Terrapin Maggie's Farmhouse Ale | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Maggie's Farmhouse AleTerrapin Maggie's Farmhouse Ale

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Side Project #7.

Added by wagenvolks on 05-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks Radek for sharing. Darkish yellow body with noticeable rising carbonation bubbles. The aroma is hoppy and it is apple juice. Light mouthfeel, light for the style. Getting pepper and corriander. Criticism is expectation for more yeast contribution. Very summer beerable, drinkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maggie's is a fine Saisons that only misses the mark of great Belgian Saisons slightly on a few accounts.

The beer begins with a medium hazy strong straw to light golden color. Fair carbonation fuels only a moderate foam stance and with fair lacing.

Fruit-forward aromas of pears, appricots, apples, lemons, and other tropical varieties fill the nose. Pilsner malts offer a sweet aroma to accompany the fruits. Alcohols and peppery notes tickle the nose a bit. Earthy with hops and yeasty-bready substrate give balance and help to root the beer.

Sweet flavors of malts and fruit give inviting flavors early on, while spicy white pepper and pungent hops balance the beer at mid-palate. Sweet breads, corriander, and orange peel help to give complexity to the sweetness but might make for too much sweetness.

Sweetness coats the mouth early and remains so. Even as the beer's alcohol and hop bitterness dries out late, it stops short of the classic spicy/malty dryness of more efforvescent Belgian Saisons.

Maggie's is a fine Saison, it just misses the marks to become wonderful or outstanding. But this Saison is consistent and well crafted.

Thanks Ding!

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a rocky, but ultimately unimpressive head; some lacing left behind

Smell: Witbier smells of coriander and citrus peel; grainy and husky, as well, with a hint of honey

Taste: Starts out with honeydew melon and pear flavors, followed by a bit of citrus peel and coriander that adds a funky, herbal aspect by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter fruity flavors tend to dominate

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Is it a wit, a saison, or a Belgian Pale? Rather an interesting blend of all of these styles - the disappointing mouthfeel and lack of yeasty complexity makes this one is good, not great

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Photo of nickfl
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A scant, one finger head of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, yellow-gold body. The foam settles quite quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Spicy wheat notes with some pepper and maybe a hint of mild mango fruit. Mild earthy hops and a hint of vanilla.

T - Lots of tart wheat and spicy rye up front with pepper and apple/pear fruit notes from the yeast. The hops come out in the middle with mild earthy flavors and some bitterness. Finishes with more of the same earthy hop notes and slightly tart wheat.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - There is nothing seriously wrong with this saison, but it is a bit of a disappointment. The wheat notes work well, but I can't help but think that the rye is a bit out of place. It adds some strange earthiness that surprisingly doesn't work with the yeast or hops. The yeast provides some spice notes and a minimum of fruit, but doesn't get into the realm of intense tropical fruit and spice that you see in other saisons. This would be fine if this were a hop centric saison, but it isn't; it only has mild hop flavor and bitterness. Unfortunately, thats the whole story for Maggie's farmhouse ale, the yeast character is mild and the hops aren't complex enough to carry the beer by themselves, which leaves the beer squarely in the middle of the road. I'm glad I tried it, but I won't be buying another.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a well-hazed, dark yellow body with a moderate-sized, white head.

Smell: Tangy, lemon-fresh nose with lesser secondary notes of grainy malted barley, Terrapin's obligatory rye, spices, unripe bananas, ripe apricots, and good ole clover honey.

Taste: Hearty blend of malted barley and wheat, the latter with a particular tanginess. There's a little zip of spicy rye. Honeyish sweetness. Bright, tart lemon citrus character bursts onto the scene as well as a solid clove and pepper spiciness. Additional banana and apricot fruitiness. Teeny pinch of dried basil. Mild bitterness. Slight hint of grains on the back half. Semi-dry, tangy finish with a long, lingering lemon tart taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A tasty, refreshing saison and another enjoyable Side Project from Terrapin. Go on, friends, give it a try.

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Photo of billab914
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier snifter. Poured a hazy light orange/gold color with a thin white lacing covering the top. The head didn't stick around long or leave much for lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very citrusy with lemon zest, coriander and orange peel. It has a sort of crisp and refreshing smell to it. The taste is similar to the nose with a lot of citrus coming through. It has the lemon zest, orange peel and coriander but it also has some fruit like apple flavors as well. It finishes with a moderate tartness that that has some longevity on the palate.

Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very light, crisp and good tasting beer. I really enjoyed this beer and can easily see why this style was meant to be a refreshing drink to workers.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last of the side projects I had to try, I opened this one up with the Monks Revenge last night and enjoy them both together. Served chilled and poured into a ten ounce sampling glass, this one was consumed on 05/02/2010.

The pour was damn spot on. Rich golden in color with a very light haze to it, letting the light shine through produced a wonderful golden hue that really lit up the room. Nice three fingers of head on top that literally just sat there for what seemed like forever, really coating the sides of the glass very nicely. Rich aroma of grain, light hay notes, hints of pears, apples, nice amounts of fruit being collected from all around. Warming brings out a light citrus splash to it that really seems to work quite nicely. Flavor was a bit lighter then what I had hoped for. Light fruits, touches of pears, apples, hints of light grass as well. Grainy with hints of fruit intersperse red. A nice mixes just a touch light. Smooth and even carbonation and feel really worked quite well together and the overall coating was a nice touch. Easy to sip on or even session a tad I had no problem putting this one down as the light lemon zest in the finish really added the punch that it desperately needed.

Overall a very solid example of the style and one of the better offerings I had this past weekend. Very solid here and wish I could se this one as at least a seasonal release from them.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber, volume # but no freshness date.

LOOK: Sizeable head, shiny golden color

SMELL: Yeast funk, candied fruit, white pepper, biscuity grain, taffy, medicinal herb, faint alcohol

TASTE: Fluffy, biscuity, yeast, herbal, taffy, orange zest, crackers, mint, mild alcohol warmth, juicy, mild spice, semi-dry finish

A little off the wall but that is expected within the style, gets a bit more drinkable with each sip. Hope they revisit this one.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm fortunate to live in a state which is loaded with high qualities craft breweries. But at the same time, I miss out on what's going on in other parts of the country, such as the Southeast. Here's one from Georgia. 22 ounce bottle, courtest of gford217. On to the beer:

A small, bubbly white head forms on the pour, then quickly vanishes to a thin whipped lace on top. The tangerine colored body sure is attracting my eyes though...it seems to have a glowing effect. The aroma is on the mark for a farmhouse ale, maybe a little lighter in intensity. A little barnyard funk, lemon, and spicy rye.

It's a lighter saison overall, and like the aroma, its taste is on the mark. Moderately spiced, and easy going. Some lemon and orange notes hit. Add on a touch of that barnyard flavor, then the rye, and you've got a tasty beer. Not much carbonation is felt, but that cuts both ways. On one hand, I don't have to deal with any priclky carbonation, but also it feels like I'm drinking a slightly bubbly glass of cold water. Finishes off with a drier lemon and spiced rye note in the aftertaste.

Pleasant. A good interpretation of the farmhouse style. My first taste of this brewery is a success.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a thin head that fades to nothing. In both the smell and the taste, it starts somewhat sweet and fruity, and quickly becomes bitter with orange peel flavors. This bitterness carries through to the finish. The mouthfeel is bitter and somewhat tight. Not bad overall, but it lacks some of the complexity I like to see in a Saison. The orange peel bitterness is a little one dimensional and too persistant. It lacks some tartness, some spice and some pepperiness that would help complete the beer and elevate it a bit. In any case, keep the different styles coming.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Despite letting this sit for quite some time in the fridge the beer in the bottle still looks quite hazed. A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat-two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a hazed, honey-amber color that shows murky, orange-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lemon zest, floral notes, hay-like grain, sweet ginger notes, some boiled bean like aromas, perhaps some dirty coriander character, a softly musty nutty notes, as well as a lighter note that reminds me of the rustic, phenolic character imparted by the Saison Dupont strain (but definitely restrained).

Lighter bodied than the Double IPA I just had, but still with a significant viscosity to it that allows it to stick to the palate just a bit. The beer finishes with a soft orange-flower flavor, a lightly peppery carbonic bit as well as a hint of acidity. The acidity is even slightly noticeable up front where it accentuates a japanese-pickled-ginger like flavor that is also boosted by the sweet grain flavors. The grain character has a certain freshness to it and reminds me of dried grass, freshly ground pale malt, a touch of nutty wheat character, a raw dough like flavor, some honey-like grain character and a creaminess that seems to be attributable to the oats and rye. There is enough of a soft citrus character here that it seems like a hop influence, which is certainly nice. The flavor is only faintly musty / rustic like the Dupont strain, even less so than the aroma, but there is still a touch here.

