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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
3.97 | pDev: 15.87%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Collaboration with Brouwerij De Molen

Now this is a saison! This refreshing Belgian-style ale is the combined effort of Three Floyds and De Molen’s fantastic brewer Menno (the real Dutch Hercules). This spicy and bracing ale was brewed in Munster, but look out for the one we brew in Holland at DeMolen. Cheers and drost!
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cosmicevan from New York

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottlle received recently in trade as an extra...thanks for hitting a want. Enjoyed from a fff teku. Sadly it seems that this is a beer better served fresh. It really has an old faded hop breathing throughout. visually deep transparent orange with a fizzy head. Not very saison like at all. smell is more barley wine. toffee caramel and faded hop. Perfect preview fir the taste. Thankfully i like barleywines so this is not wasted on me. Would love to try it fresh. Lots of gagged candied hops. Syrupy even.

Jun 07, 2013
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timc100 from Illinois

4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Notes from a review on 11/30/12

This is the biggest 'saison' in every way. It pours a completely opaque hazy gold/orange with a great white head made up of mostly small, tight bubbles. The aroma is very yeast/cereal like with HUGE citrus hops - ripe grapefruit and mango, orange juice. The tastes follows the nose - very bready but also very bitter from a strong hop presence. Just crazy huge citrus hops.

This is a fantastic beer - don't know if I would call it a saison, but more of a DIPA with saison ingredients.

Apr 25, 2013
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.19/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Consumed 4/7/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: Somewhere between deep, dark orange and light amber - hazy, cloudy - nice, big, white head - leaves a nice cap and a wall of lacing

Smell: Very fruity and very sweet, in a fruity way - yeasty, earthy, dirty basements - musty, with some rotting/rotted fruit - doesn't smell much better as it warms up - like, moldy melons

Taste: Funky and fruity - flowers, dirt, and a damp, wet basement - yeasty, with some yeasty spices, like clove - sweet fruit, orange peels, grapefruit peels, melon rind, and some rotted fruit - some caramel malts, some herbal bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, sticky, rotten aftertaste

Overall: No no no

I'm almost inclined to think (hope) this is infected because there's something here that seems genuinely rotten. There are some nice funky, herbal, fruity notes here, but it doesn't really come together, and it disappoints overall.

Apr 07, 2013
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

2.84/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Deep burnt orange. Head is bright-white loose and rocky. Drops to a clumpy cap and collar. Some small ropes of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Tons of orange. Flesh and pith and zest. Sweet. Bready with some mild funkiness. Fruity esters. Some pear and tangerine. Pineapple and grass. Earthy. Hoppier than expected. Underripe peach. A bit mealy. Hints of alcohol. Aggressive for the style. Sweet syrupy toffee booze. Lots of sugary sweetness.

Taste: Sweet candied peaches and nectarines. Lots of orange flesh and juice. Caramel, toffee, And some brown sugar. Strong punch of citrus from.the hops. Ripe melon. Big malt backbone is biscuit with a good caramel malt sweetness. Sharp bite of alcohol on the finish. Crazy boozy and sweet. Some Belgian yeast spice. Touches of clove and banana. Floral. Slightly toasted.

Mouthfeel: Slick and just in the under side of full. Moderate carbonation. Wet and juicy. Relatively clean finish.

Overall: Meh meh meh.

About what I expected. Crazy sweet and aggressive. That's what these two breweries do and that's what they did.

Apr 07, 2013
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KalH from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to CaptCleveland for this one!

A: ZZZ pours a dark amber & orange with a one finger white head and translucent body

A: Fruity hops and Dole pineapple juice...Also, malt, brown sugar, and alcohol.

T: Kind of a hop bomb more so than a saison. Lots of juicy tropical hops accompanied by bitter citrus and some herbalness. There is also raw sugar and pineapple that come through and lend a bit of sweetness against the bitter hop profile. Alcohol and hop resins finish off the array of flavors on this one.

M: Average mouthfeel and carbonation. Juicy finish was surprising for the style.

O: To be honest, this is more of an IPA than a saison. Somewhat disappointing as I was expecting more traditional saison characteristics , but this was a good beer by FFF overall. Thought this was a bit too hop forward but definitely a nice offering from them that I may try again if the opportunity comes up. Pineapple/Hops/Alcohol = Zes Zes Zes.

