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Old 05-15-2012, 05:43 PM   #11
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Every American saison has been too sweet. I find all the best examples are from Europe. Try dupont because you have to. And fantome is fun but variations in quality from bottle to bottle can make it more of a game. The Italians are doing great things with duchessa and nueva matina. Blaugies and thiriez are both solid but my all time favorite is glazen toren's saison d'erpe-mere. And if you can still find the b united zymatore version from gin barrels drink that because it's heaven in a glass.

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Old 05-15-2012, 05:49 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by pohldogg
Every American saison has been too sweet. I find all the best examples are from Europe. Try dupont because you have to.
I know what you're talking about. That's exactly why I am not overly fond of Hennepin. It's got too much spice in it for the style IMO. Boulevard Brewing Co's Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale on the other hand is almost indistinguishable between Saison Dupont to me. It seems to be very faithful to the Belgian idea of a Saison.

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Old 05-15-2012, 06:37 PM   #13
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Ommegang Hennepin is widely available and excellent, if spicy. Saison is my personal favorite style.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:51 PM   #14
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Silly Saison

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Old 05-15-2012, 11:13 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by SavoryChef View Post
Silly Saison

Just had this for the first time, and while being nothing like what I expected, I enjoyed the sweet and tart, raisiny experience.

Totally different than any other saison I've ever had.

Dupont is my favorite though.

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Old 05-16-2012, 03:10 AM   #16
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Tank 7 from Boulevard. Sweet and spicy, but finishes pretty hoppy.

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Old 05-16-2012, 04:13 AM   #17
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Goose Island's Sofie might be worth a try too. Drier, too, due to a touch of brett.

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Old 05-16-2012, 04:33 AM   #18
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If you can get some of the Tommyknocker Saison, it's a great example of the style.

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Old 05-16-2012, 12:12 PM   #19
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I find that I like the Dupont in the small brown bottles much better than in the large green bottles.

Try anything from Stillwater Artisanal Ales. Large bottles are brewed in Maryland, small are brewed in Europe at all different breweries. I love the Cellar Door and Existent, but all have been very good so far.

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