bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a lightly hazy yellow body with a spare white head. Aroma of pear, balloons, grass, and earth. Flavor of coriander, grain, grass, vegetal, and plastic with a watery mouthfeel.
bhensonb (10194) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bine & Vine. Pours hazy gold with a 3 finger foamy white head that did some ring lacing. Aroma might have a hint of earthiness - I think there’s banana ester. Med body. Flavor is a little earthy, and there’s some light spice and fruit ester - still thinking banana. Finishes mixed earthy and "Belgian". Definitely towards bitter. Pretty good.
Ratman197 (8852) - 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.
NielsenRatings (8096) - 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 Wilbur’s 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.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to mora2000. Pours with a hazed golden hued body with a retentive white head. Aromas are of peppery phenols, sage, black pepper, and plastic. Light apple esters, low malt. Flavors are dry, black pepper and a touch of vegital flavors. Lively carbonation with a dry finish.
3fourths (7769) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. lightly hazed gold body with a small white head, some lacing, light effervescence. potato starch, minerals, dried fruit peel, white pepper, crunchy egg shell / sulfur-accented pale malt nose with little hop aroma. medium-light body with rigid, crunchy, husky malt texture and a stale and dull and lifeless Belgian-type yeast. dried fruit peel and pith and vitamins and dried pineapple pieces found in trail-mix, that sort of thing. low bitterness; more dry than sweet. lacks major flaws but seems to be a rather pointless beer - the aroma and flavor are plain and as a whole the beer does little to excite me.
Ernest (6012) - 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 that’s worth an awful lot to me. It doesn’t fail in the ways that most American renditions do...it’s not a banana bomb, it’s not too sweet (the finish is indeed very dry), it’s not boozy (5.3%, yeah baby!), it’s not filtered, it doesn’t 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 aren’t very strong. The gummy ester threatens to dominate, too, but it doesn’t 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 here’s the thing...most American attempts fail *miserably* at this style, so bad that they’re not even in the ballpark of saisons. This brewery surprised me by doing the most typically wrong things RIGHT. Yes, it’s 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.
blutt59 (5997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, hazed orange color with soapy white foam, aroma is dry chalky lemon, flavor of papery metal and citrus, nice dry finish
5000 (5982) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle:   Straw in color, large frothy white head, nice lacing.   Bright herbal and grassy nose.   Mealy and grassy on the tongue.   Not as floral or bright as I had hoped.   Has a slight herbal aspect, along
with general bright straw/hay and grassiness.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Mealy wheaty finish, a touch dry, and thats about it.   Nothing really floral or bright to be seen.   Very slight metallic notes on the
finish.   Not terrible, but not at all what I would have thought of as a Saison.
marcus (5881) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours clear golden with a huge white head and a fruity aroma. There is a light malt flavor that is a little fruity with a sour dry finish. Quite yeasty.