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Seventeen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 277
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 11
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Rifugium on 06-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Stunner97
2.74/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Appearance- very overally chunky even after even a very slow pour, not sure if product of its age or just how the beer was, golden yellow color with thin white lacing,

Smell- nice malty sweet nose with citrus orange tones

Taste- starts up with little bit of citrus and fruit but really rounds out just being super heavy of spice tones, the spice really over dominated other aspects of flavor

Mouthfeel - light carbonation soft and slick, slight warmth from alcohol

Drink ability /overall- the spice def took off drinability as did some strong alchol at points, overall this beer though not bad was just bit too boozy and off balanced for the style almost came off to me as more of an off balanced triple, I didnt like this better then merry monks if going for that style, any way it wasn't better then average to me

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a straw yellow with plenty of floating particulates and a minimal head, dissipates quickly to no cap and sticky lacing.

S - Heavy yeast and breadiness with citrus, mostly lemon and grapefruit, peeking through.

T - On the tongue a citrus medley that switches between sweet and tart. Changes on the swallow to what I can only presume is the peppercorns, which I find awful. Slight bitterness and a possible metallic aftertaste. Bitterness seems to grow with time.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - The one flavor in the middle of the beer kills it for me. Minus that not a bad beer. Will not have again.

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Photo of Rutager
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big thank you to Maximum12 for this from a brewery I haven't tried nearly enough of.

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw gold with a skim of white head that quickly fades to a collar.

Smell. Spicy saison yeast, lemon and lime with a little bit of bananas and a trace of coriander and cloves.

Taste. Spicy saison yeast and caramel, some lemon and corriander with a little bananna and clove. Fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. An easy drinker with plenty of flavour. I prefer my saisons a little dryer, but this is a well made beer.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.64/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of wspscott
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in Duvel tulip
date: 05/31/12 - 05/31/17

A: Crystal clear gold color with a very thin white head. No lace. A little bit of yeast ended up in the glass with a careful pour.
S: Some peppery spice and a some citrus
T: Definite spiciness along with orange peel, slightly sweet (pils malt with a light crystal malt?). No sign of the alcohol.
M: Rounder than I expect for a saison, the high carbonation helps keep it light on the tongue.
O: More like a Belgian strong ale or a tripel than a saison. A very good beer, but not what I was expecting based on the label. Worth trying if you like belgians.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with good clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. There are some floaties throughout the whole beer too. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Belgian spice, pepper, powder yeast aromas, rosemary, thyme, vanilla, bready notes, and some sweetness.

Taste: All the above aromas with bit more sweetness and a little bit of subtle bitterness too. The spices mellow out quite a bit too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, and easy to drink.

Overall: A nice Saison that I can add to the collection. I do have my select favorites, but thus can be enjoyed from time to time.

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Photo of match1112
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: cloudy yellow orange body, like orange juice. no head what so ever, pours completely flat.

s: big bold citrus aromas, orange, lemon, grapefruit.

t: tastes like a strong screw driver. plenty of orange and alcohol burn with a pepper bite.

m: medium body but completely flat. warming effect from the abv, little burn.

o: the alcohol is hidden better in the nose than on the tongue. wish it had some carbonation. plenty of flavor. too much like a screwdriver to recommend to anybody.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, 2012
Deschutes, tulip

A: Cloudy hazy light orange color. Initially about a half finger of bright white head. Faded into a bright ring of white.

S: Getting lots of citrus still. Most certainly the grapefruit hints. Some orange peel. That pink peppercorn spice is there too if you dig in.

T: First and foremost, those Belgian flavors. Some of that banana like character. Getting citrusy notes first. That grapefruit and orange peel like notes. You get that citrus and that pink peppercorn spice hint too. Then finish is certainly dry. It's a refreshing brew.

M: It's a big medium. Looks thinner than it would seem.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of C20Percent
4.41/5  rDev +17.9%
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!