Jan 29, 2013
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superspak from Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, orange rind, pineapple, pear, apple, floral, grass, clove, pepper, and earthy yeast esters. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malty hoppiness and yeast spiciness. Taste of orange zest, orange rind, pineapple, clove, pepper, pear, apple, lemon zest, floral, grass, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness. Good amount of earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus rind, pineapple, clove, pepper, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, and earthy yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor complexity and balance of hoppy flavors/spicy yeast esters; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slick and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice hoppy saison! Very nice balance and complexity of hoppy flavors and yeast spiciness; and extremely smooth to sip on. This was a very enjoyable offering.

Jan 17, 2013
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oline73 from Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber color with a quarter finger of off white head. The head leaves a ring around the pour.

Smell: The overall smell is fruity with some apple juice and a mild citrus note. The hops in the beer sting the nose with sweet malt behind it.

Taste: Very sweet and herbal. There are a lot of fruit flavors here but the beer has a bitter/hoppy finish. I couldn't have told you what style this was without looking. Weird but not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a very weird beer. I never quite figure it out, I kept thinking I was missing an ingredient that would make it make sense. I might have more.

Jan 09, 2013
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mynie from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I assume that "zes" means a word in Dutch, maybe "hello" or something like that. There's words written on the side of the bottle but good god am I in a drinking mood, reading is for suckers. I also assume that this beer isn't going to be all that great, considering FFF's track record with Belgian styles, but I'm still interested because the label is badass and this wasn't priced all that egregiously.

Pours thick and dark with a small head. Smells... aggressively, nicely American but still with enough of a spicy kick to make its saisonyness apparent. Sweet hops, dry yeast--a very nice Floyditization of the style.

Tastes not quite as good as it smells, unfortunately. The dry and the sweet never quite come together. There's oranges and grapefruit and, like, super dry yeast that's almost like the aftertaste of a good champagne (like, Korbel or something).

Neat beer, and a solid try at something different. It doesn't quite leave the park but it's a clean base hit.

Jan 07, 2013
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike. The beer is orange with a small white head. The aroma brings hops and citrus followed by a sturdy malt backbone. Good flavor, though a bit sweet and syrupy. Oranges soaked in alcohol. Hoppy finish with lingering bitter citrus. Not really a saison, in my opinion, but tasty nonetheless. Good stuff.

Jan 07, 2013
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mdfb79 from New York

4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/29/12 notes. Big thanks to BigSexy410 for sharing a bottle of this one; almost interested in trying a new FFF beer.

a - Pours a orange, murky brown color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, citrus hops, fruity malts, yeast, spice, pepper, tropical fruits, and earthy notes. Loads of citrus hops, especially oranges, which I am a huge fan of.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, oranges, fruity malts, floral hops, pepper, spices, yeast, hay, grains, and bready malts. Not quite as hoppy as the nose and more spices come through. Nice, but I like the nose a lot more.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, and easy to drink body.

o - Overall a really nice beer, though it is very hoppy, which is not what I think of in a saison, like others have noted. Either way it is a good beer, more like a Belgian IPA, with an awesome hoppy nose full of citrus and orange. Worth checking out and I'd like to have it again.

Jan 04, 2013
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CuriousMonk from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into dimple mug glass. Pours a lovely oranger-than-pink-grapefruit with a spongey white head. Excellent lacing that coats the glass well. Aroma has spices, fresh fruit and a yeasty presence. Faint citrus. Taste is of many fruits - lemon, orange, grapefruit, apple, melon - plus chewy resin, a spicyness and some malt. Quite bitter and very dry as you get down through the glass, with some alcohol presence. This is not your father or uncle’s saison - much more assertively hoppy and strong.

Dec 20, 2012
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chicagoanbeerone from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I smelled the great citus hops when i first opened the beer and that famous three floyds smell. The taste is a bitter sweet taste that is very fucky but delisious A very good tatsing beer not disspointed at all and met all the expectations The saision added a good twist of flavor done right and beer had a good kick
i would drink this all the time

Dec 14, 2012
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Higy from Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vessel - wine glass, stemless
Pours - bronze body cloudy but settles after the head, pale straw head about 1" quickly fleeting
Aroma - Rose floral scent, citrus, light amount of pine
Taste - lemon, pine neddles, pineapple
Mouthfeel - medium body, palate cleansing carbonation.

Dec 05, 2012
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TwelveOunces from Kentucky

3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 Oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours incredibly hazy orange. Very murky. A one finger of an off white head. Dissipation fairly quick. Some alcohol legs on the glass.

S- Not surprising, coming from 3F this thing smells quite hoppy. The wheat and farmyard notes are very subtle. A nice floral and citrus hop. A subtle belgian yeast type of flavor.

