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Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 10 16 4 7 2009
Natasha, I can't thank you enough for this one!
Let's do this.

One knows a quality Saison at the *crack* of the can... I love cans!
A moderate pour reveals a tawny, golden amber Saison being relinquished from it's aluminum prison. Upon being liberated, this elixir immediately adorns a Sahara-bleached, ivory white crown... if only for a moment. What was once one finger in height quickly fades to a thinnish cap. However, a picture perfect collar washes to the sides of the glass, leaving foamy residuals that weave their lacy magic in intricate patterns as a reminder of the once triumphant head. Very subtle carbonation rising within let's the aforementioned collar slowly slip away...

Aroma is almost candy sugar sweet - but not quite. More of a fully ripened fruit-like sweetness... and speaking of fruit, a few spring into mind: Golden apples, soft over rippened peaches, woody pears, sun dried apricots, orange rind and soft cantaloupe. Some light spices sprinkled into the mix - white pepper with a pinch or two of coriander. The real beauty of this lies in the doughy yeast funk - love it. Think bowls of bread dough rising on a dusty hot August afternoon in a farmhouse kitchen - now you have it.

The taste caught me off guard a bit. A good amount of hoppy bitterness grabs at the tongue first... but segues rather quickly into a nice peppery punch - I love it when tastes battle for domination of my tongue. Not that this is huge in anyway - just there is a lightning quick transition from one taste to the next. A certain degree of fruityness lies midway on the palate - not to the sugary extent that the nose implied - but it is here - apricots, cantaloupe, golden apples and a twist of lemon for garnish - all without the sugars. Both black and white pepper near and through the finish, pricking the gums. Very subtle yeast funk here... stronger notes would make this outstanding.

Moderate in body. Smooth yet crisp, dry and peppery mouthfeel. The dryness is superb! Carbonation is lax - more zing would be most beneficial here.

Good Saison. Extremely drinkable, crisp and refreshing. Love the pepperyness, and the cotton dryness is outstanding! More carbonation - both visual and tongue tingling would help the overall experience and score.
The aroma is very fruity and different - not quite to style IMO, but I enjoyed it all the same. What this really needs is more of that barnyard funk in the taste... and it would be fantastic! Saison in a can.... love it, wish I had a case or two of it.
'Tash - many, many Thanks!

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