La Vermontoise
Brasserie de Blaugies

La VermontoiseLa Vermontoise
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #562
ABV:
6%
Score:
88
Ranked #9,562
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 10.38%
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
846
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La VermontoiseLa Vermontoise
Notes: Collaboration with Hill Farmstead Brewery

Regional beer based on malt, spelt.hops US.

It was developed and manufactured jointly with our American friend Shaun Hill (Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro, Vermont, USA). It continues to be brewed at our facilities in Braugies.

We exchanged our know-how to create this blond with pronounced bitterness with a slight lemon aftertaste.
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Photo of FBarber
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful bright golden color with a huge pillowy white head. Lots of white lacing is left behind as the beer is consumed. A thin velvety layer of white foam is retained on top of the beer.

Aroma has light notes of cracker malts, grain, and straw. Whiffs of grassy green hops, light fruity esters and a slight hint of lemon also come across my nose.

Taste follows the nose with immediate notes of cracker malts followed quickly by an immediate onset of grassy bitter hops. Light fruity esters come through with some spicy peppery notes. Definitely on the hoppier side of the spectrum for the style.

Feel is bright, clean and vibrant. Vivacious carbonation with a quite dry finish. Overall this was quite enjoyable - a bit hoppier, but in a very pleasant balanced way. This one was new to me and this won't be the last time I have it.

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FBarber from Illinois, Apr 04, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged bottle - purchased locally for around $8 - poured into a classic tulip at 44°F.

Pours an ever-so-slightly clouded medium straw yellow, with four fingers of pure white head quickly building to a rocky peak, making pouring a full glass a somewhat tedious process. Heavy lacing, and insane nucleation. It looks violent in there. Very attractive saison.

Nose: Classic Belgian saison aromas are quickly evident with some spicy, peppery saison yeast, and some very Belgian estery notes of bubblegum and green banana. Tons of floral, grassy, and spicy hop notes that make me think Saaz and Hallertau rather than Amarillo, but there is some flowery lemon and a hint of pineapple. Very rustic grains, but I wouldn't immediately guess spelt. Minimal acidity, if any, and a hint of very Belgian funk. For a classic saison, this is on the money.

Palate: La Vermontoise greets the palate with the grain first. Now, I can definitely get the spelt, with its super gritty, rustic, wholesome nature. The spelt is then followed by a nice little zip of lemon acidity - not sour, but mildly tart. A ton of hop bitterness then rushes in out of nowhere, bringing with with it some defined lemon blossom, and just a brute force of grassy, earthy, peppery hops. Don't expect fruity dry hopped Amarillo flavours, this is all bitter green hops. The bitterness comes to a spicy, peppery peak with a bit of resinous cling that pushes out any remaining acidity and delicate floral and lemon notes, and then starts to slowly decline. Some very classic Belgian farmhouse funk appears, with wet hay, wet stone, dusty attic, stone cellar, and an earthiness about it. The finish itself is still bitter, and like its greeting, the spelt is one again pronounced, with no tartness to mask it. The peppery resinous bitterness concludes the finish, and lingers on for a good minute - dry ans gritty.

Mouthfeel/Body: The ale is medium bodied and has an impressive crisp quality to it, as good saisons seem to have. The spelt does add some gritty weight to it, and while it is mostly dry, the little bit of residual grain sweetness paired with an absolutely out of this world lively effervescence serve to give this a nice fluffy feel. The metric ton of hops in here does lend some clingy, oily resin that hangs around. Very drinkable.

Overall: This isn't a bad Belgian Saison. In fact, it's a very good Belgian saison. It has all the hallmarks of a very classic, rustic, old world farmhouse ale, and it's incredibly authentic - but it's just a bit over-hopped. The biting resinous bitterness detracts from some of the more nuanced character of the ale. Nevertheless, it's still a very good overbooked saison, and for the price, I would drink it again. I just wish the hops were dialed back a bit.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium: Cork + tulip glass.
Opacity: Clear to hazy with some faint floating yeast.
Color: Shiny dark straw.
Head: Extra foamy and fluffy 4 fingers.
Legs: Good overall.
Smell: Straw/Honey/Wild yeast.
Taste: Lemon/Wheat/Flowery.
Feel: Barnyard/Floral/Peppery/Zesty.
Body: Light to medium fluffy and oily, nice smoothness.
Carbonation: Highly crispy and a bit fluffy.
Overall: High quality standard Saison with good attenuation. Less spicy and more hoppy I sense.

Visual 8/10 - Flavors 8/10 - Sensations 8/10 - Balance 8/10 -
Freshness 8.5/10 - Intensity 6.5/10 - Complexity 7.5/10 - Appreciation 8/10

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TheBierdimpfe from Quebec (Canada), Dec 23, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale, cloudy, light yellow body topped with a huge, rocky head, dense and creamy. Earthy aroma; very faint notes of citrus; earthy spiciness. Excellent peppery flavor sitting atop a grainy malt base; bitter with a semi-sweet and low-key citrus component. Medium body; coarse and lively on the palate; fairly dry overall; faintly acidic.

