Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy medium to dark yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, husks), lightly to moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly yeasty (basement, cobwebs), with notes of gum, pepper, sulfur, rubber/plastic, concrete.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, husky.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
AARRGGHHH. So close. So damned close. And from Big Sky of all brewers. These guys had Saison Dupont in mind, quite clearly, and thatís worth an awful lot to me. It doesnít fail in the ways that most American renditions do...itís not a banana bomb, itís not too sweet (the finish is indeed very dry), itís not boozy (5.3%, yeah baby!), itís not filtered, it doesnít have a bunch of unneeded spices. I want to hug the brewer for keeping it pure and effectively "to style" (as loose as this style might be, it honors the basic principals...low ABV, dry/quenching, etc.). But sadly, this has two problems: first, the malt is pretty husky (in both nose and aftertaste). And second, it has some rubbery/industrial phenolics (maybe a little fusel too?)...but thankfully they arenít very strong. The gummy ester threatens to dominate, too, but it doesnít completely clobber everything. I am perhaps being a bit generous with my score (maybe more like a 3.1 with my more typical Big Meanie hat on), given all the quibbles and flaws, but hereís the thing...most American attempts fail *miserably* at this style, so bad that theyíre not even in the ballpark of saisons. This brewery surprised me by doing the most typically wrong things RIGHT. Yes, itís not as well-crafted as it could/should be to get a 3.5+, but they win big points for trying to make something in the vein of Dupont instead of making another sweet, boozy, banana-bomb like everyone else. If they could just improve their malt extraction alone, I would buy this again for sure.
ajnepple (1666) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Dark golden, pale and cloudy with a fluffy white head that laces the glass. The aroma is yeasty and lightly tart with fruity esters, spices and herbs. Light to medium body with a crisp dry feel. Chalky yeast flavor, herbal hops, light spices and fruit. Kind of bland and watery. Lingering unpleasant finish. Meh.
after4ever (5928) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12-oz. Pours a murky medium amber. Huge fluffy white head. Cigarette ashes and egg yolks on the nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Ashy, sulfuric mid palate. Surprisingly mild finish. Disappointing.
brenn79 (1429) - Idaho, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle- Pours hazy light golden with a one finger head. Aroma is floral, light spices, yeasty. The taste is mild funk, creamy, yeasty, strong banana flavors, not very complex, but pretty good actually, I could drink more than one of these. The body is medium, carbonation is medium high, creamy mouthfeel. Overall I liked it, a working mans saison, which is what the style was originally, before it became a higher end beer, but this is very basic, and tasty.
Beerenberger (1265) - Fischer, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Aroma of spice (cloves) and citrus fruit with hints of barnyard/earthy funk. A clear golden yellow our with a moderately dissipating white head and minimal lacing. The taste is surprise. I get moderate malts and gram crackers with a slight touch of fruit and spice in the middle and a dry grainy finish. Medium-light body with crisp carbonation. Slightly watery. Overall, while a drinkable beer, it is not, sadly, very representative of the Saison style
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle @ home picked up at Wilburís Fort Collins. Pours a cloudy, dark orange appearance with a big creamy, white head. Lemon pinesol, mild barnyard, somewhat spicy, herbal aroma. Tangy, tangerine, slightly tart, peppery, a bit goopy flavor. Scroll past.
hockey9930 (65) - - APR 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden-yellow only slightly cloudy with lots of lacing and a thin white head. Aroma is yeasty with grass. Flavor is hard to pin down, but similar to aroma; lightly sweet and spicy with minor bitter finish. Palate is light, watery, and fizzy.
Ratman197 (9024) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of Doodler (thanks Scott) poured a clear gold with a small lasting white head. Aroma of straw, bread dough and white pepper. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, bread and white pepper with a crisp dry lingering peppery finish.
rougeau13 (1863) - Texas, USA - APR 3, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear golden; white head. Aroma just like that of the saison I home brewed last fall. Decent, but doesnít stand out. Taste is thin and weak and a touch off. Body is light-medium and slick. In all categories besides aroma, even my super-first attempt-amateur saison was far superior. This is perfectly acceptable as a session type beer, but itís poor amongst saisons.
DedicatedToFun (2002) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a bad saison, beauitful bottle, decent taste, smooth refreshing, nice brewery