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Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 0
12 oz bottle
Pours a very dark, almost ominous brown color - with the most beautiful burgundy color gleaming through when held to a light. One finger of mocha colored head - almost nitro in appearance - takes up it's residence atop - and slowly slips away. Upon a closer inspection, this Saison is crystal clear, with slow, light streamers clawing their way for the surface. The ever-encompassing collar grips the walls of the glass... a quick swirl allows for some very pretty and intricate lacing to showcase the beauty of this thing.

Aroma is quite interesting. First and foremost: A good dose of Saison yeast funk - that is to say, dusty, musty barnyard. Oh yes. Sweaty horseblanket as well. Next is a fruity nature thrown by the yeasts - pear and golden apple with hints at pineapple and perhaps cantaloupe. Wrapping everything together is a sweet caramel/molasses (!) and roasted malts essence - I am combining these two elements because I find them to be deeply rooted within each other, as if hot peened into each others very being. Finally, there is a light spice aroma... just very small pinches of both anise, nutmeg and cinnamon.

First on the tongue is roasted malts. Light wood smoke with just a hint of char around the edges. This segment takes center stage. Next is a light spiceyness... mostly a degree of pepperyness... I keep finding myself wanting to say vanilla - so I will. Vanilla. Light hop bite towards the middle, followed very quickly by those fruity yeast esters - again with heavily ripened cantaloupe , pear and golden apple. Wheaty twang? I believe so. Holding everything together in the again lightly charred finish is that dusty/musty barnyard - this time minus the sweaty horse tack.

Medium in body. Smooth, crisp yet ever-so-lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Lush. Good amount of dryness in the finish. Carbonation is very lax for a Saison - but for what this one is - it compliments very, very well. Light boozy warmth in the finish as well.

A Winter Saison Warmer. I believe that would surmise this very well. That being said - it is off-track for a Saison, but with the yeasts used... fits well within it's billing. Cold Font does have what all good Saisons MUST have (besides a funky , fruity yeastyness and dry finish) is that immense drinkability (sorry to use that word) factor. This thing is refreshing and soul satisfying. The roasted malts say sip me slowly, but the sweet fruity funkyness says DO NOT SET THIS GLASS DOWN.
OK, I won't.
Glad I have another sixer...
I believe the ABV is around 7-7.5%, if I remember correctly.
Strongly recommended.

Served In: Snifter