I like this one! Earthy (yes, that word, again!), peppery, and just all-around solid in all departments. This is a very straight-forward Belgian-styled ale, bringing a lot of character and depth to the drinking glass. I'll be hunting another one just because it's that good...

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beergoot from Colorado, Nov 11, 2019
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft @ the Beer Temple on 10/9/19.

Notes of clove, dry grain & faint lemon; sturdy, simple & effective. Not a life-changer, but I'd certainly have another!

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Oct 28, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked

Poured into a Trillium glass a very nice hazy golden pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy/foamy two-finger white head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is pretty nice, malty, hoppy, yeasty, with some banana/coriander, lemon, grassy, licorice. The taste is very nice, malty, hoppy, yeasty, with some banana, coriander, lemon, grassy, with some licorice. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very tasty brew, true to style. Nice to see it around here.

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Wasatch from Colorado, Oct 27, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this at Craft in Reno the other day when I was in town hangin' w Adam and Sheldon after a work conference.

Pours a dark dull golden color. Ample head, full on 1" on the pour on draft. Impressive appearance.

Aroma was saison to the tee, all the yeast aromatics true to style. Grassy barnyard hay. Taste continued the same way, was everything you come to know about saisons from belgium like fantome and dupont. The body was light and dry and again, very impressive. Carbonation is spot on. There was a mild citrus component, but a lot of the reviews mentioning all kinds of other fruits going on here just escaped me I guess. I also didn't get the spice rack that a lot of reviews and people have mentioned over the years. Sometimes trying to find and list everything isn't really what makes a good beer, sometimes they can be straight forward and simple and simply amazing. I think that is what we got here, a saison firmly within style guidelines and very well done. Very happy to get to try this on tap.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Straw color, big white fluffy head
S: Sweet bubblegum, honey, earthy hops, white pepper, grass
T: same as aroma, very balanced
O: A great earthy/ sweet saison

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Rimbimhoot from Illinois, Sep 28, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Looks really good with a huge pure white fluffy head. Body is an ever so slightly amber color, fully translucent.

S: Smell is quite strong with grassy notes as well as some funk and barnyard. There are some light citrus notes (orange peel and grapefruit), stone fruits as well as floral notes in the background as well as some confectioners sugar.

T: Taste is much bread-ier than expected with some banana bread, brown sugar and toasted pecans. Otherwise, it follows the nose with a predominant grassy note, barnyard and funk. Some dry hopping in the background with stone fruits, grapefruit zest and floral notes.

M: A bit too sticky but otherwise perfectly light and fluffy with a soft carbonation.

O: This is a very solid beer. I would even go as far as really disagreeing with its average score right now. Really enjoyed this one.

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flipper2gv from Quebec (Canada), May 26, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a bright and clear straw yellow topped by a dense and slightly rocky two finger white head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with decent lacing
S: Smells of orchard fruits, honey sweetness, and peppery spice along with some grassyness
T: Taste is orchard fruits and peppery spice followed by some nice grassy notes and honey sweetness. Just a classic well executed saison. On the swallow there's more orchard fruits and peppery spice with some lingering grassy notes and slight spicy hop.
M: This beer is fairly light in body but it is not watery. Carbonation is quite effervescent and is slightly prickly while the beer has a slightly drying finish.
O: I've had this beer for a few years and have finally gotten around to drinking it. It's a fantastic and well executed saison. The complexity and balance is fantastic on this beer which makes it one to try if you're a fan of the style.

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SHODriver from North Carolina, May 19, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark yellow straw/golden color, semi clear with a light haze. A massive white foam head retains for so long, I impatiently wait to drink it. Spritzy carbonation is visible while lathery lacing adorns the sides of the glass as the head slowly dissipates.
The aroma opens with very earthy and rustic tones, with notes of grass, hay, and peppery yeast. A sweet, fruity and malt like aroma begins to develop. The malt aroma evokes notes of honey and pie crust. The fruity esters yield aromas of citrus, peach, melon and pear.
The taste opens bone dry and highlights peppery phenols over dry cracker malt. Rustic and earthy flavors are grassy and straw like amidst a lightly tart lemon flavor and citrus peel. However, as the drink begins to warm, some nice complexities open up, including sweetness from the malts and fruity esters. Notes of pear, peach, melon and honey malt help offset the spice and dryness. The finish is quite dry throughout with a muted but assertive hops bitterness.
Medium bodied with a lively carbonation. Very dry and crisp mouthfeel along with a light tartness that yields a nice mouth puckering.
Complex and flavorful. I thought that this was a pretty kick ass Saison that deserves much higher ratings.

