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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,135 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,135
Reviews: 1,441
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 164
Gots: 190 | FT: 10
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed yellow amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a nice level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a nice mix of sweet, grain, and sour funk. There are nice sweeter Belgian aromas of a banana and light citrus smell with lots of Belgian pale malt aromas. A yeasty smell is there as well as well as a good showing of funk, taking on a mix of green apple and hay. With these aromas, there is also a light smell of spice and a bit of sour lemon. Overall very inviting.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet fruity flavor with lots of orange and a bit of peach, pear and apricot as well. Along with these sweeter fruits are some flavors of candied sugar and a sweet-and sour green apple taste. Right upfront there is also a light bready flavor which fades slightly as the flavor advances. While the bready fades, other flavors take its place with some yeasty and banana flavors joining the profile. Some spice flavors and a bit of lemon later come to the tongue and more toward the end a decent haylike and grassy flavor join the taste profile as well, creating a nice mix of sweet and sour-funk flavors to linger on the tongue at the end of the taste.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thin with a carbonation level that is slightly higher. The thinner body and higher carbonation are fantastic for the sweet and funked flavor of the brew, giving an overall very crisp and drinkable feel.

Overall – This is a quite nice saison with a great drinkability and a fantastic fruity sweet-yet nicely soured and funked flavor. Rather refreshing, crisp, and delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2014 00:54:37 | More by Darkmagus82
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jpro

South Carolina

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from CBX. Cork reads 2012. Poured into a large tulip glass...

A: Pale, hazy gold; huge, 4-finger head of frothy suds; retention stands up well, leaving a few spots and rings of lace.

S: Grassy; Belgian yeast esters / clove; cracker.

T: Very light bready flavor; white pepper; some alcohol / fusel flavors, too. Not much funk or barnyard character.

M: Medium-bodied; high carbonation; has some zing to it, but not quite as dry as I was expecting.

O: A classic saison; pretty easy drinking and lightly refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 01:19:08 | More by jpro
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SmashPants

Australia

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: big solid green 750mL champagne-style bottle, a standard and plain Belgian label.

Appearance: very light golden yellow in colour, with fine carbonation and a big fluffy head that drops to a nice cap. Almost like champagne, funnily enough.

Aroma: plenty of earthy, herbal and floral characters on the nose - very different (this is my first Saison). Some light citric backing.

Taste: very different, but quite nice. Again with the dominant earthy and floral characteristics, with some lemon citric hops and some funky Belgian hops ( I assume these are wild?).

Aftertaste: hangs around nicely - a good beer for a slow session.

Mouth feel: light to medium in body with a somewhat higher carbonation than I was expecting. Goes down easily.

Overall: this was my first Saison - I have had Krieks and Lambics before, but I think Saison suits me a little better. Also, considering the size of the bottle (750mL), the ABV (6.5%) and the price (approx AU$12-13 a bottle in 2013) it is actually quite decent value. Not cheap, but I don't expect a specialty Belgian ale to be cheap by any means. This one is worth it.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 07:42:43 | More by SmashPants
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snaotheus

Washington

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked/caged bottle poured into a couple large snifters. Bottle code is L12178B.

Pours hazy yellow with a disturbingly large head. Lots of carbonation. Loud pop on removal of the cork. Head dissipates very slowly. Smell is strong, funky, light fruity.

Something about this taste is creamy. More of the funk, fruitiness. Kind of cidery.

Mouthfeel is effervescent. Overall, this is quite good.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 22:53:39 | More by snaotheus
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popery

California

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dull gold, rich. Medium cloudy but easy to see through. Big white head. Good lacing, retention. The aroma is sweet, fresh malt with pepper and fruit, pears, apricots, peaches, apples. Yeasty edge, almost lager-ish in tone. Clean and dry. The taste starts with fruity malt sweetness and dries out with yeast and spice flavors. Pepper and earth. Very refreshing. Light mineral, floral hops. Crisp feel. Effervescent. Light on the palate. This is a classic saison, and it has a refreshing and clean flavor. Easy to drink and quite good, though not necessarily my favorite take despite the importance of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 17:08:57 | More by popery
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml green bottle with no freshness date. The cork popped off like a bottle of good champagne, thankfully it was not a gusher.

A- Massive off-white head, very active carbonation ... pale golden cloudy color. This is good as the beer should never pour clear.

S- Very ripe pear, earthy cellar and a solid herbal backbone round out the nose.

