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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Inspired by the spice markets of Egypt, the saison/ farmhouse ale takes a worldly and unique twist through the addition of hibiscus petals in both brewing and cold-conditioning stages. Lovely pink in color, with a cherry-blossom pink crown of foam, our Hibiscus Saison is as beguiling as it looks. Slightly fruity, tart, somewhat earthy, and with a refreshing dry finish; wine lovers and beer lovers may find happy common ground here!

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2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nuplastikk (6141) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Draft at Vintage. Artificial but I suppose real looking reddish-pink color. Thin off-white head. Interesting fruity aroma, maybe some dulled cherry. Well, this is different. Some bitterness up front, with a dull fruit dominated body. The up front bite is quite odd, not unlike a wine cooler. Weird, maybe some lactic tones underneath. Not unlike the Sprecher Lambic..thats a bad thing. Disappointing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5868) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Received sneak preview of the Hibiscus Saison two days before release, cask drawn at the Vintage brewpub in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-clear dark copper colored brew with a creamy off-white head that leaves behind some excellent lacing. Aroma screams "farmhouse saison" period. Additional aroma of elderberries, toasted dark malt, a touch of apple and hibiscus petals. Taste is very floral and fruity with less medicinal character compared to aroma. Finish has a quick smooth aftertaste with some elderberry, saison yeast, and then a crisp finish. Most excellent.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (5856) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Tap at the brewery - lightly pink pour - fairly simplistic - ligtly tart, with the.adjunct fairly prominent - little to no character from the yeast, aside from a light spice - crisp, tart finish - eh.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
muzzlehatch (4942) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Draught sample at the brewpub, August 18th. Murky copper (the murkiness aided and abetted by the very low lighting at the bar) with little head...nose is dry, herbal, just light floral, faintly hoppy, not much in the way of farmhouse character here...body is mostly sweet-tart cherry, a bit of raspberry, fruity and lightly syrupy at the front, dry and mineralic to finish. Theres nothing remotely saison-like to this beer as far as I can discern, and this is not the first American "saison" that Ive had in recent months that have failed completely to catch the qualities of their Belgian forbears, though some like HInterland have been pretty good in other respects. This isnt, and it made me wary of the rest of my samples, which fortunately were almost all much better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2012
On tap at Vintage Brewpub as Hibiscus Saison. Translucent deep amber with a medium white head that sticks. Aroma is spicy, floral and herbal. Taste in line with aroma, very herbal with floral notes. No bitterness and a spicy herbal finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3669) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2016
Tap at brewery Pours a pink hue however its very dark in this brewpub. Nose is spicy phenolic slightly astringent. Flavors exhibit the flowery spicy notes with some medicinal things going on. Long sweet tart flowery finish. Decent spiced saison.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3650) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2012
On tap at brewpub
The third sample in the flight was a fruity saison with a twist. Tropical beers are good for this time of year. Even if the temperatures were somewhat mild for August this hit the spot. I cant wait to try the saisons in the cellar.

Aroma / Appearance - The warm mandarin body glowed. Earth and hibuscus share the spotlight like a floral bouquet pulled from a potting plant. There is a dry tartness that hits after a few seconds for more punch.

Flavor / Palate - Tart apple crisp, a floral middle, and sweet hay star in a sessionable beer that refreshed the palate. The only flaw is a medicinal aspect that pops up from time to time. Take that away and I could drink it all night.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Tap at Sugar Maple. Poured to a red hued body from the hibiscus used in it. The aroma was hibiscus and saison. Thats about all that could be said of the flavor too. HOWEVER, and I say with a strong however... this beer was absolutely fantastic. Extremely easy to drink. One would say this is a chuggable beer. This is a very sessionable beer, but also dangerous because the abv is 6.1%.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3237) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2011
On tap at the brewpub - Pours ruby red with a fine-bubbled white head. Smells soapy and perfumey (Im assuming from the hibiscus). Floral, with light, dusty yeast. Tastes lightly sour to begin, then cherries come in. Lightly sweet, with malt taking over in the finish--bready, with some nice dusty/earthy yeast. Light perfume and floral layers in the finish. Has a nice balance between dry/sweet/floral--does a nice job of not tasting like a bottle of perfume.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AWISLguy (2929) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2016
On tap at the Dells Distillery. Reddish orange pour with little head. Floral hops, lightly done, with sweet malts. Taste is of florals, fruits and sweet malts. Sweet finish. Tasty enough for style. Light. 13.4


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