T- A big bitterness up front. Borderline IPA. Sweeps over with a nice citrus flavor. A little pine as well. A lot of grapefruit, grape figs. There is a little wheat in here but not much for a Saison. I cant tell if they used a belgian yeast or not. This beer doesnt have a spicy flavor or grassy notes like a typical Saison.

M- Bitter. Smooth and silky, Seems higher on the side of carbonaiton.

O- This is a solid beer. It's really a cross between a Saison and an IPA and doesnt seem to nail either part of the equation too well. The beer is good and nice to drink but doesn't have a whole lot going for it and isn't up to par with the steep price tag.

Dec 03, 2012
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark orange with a thin white head

S - oranges, yeast, peaches

T - yeast, oranges, orange rind, faintly bitter

M - dry, very well carbonated, smooth

This is a very nice saison. It has a nice citrusy character that is very refreshing and offers a great drinkability. My only complaint is that there is a rind-like dryness throughout. Nonetheless, this is a quality beer that is definitely worth a try.

Nov 27, 2012
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think this is a saison in name only , because I have never quite had a saison that fits this profile. The Three Floyds motto is "It's not normal", and this fits the motto.

Pouring a golden yellow color, the ale like a white head in the snifter glass. A mild grass aroma came from the glass though the aroma was far from potent. Lacking the "funk" of a saison, the ale certainly had a lot of other interesting elements in the taste. Hops make a big impression with notes of citrus pineapple, mild grapefruit, and a certain earthiness. It has a pretty broad spectrum of hops. The mouthfeel had a certain thickness that I associate with the style, making the taste thick enough to linger. This was important as the taste was allowed to linger and warm the back of the throat. I am not a fan of saisons, but enjoyed this one. Maybe I enjoyed it because it is so strikingly different from other saisons.

Nov 24, 2012
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a rich looking amber with no head. The nose is pure grapefruit hops with a touch of funk...barnyard zombie dust? There just as much grapefruit in the taste and aftertaste along with good yeast character and sweetness. The beer's mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation.
This is a great beer and an unexpected highlight at our tasting.

Nov 24, 2012
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thagr81us from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to aasher for sharing this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting! Served from bottle into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pineapple, citrus, citrus hop, and passion fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, tropical fruit, citrus, and fruit hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. There was quite a bit of fruit going on in this one which was a welcomed change-up for the evening. This helped to make it quite easy to drink and enjoyable. There wasn’t really that much that stood out to me on this one which is why I can’t put it in the next tier. What was there was quite nice, but just missed a little something to take it to the next level. Worth trying if you get the chance.

Nov 21, 2012
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AleWatcher from Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into FFF Teku.

Saison? I think this is an IPA. And a hopped up, bitter, assertive, abrasive IPA in the FFF style at that!

Anyway-- big hopped up bitterness blends with white pepper and a little boozy heat to make this most unlike the typical saison that I'm used to... Notes of tropical citrus fruits lead the way in terms of hops, while a bready chalkiness is ever-present from the malt/yeast combo.

The beer [i]looks[/i] nice, but that's about it for me... It's almost like finally getting a date with that cute girl only to realize that the cuteness is all you could really like-- there's just no substance there.
Well, ok, that might be a bit extreme.
It's more like going to a strip club, paying the cover, seeing 8 GORGEOUS girls walking around, and then discovering that it's 'no nudity' and they wear pasties.

Even that sounds too extreme. But, it [i]is[/i] FFF, and they simply don't do simple. Almost everything is extreme in some way and generally, it works. Not so much here though.

Feels thick, syrupy, and bit undercarbonated-- though it really LOOKS great. Two fingers of fluffy, rocky head that almost overflowed my glass and leave intense curtains of lacing behind.
Glowing orangey-golden body is just barely hazy enough to obscure transparency....

Overall-- I'll finish this beer-- by NO means is this a drainpour! It simply isn't the style of saison I like best... A bit too boozy, too hoppy, and too thick.
But to be fair, it see,s to make for a pretty decent "Winter Saison."

Nov 19, 2012
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Kelly88 from Kentucky

4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at Cock and Bull two blocks away from my new place in Covington! Served in a 10oz tulip glass.

This beer pours a nice light copper. Think the color of sweet tea with plenty of ice in the glass. Beautiful off white head remains in top for awhile until it transforms into a thick ring of foam around the glass with some archipelago of skim in the middle. Sporadic random sticky lace is here and there after each drink. Saison?

Hoppy and sweet would be my first two thoughts. My nose can never really decipher smell that good in bars but this is strong. Bitter aromatic hop buds clash with almost a candied peach To create an interesting nose.