T- Big herbal phenolic action upfront, dry grain and a mild tartness. A handful of malt character comes through with a clean grainy note. Touch of fruitiness, musty chalky yeast, herbal phenols and dry grain in the finish.

M- Incredibly smooth with a deep yet soft crispness.

Need a beer to clean the palate if not cut through some of the most flavorful cuisines ... this is the beer to do it.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 00:18:00 | More by Jason
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass

A: Pours an extremely large off-white head with thick lacing down the side. It is hazy with a golden orange color.

S: There is a yeasty aroma on the front with really fruit aromas on the back, some pear and maybe apple. Also an earthy/grass smell. Really nice.

T: There is a great lemon flavor and some spice. There is also an earth/grass flavor to it. The balance of sweet and bitter is great along with a slight funkiness.

M/D: Great mouthfeel, very crisp. This is a great warm weather beer, perfectly balanced.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 23:52:43 | More by mdaschaf
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 Fl oz. Green bottle>Tulip glass

AP: Pours an extremely active and bubbly Pale/straw golden color with a massive 4" tall head that is light, fluffy and frothy and displays good retention. There are some mighty fine sticky legs.

Nose: Wheaty, yeasty, oaty, slightly fruity with some olive hints.

Taste: A wheaty and yeasty dominated taste at first followed by a leafy, semi-bitter hop. The taste has some nice complexity for being so simple.

MF: Light and delicate feel, very active and packs a good bite going down...seems to dance on the palate with grace. The Mungo frothy head creates a smooth effect.

DA: Feels good, looks good, easy to drink and very tastey, easily one of my favorite brews for this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 14:32:38 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle at The Farmhouse served in snifters.

A hoppy, but not so bitter belgian. The nose is funky hops, gotta love it, and the malt doesn't do much. It mostly provides a nice, sweet backbone. The grassy hops and farmhouse aromas dominate and carry through into the aftertaste. All the while, the carbonation provides a Duvel-like feel with a similar fluffy white head.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 02:18:58 | More by tempest
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33nickadams

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, translucent, golden yellow hue, with 2 finger head that dissipates slowly. Plenty of streams of carbonation that rise to the top. Leaves nice lacing. Yeasty, citrusy smell and I get a hint of oak. The taste is fruity, some banana, some raisins and green apple that ends dry. Light mouthfeel that is well carbonated. Overall, one of the best saisons I've had. Perfect for a summer's day. I would get this again but for $20 a 4 pack, it might not be too often.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 00:08:07 | More by 33nickadams
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a dirty straw yellow with a massive fluffy head

lots of funk with a hint of bitter citrus. a slight skunky scent.

a tad sweet through out with a strong funky backbone and a hint of spice. more sweet up front and spicy in the back.

nice moderate carbonation

overall delicious although a tad too sweet. i could however drink this all day and all night.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 02:25:24 | More by hooliganlife
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ewright

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Corsendonk chalice, the head is immense, rivaling that of a Duvel. As the head fades, it is very noticeably rocky. The beer is a pale straw color with hints of orange.

S: A bit of crisp sourness up front with a faintly spicy orange note in the background.

T: Sweet and fruity up front, the hops kick around mid-mouth and blend to create a dry finish, reminiscent of oak-aged chardonnay with a beery flavor.

M: The carbonation is very fine, creating a velvety feel on the tongue.

D: An outstandingly refreshing beer for a warm day. This is a great thirst quencher that goes well with a wide range of foods (I'm pairing it with spicy turkey sausage).

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 23:36:52 | More by ewright
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goochpunch

Texas

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2005

Pours a hazy straw, much like the color of a lemon candy, with a gigantic, foamy head. As it recedes, it leaves raised lacing along the glass. Smells candy-sweet with some grain and coriander. Big yeast aromas along with herbal hops. Taste is of fruity esters mixed with grain, spices, and yeast. Herbal hop flavors run throughout. There is a mixture of a sour twang and muddled bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly, yet it has a creaminess to it. Dry. Nearly ideal. Highly drinkable, and would be perfect if this had a little more funk character.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 06:22:31 | More by goochpunch
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emerge077

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz. mini-magnum. Printed 06 129 on label.

Extremely bubbly, the cork makes a forceful pop, with plenty of wispy smoke. Into an oversized Oerbier tulip, it cascades up and over the lip of the wide vessel. It reflects a deep, translucent orange tone. Delicate, fluffy foam hangs on the rim, lacing the glass for the duration of drinking it.

Doughy aroma, cracker, herbs, a certain herbal cannabis note at first. Bread, herbs, and grain huskiness meld into an attractive rustic bouquet.

