talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour is a mostly clear copper color with an average, white, frothy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves some Belgian lace. The nose is all over; flowers, faint tart brett?, spicy all over, gum, bready (maybe banana bread?). The flavor is the same, gum, pepper, banana bread, rye bread, allspice, floral/resinous hop notes. The palate is completely dry despite the hefty additions of sweeter malts, light to moderate, and lively. The finish is fairly long despite the intense dryness, still very peppery, complementing the mild warmth, still green resin, and lemon tartness. Where to begin....... What happened to anniversary beers being just well put together, well-crafted approachable styles?? I mean really when are five different yeast strains necessary and/or feasible? I looked up the hop profile of the beer on Avery’s website and found Bravo as one bittering hops -- why are very high alpha hops being used in a saison, ever, especially with additional dry-hopping? Too sweet to make for a good saison despite my other complaints. Complexity is one my highest factors in what makes good beers great but it means nothing without finesse and precision of craft. Why do so many American brewers think that just because they are experimenting with Belgian yeast allows them the freedom to craft something the in innovative, maybe, but certainly not well made? Farm house brews are fickle beers and without great knowledge and expertise, most do the style a disservice by putting marginal beers on the market. Most American brewers should stick to what they know best, leave these unique, creative, disciplined styles to the experts. Avery is a great brewery but their "creative" anniversary beers have all been Belgian, all been way over thought, and certainly not worth the time. I am praying for an American anniversary beer next, needless to say.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another bottle at Dstructo/Daknole tasting I didn’t take notes on. I occasionally like saisons but I remember sipping this one and not being too impressed, but thanks to whoever brought it
Beaver (1621) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, bottled 5/2011. Pours a copper amber with a creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is spicy yeast with some bready malts and a little fruit (banana).
The flavor is earthy malts and yeast and a little old fruit with a bit of a zing from the hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall, an OK saison. I liked it better on draft.
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orangey brown color, small dissipating head, low carbonation. Aroma is bready and hoppy. Biscuit flavors and dry finish. Strange blend of flavors with noticeable Belgian yeast as well. Interesting and different but not great.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cloudy amber with a nice white head and an aroma of cheddar, cinnamon, prune, and bready fig. Flavor is watery spiced bread, plumb, raisin, dark melon, and flowers. Average mouthfeel. Not bad but too spicy and too heavy for a saison.
Maverick34 (2915) - New York, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
draught from R&H. Pours a dark ambery,not your normal saison color. Mild head. Citrus & some full bodied fruit for a saison. Pretty good.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Deep amber, a little burnt copper, moderate to large off-white head, fairly nice lacing. Barnish nose, very strong Rye aspect... very strong. Musty, dank, barnish, and a whole lot of Rye on the tongue. Its a little too much as it tends to overshadow the Saison aspect. Fairly hefty body. Strong Rye lingers at the finish. Interesting beer, but would be better off if the Rye were a bit more subtle. Wouldn’t hurt if it was a bit sweeter, that is if the Rye was to be that strong.
crajun (1160) - , Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy light yellow pour with short lived billowy white head. taste/flavor was carbonation slight hops. good mouthfeel. Has a dry hop finish that is nice. much better saisons out there for the price
emacgee (4585) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours viscous ruddy copper amber with two fingers of sticky off white head. Very yeasty and ephemeral nose, floral and lightly peppery. Similar flavor, peppery with a citrus rind character and floral notes. Some hibiscus and pink grapefruit character. Medium bodied, not super dry. Tastes and smells like a homebrew and is probably higher alcohol and FG than it needs to be...
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Malty hoppy flavor with a quick finish.