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Seventeen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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249 Ratings
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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%


Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Rifugium on 06-02-2012)
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.64/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottled purchased from the brewery in Fall 2012, poured into a 3Fs Teku long-stemmed glass, drank 2/26-7/13 over ~one hour.

A: 4.5 - golden coloration, impressive clarity for the high alcohol content, whitish frothy 1 finger head dissipates very quickly into small glass lacing, moderate alcohol legs

S: 4.75 - orange peel, lemon zest, orange peel, lemon zest, orange peel, lemon sext

T: 4.75 -immediate citrus blast, non-cloying, alcohol in reserve, drying aftertaste

M: 4.25 - light-medium body, low carbonation

O: 4.5 - high alcohol content Saison is where it's at, all the flavor with additional bite, if you can find it, I highly recommend it but might even be worth a brewery trip.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 05:33:30 | More by MNishCT77
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, citrus rind, especially grapefruit. In the taste, grapefruit and orange citrus rind, peppery end, yet still sweet. A spice bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry grapefruit citrus in the the aftertaste. Big citrus, small spice, nice alcohol, and quite super!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 12:57:14 | More by OWSLEY069
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pvo

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great. I feel like most anniversary beers are ways for brewers to put out an exoeriment that they've really put a lot of effort into, and that effort shows here. A well-balanced beer, especially considering that it's over 10% abv, with lasting flavor.

Some people would take issue with this being a summery beer that has such a high alcohol content, but that view somewhat misses the point- this is an american version of a classic style, so you have to expect that, for better or worse, it's going to be stronger in abv and flavor.

The only thing lacking here is the smell, of which there is not much. Especially for a saison, this has a lasting flavor and full mouthfeel, which again might not be true for the style, but works well for an American brewery's anniversary beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 23:20:19 | More by pvo
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C20Percent

Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy pale gold with a white head of foam on top. Head isn't especially bubbly. There's some decent complexity in the unfiltered body. Noticeable pieces of sediment floating throughout the body. And, some nice bubble action too. Good feature.

S: The typical yeasty banana aroma. But, there's some other fruity notes in there. I think it's melon. But, that's kind of it. I've smelled this before -- the proof will be in the taste.

T: Spicy! That's the major flavor here. The taste is soooo complex. The beer first hits with the yeasty banana flavor, and then follows up with a mega spicey peppery flavor. So nice. Refreshing for a high-abv brew. I'd say, as far as saisons and belgians go, this is as good as it gets.

M: And here's why -- so smooth and creamy. How does this not have a bite? Bold carbonation. Warm going down if you shake it up. Medium body. Great feel.

O: I'm not a big belgian ale / saison fan. But, this is top of the totem for me. It doesn't get any better. Nearly perfect brew. No bite. Great flavors. Bravo Weyerbacher!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 22:04:41 | More by C20Percent
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nycbeerfreak

New York

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - hazy color with a white head that stayed as a ring.

S - lots of citrus and spice make the taste so great

T - starts with a yeasty wheat taste before the citrus rind, spice and peppercorn all come through finishing dry and a little peppery.

M - awesome with mild carbonation.

O - a good saison/triple with a kick.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 00:54:38 | More by nycbeerfreak
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cld253

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic take on a classic style. Sweeter than your standard Saison up front, but this hides the alcohol very, very well, then leads into a dry, spicy finish.
Some earthiness, some fruitiness, some kind of dangerous, ha.
Great anniversary beer, keep'em coming.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 16:49:44 | More by cld253
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PhantasIPA

Delaware

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a a very light, golden color that is very cloudy. There is pretty much no head or lacing to speak of.

The smell begins with the citrus flavors of lemon and grapefruit followed by the odd, malty scents that the beer has. Very hard to identify the malts but the last thing you smell is the fuming ABV (10.5%).

The taste is really unique, very different! It starts with a light, crisp, citrus flavor. This is immediately followed by the hint of malts (hint is an overstatement) and then BOOM! This beer carries a heavy ABV but the percentage does not do the burn justice. Really heavy burn that carries the entire flavor with it. The best of any burn you can get!

Mouthfeel is strange, in a good way though. Not too carbonated but the citrus is like a fake before the heavy malt and the even heavier alcohol volume.

Overall this beer is very unique and has an interesting combination/mixture of flavors. The balance of these flavors is not that great but this weakness is over come buy the snowflake like quality of the brew in general...plus the 10.5% ABV makes this brew worthwhile any time!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 18:20:59 | More by PhantasIPA
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy, cloudy tan/orange/gold color with a one fingered head that quickly dies down to a really thin layer across the top, mild carbonation.

