MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Zesty mandarine-like fruitiness floats around the firm sorghum flavors, creating a very drinkable and well-dried out Gluten-Free Saison.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the clear golden.
-The citrusy fruitiness is important throughout, but never becomes overbearing.
-That sorghum flavor is surely one must get used to...
-The light body and prevalent fruitiness make this quenching.
-This is certainly more harmonious a flavor profile than that of the Celia IPA that was tried a few months back.
On tap at the brewpub.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled this at the brewpub. Lightly hazy golden with orange highlights - head recedes but lasts. Aroma of some estery yeast and sorghum - grainy. Taste is yeasty with some esters and phenols - and the weird sorghum grain gets a bit annoying. This was a good example of a sorghum beer, but unfortunately without a crapload of hops to cover it up, I had a hard time enjoying it.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2012 20120805 Updated Bottle version - Cloudy golden color with very small white head. Aroma/flavor is spicy with bready yeasts... much better than I remember from the brewpub. Spicy finish... love it...
Draft at the brewpub - Poured a pale golden yellow in color with a small white head. Aroma was mildly spicy with some citrus and bready yeasts. Flavor was also spicy, some of which I attribute to the sorghum, with plenty of bread dough. Medium sour... a bit too for my idea of a Saison, but not unpleasant. Finish is slightly sour/tart, medium hoppy and clean. Not sure how the sorghum affected the production of his beer... although not a top effort, it is not a bad beer, but I see it as a bit of a "misfire" for such a quality brewer.