RATINGS: 411   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Malt beverage with natural flavors

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (14230) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Botle poured a clear gold with a lingering ring of white foam. Aromas of straw, sage, rosemary, pear and light citrus. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, rosemary, sage, pear and a hint of citrus with a crisp dry lingering herbal finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (2204) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Yellow-gold pour into the glass, with a soapy head that leaves a decent coat of foam lace. Cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg to the nose, intermingling with an underlying farmyard hay and silage. Lots of pie spices, some alcohol, sour grains, grassy hops and light herbs on the tongue. The finish has a touch of alcohol and generous allspice... decently retentive. The body is of bourbon and club soda, dried by the spice contingencies. I really like this saison a lot, and think that the combo of Stone, Dogfish Head and Victory has produced a real winner here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours cloudy yellow gold with thick, rocky, long-lasting white head that leaves heavy streaks of lace on the glass. Bready aroma with a very strong spiciness and hop punch that is inviting, mesmerizing, and very spicy. Flavor is funky - earthy slightly funky phenols combine with spicy and very herbal hop flavor and spicy doughy bread. Distinct yeast flavor up front with hints of acidity (not tart, but very dry - not unlike a dry white wine). Oddly fruity esters toward the finish that accentuate the funky character of the beer. Finish is dry and bitter with grassy - almost vegetal - hop notes. Very wine-like finish with slight acidity, slight must, and dry fruitiness (like grape). Mouthfeel is brisk and medium bodied with a slightly solvent texture - very dry with touch of tannin. Overall, a very unusual beer. Mostly pleasant but funkier than expected. Different and kind of fun.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13886) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2010
12oz bottle. Small off-white head atop crystal clear straw body. Aroma is medium sweet, spicy/yeast, straw, orange, some candi sugar. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, spicy/yeast, candi sugar, some orange. Medium body, light stickiness, fairly drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (7458) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Bottle from Blacklick Wine & Spirits. Clear yellow/gold pour with a medium white head. Malty aroma with rosemary that is more dominant then the other herbs and more pronounced than the Stone and DFH versions. A little cleaner, as the sage is more muted and theres no eucalyptus smell. Flavor is malty with bitter, piney hops and muted herbs. The best aroma of the three and only a hair behind Stone as the best tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Despite my dislike for the Stone version of this beer, I picked this up anyway, hoping that Victory could turn it in to something good - and thank god they have - in fact, I refuse to believe that this is the same recipe as the Stone beer - in that one, the spices killed everything, and the yeast character was crushed along with the snappy, crisp malts - none of that is the case here - the herbs are there, but they take a back seat to the crisp, dry malt base and light, earthy, mildly estery and phenolic yeast character - a little bit of melon - sage comes to the fore for a bit through the middle, but the finish is a lingering flinty character and grassy hop bitterness - it really is quite lovely - the spices perhaps could be toned down just a tad, but otherwise very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9653) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2010 My Bottom Line:
This snappy Saisons yuzu-like fruit character, delicate honeyed malt sweetness, herbal hops and ginger spiciness are all in sync, offering a very drinkable and elegant example of the style.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the clear blond.
-The finishing bitterness is quite green and firm.
-The body is well attenuated and carbonation is prickly, making for a refreshing mouthfeel.
-I preferred this one to the Stone version I had had on tap in SD, but I suppose the main reason is that the Stone was on tap and I prefer bottle-conditioned Belgian styles.
-The ginger personality is a little too strong for this to be world-class, imho. The malts could be more evident too.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Bottle. Pours basically the same as the others, nice fine fizzy white head. Aroma seems a bit more fruity estery with a bit more of an alcohol note. Flavor follows, way dry, seems more dry than the others, chalky bitterness, so dry has a harsh alcohol burn, doesnt seem to be nearly as palatable as the other two which somehow seemed to work with the spices, actually this seems to be missing the lemon quality the other two had. Super dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2728) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Pours a clear golden color with a small off white head. Nose is ammonia and tidy cat cat litter, pine, and lemon chiffon. Taste is clover honey, fur, and skunk. Medium to long finish with semi creamy mouthfeel. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a light crystal clear golden with a small white head. Aroma is like spiced cake, very heavily spiced and sweet. No wait, I pick up some spiced cider notes. Very potent and herbal, with a nice clean pale malt note. Flavor starts with an initial sweetness but quickly gives way to a sharp fruit note before the spices come in heavily. The light and almost citric fruits balance the spices nicely. Lightly bitter and crisp finish. Medium body and a super sharp fizzy carbonation. I like this better than the Stone version which I felt didnt have enough sweetness and body to balance all the spices.

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