S - Earthy, lemons, black pepper, bitter orange peel, mild Belgian spice, bready, and some barnyard funk going on. Aroma is funky with some tangy pungency.

T - Zesty lemons, grapefruit, and funk come into play immediately with a nice blend of peppery spice and some orange bitterness. Yeasty, a little bready, and alot of funkiness going on - not at all complex but a nice even blend of flavors through the entire sip. The 10.5% comes through slightly in the flavor, but doesn't overpower the beer at all.

M - Very thick and low carbonation for a Saison, the bubbles are gentle on the tongue. Leaves a pretty healthy coating of lemon pepper and bitter orange peel in the mouth. I'm torn on the mouthfeel because I am enjoying it but it's "thick like bull" which goes against the style. Then again, we're Americans and we like to wrench things up to the next level so I applaud the boundaries being pushed.

O - This is very enjoyable and definitely worth a try. It doesn't top Thirteen or Fourteen (my two personal favorites), but still, pretty darn interesting, I look forward to the Anniversary beer every year. There's very few Saisons out there with this kind of punch and considering the low detection of alcohol, I think that's pretty impressive. If you're a traditionalist who prefers their Saisons more to style you may not enjoy this one...it's loud, bold, retains alot of the Saison flavors, but is in your face at 10.5%. For some reason, compared to other beers at this ABV, this one seems more potent for some reason, very strange. Overall, nice job, Weyerbacher.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 00:17:23 | More by jzeilinger
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tulip glass this beer was a hzy gold color with a small white head.

Citrus and spice aroma. A little funky.

Things sorted themselves out in the taste. Lemon and orange, a little clove. Yeasty.

This beer felt right, with a nice blend of citrus and spice. The alcohol wasn't at all noticeable, a dangerous thing, perhaps.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 22:59:23 | More by lordofthewiens
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ksimons

New York

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-cloudy golden with a fingers worth of white head that quickly disappears

S-pale malts, floral notes, citrus and a light funky yeast aroma

T-taste is pretty good and matches the smell well. Backbone of pale malts with citrus, light fruits, yeast, and a spicy peppery finish. Alcohol is well balanced.

M-medium body, good carbonation, spicy finish

Overall I liked this one more than I expected. I thought the peppercorns added a nice touch. I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 22:53:46 | More by ksimons
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, golden amber colored body, was nice to look at. There wasn't a big head, as it rose up to one finger thick at most, and then died down fairly quickly. The smell had a lot of citric character, which is understandable considering the use of grapefruit, lemon, and orange peel. There was also a hint of floral hops. The first taste is where this beer really started to excel for me. There was an explosion of sweet and citric flavors as soon as the beer touched my tongue, and as I swallowed it, there was a lingering spicy-herbal finish with a slight numbing sensation, which I suspect resulted from the pink peppercorns. The body was medium dense, which is pretty typical for a Saison. I wish that the beer was more carbonated, as it would have improved the feel significantly. Although the spices used are unusual, this was a typical sweetish Saison.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 02:28:45 | More by rajendra82
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours hazy orange-tinted citrus gold. White bit of lacing for a head.

Smells of lemon, coriander and oranges.

Spiced orange and apricot with coriander and an herbal grassiness.

Medium to full body with stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth. Warms a bit going down.

An interesting take on a Saison style, much stronger than you normally get from that. It works well here although it doesn't much hide its strength, so it forces you to go slow. I think this beer probably isn't for everybody, but I personally really like it and would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 22:42:46 | More by Cylinsier
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz, bottle poured into a Weyerbacher tulip. Bottled on 5/30/12.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with plenty of floating particles throughout. Less than a half finger of white head dies to a halo and a film. Leaves behind a nearly full sheet of lace around the glass.

S - Smells of lemon peel, ground cloves, and a little bit of wet hay funk. The funk plays nicely off the big citrus aromas. Cloves provide a spicy floral character that I enjoy.

T - Surprisingly tart upfront, with lemon juice and pear. Some sourdough bread and candied plantain malts follow. The clove spices from the nose are less pronounced, but still present. Some funk and more tartness on the back end. Some leftover lemon juice and bread linger, but no alcohol. This is a very well put together saison, especially given the alcohol content.

M - Spritzy on the tongue with a crisp finish. The alcohol is well hidden.

