drjay44 (2351) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, tiny bubbled, well retained, ivory head, with extensive lacing, over a clear, dark amber (SRM 15) body......nose is heavy cereal, hints of toffee/caramel from the malts, mild herbs from the hops, hints of clove from the yeast......taste is heavy sweetness, with light hints of toffee/caramel plus cereal from the malts, mild herbs, with light finishing bitterness from the hops, light clove, hints of lemon, earth from the adjuncts.....mouth feel medium, sticky, no astringency, carbonation low, with a mild acid finish. Although this is a beer, it really isnít a Saison. It is heavily sweet throughout, lacks acidity, has low carbonation after the initial burst, is a bit high in alcohol and the phenolic are wrong being clove, rather than pepper in direction. A bad attempt from a usually good brewery. BJCP 6/3/10/4/5
jcnielsen (1329) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a copper color with white head. Yeasty, bubblegum, straw aromas. Yeasty, musty. malty, wet blanket flavors. Nothing spectacular, but solid.
Beese (675) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Bailey Taproom in Portland, OR on 31 May 2013. Copper colour with a medium, but dense white head. Great aroma of Belgian yeast, spice, soft fruits and a vague floral hop note. Flavours of bready malts, dry hay and peppery spice. Finishes with earthy, grass flavours and a touch of caramel sweetness.
Gachupines (748) - USA - SEP 23, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden amber with a thick white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is funky hay somewhat like a barnyard. Flavor is light, almost seems like an Anchor Steam was forced to be a saison somehow. Itís missing some of the sparkling effervescence I would expect and itís a little muddy and flat. Leaves a slight bitter finish that is a little unpleasant.
douglas88 (5171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber I guess. Wow. Really cool fat boy bottle. Pours a wonderful reddish copper color with a medium white head. Very sweet yeasty and candied fruit nose. Rich flavor of caramel, toffee, some candied Christmas cherries, a bit of yeast and banana. Excellent brew. Iím not sure exactly why, but this really came together really well for me. Almost like a English Strong Ale or BW.
queenholly (2422) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Sweet and sour malty aroma. Clear deep copper with a minimal head. Toasty malt, yeast, and light clove flavor.. Body on the light side of medium, soft carbonation. Doesnít taste anything like a saison.
ChainGangGuy (4233) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 ounce bottle - $6.98 at Sherlockís in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Bottling date: May 17 2013.
Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, dingy copper-hued body with a smallish, wispy, off-white head.
Smell: Blended fruit notes, fragrant spices, and sweet-scented elements atop a bit of light toast, a bit of cookie.
Taste: Bready pale malts, restrained wheat maltiness. Rock candy sweetness. Teensy taste of marmalade, a nibble of apple. Touch of banana. Variety of peppery spices (star anise, clove), light bitterness. Rolls back and forth between the sweetness and spiciness while sustaining the fruitiness throughout. Crispish finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: A beer that is ultimately just okay.
JDBaker11058 (1067) - Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: cloudy amber-gold, thin white head of soapy bubbles. Aroma: honeyed cracker grains, yeasty spice, notes of clove, coriander, sage, citrus, and banana. Taste: as the aroma indicates, with a slight spicy bitterness the most prevalent. Finish: dry, slightly herbal, a little bitter, with a spicy zing that lingers. Notes: This is a properly decent saison. Flavors are a little spicy, but in a way that complements the light palate. On draft at Victoriaís Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD.
Beergeek23322 (1730) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber color with a small white head. Aromas of caramel, spice, banana, hint of lemon. Medium to high carbonation. Bitter hops on the finish. OK, but not great.
Borresteijn (4156) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Beer Temple. Deep golden colour, white head. Aroma of banana, spice, bubblegum, very much like Leffe Blonde. Flavour is light spicy, sweet banana, esters, bittersweet finish. Light-bodied. Not great.