jgb9348 (5610) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Super hazy, very nicely tinted orange coloured body with a deep bronze and copper glow - all with two centimetres of a tan head atop the beer - nice looking for sure! Aroma of bananas, yeast, coriander seed, curacao, bubble gum, alcohol, caramel and more oranges - smells more like a german wheat or a tripel than anything else. Medium-bodied; Assertive alcohol and bitterness from the malt at first with a light citrus flavour, some subdued herbal and grassy notes, but a lot of yeast qualities throughout. Aftertaste shows a hint of light hops, some caramel and full oranges and a little metallic quality at the end. Overall, a nicely refreshing beer with a lot of flavour and some subdued sweetness, but this is a beer of mixed identities - it shows and tastes more of a german wheat or a tripel than it does of any saison or biere de garde - not a bad beer, but donít expect a pure saison from this one. I sampled this anchor-only-stubby 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Arlington (Clarendon), Virginia on 24-October-2013 for US$6,99 sampled at home in Washington on 06-September-2014.
snoworsummer (4536) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle. Pours hazy copper with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like sweet grass, doughy malt, dry corn and light citrus. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet dough, bubblegum, light lemon, and grass.
sonnycheeba (4955) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours mostly clear copper with creamy off-white head. Aroma is cereal malts, light caramel, light floral notes, light hay, and faint apple. Flavor is dry malts, light hops, some grassiness, and some dried apple notes; very dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
slowrunner77 (9942) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"A dry, lightly funky and very approachable saison. Has the nice, rustic farmhouse qualities. Lightly fruity and hoppy, and fairly complex, though itís drinks easy and light."
Dittoson (24) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 12, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Seasonal ale that certainly provides a fresh and exuberant taste you canít find elsewhere.
jehoesefat (362) - Poway, California, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Corn and cereal aromas. Pours copper with a thin white head and lots of carbonation bubbling up. Tangy up front with a grainy finish.
ryecatcher (1336) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Pours a medium amber, big rocky cream-colored head with outstanding retention and solid lacing. Nose is fruity (apples, apricots), malts, toffee, light clove, hint of yeast funk. Mouth is medium bodied, maltier than any Saison/Belgian farmhouse Iíve ever had, bits of caramel, biscuits, wood, clove and whiff of vanilla, bitters out and gets kinda metallic like pennies near finish. Full disclosure... this (in my beer-drinking opinion) is about as Belgian-Farmhouse as Egg Foo Yung, so Iím deducting points based on style, but it isnít a bad brew in its own right, and comes off more as an amber ale or an English Pale.
BeerandBlues2 (12051) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. Pours lightly hazy dark amber with a large, frothy off-white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is moderate Northern Brewer hops, minty, light earthy wheat malt with pear esters and biscuit malt. Flavor is minty and woody hops, sweet malt, lightly oxidized, sherry notes, light pear esters, medium bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Aurelius (5032) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slope-shouldered anchor bomber, decent label. Fluffy, bone colored head on a misty, tea-orange brew. Raisiny, leathery, lightly smoked aroma - peaty and mildly sweet. On the dry side, moderately bitter, a little astringent, leathery, stale golden raisins, smoked peat. Lightish body, slightly metallic finish. A bit indistinct, not loving it. Quick-n-Save, E Tennessee St.
Bulk_Carrier (3632) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAY 17, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tonightís beer was this.
I poured it into a tulip.
The appearance was a ruddy brown color with a decent haze trying to overcoat the transparency trying to come through. Still, I see a decent light carbonation rising through to feed the one finger white foamy head that ends up dieing at a moderate pace and ends up leaving some light adequate lacing.
The smell, well, it took a while, (Iím thinking I had this too cold), but nonetheless, once I got it to the correct temperature, there were some spiced apples over top of a light Belgian spices all combined and coming through in a rustic sort of earthiness.
The taste was sweet and herbal with a slight earthy Belgian spiciness. The aftertaste was a sweet and herbal apple-ness leading into a sweet sticky finish.
On the palate, it sat about a medium on the body with a decent sessionability aspect to it. Is it really there? Hmmm....it wants to be, but I ended up sipping it for the most part. The carbonation is somewhat smooth but drying a bit as it runs over my mouth and tongue.
Overall, not a bad saison, but not one that I think Iíd really seek out again. It seemed like there wasnít enough yeasty earthiness going on to be a true saison, however for me, I think I could come back to this if I wanted to. Its just not one to seek out again.