O - In my opinion, Weyerbacher doesn't make a bad beer. This was my first time trying their 17th anniversary saison, and I was very impressed. A little bit tart, a little bit funky, and no out of place flavors that are often left on the palate in a very high ABV saison. I will hang on to the other bottle I have for another few years and see what happens. I recommend this beer highly.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 01:18:52 | More by NoLeafClover44
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to trying this...
The beer pours a clear sunset orange with a fluffy white head that fades quickly without providing much lacing. There is an tremendous amount of dispersed flecks of sediment, which appears to be the unfiltered spice content! Yes indeed there are tiny, diced particles of the orange/lemon/grapefruit peel and specks of the pink peppercorn oscillating around the bottom of my glass. This is quite a unique finding for the beer's appearance, but I would have liked more of the unfiltered yeast lingering as well. The nose is still very aromatic (despite being several months "aged") with big notes of citrus and yeast followed by a modest amount of alcohol. The taste is similar, but with more sweetness, which helps build up the body and balance out the high alcohol and spice content. The mouthfeel is quite refreshing considering how much is going on with this special beer, like the 10.5%abv and spice content. I'd say it's a bit off balance as the alcohol becomes a bit too pronounced and overpowering when the beer warms. I'll probably try this beer again...although it'll never be my favorite saison.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 23:37:28 | More by ThePorterSorter
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dheacck11

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour is a nice hazy orange gold. 1/4 finger of off white head fades rapidly, no lacing.

Nose is soft bready yeast with a hint of orange peel and honey. Not that potent.

Taste is full of spice up front. Lots of clove, soft ginger, with some citrus notes of orange and lemon. Finishes with a nice malty sweet yeast. Leaves a lingering breadiness, but gentle.

Feel is a bit thicker and heavier than I would expect for this style, and is appreciated.

Really a delightful saison, a style I don't often love. Really nice balance of spice, yeast, and floral citrus here though.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 00:06:21 | More by dheacck11
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another very nice anniversary offering from Weyerbacher. A hazy, pale gold beer with a fluffy white head that settles slowly and strong lacing. Nose packs lots of citrus and tropical fruit aroma with some general Belgian-style yeastiness and the accompanying spice notes you’d expect. Cloves and pepper really pop out.

Flavor pretty much follows the nose. The beer is brewed with grapefruit, lemon, and orange peel so it’s no surprise there is a lot of citrus zing to it as well as some appealing bitterness from both the hops and the fruit. Light pith and aspirin notes, mild sweetness. Lots of spice and yeast character, the peppercorns really come out in the finish and provide a gentle tingle on the tongue. Really well balanced between all of the elements and that subtle, emerging peppery note ties it all together nicely.

Crisp feel on a medium body beer; lively carbonation; dry finish. Drinks clean, with absolutely no trace of the 10.5% ABV. Where did that go? Feels like it’s half that.

EDIT: I read the other reviews after writing mine. I've heard about batch variation issues, and Weyerbacher's in particular recently, but this is wild. Chewy and boozy? My bottle was the opposite of this. Booze was nowhere, and carbonation was crisp. Quite a refresher and one that felt right on in terms of body and carbonation for a Saison. Very odd. It can't just be perception. Flavors and aromas are one thing but carbonation and heft are much more concrete and straightforward.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 22:02:45 | More by tobelerone
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - hazy dull-brass color with a white head that stayed as a ring.

S - lots of citrus and spice make the smell very nice.

T - starts with a yeasty wheat taste before the citrus rind, spice and peppercorn all come through finishing dry and a little peppery.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - a good saison with a kick.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 01:53:13 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The look is a hazy orange-yellow coloring. Looks just like a saison should look.

In the nose I definitely get that sour smell you would expect from a saison. I also smell some bubblegum, and I can pick up the peppercorns at the edges. I was surprised that I couldn't pick up any citrus.

The flavor really brings out the horse-blanket taste. I finally get the lemon in each sip, but there wasn't much there from the grapefruit or orange.

The peppercorns don't come out in the flavor. However, you really feel their presence in the back of my throat.

Seventeen was an interesting experience. I'm glad I was able to pick up a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 00:41:09 | More by ummswimmin
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. This is one mighty saison, clocking in at 10.50%. Can't wait to try this.

3.5 A: Opaque golden brown color. Less than one finger of frothy white head. Retention and lacing aren't worth mentioning since so little head developed.

4.5 S: The first thing you'll notice with this is how spicy it is. The peels (orange, lemon, grapefruit) both meld together and stand on their own. The pink peppercorns (what the hell is a PINK peppercorn anyway) offers a healthy peppery kick. Otherwise this is surprisingly floral without being very herbal. Yeast also gives you a touch of clove. Quite clean, especially given the murky yeasty color. Booze is extremely well hidden.

