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10 Excellent [ 2 ] ** [18.18%]
9 [ 1 ] ** [9.09%]
8 [ 6 ] ** [54.55%]
7 [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
6 [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
5 [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
4 [ 2 ] ** [18.18%]
3 [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
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post Mar 10 2005, 09:32 AM
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I am not sure who Bridget is, but her beer is outstanding. I really enjoyed this saison, and got many compliments from my friends. I am definately brewing this one again.
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post Feb 13 2006, 05:30 PM
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I finally got around to trying my BLP.

It pours a lovely head. Color is hazy medium brown with red hints. Exactly the color I think of when I think biere de garde, so it fits my expectations for a saison.

The aroma is of floral coriander, orange, and Saaz. I would not be afraid to up the orange peel to a full ounce. One recommendation is to explicitly state "sweet orange peel" on the recipe, because I feel bitter orange is not right for this recipe. Not sure what HBA ships with the kit.

The wonderful flavors of coriander and orange come through nicely in this beer. However, one ounce of flavoring hops is way too much for a spiced Saison, IMO. I really don't like much hop flavor in my Belgians- it should be about the spices and yeast, and I don't feel that the Saaz flavoring adds to the beer. When I made this beer, I trusted my gut and reduced the flavoring hops by 1/2 oz. Even still, next time I would eliminate it completely. The malt character in this beer is stellar. Great job on the malt bill! The subtle finish provided by the CaraVienne and Aromatic keep you intrigued and coming back for another sip. Another suggestion is that 1388 is really the wrong yeast for this beer. HBA should consider taking that off the recipe and replacing it with 3724 Belgian Saison Yeast. I realize that is supposed to be seasonal, but 1388 really doesn't do saisons justice. 1388 lends a bit of "rumminess" to a beer when sugar is added, which I find misplaced in a saison, and it lacks the bubblegumminess of a true saison yeast.

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I really want to say I love it, but every sip I take, I find myself wishing there weren't as many flavor hops in it clouding the other tastes. The fantastic malt bill and perfect spice balance make this beer a six.

Kick the Saaz flavor hops and use true Saison yeast, and it would probably work up to a 9 or maybe even 10!

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