After it warms for a bit I am better able to notice the spicy rye character in the nose and even in the flavor. The interesting grain character is definitely the strength of this beer, but the supporting notes of fruit, floral notes; sharp yeast character and subtle tartness are what make this enjoyable. This is certainly not the most rustic example of the style, but quite tasty in its own right. I would have loved for this to be drier and more characterful in its yeast notes, but I am still quite happy to be quaffing this right now.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

... Received this as part of a fantastic trade with my new Homeboy GeezLynn... Thanks a ton Geoff.

Well.... I'm still broke and this was in the fridge... here we go.. poured into my Delerium goblet.

Not much of a head really.. the brew is a hazy golden... descent lacing..

Nose is apple juice.. lite honey essence and a bit of spice.. esters remind me of the banana in a German hefe.

Flavor is close to the nose but carries some lemon zest with it and some mild spicy hoppiness.. not really any of the tradtional saison funk, but overall it seems an okay take on the style... finish moves from a bit of maltiness rather quickly to fairly dry with a bit of a sour twang... body seems a bit high.. but the carbonation is about perfect.

Thanks again Geoff.... I hope you enjoy your beers as much as I am enjoying mine.


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Photo of corby112
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle courtesy of funkadelic.

Pours a hazy dark golden yellowish brown color with ripe banana hues. Cloudy yellow lemon colors appear when held to alight source. Half finger frothy off-white head that slowly dissipates into a lasting cap and ring.

Nice earthy spicy aroma with a lot of crisp citrus fruit. Yeast/bread presence is pretty dominate with some ripe banana notes. Lemon peel, corriander, peppery spice, apple and pear hints accompanying the earthy funky scent.

Nice medium body with a very full yeasty/bread mouthfull. Pleasantly earthy/funky with a dominate ripe banana flavor balanced out by wheat, clove, corriander, pepper, lemon and orange peel. Subtle hop presence contributes to the extremely well balanced flavor. Very quaffable and refreshing with a slightly dry finish.

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Photo of harpus
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Body is a hazy uniformly translucent straw yellow color. Pours with a minimal soapy white head that fades pretty quickly. No collar or traces of lacing are left behind.

S-Nose is somewhat mild and certainly saison in nature. A floral hop essence as well as a slight funky yeast come through initially.

T- Fruity upfront with a hint of apple and pear and a slightly funky yeast backbone. The finish is a combo of floral hops and pale, sweet, fruity flavors. What lingers is a moderate floral hop bitterness.

M- mild carbonation and relatively thin body. Minimal bready yeast consistency.

D- This is an alright beer by Terrapin. Slightly above average, nothing too impressive. Its a decent beer overall but it doesn't really meet my standards for the style. Could be much more complex and less ho-hum.

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Foofaa for sharing at the Brass Rail. A foil-wrapped bomber.

A: The saison is a golden yellow color, paler than the Piraat that I just had. The ale, while still opaque, seems to open up a little more though. Less than a finger of stark white head.

S: The nose is spice-driven, with candi sugars, pears and a healthy dollop of star anise lingering around.

T: The body is rather dry, evident from the first sip. Bready pale malts, a little bit of funk and candi sugars drive the taste. A dash of pepper and some more anise become evident the further I get into the glass. There is nothing structurally wrong with the saison, it just seems to be lacking something.

M: The mouthfeel is full at times, offering fruit, funk and yeast in abundance, but the flavors struggle to come together.

D: The one I was most anxious to try I ended up liking the least. Isn't it always like that?

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Thinking Man Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light fruits - mostly pears but hints of green apples - with hints of grassiness and herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light fruit flavors kick things off and are joined midway through the sip by herbal and slightly citrus hop flavors. The hops flavors are a bit bigger in the tap version than they were on cask. Ending is mildly bitter with soft fruit flavors lingering.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass fairly quickly and could have another.

Overall I thought the flavors in the tap version were a bit more robust but the cask version was a bit better integrated. Both versions are worth a shot.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rather typical clear straw yellow with a so-so white head, not very inspiring. Fortunately, this is the beer's weakest aspect. Aroma is more inviting, wheaty and yeasty with a slight citrus overtone. Flavor is even better, mouth-filling, malty and yeasty with a whisper of lemon and a hint of hops. Texture is nice and smooth and fairly fizzy, leaving a tingly and slightly tart finish.

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Photo of gford217
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

This one pours a very hazy golden orange with a large, but short-lived white head that leaves a soapy cap and bits of lacing on the way down.

The aroma is a cross between a wheat beer and a saison with some banana sweetness from the wheat and a strong toasted grain and spicy yeast smell to balance it out. There is a musty earthiness that lingers in the nose at bit.

