Ernest (6319) - 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.
5000 (6298) - 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.
douglas88 (6250) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to Jeremy. Pours a cloudy golden color with a large white head. A big grainy nose, some honey and banana. A light somewhat thin palate, banana, grains, lemons, some clove. OK. Nothing too exciting here.
after4ever (6239) - 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.
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
"Meh. Pretty ho hum. A belgianesque saision yeast was really the only thing seperating this from a boring yellow fizzy beer. Not bad, but so lacking compared to the awesome saisons out today. "
blutt59 (6028) - 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
AmEricanbrew (5905) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to tulip glass. Hazy golden color with lasting white head. Grassy, dry hay, dry spice aromas with mild phenolics. light body, average carbonation. grassy, dry hay, phenolic dry spice flavors with bready malts----good
Mora2000 (5834) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear golden color with a large white head. The aroma is full of wheat and yeast with some grain notes thrown in. I also get a little bit of white pepper and some light citrus. The flavor is very similar. The grain and yeast notes come through first, with some orange and apple character coming through later. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
thirdeye11 (5620) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle thnks to mora2000) clear light gold, fine white bubbles. Nose is wheat, raw grain mash, bit of creamsickle, stale fruit, cherry. Taste is a little better, spicy wheat, fruity, odd grain mash, slightly sweet and medium carbonation.
heemer77 (5106) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. The body is bright almost deep gold copper with a thick dense white head. The nose has plenty of funk and fruity sweetness like apples. There is also that smell of old library books, pleasingly sweet, not dusty. The taste is relatively funky at first, finishing with ashy wood notes. There is also some hay and a little bit of apple core. I got a slightly soapy hint in the finish. Decent effort.