Leighton (10512) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at RBWG 2014 Late Night tasting - Asheville. Pours hazy gold with a light, creamy head. Rich beer with floral accents, bready malts, white sugar, yeast. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Moderately warming on the finish with more rich, pale bread, mild alcohol, yeasty dough, light fruit notes. Good but would probably be better if it hadn’t been imperialised.
BeerandBlues2 (9446) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. Pours very clear copper with a large, creamy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is flowers, herbal and woody hops, black pepper, earthy wheat malt, light biscuit malt notes, and cooked pears. Flavor is sweet malt, lightly stale and earthy hops, lively black pepper, aged flowers, overripe fruit, and a medium, drying finish. Medium body and carbonation. Overall, this beer holds a bit too much upfront sweetness despite finishing somewhat dry. The esters are muted, and the hops are definitely an afterthought.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
RBWG14 Trip Rating #88. Bottle shared by Travlr. Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Fair head retention. Aroma of candi sugar, bready malts, yeast, herbal hops, stone fruits. The taste is herbal hops, cider apples, spice, yeast. Medium bodied.
jtclockwork (7976) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at 411 room tasting by me. Pours cloudy gold with white head. Nose and taste of apple, lemon candy, grain and saison yeast. A bit of alcohol in the finish. Medium body.
3fourths (7879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sugar sugar sugar. Sugar syrup and sugar. Flowers, sugar, honey, sugar, pepper, sugar. Sugar.
phaleslu (6281) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared up in the Aloft Beer Fart Dungeon, I think by Travlr (?). Pours a gold color with a small white head. Notes of wheat, cereal, corn, sugar- like a sweet breakfast cereal. Too sugary and sweet. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, malty mouthfeel. Pretty one-note and disappointing.
alexsdad06 (5335) - Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle shared by?? Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have a sweet Belgian yeast, sweet esters, some fruity notes, slight hay, not as herbal as most saisons. Good, not great.
jackl (4379) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottleshare in Asheville. Quite soupy. Earthy saison yeast dominates the nose. The taste is fairly neutral. Some melon and pear. Spring harvest. More yeast. Medium body, sort of ruddy. OK.
Sledutah (4298) - Utah, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle shared by Travlr at Burial, RBWG
Clear golden with a small white head and no lacing. Aroma of toasted malts and citrus. Flavors of caramel, fruity and malty
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle shared at Beer Study a few weeks back. This was really bad. Like Olde Hickory’s attempts at saison bad. Wish I could have warned Mike before he wasted his time with this mess of a beer. Should never have been released. A sweet mess, and I use sweet in the literal sense. One of the worst saisons I have ever had. You’re welcome for that glowing endorsement.