daknole (9608) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a lightly hazy yellowish orange color with a mostly white head. Aroma has some orange notes up front, some lemony hints, light biscuity malt and some mild spice. Flavor is citrusy, very light on the hops, a bit of grainy malts. Very light but really refreshing and tasty. Julian knows his beer!
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on tap at Toronado San Diego; July 2012
Arrives from the tap with a ¼-finger thick, pale, barely tan, colored head. The beer is a pale, straw gold color. The aroma up front smells of dried straw, cracker like malt, and lemon zest. A more focused deeper look reveals aromas that are a touch musty, a touch like citrus pith (though in a clean way), and actually the citrus character is the dominant note here. The beer is so dry that the citrus character doesn’t jump out of the glass, and actually took me a little bit of time to recognize.
The beer is quite dry, and has a bitter, herbaceous character to it. This mixes with an earthy spiciness that leans towards musty notes, grassy pepper, even grains of paradise, and in the finish has a spicy, pepper quality that provides a piquancy. The beer is fairly well carbonated, a bit too cold, and fairly light bodied; actually it is quite light, not to the point of being watery, but it seems to have the required texture to be a great example of a Saison (as usual, I feel that bottle conditioning would work much better for this Saison). The earthy spice notes manage to not get dirty, and there is some phenolic character towards the end that provides notes of clove, and a hints of the good-type of plastic (if that at all makes sense).
A fairly subtle beer, considering the mandarin billing; this is actually quite appreciated by me, as I was a little wary that this would be a simplistic citrus bomb; this is certainly not an aggressive beer, and should actually be served on the warm side of cool (mine was served a bit too cold to begin with). While this is fairly subtle overall, I am really quite enjoying it; it is a beer that I feel needs a few pints over a long evening to really fully appreciate.
yespr (32981) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap at the brewpub. Pours clear and golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma is crisp hoppy, fruity and light spiced yeasty. Spiced, dry yeasty and light phenolic. Bitter and dry phenolic finish.
GT2 (8819) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Toronado SD. Clear lighter yellow pour. Medium white soapy foam. Nose is estery, pear, dog breath. Banana and yellow apple. Taste is sweeter, tangy, big German hefeweizen notes. Banana heavy. Not really saison and not very mandarin orange expressive. More like a typical hefeweizen. Refreshing, clean palate. A bit Suddy in the finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
AmEricanbrew (6030) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUL 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden color with white head. Orange peel, dry spice, dry bread aromas. average carbonation, medium body. Orange peel, dry spice, dusty pale malt flavors--Saison Socal style--not bad.
brokensail (11821) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden color with a big white head. Aroma is quite yeasty and floral, but a big citrus peel note to it as well. Lots of bread and malt to it, a touch of banana and pepper, too. The flavor has a fair amount of banana and bread with very nice yeast, floral hop, peppery spice, and citrus components. A nice saison all around.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this on tap at Beachwood in Long Beach, CA.
This golden beer has a nice flavor with touches of pepper and orange.
BMan1113VR (7880) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours with a crystal clear golden hued body with a white head that lasts. Good lace. Aromas are spicy, phenolic, peppery, dry, light citrus zest, grainy, malty, wheat, lightly bready. Dry fruit ester character. Flavors are dry, some initial bitterness, earthy phenols, a bit of spicy, heat, peppers (all light). Some grainy and lightly grassy notes with a little bit of yeast tartness. Very lively bubbles, low bodied, dry with a crisp finish.