4.0 T: Taste is like the nose, but perhaps a bit less unrefined. Plenty of peels and pepper again. More clove than the nose hinted at. Overall quite spicy. Mild herbalness enters the scene. Rich neutral malt flavor, moderate yeastiness. Hay and wet grass. The booze is apparent in the taste, but doesn't distract too much.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Probably the heaviest saison I've ever had. Good moderate carbonation, though I'd prefer it to be spritzier. I'm not much of a fan of this kind of body on a saison, but it's decent enough.

4.0 D: Really tasty imperial saison that is worthy of an anniversary.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 23:40:25 | More by DavoleBomb
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seventeen pours a cloudy golden color, with a small head, the smell is of many citrus fruits with a bit of pepper, and a bit spicey, a little soapy however. The taste has that pepper like backbone of a sasion however the various fruits come up, lots of lemon, and grapefruit. Good flavors, strong flavors, blends together well. Overall a fantastic Saison, great flavors, all the fruits blend perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 04:45:30 | More by vette2006c5r
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beerbully

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tall glass

A-Hazy yellow big white fluffy head that lingers for a while leaving thick lacing

S-banana, clove, candi sugar,

T-follows the nose, banana, clove, sweet, a bit boozy, faint pepper

M-crisp,decent carbonation, a bit fizzy

O-solid brew, not a knockout but a good sunday brunch brew

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 15:35:30 | More by beerbully
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julian89

Georgia

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer at work along with Innis & Gunn Independence day, Port Brewing Older Viscosity, Dogfish head Burton baton, Dogfish Festina Peche, and Port Old Viscosity. It made quit an expensive medley of a 6-pack. Oh and a good friend gave me a Great Lake Edmund Fitzgerald porter.

Appearance - Pours a typical hazy pale yellow, opaque. A 1/2 inch head that quickly dissipates with no head.

Smell - Citrus dominates. Lemons, black pepper, orange and grapefruit peel, mild Belgian spice, bready backbone. No severe sweetness. Alcohol smell is absent.

Taste - The taste is complemented perfectly by the smell description. Plenty of citrus zest accompanied by Belgian yeast strain and bready backing. A powerful ABV saison, up there with Brasserie Dupont.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied saison, not a light one. Not as thich as I see other people describing. I think the temp plays a big factor there. The carbonation could use a little work. All in all its a differ3ent mouthfeel than a normal "imperial" saison (as if that actually exists).

Drinkability- I've always said that the Quad from Weyerbacher is my favorite from this Canadian brewery, this is a great saison though. I put it closer to a higher ABV Belgian white though. All in all the citrus and Belgian spice make this a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 01:37:18 | More by julian89
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking bright yellow color color, the head was fizzy and white. Not much retention or lacing on this one. The smell of the beer has a nice fresh grainy, herbal/spiced aroma to it. The taste of the beer had some nice spicy notes to it and well has the sweetness of the grains in there too. The mouthfeel of the beer was clean and crisp feeling with a little bit of heat in the finish from the ABV. Overall it's a really interesting Saison to say the least. I found it enjoyable, wouldn't buy a case but it was nice to try.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 23:52:53 | More by Knapp85
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Greywulfken

New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy amber beer with ivory head; slimmed down to a wisp of a collar; no lacing to speak of

S: citrus notes, soap, yeast

T: citrusy flavors and spices definitely, some herbal and floral background flavors; bitter apricot

M: denser than other saisons I've had - although the abv makes this like an "imperial" saison, so maybe it fits; slight tacky aftertaste

O: Weyerbacher has not had many hits with me, but this is my favorite of theirs so far - biased by my liking of strong pale ales and the few saisons I've had - this beer manages to be fairly crisp and slightly tart and bright despite a heavier-than-I-expected mouthfeel and strong abv. I was reminded of a tripel but with bitter qualities - almost like a tripel combined with DFH's Midas Touch. The more I drank this beer, the more I appreciated its qualities.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 23:37:57 | More by Greywulfken
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for bringing this to the tasting.

A - bright yellow with little head

S - banana, clove

T - lemon, banana, clove

M - over carbonated, crisp, light to medium bodied

This is an alright Saison. For 10.50% it doesn't have great body, but the alcohol isn't as prevalent as one would anticipate. The flavor and aroma are simple and one-dimensional. Overall, a decent beer but boring. I'll pass in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 23:15:25 | More by tdm168
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Seventeen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.