The taste has the wheat sweetness up front with a hints of bananas and bubble gum, but it's pushed out of the way by the spiciness of the yeast and the toasted bready malt backbone. The finish is a bit sweeter and less dry than I would expect from the style.

The mouthfeel is lively and, as mentioned above, less dry than most top-tier saison/farmhouses. It has hints of the dry earthiness I'd expect but the sweetness is more prevalent in this one.

Overall, I liked this beer. I wouldn't put it in the great category as the wheat sweetness is a little more prevalent than I like. However, that does lend to a very high drinkability. One of the better Side Projects in my opinion.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scant ¼ inch of foamy head forms and begins to settle right away. The beer is a bright gold color with decent clarity & quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and almost reminds me of the candied sugar aroma of some Belgian pales. Some yeast notes and a bit of white pepper. Slighty musty as well. Not really funky like other classic saisons...

Really reminds me more of a Belgian Pale vs. a Saison. I get lots of the candied sugar, some light fruit and yeast tones. Some light malt flavors that are nice and perhaps a moment of pepper again... Some decent bitterness towards the end.

Fairly light in body with prickly carbonation.

Nice beer, but again drinks more like a Belgian Pale vs. a Farmhouse ale..

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Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap Mellow Mushroom Brandon.

A: Pours a nice straw yellow color fairly cloudy. Big tall fizzy head with good retention and lace.

S: Hints of sweet fruit, lemon, yeast and light grass. Nice mix of spice as well.

T: Apples and pears mixed with yeast. Nice spice with hints of white pepper. Fresh bread, light grass. No real funk, could use a touch of sour.

M: Pretty light, crisp, light dry peppery finish.

D: Tasted really good on this hot Florida afternoon.

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Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twenty-two ounce bottle pours a hazy, straw yellow body with a tight offwhite head that is small, but creamy. Spiderweb lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is fruity, yeasty, herbal, and pastoral. Ripe pears, lemons, and kiwis comprise the fruitiness and dried basil and coriander provide the herbs.

Light medium body has a moderate carbonation and an earthy feel.

Taste has a dominant dry character, highlighted by lemon essence, grassy and herbal hops, and an earthy yeastiness. Fruitiness is evident,with notes of ripe pears and strawberries, and some tart kiwi. Faint hints of honey and white pepper add complexity. Finishes dry, with a note of tart berries.

A very pleasant surprise! Lots of going on here, with the amazing fruity notes melding very well with the pastoral character of a solid saison. Wish I had some more bottles of this one.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into my duvel tulip glass.

A- Body is a hazy uniformly translucent straw yellow color. Pours with a minimal soapy white head that fades pretty quickly. No collar or traces of lacing are left behind.

S-Nose is somewhat mild and certainly saison in nature. A floral hop essence as well as a slight funky yeast come through initially.

T- Fruity upfront with a hint of apple and pear and a slightly funky yeast backbone. The finish is a combo of floral hops and pale, sweet, fruity flavors. What lingers is a moderate floral hop bitterness.

M- mild carbonation and relatively thin body. Minimal bready yeast consistency.

D- This is an alright beer by Terrapin. Slightly above average, nothing too impressive. Its a decent beer overall but it doesn't really meet my standards for the style. Could be much more complex and less ho-hum.

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Photo of koopa
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade.

Appearance: Standard yellow with a hint of peach body. A 1 finger white crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves little lace.

Smell: I'm getting peach, nectarines, and apricots mainly.

Taste: Kinda lagerish up front with some fruit in the middle and a slightly sweet honey like finish.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately light bodied

Drinkability: Low abv and light bodied

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Photo of Onenote81
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a tulip glass. Pours a cloudy darker gold, with a thin white head on top. Retention was pretty weak, but there were lots of spotty globs of lace left over after each sip. Scents of yeast, pineapple, grains, sour apples, and a bit of honey. The body was crisp, bordering on effervescent. Smooth going down though. This was one of the more bready Saisons I've had. Pretty filling beer. The tart yeast comes out in the flavor, but it's rather subtle. Mild fruitiness on the backend, but again, lots of bread here. I like it. I could handle this bomber no problem. Great refreshing beer. Even though this is a one-off, my local store has a bunch of these left. I may have to grab a few more for the summer. Recommend.

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Photo of atsprings
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Duvel snifter pours a hazy dark yellow with a decent frothy off-white head that lasts and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of spices, lemon, and sweet malts. The taste is a decent blend of sweet malts and spice with a nice lemon finish. The beer is light, crisp, and smooth with decent carbonation. This is an enjoyable, easy drinking Saison for a hot, humid day.

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