Taste is great. The hops and I guess the Saison yeast hit you first but the refreshing peachy pineapple keeps it from being harsh. Saison? This beer is great notated what they want to call it.

Mouthfeel is all over the place. Light but then it gets a little oily which creates a smooth finish. I like it a lot I just would like a little more consistency.

Overall a fantastic beer. I love the way the two breweries have taken what they know and creating something unique.

Nov 08, 2012
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Arbitrator from California

3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass, from lurchingbeast, the guy who won't take "no" for an answer. Thanks, Frank!

A: Pours a murky, orange body with fluffy, off-white head. Good retention and a fair amount of lace. This looks like an IPA.

S: Pineapple, guava, papaya, sweet pale malt, white pepper, squash, and some chalk. This kind of smells like an IPA.

T: Up front, this tastes like an IPA: tropical-forward hops imbue the beer with pineapple, guava, and papaya flavors. There is a noticeable sweetness that culminates in a nearly syrupy finish. The aftertaste has a touch of white pepper and a noticeable chalkiness and squash, which I guess is some sort of yeast residue. Not pleasant.

M: See above for my comments on the aftertaste. It's a little heavy for a saison, and I do detect the alcohol at times. The carbonation seems to have come out in the pour, resulting in a heavy body without a lot of life.

O: I think this is an IPA brewed with saison yeast. They're trying to fool me, but I'm on to them. Pretty tasty.

Oct 25, 2012
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 10.9.12

A - Pours a cloudy dark orange with a foamy one inch light tan head with good retention.

S - Hoppy orange and tropical fruit.

T - Fruity, citrus, candy. Sweet and tropical.

D - Good carbonation with a light-medium body.

O - Sweet and fruity - Nice saison with a 3F twist.

Oct 16, 2012
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BarryMFBurton from Indiana

3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Three Floyds saison = hops, I’m hoping; I’m definitely in the mood for a bitter, Belgian-style brew.

A: Hazy, dark amber in color; overhead, a finger of tan cream. Sheets of lacing all around the inside of the glass, with only a paper-thin layer of retention.

S: Dank, citrus, badass hops. Strawberry, tangerine, lemon-lime, grape, and cherry in tart, juicy form – we’re talking Zombie Dust territory here. Damn. Very light pale malt, with some mild European grains and estery, spicy yeast sit in the background. All fruit in this nose, with only a touch of real saison character.

T: Tangerine and peach: smooth, juicy flavors. The hops are sweet, only slightly tart, with a strawberry jelly and grape juice flavor in smaller portions; chewy fruit tastes take up the most of this palate. It’s a marmalade-heavy palate, with accompanying tastes of brown sugar and caramel. Sorghum sweetness with honey and moderately-thick yeast. The finish has a thick syrup flavor, but doesn’t last too long – only a little honey darkness for a second or two.

M: The feel of this one is actually pretty thick; not saison-like at all. Again, it reminds me of an IPA – a malty Three Floyds IPA.

O: What’s the point of a style if you just don’t stick to it? Oh well, it’s a tasty beer, and that’s all I really wanted anyway. It doesn’t satisfy on all levels, but as a standard Three Floyds hop-fest, it’s pretty damn close to a winner.

Oct 13, 2012
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barczar from Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque ruddy copper color with a solid half inch ivory head that dissipates slowly into a film covering the surface.

Tangerine, grapefruit, and coriander are the first aromatics I detect. There's substantial belgian yeast character, a bit of musty, sweaty barnyard, and an underlying tropical fruit character of mango and pineapple.

Flavor explodes with tropical fruit. Cantaloupe provides the background, with huge lime, mango, and pineapple notes dominating the initial sip. Grapefruit clears the fruit parade, which ends somewhat abruptly with a fairly dry, powdery, peppery finish. Barnyard funk is subdued. The malt character is slightly bready but somewhat grainy, as well.

Body is moderate, with high carbonation that lightens the mouthfeel. There's noticeable alcohol warmth.

Overall, a fruit bomb of a beer, extremely complex. Lacks a lot of farmhouse character, but would be interesting to see how this develops over time.

Oct 12, 2012
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tewaris from Minnesota

3.14/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Frank!

Doesn't look like a saison... too dark with none of fluffy head etc etc

Interesting aroma... I am smelling (almost) barleywine like malts among other things. Thick, sweet, viscous and malty, and slightly hoppy. This beer is a lot of things but it is not a saison, IMO. Again, that's not important but it's not true to its label either. Among other "flaws", I do not find this remotely refreshing. But overall it cannot be called a bad beer.

2, 3, 3, 3, 4

Oct 07, 2012
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