Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this a few years back at the brew pub and loved it . Knowing that was not a possibility anymore I was very happy to see the four pk at a local bottle store. By far the best gluten free brew I have tried ever, and a dam fine Saison.
MaBeer1972 (1562) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A light orange brew. Loose white head. Bubbly carbonation. Aroma is of spice and dark oranges. Flavor is wonderfully complex of bitter orange and spicy hops. Medium body. Very tasty. Finish is long and lingering bitterness with tart apple notes. Very interesting. My first gluten-free tasting. I think Ratebeer should have a seperate gluten-free category.
pete4999 (1311) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub in Waterbury, VT. I’m quite surprised to see that it has such low ratings, because I thought it was arguably the best beer that I had at the brewpub (and I ordered multiple of it). Poured a nice bright yellow gold with large (yet quickly dissipating) white head. Had a nice peppery flavor to it, with an almost flowery feel as well. Almost "dances" on the tongue, for lack of a better term. Perhaps I was there when they had a great batch on tap...I really liked it.
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy orange gold with a big white head. The aroma is clean and typical of a saison with clear evidence of the orange peel. The hops are earthy and funky. I’m not entirely sure where all of the low ratings come from here. I couldn’t tell that this was gluten free... it had a nice round mouthfeel and clean finish.
davey101 (747) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ll preface this by saying that I have tried quite a few gluten free beers on the market. Green’s, Bards, Red Bridge, New Planet, T’weason’ale, New Grist, Daura, etc. This is the best one I have tried hands down. As a gluten free beer its excellent. As a saison...well....its average.
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Contract brewed in Ipswich, MA. Fancy! The label is lacking the words "Gluten Free" as well as the required nutritional facts.
A - Hazy burnt orange body with a very thin edging of bone-white foam. Lacing is on the thin side. The head is almost non-existent, but the beer itself looks amazing.
S - An odd, but somewhat pleasant aroma that is also hard to describe. It smells almost wheaty, but there obviously isn’t any grain in here. Its somewhat grassy and sweet, almost syrupy. Finishes lightly spicy with a touch of dried orange peel.
T - Very neutral. The strong sorghum spice that I normally associate with gluten free beers is missing. Instead its a boring take on a saison. Sweet grass, light coriander, black pepper and orange peel. Finish is cereal like. Its tasty though. Mouth feel is probably a bit on the thin side but its very well carbonated. Drinkability is high.
O - Well it certainly can’t compete with a beer like Fantome, but when compared against other gluten free beers its a clear winner. The sorghum is barely present and it has a nice and refreshing flavor with some light spice and sweetness. Very well made beer.
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2012 on tap-pours a dissipating off white head and cloudy orange color. Aroma is grapefruit/lemon/perfumy, light malt. Taste is pepper/spice/grassy, lemon/perfumy hops, light malt, some yeast. Probably the best gluten free beer I’ve had. 3.6*******************
*120621-12oz bottle @Tampa Weekly thanks GatorGuy92-pours yellow/gold with a white ring. Aroma is yeast, spice, light malt. Taste follows with some perfumy phenols. Not the same beer I had on tap at the brewpub, not even close. 2.4 Will leave the original score, just updating here for my notes.
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got this while on a trip to VT.
Poured from a 12.oz bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.
The color is a slightly hazy orange with a finger of foamy head with little lacing sticky to the glass.
The smell is fruity with orange peel and a touch of apricots. There is a nice earthy tone o the aroma that does say "farmhouse" a bit with a slightly hoppy aroma in the back.
The taste is sweet at first with the citrus hitting the tongue then there is a strange bland flavor where the malt should be. Not quite giving this beer enough of a sweetness that I expected. The orange rind flavor does come forward and saves this beer. There is a clay like aftertaste that does have a good slight sweetness with it so it does not become too much to handle.
The feel of this beer is light and goes down easy. There is a decent amount of carbonation in this beer that does wash off some of the aftertaste. Not bad for a gluten free beer.
Damico (3003) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours orange hazy beautiful in the sunlight, but with a small white head that dissipates quickly.
TaktikMTL (6571) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
En fût. Pinte dégustée directement à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur de zestes d’oranges. Apparence: La couleur est dorée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de zestes d’oranges avec une pointe d’épices et de fruité. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fruité. (Rating #2957)
deyholla (8884) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Poured a clear orangish gold with a large white head that lasted throughout the beer and laced nicely. Aroma was full of light fruits with backing notes consisting of spice, light grain, light citrus and floral notes. Flavor was full of similar light fruits, particularly apple, with a relatively strong citrus note coming out in the finish. There were some backing notes of light grain and spice.