portableparty (1887) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy pale golden amber color with a large foamy white head that settles to a thin film and lacing. Aroma has bread, biscuit some farmhouse and lemon zest and yeast. Taste has a bitter salty lemon flavor with some bread and biscuit some yeast a little pepper and and hidden funk. