EdKing (1849) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Wholefoods High St Kensington. Clear rich rusty orange, nose is caramel, orange, lemongrass, Brett yeast, barley grain, orange peel. Taste is really nice. Quite rich for a saison with elements of Anchors caramel and malt profiles from Steam Beer, but with Belgian yeast, lemongrass, orange and lemon peel, lemon juice. Rich and nicely balanced. Hope this becomes a regular. Finish is crisp brettt yeast and a lemon citrous tang.
slowrunner77 (730) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Liked it as a Belgian ale, but not really as a saison. Had that Sam Adams grains of paradise thing going on (though GOP are not present)...a touch heavy in body for the style, but it worked, kinda. Peppery and spiced, liked the light ginger and lemongrass throughout. Not their best, but nice enough
hirigalzkar (2283) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A fruity and spicy yeast dominated saison with heavy notes of citrus. The maltiness is maybe a bit too sweet.
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Yeast and malt aroma with light citrus and light spice. Malt and yeast flavor wtih spice and citrus. Medium bodied. Malt and spice lingers with yeast and citrus.
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours amber with a sudsy head that subsides to nothing.
Aroma: Fruit and fresh cut flowers. A similar spicy malty mix as Anchor Xmas.
Taste: Fruity spicy yeast, ginger, euro hops, white pepper.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with modest prickly carbonation.
Overall: At face value, you this is a solid beer, really nothing not to like about it. As far as Saisons go, this was played way too safe. Not very rustic, not lively enough, and tasted awfully similar to Anchor’s other offerings.
tinylightsrecs (178) - - JUL 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Glug Newcastle. Very strong flavours of lemon, cloves and spices... Almost overpowering but for the soft fruit undercurrent. Not one you can have every day but a satisfying take on the style
culchiem (2489) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 23, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Orange amber with a minimal head. Aroma is ginger tea. Flavour is dry ginger, a little spicy yeast, tea leaves on a spicy finish.
RichTheVillan (2763) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; clear amber pour with a big off white head, yeast and banana aroma, taste is very wit with spice, banana, some phenols, Belgian yeast character, not the most saison of saisons.
jd543 (397) - SCOTLAND - JUL 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden/amber with a large foamy, but quickly diminishing, white head. Aroma of yeast, fruit, spices, ginger, citrus, lemon, hops. Taste is sweet with a bitter finish, really well balanced. Thin oily texture, medium carbonation. Tasty beer, really refreshing.
Nik925 (745) - California, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting aroma. A bit of Belgian funk. A bit of lemon. If you know and look for it, sure, there is some ginger in there. The additions are blended/smashed together into a bitterness that just a tiny bit crisper and sharper than hops can bring. As a "summer Saison" this pretty much hits the mark, but if you pigeon hole that much, you are lowering the bar. Decent. I miss Fritz. #Maytag