maxwelldeux (3052) - Everett, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small white head. Nose is VERY Belgian from the yeast. Taste is sweet and oddly cloudy with some slightly spice elements to it. Meh.
DrSilverworm (5016) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, shared with b3shine. Totally hazy bright golden orange color. Lots of particles visible in the body. Thin white head, good lace. Medium to bigger body. Light, smooth carbonation, more dry in the finish. Bright fruity flavors, some peach, apricot. Light spice, nutmeg. Spicy sweet taste, light to moderate bitterness. Alcohol well hidden. nice Belgian Strong.
b3shine (4402) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber to snifter (thanks DrSilverworm). Looks good; a hazy orange with white lacing. Smells and tastes yeasty and a little doughy with notes of orange and spices. Good on the palate; it goes down easily for being 9%. Not bad.
AndyW68 (811) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good, not great. Hazy orange with white head. Aroma is floral with peaches and apricot. The taste adds clove and some bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little weak. Overall, I like it.
TomTron (355) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange beer with a thin white head that stays around the rim. Aromas of peaches, apricots and other light fruits. Flavor is the same light fruits and some decent carbonation but it doesn’t pack the punch I remember. Even with saying that, the first time I had this was when I was 21, so my palate has changed immensely since then, but this is still an exceptional brew. They call it a Belgian strong but it seems to more of just an American strong. Nothing wrong with that though, you know good stuff when you drink it.
nuplastikk (4123) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle shared by Brian. Unfitlered golden-orange body. Thin white head. Nice fresh yeasty, flowery esters. Very mellow and refined, no harsh alcohol tones. Light herbal tinged apricot, peach tones. Quite excellent, only lacks the champagne effervescence of a true Belgian. Great beer.
scooterbub (792) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a nice, hazy golden-brown with a one inch white head that lasts. Taste is of yeast, banana, cloves, apricot, peaches, pepper and spice. Similar aroma. Has a light, creamy body. Easy to drink for the alcohol content. Good, but not great.
puboflyons (1873) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the foil-capped 22 fl. oz. bottle. It pours a slightly cloudy orange amber with a lingering, fluffy white head. Aromas of pale malts, earth, banana, pear, and Belgian sugars. The body is medium and creamy. The taste comes on strong with many of the same notes as the nose along with a licorice and herbal note with a semi-lingering moderate bitterness. Not too zingy with citrus. Decently done.
ansermadide (1450) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extremely bold orange in color with a white head, this ale is relatively clear-bodied... allowing you to see how much sediment is in perfect suspension. It smells very saison-like, with soft Belgian malts, light spice, and soft Belgian yeast characteristics. It’s just about as soft and light in the mouth, but you can tell there’s something serious going on behind the scenes. Apricot and nutmeg greet you at the door, then a yeasty, raw dough-like experience in the mouth, followed by a dry, champagne-like finish. After 4-5 ounces the effects of the alcohol set in to the mouth.
Avery did a nice job making such a soft and easy beer, still tasting very well while completely hiding any flavors of alcohol. Oh, and it is yeasty, yes, but it’s tolerable. Its fruitiness remains into the finish as well, making for a succulent, juicy mouthfeel - like you’re biting into a rotten, fermented apricot. Found some rotten fruit in your fruit bowl? Sprinkle some cinnamon and nutmeg on it and you have yourself an Avery Saison.
APatch (6) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - MAR 16, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Salvation’s Belgian-style golden ale seems a fine balance of hops and malt. The malt leads the way and the piney hops poke through as the flavors linger. A thick, off-white head hangs above a rich golden body well after pouring into a pint glass. Nice fruit flavors cross the palate but the don’t linger long. All in all, this is a very enjoyable ale.