lacing. Aroma is Brett, oak, musty, rustic, lemons, grapefruit. Flavor is very light sweet, light bitter, moderate Bretty funk, dusty, citrus, more Brett. Medium body, high carbonation, soft mouthfeel. Pretty solid.

4.1
jandd1983 (4689) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2017
Bottle. It poured a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma was of yeast, earth, some fruit and farmhouse funk. The taste was similar to the aroma with more yeast, earth, fruits, farmhouse funk, oak with medium carbonation and a nice aftertaste. Really good.

3.7
Strykzone (7799) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2017
Sampled at Vyvvy’s tasting. Brought by Todd (hannont). Quite hazy yellow gold orange (?). Juniper thing going on along with wild yeast. Interesting fruit is stone and citrus. A bit of grass and lemon. This has held up well. Soft pale saison malts are just right. Tasty and subtle.

3.7
vyvvy (6835) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2017
It pours hazy orange with a white head. Lots of stone fruit, botanicals, must and richness. It has a rich body with mild carbonation. The taste has the aroma with more must. Quite good.

3.9
dresden (1581) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAY 4, 2017
Bright golden blonde with a foamy head. Aroma is light hay, smells tart, slightly soapy and slight herbal. Very light sour, juniper, earthy ad finishes very dry. Great!

4.2
Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2017
Thanks, Treebs! Dry, floral, some botanicals. Touch of acidity. Great combination of flavors without going too far in any one direction.

3.7
MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2016
My Bottom Line:
White grapes, citrus fruit and flowers move into tartness and light funk for a very pleasant Saison-like experience.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers the cloudy blond.
-Mouthfeel is appropriately effervescent.
-Drinkability is quite high if you are used to funk.
-Flavor clarity could be enhanced.

Bottle.

4
stevoj (5875) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 6, 2016
750 ml bottle from Jeremy. Very active bottle, but decent pour after it settled down. Mildly tart, but nice savory Saison body.

4
BuckeyeBoy (8860) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 6, 2016
750ml bottle gusher after it stopped pours out cloudy bright golden topped with a white head. Nose is great citrus stone fruit bread malts spice and bubblegum. Taste is more of the fruit notes bread malt nice yeast notes and a little tartness.

3.7
koleminer20 (4171) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed this at a tasting at Andrew’s house for my first tasting with the Ann Arbor crew on July 8! 750 mL bottle. The pour is a foggy golden yellow color with a thick white head and some good lace as it falls. The lace is excellent. The aroma is lightly tart and vinous with some floral spices and a decent funkiness. It’s got a lot going on, and it just isn’t as tart as I was hoping it would be. The flavor is more of a traditional saison. It’s very dusty and carries a lot of spice with the Belgian malt ant yeastiness. The mouth feel is a little thin, but carries some nice carbonation. It’s just not the level of tart I was hoping for in a saison. I guess it’s more traditional, and not bad, but it could be a touch better.


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