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Photo of confer
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, very murky, lots of carbonation and a pure white fluffy head. Has a tart/funky smell with some hefeweiss yeast in the background. Tart in the taste but the booziness dominates. It doesn't hide the 10+ abv so well.Overall not bad but I think it would be better with a smaller alcohol level.

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Photo of birchstick
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellowish orange color with a decent looking head on it. Nose is lots of orange with other citrus flavors coming through, namely lemon. Taste starts off with lemon citrus flavors. These soften up with some orange flavors...a touch of peppery spiciness comes through toward the back. Finishes with more citrusy orange flavors. Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a well crafted saison. Although it is about 5% higher than I thought it was, still pretty good drinkability.

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Modest head that leaves a minimum amount of spotty lace. Cloudy. Light gold/dark straw color.

Sour aroma of sitting malts. There's a touch of bittering hop smell at the end.

The flavor starts sour but ends with a strong pepper finish. The aftertaste is surprisingly short. Full body for the style.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date of May 30, 2012 and a freshness date of May 30, 2017 printed in black ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“053012 053017”), so about five and a half months old on the date of consumption.

Appearance (2.5): Half a finger of rapidly diminishing head that’s slightly off-white comes off the pour, capping a glowing honey-orange body which is nicely hazy but not cloudy—very, very pretty. Essentially no head retention, just a thin ring around the edge of the glass on the surface of the body and almost no lacing, just a couple of stray suds here and there. Attractive body, terrible head.

Smell (4.0): The aroma’s basically a cross between a classic saison and a BSPA: clove, grains of paradise, and some white and black pepper underneath; boozy fruits, like pears and brandy with stewed apples. Candied orange peel, and some pale, grainy malt character rounds out the nose. Considering the size and composition of this beer, it’s pretty nice.

Taste (3.5): Kind of everything going on in the nose, but intensified on all counts: much spicier, much boozier, much fruity-sweeter, and all around just much more. There’s a ton going on: the spicy yeast character finishes with a spicy, grassy twang, capping off a boozy, slightly hot slurry of overripe fruit (bananas, poached pears, stewed apples again), brandy, slightly biscuity pale grain malts, toasted multigrain bread, and some fruitcake. This isn’t a saison, it’s more of a heavy, boozy BSPA with some rustic farmhouse spiciness. That said, it’s pretty tasty in its own right.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Light, prickly carbonation gives way to a very soft, lush, smoothly foaming body that goes down very, very nicely. Moderately syrupy feel and medium-full bodied, but finishes with a mild dryness due in no small part to the vaporous booze character on the backend. Again, it’s not really a saison in mouthfeel, but it’s not unpleasant in its own right—actually feels pretty nice, along the heavy BSPA vein of Belgian-style beers.

Overall (3.5): To be honest, I enjoy this beer well enough in its own right, but it’s not a great example of a saison. That said, I would grade this more along the lines of a BSPA, but even following those standards it’s a bit heavy-handed and overly exuberant in all the shit that’s going on here. It’s good, but it doesn’t all come off with a natural feel. Good effort, interesting brew and worth a try, but I probably won’t seek it out again.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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!

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Photo of SadMachine
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes from 8/1/12

A- One finger head dissipates quickly over the hazy golden body.

S- Aroma is pleasant barnyard smell with spices and a bit of breadiness coming through.

T- This is my first Saison, so I'm not sure what to be looking for. The citrus is a bit surprising, while the spice and breadiness is expected after smelling it.

M- A medium to thick mouthfeel and smooth finish.

O- This is pleasant and desirable to drink again.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of prototypic
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seventeen pours a lighter gold color. It’s definitely hazy. There are a lot of yeasty particles swimming about. I was even careful with the pour. Backlighting gives it a brighter, yellow-ish look. A soft white head sits on top. It’s rather modest, only rising to about a finger in height. It’s quick to recede, leaving a very light, spotty coat of lace clinging to the glass.

