trevor211 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours extremely light - like honey-infused grapefruit juice, with a dense, white head. The honey definitely comes through in the aroma, though the peaches and jasmine are less pronounced. Hops come through, as well as plenty of citrus, banana, bubble gum and grain, but it’s very mild. Lots of yeasty esters in the flavor, with a good balance. It’s a nice flavor, but this is like the nice guy that everyone likes but nobody dates. You want it to get a good rating, but you’ll always pull something else to drink first. Meh.
robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a cloudy pale light yellow with a medium size white foamy head, and good lacing.
smell is of wheat, oats, spice, and earth.
taste is smooth, a touch of sweet fruit, wheat, yeast, a little banana, some spice, and some malt, ends somewhat dry.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice looking beer. Opaque dark yellow with a thick sheet of bright white head. Very floral nose, with clove and belgian yeast phenols. Yeasty sweet flavors of bubblegum, honeycomb, and clove. Sweet jasmine notes as well but doesn’t seem to satisfy this jasminephile as the sweetness takes away from the subtle floral qualties that jasmine is good for. I suppose the peaches come through by way of the fruity sweetness...even though quite sweet, the bubblegum yeast notes give the beer somewhat of a dry ending. Its a tightly made beer, but the sweetness and strong belgian yeast characteristics will keep me from having more in the future.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a slightly cloudy yellow gold color with a fair white head. The aroma is moderately strong with Belgian yeasts, fruits, floral notes and spices. The flavor is overtly fruity with a witbier quality; plenty of cardamon, light fruits and bread yeast. The mouthfeel is light and smooth. The finish is long and spicy-sweet. Overall: A very good saison.
drjay44 (2858) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours an initially thick white head, which rapidly deflates, over a pale yellow (SRM 5) cloudy body....nose of light lemon, mild spice (allspice, cardamom), honey, bit of Belgian funk.....tastes of light malts, lemon bit of the spices, finishes dry and with slight hop bitterness....mouth feel is light, carbonation medium to high. This is an excellent example of the style. Light, refreshing, easily drinkable, almost perfect summer beers.
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours bright golden with a frothy head. Its inviting smell is like a spring meadow filled with wildflowers. The mouthfeel is light and creamy with a sprightly carbonation. The Saison Dupont yeast provides a variety of bold, fruity-spicy esters such as faint banana, clove and white pepper. With each sip, more aromas unveil themselves. I think of fresh-cut herbs, tea, flower petals and honey. The malt side of the beer is mild yet balanced. Flavors of water crackers, crusty bread and honey come through, providing a solid backbone to the beer’s bouquet of aromas, slight tartness and spicy bitterness. The peach addition in the beer is mild, and it’s far from your typical "fruit" beer. But it does have a wholesome, earthy, peach-accented quality that brings me back to my younger days when I explored peach orchards near my mom’s house in northern California. The beer finishes dry with a snappy, hoppy bitterness that blends effortlessly with the spices and aromas. Refreshing beer.
djd07 (5039) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at flying saucer. Has a cloudy yellow golden with a medium creamy white head that leaves behind good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a spicy fruit with a strong clove. Medium mouthfeel with a dry malt taste with a nice dry finish. Hides the alcohol well, a good saison from Avery.
rallison (116) - USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy golden color on the pour with a minimal head. Tons of sulfur (aka rotten egg smell) on the nose, with notes of sweet, light fruits and spice.
The taste is light with sweet fruit notes (peaches and the like) with a grassy character and some decent spice character.
There seems to be, however, something lacking in the flavor. Decent spicy carbonation on the swallow. And this could use more funk/earthiness and less sulfur.
Despite all that, I didn’t actually mind drinking this - so, this does apparently have redeeming qualities.
Edit: Actually, after drinking this some more and letting it open up a bit more, that taste is pretty good. Bumped up the score a bit.
thornecb (4696) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pale yellow into a tulip. Bright white head recedes at a medium pace to hug rim. Yeast and lemon aromas. Sweet peaches upfront with sweet honey in the middle. Crisp and dry with a flowery alcohol finish.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Pizza Port. Clear golden yellow with almost no head. Floral fruity aroma. Big honey and mild peach taste with the jasmine showing through in the finish.