Juicy at first, with a building dry, herbal character that builds, and remains long after the finish. Crackery, with clove, lemon peel, and hops. It's an extremely balanced blend that is deceptively simple at first. Dry aftertaste commands you to continue sipping until it's gone. Light herbal hop dances on the tongue for a long while. Perfect with Brie, aged Gruyere, or any number of cheeses.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 00:35:34 | More by emerge077
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nataku00

California

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a bottle. Bright but cloudy orange in color, with about two fingers worth of pure white fluffy head. The head does start to decrease fairly quickly, leaving only a half a finger of head after a few minutes of not moving the glass. Streams of carbonation throughout the glass.

Smells like banana, slight citrusy, coriander, and some slight funkiness. Very fruity, yeasty smell primarily, almost like banana bread with orange peel.

Taking a sip, a bit spice and funk upfront. As you move toward swallowing, flavor is fruit and then the flavor disappears. Very clean finish, from a light bodied beer. The carbonation attacks your tongue initially, but it isn't the uncomfortable type of bubbly that you would get with say soda or champagne. The carbonation does a very good job of cleansing your palate.

Very well balanced beer, very refreshing, and lives up to its original goal of being a good summer beer. The way a sip of this beer can cleanse your palate, this would go very well with bbq.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 02:26:57 | More by nataku00
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scottyshades

Florida

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome cork & cage bottle, measuring 12.7 oz. Almost needed a crowbar to get this cork out

A: Pours a cloudy golden/copper color with a small fizzly looking head. Lots of carbonation is noticeable. Retention is pretty good.

S: Impressive aroma; lots of pale malt notes, caramel and fruits, along with a very mild funk. Quite Belgian spicy and yeasty. Also, I get a lot of honey. Smells very refreshing and complex.

T: Wow, immediately greeted by a BIG dose of honey. Lemon and orange peel gives the peppery spices some balance. The flavor is pretty malt driven, with notes of caramel, and pale malts. Slight twang of bitterness, but not really noticeable.

MF/D: Alcohol is completely subdued, feel is creamy yet slightly fizzly (if that makes sense), definitely not dry, and fuller in body. The finish is a combination of honey and Belgian yeast characters. This beer is a little sweeter than others I have tried.

Notes: Awesome summer/hot weather beer, completely enjoyable, and I imagine that this would pair very well with seasoned chicken or spicy food.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 20:19:26 | More by scottyshades
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to thank my wonderful girlfriend for supplying this beer. I can't believe it took me this long to try this one. Thanks, Melissa.

A: This bottle almost forces the cork out of my hand as I try and pour it. It opens with a loud sound somewhere between a crack and a pop. The beer pours an extremely cloudy and hazy golden straw color. Head forms an inch thick and remains intact for the entire drink. Streams of carbonation bubbles cascade upwards into the thick and inviting foam. Lacing comes in thick rings and gobs.

S: As soon as I open this beer a strong funky horseblanket aroma erupts from the bottle into my nostrils. Once this beer is decanted, though, the smell really mellows out. Banana and apricot esters flow freely. They are juxtaposed against a spicy, peppery, farmhouse yeast character. They all blend together seamlessly and serenade my nostrils.

T: The encore to the aroma is the incredible flavor of this beer. There is no secret as to why many consider this one of the defining representations of the Saison style. Peppery spices combine nicely with the yeast and fruity esters. The middle to the end of the flavor adds a nice dryness, reminiscent of a tripel, but this one is contributed to by the sourdough bready malts. There is a slight farmhouse funk in the middle and in the finish, rounding out this beer nicely.

M/D: Light to medium in texture, the feel of this beer evolves with temperature and time it has been poured. Initially, there is a strong effervescent feel, but as the beer warms and sits exposed to air, the beer turns smooth and almost silky, finishing nice and dry. There is a lot of great stuff going on with this beer. Every overlying feature that I was looking for in the flavor was there, and they all went together in a near perfect balance. I would drink a full 750mL bottle by myself if I could, but I guess I don't mind sharing either.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 05:34:55 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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Riccymon

Texas

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous hazy orange into the tulip with much pillowy white head; lots of carbonation bubbles stream up the side of the glass. Smell after pour is very citrusy with a strong lemon pepper aroma, while clove and an herbal note take over.

Plenty of clove and grassiness in the taste as well, with a spicy, lemon hop zip that finishes very cleanly. Some tart apple and apricot flavor rounds things out. More bitterness than I expected, but it's not an unwelcome attribute.