The nose is weak and surprisingly average. It really needs more strength. It kicks off with a malty, sweet smell. It has a strong sugary scent. Belgian yeast is noted and adds a blend of spicy notes. Clove and pepper are the most notable. It does have some light, citric fruit notes and an interesting honey note. It is earthy, grainy, and slightly herbal. Alcohol is definitely in there. Smells a bit strong for a Saison. Eh. For the style, it’s average.

The flavor is a little better. It does have a strong malt base and is very sugary. It’s a bit sweet for me. Belgian yeast is noted. It adds spicy flavors of clove and pepper. Spice esters are abundant. Coriander and orange peel are also noted. It is earthy, grainy, and herbal throughout. There is a light, citric grapefruit note and a bit of a honey flavor. Those aspects are interesting, but don’t improve the flavor much. Alcohol is there and is a bit strong for the style. It’s not quite warm or hot, but it is too prevalent. Finishes malty, sweet, and spicy.

Seventeen has a medium body. Carbonation is rather light and restrained. It has a pretty good feel, but won’t be confused with any authentic Belgians. Drinkability is okay, but suffers a bit from its size and sweetness.

Weyerbacher did an okay job with Seventeen, but it’s not among the best of its anniversary series. Its biggest problems are that it’s just too big for the style and it’s too sweet. That probably makes it sound worse than it is. It’s alright. Definitely worth grabbing a bottle.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.33/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $2.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clouded, pale gold body with a small, thinning, essentially white head.

Smell: Sweetish, ethanol-laced wheat malt sitting atop squelched notes of varied citrus rinds and peppery spices.

Taste: Malted wheat with a light pinch of powdered sugar. Some initial floral tones (until the numbing alcohol kicks in), but that's right around when the citrus peelings roll in. Spicy, peppery qualities from the yeast, presumably from the alcohol as well, and the peppercorns, with a lingering spiciness beyond the full finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: "Seventeen weighs in at a style-obliterating 10.5% abv." It also destroyed my patience right off the bat. Harsh, flabby, boozy. Happy Anniversary.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, spice, earth, fruit, and fruit hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, spice, earth, fruit, fruit hop, and earth hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I went into this brew not really expecting too much at all if I’m honest. However what I found was actually quite nice and well balanced. This was a nicely complex brew where everything seemed to work in unison with each other and kept your palate intrigued throughout each sip. Doing all of this while still be refreshing was the kicker. Definitely a must try for any fan of the style or the curious alike.

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Photo of Lare453
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a dfh glass

A yellow with a tiny hint or orange, small, fast dissipating white head. Very hazy.

S overpowering pepper. Light citrus, light hops... Mostly pepper.

T light beginning, with a bold citrus middle and an overpowering pepper ending. The aftertaste is also peppery with a light boozyness. The high alcohol is not detected at all, which is always impressive.

M a little more than thin, light carbonation. Almost smooth.

O a good and different beer. I would drink it again but I am going to wait a while to open another.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
ABV: 10.50 %

APPEARANCE: Pours light gold with a chill haze, a little bit of sediment. A ring of wispy head forms and stays in a ring. Looks like a Belgian brew.

SMELL: Belgian yeast chimes in with white pepper, bubble gum, clove and banana. Wheat malt is apparent right away. Grassy hops are there but subdued.

TASTE: Fruity yeast with some banana, bubble gum and cotton candy notes. Mostly sweet with a very faint suggestion of hops. There is a small but noticeable spice from the green peppercorns used in brewing. Lemony citrus with some notes of orange and grapefruit. Still, very wheaty with a always present banana-bubblegum-clove note. Very little funk for a saison, but overall still tasty, and the alcohol is well hidden.

FEEL: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, lingering citrus/bubblegum finish.

OVERALL: An interesting take on a saison. I like the bigness of this beer, and the flavors really do pop. Definitely has a big wheat presence. It is a little sweet, and a bit more funk or some acidity would go a long way here. Not sure what cellaring would do, this is drinking pretty nice right now.

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Seventeen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.