oldgrumpy (104) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I am not a fan of farmhouse ales and this one did not help me change my mind. Flavor is not bad. Just not my style.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz – Hazy gold, creamy white head. Spiced apricot aromas open to swirls of peppered grapes and yeast. Soft sweet stone fruits and grapes balance well on light foundation of grassy spiced fresh bread from beginning to end. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, fruity spiced finish. Nicely crafted…
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. pours deep golden with huge white head. aroma is grassy with some earth and pine tones. mouthful is zippy with the grassy hops up front with a nice fruity body that is refreshing. the abv shows up as it warms, but pleasantly. Nice big saison.
obguthr (5649) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Apricot aroma with apple and banana hints. Hazy amber, fountains of carbonation from the bottom of the glass, thick billowy head, some lacing. Full body. A bit on the sweet side, with just a touch of funk. Flavor is less identifiable than the aroma. Apricots, apples, and banana somewhat discernible. Alcohol not noticeable. This beer was highly recommended by multiple sources I trust and admire and they are mainly right. It’s slightly off balanced, but otherwise, it is a great beer. Good complexity, flavorful, enjoyable to drink.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber, 2010 release, from grape & gourmet. pours a gorgeous orange-gold with a massive, creamy, white head leaving thick sheets of lace. aroma is very nice with big, crisp fruit notes of pear, apricot, and green apple skins with hints of red grape backed by belgian yeast, spice notes of coriander and clove and touches of wheatgrass and dry malts. flavor is pretty tasty with sweet, slightly dry fruit notes of apple, pear, and white grape up front backed by dry, slightly funky, yeasty, dark bread, light spice, wet grass, and earthy hops. palate is medium bodied with big carbonation and a dry, herbal yet fruity finish. overall, a tast belgian strong from geoff and the alewerks boys.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a cloudy amber color with a thin offwhite head. Very sweet aroma of caramel. Flavor of caramel and fruits, sweetness is the dominant here. The body is light to medium with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. There’s not much of a Belgian character here.
ChainGangGuy (4803) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 1304 of 2008.
Appearance: Pours a near clear, golden-orange body with a thinnish, white head that dissipates quite quickly.
Smell: Fruity, sweet-scented nose of grainy malts, almond sugar, light spice, and ripe fruits.
Taste: A taste of simple syrup of poured lazily of some fresh malted barley. Slight hint of almonds. Meager pinch of spice. Fruity flavors of glazed apricots and raisins. Subtle bitterness. Rush of drying, warming alcohol precludes the fruity finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Sits a bit heavily on the tongue.
Drinkability: Yeesh! The things they call saisons these days. It’s like saying brown rice is actually the legs of itty-bitty, unborn chicken fetuses. It’s just plain crazy talk. The heavy mouthfeel and alcoholic nature of this beer make it the antithesis of refreshment.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Date: December 29, 2009
Appearance: clear dark orange, wispy beige head, bitsof lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, touch of musty character
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, nice fruity character, juicy fruit, light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
hopscotch (10609) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle… Beautiful, clear, rust-colored ale with a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. Fruity, malty aroma – apricot, peach and plum esters, toffee, caramel, lightly spicy phenol. Medium to full-bodied with busy, but not fizzy, carbonation. Tilts just a bit toward the sweet side of balance, but overall this is a well-balanced, very fruity, mildly spicy seasonal ale. Finishes crisp, lightly fruity and just a wee bit dry. A little off-kilter, but it totally works for me.
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orangish pour. Aroma is sweet and malty. Very sweet flavor. A little earthiness noticeable. Pretty good.