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Gajo74 from New York, Apr 26, 2019
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle.

Pours clear yellow with a massive head of whipped white. Retention is unrelenting with tattered sheets of lacing. Pepper-dusted cut grass in the nose with shades of cloves, skunk, and apple skins. Medium bodied with a crisp, effervescent mouthfeel. Wet hay with cloves, honey, and peppercorns on the palate. Finishes very dry with lingering funk and spice.

Big Belgian character but unfortunately skunked.

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brewandbbq from New Hampshire, Apr 06, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange-ish color and a cloudy consistency. There was a gigantic, fluffy / creamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of pungent, funky Belgian yeast, spices, citrus fruit, hops, and apples.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of spices (pepper, in particular), some green apple notes, a lot of funky Belgian yeast (a big component), citrus fruit (lemon, a little orange), and a decent amount of hops. A slightly different flavor than expected, but enjoyable. It has a much more hoppy character than a typical saison, but it manages to work. Tasty,

F: A well-carbonated beer with a dry, sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An interesting, well done beer. Worth a try.

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avalon07 from South Carolina, Apr 02, 2019
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4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale golden coloration with a huge, fluffy, lasting head and visible carbonation. Smells of doughy malt, hoppy peach and citrus notes, estery fruit notes of green apple and mild spice and straw. Taste is a good balance of doughy malt, stone fruit/citrus hops and fruity/mildly spicy estery yeast, with notes of peach, grapefruit, slightly tart green apple/pear, lemon peel, grass, straw and mild peppery spice. Finishes quite dry, with a very mild tartness and bitterness and some estery fruit/spice notes and straw lingering in the aftertaste. Effervescent mouthfeel with a medium body and strong carbonation.

This is a little hoppier than I usually prefer my Saisons but still very well balanced, with the hops not drowning out those delicate yeast esters. Actually has a rather nice, zesty citrus character to it that works well with the estery and mildy tart fruit and spice notes. Very nice effervescent, sparkling mouthfeel.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a straw color with a light tint of fog to it. Head is four fingers in height and retains extremely well, allowing for only half a glass fill even after several minutes. Aroma is spicy, rye, herbal, floral, and zesty orange and banana with strong yeast behind. Comes off as a pleasant, zesty blend of American hops with a Belgian saison. Flavor profile is more smooth, with zesty orange, light spicy, herbal, and floral hops mingling with banana nut bread, clove, bready, biscuity, doughy malts and strong yeast esters. Carbonation was overpowering, and caused the beer to spew from the bottle the moment the bottle was uncorked. Carbonation creates an effervescent, forceful texture that expands on the palate. It has a medium-thick to thick consistency. Overall, an intriguing beer that mingles American hop notes in the aroma with a fair Belgian saison underneath. Flavor profile comes off more straight forward, with the mouthfeel really driving this to a different level.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau from a 375mL cork & caged bottle. Gushed out upon opening.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Jan 18, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a pillowy off-white head with a yellow-gold body. Murky. Big finger of head retained throughout my first pour.
Smell: Fresh cut, wet grass. Earthy citrus notes--preserved lemon rind. Slight clove but it's not overwhelming. Don't pick up the peppercorns a lot of people are detecting. Musty basement smell but it is still inviting.
Taste: Lemongrass/floral notes. slight yeast notes. inviting citrus that is ultimately restrained. Slightest black pepper/alcohol burn on the finish.
Feel: Medium bodied, thin finish.
Overall: An excellent and reasonably priced bomber. Would definitely seek out again.

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MagicJeff from Georgia, Jul 28, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle, no date.

Cork is removed easily with a loud "pop." This beer should be poured gently, as mine had a massive head and my initial pour was almost all foam. After a few minutes of letting it settle out, I'm left with a slightly hazy, deep gold colored beer with a gigantic rocky head that rises well above the rim of the glass. Patchy lacing on the glass as the beer goes down.

Big aromas of lemon, peppercorn, clove, and mild peach/apricot. The flavor is more of the same and really brings out the complex fruit/spice combo. Reminds me of a lemon pepper seasoning that I use on fish occasionally.

Dry finish but feels a little thin in body. Very soft and rounded. Overall, a quality saison from two breweries who know what the hell they're doing.

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Jacobier10 from New Jersey, Jul 27, 2018
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3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. A hazy bright yellow-golden color with a thick and dense white head. The aroma was floral with some lemon and peppercorns, classic to me. The taste diverged slightly with more bitterness than expected but not overwhelming. A nice mix of pepper, lemon, grass, and subtle funk. Bright carbonation per the style. Outstanding.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Jun 27, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden color with a 5F head - a bit overwhelming, it took a while to resolve in the Tulip glass.

Nice aroma: floral, fruit.

Wonderful MF for the style, not too carbonated- almost like a champagne MF American Saisons are often too carbonated and too bitter.

