kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: November 08, 2009
Appearance: opaque orange, fine white head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, touch of citrus, light tartness, sweet orange, complex spicyness, balancing earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear orange-copper, whitish head. Aroma is light fruity esters, sweet sugar. Taste is nicer, spicy, sweet, fruity, nice body, light alcohol.
ChainGangGuy (4600) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Served up an opaque, rustic orange body with a thin, white head.
Smell: Very aromatic, with a melange of fruits striking the nose first, bringing about scents of orchard fruits and later fresh citrus peels. There’s some spice, there’s even some bubble gum. Ultimately, it gives the impression of boutique hair care products. Also, there are some lighter malts and even wafts of higher alcohols tucked into the bouquet.
Taste: Sweet-tasting barley rounded out with lighter touches of pilsner and wheat malt and dusted with a fine layer confectioner’s sugar. It’s a particularly fruity brew, with true tastes of Bartlett Pears, Golden Delicious Apples, and DeKuyper Peach Schnapps passing by the taste buds. A modest hint of bubblegum comes and goes. Very nominal hop presence and bitterness. Upon slight warming, a citrus character arrives, bringing a taste of Valencia Orange juice. Moderate amount of spice character. A few flecks of sweet toffee on the back half. Finishes quite fruity and ever so warming.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Certainly, the Cinq Saison is a saison positively brimming with character and charm. Clocking in nearly at 10% alcohol, it’s no slouch either, with the warming alcohol aspect felt throughout, but I found myself far too preoccupied by the rich complexities to be bothered by it.