Finally, a tremendously light, crisp mouthfeel and clean flavors make Saison Dupont very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 18:25:20 | More by Riccymon
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Casey10

Maine

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a really nice brew that I have eyed for a long time not sure why I never tried it I guess I thought I would get around to it. Glad I did.

This is a wonderfull brew with a lace white head lots of lacing the smell is herb like. The taste follows and is similar with that Belgian sugar like taste in the background.

Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit peppery and overall this is a great verison of the style and a must have for those seeking a saison if a Fantome is not able to be found.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 23:39:03 | More by Casey10
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boss302

Florida

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison Dupont, on tap

A Small tight bubbles in the head. Thick on initial pour, but decreased with time and left a nice lace on the glass. The head covered the beer all the way to the end. Looks like a hefe, only not as thick. It is golden in color, very similar to a Czech pils.

S fruity and banana aroma, estery. I don't really smell any hops. No phenolics. It has a complex aroma that is hard to dissect. I will attribute that to the yeast, very pleasant.

T Nice malty flavor, has lots of flavor from the yeast. A little bite from the carbonation. Hops are more noticeable here than in the aroma. Good balance finishes clean.

M Medium to full body that is a little deceiving from the color. Though it is relatively high in alcohol (6.5abv), you can't really feel any dryness or tell while drinking.

O a great drinking beer, it is as refreshing as a German wheat beer but with more snap and bite. My favorite Saison, and the only one I can find on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2010 01:19:55 | More by boss302
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the first saison I've ever had. It was quite tasty, although not necessarily my preferred style. Pours a very pale yellow opaque color, with noticeable yeast left in the bottle after the first pour. Amazing frothy white foam the can only be described as billowy. Best-looking beer I've ever seen. Nose is all citrus, mostly orange. Taste is likewise citrusy, more lemon now, with some yeasty flavor as well. Tastes like a really good hefeweizen. Feel is good medium body, with a nice solid aftertaste. Overall, not my preferred beer type, but fairly delicious nonetheless. I'd probably go for something darker, but if this one's available (and who knows how much longer it will be) I'd definitely grab it up.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 01:52:30 | More by soupyman10
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gdrydenc

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours straw colored, with an aggressive off white head. Bubbles look large and intense.

S - Smells of bananas, spices, slightly musky smelling. A little faint smelling, but I haven't experienced a saison that is incredibly odorous.

T - Tastes a bit like it smells, some banana, but surprisingly bitter. Sourish and doughy tasting throughout. Very clean finish, which I really like.

M - Carbonation is nice, a bit like a tripel. The finish is nice, and doesn't remain in my mouth long.

D - Very drinkable, fresh, fruity, slightly musky. An excellent (if not the best) example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 03:08:32 | More by gdrydenc
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PhageLab

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into the Duvel tulip.

A - Cloudy straw yellow color with bits of sediment floating about. Produced a nice pillowy head which stuck around. Clumped lacing.

S - Loads of funk, with some grassy notes and lemon juice.

T - Good sweet malt backing which rounds out the almost sour puckery lemon/citrus body. Spicy at the end of the tongue. Took a minute to get used to, but worth it.

M - Light body, crips carbonation that works in it's favor, mostly clean finish, slightly peppery.

D - I remember trying this one about 3 years ago and not really liking it. Really glad I gave it a second chance. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 16:13:35 | More by PhageLab
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance; cloudy yellow with a nice thick white head that maintains as a quality film throughout the drink. Leaves chunky yet sparce lacing.

smell; yeasty and rustic, yet slightly sour.

taste; almost flavorless at first, like a Weissbier, but the banana flavors never come through. Finishes with a crisp and yeasty bitterness that overpowers the tart sourness trying to come through. A little bit of alcohol in there too.

mouthfeel; very sharp and crisp carbonation. Although it's crisp, it also has a creamy thickness, with piercing carbonation. Complex to say the least.

drinkability; tasty and interesting but not a session beer. Best enjoyed after a hard day's work.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 17:50:17 | More by Sachsenfreude
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UA8

Washington

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a billowing white head that recedes leaving chunky lacing down the sides of the glass.

S- Biscuity yeast and malts, lemon, a touch of an herbal honey note.

T- Leads with semi sweet honey esq malts, midpalate has various fruit and lemony notes. Finishes with a lightly bitter herbal note.

M- Light crisp and refreshing with a balanced carbonation that carries the flavors smoothly over the palate.

D- Quite the tasty and refreshing beer. Very easy to drink maybe a bit too easy.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 00:03:59 | More by UA8
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