Excellent fruity- not overdone taste.

Very enjoyable finish:dry, crisp, not too bitter.

There’s no edge on this beer. Unlike a of American Saisons, this one is smooth in comparison. It’s understated. The Belgian-American collab worked well.with Amarillo hops an American twist.

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brureview from Massachusetts, Jun 01, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

caged and corked small bottle poured into a teku glass, good lacings

Three finger white meringue type solid foam cap. Crowns a golden yellow liquid with active carbonation. magnificent

aroma of cloves, tartness, yeastiness, apple cider-ish

taste is cloves, spiciness, saison yeasts, whiffs of pepper & nutmeg

light mouthfeel, dry finish

good beer

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WunderLlama from Massachusetts, May 14, 2018
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3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't see a bottle or import date. This is a review of a "375ml (12.7 fl. oz)" bottle at "6% alc/vol"

Appearance: The beer has a light gold color with tons of carbonation. It has a large white head that recedes to a decent medium size. It is a very hazy beer. Good head retention.

Aroma: As soon as the cork is popped there is a skunky aroma that fills the room. While pouring the beer that skunky aroma is even more present. Fortunately it seems to gas off a bit after the beer is poured, and it doesn't take long to do so. The beer has a bit of a floral aroma mixed with the aroma of wet cardboard and clove. The strongest aroma from the beer is clove. Every now and then while drinking the beer there is a retronasal skunk character but it is greatly suppressed by the other aromas. Unfortunately the beer constantly revisits that skunky character every time the beer is poured.

Taste: Up front there is a bit of a woody flavor with a strong herbal foundation. It tends to be very earthy but there is this slightly tart note, almost like a squeeze of lemon, that gives it levity. As the beer sits in the glass for a while it picks up a little bit of a nutmeg flavor which is interesting.

Mouthfeel: The beer is very dry and very highly carbonated. It has a light body that suits it well and it has a bitterness that leans towards being too aggressive.

Overall: Although there is a slightly harsh bitterness to the beer that accompanies the herbal flavor and a heavy carbonation level, it still manages to drink as a delicate beer thanks to the light body, dryness, and low-key flavors. The skunky character of the beer can be overcome by pouring once and letting the beer settle for a bit, but nonetheless it spoils an otherwise decent beer.

It's not a beer that i would wholeheartedly recommend but if you are in to Belgian beers then it is worth picking up, at least to try. I probably wouldn't buy it again but I am enjoying the delicate herbal and woody flavors this beer has to offer.

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teromous from Virginia, May 13, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw colored, a lot of a beautiful white and fluffy head. A bit of opalescence.
Pleasant and delicate smell, white flowers, camomile, a good saison yeast. Pepper. Dry.
Malty and cereal taste, again white flowers, and a good yeasty note. Pepper. Dry.
A bit of citric in the back. Peach. Good.
In the aftertaste a good spiciness, again pepper. Citrus fruits from american hops. A good amount of hop, and bitterness.
Dry finish.
Good.

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stcules from Italy, Feb 08, 2018
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4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle
No date


A:
Opens with a bang and pours mostly bone-white head on a partially hazy, straw body. Huge soapy dollop of head. Too-good retention; sloppy, gloppy lacing. (4.25)

S:
A little citrus a little earthy stank intermingled. Vague skunkiness (or herbal hop character, or both), orange rind, weed, forest floor. (4.25)

T:
Hay, a little heft to the body (presumably the spelt), pepper, pizza dough, lightly floral. (4.25)

M:
Mediumish body with active carbonation a fluffy, quenching feel and a bone-dry finish. (4.5)

O:
Delicious saison.
It pours with a huge head that makes it a pain to pour (i dropped it .25). Very nice-looking, though. It has a funky, herbal, stanky smell that is a great blend of yeasty spice and the piney/citrus ghost of the Amarillo hops. The flavor follows suit and on the whole I feel like this one ticks about every box I have for what I like in a saison. It is a cohesive beer as far as the flavor. Just generally well put-together, refreshing and enjoyable.
(4.5)

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TheDoctor from Quebec (Canada), Jan 21, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy sunny yellow with a tall, rocky off-white head that slowly deflates. Lovely aromatic spicy hop smells...hay, grassy herbs, faint honey, and pale grain. Spicy hay, leafy hops, dried apricot, grain, subtle yeast, minerals. Medium-light, frothy, and quite dry. Quite the tasty classic Saison.

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wedge from North Carolina, Dec 25, 2017
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serious head on this one even with a slow pour. Aroma was wheat, kind of earthy, rustic for sure. Flavor had some hoppiness but mostly rustic saison flavors. Easily identifiable as Belgian.

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ArrogantB from Colorado, Nov 13, 2017
La Vermontoise from Brasserie de Blaugies
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 846 ratings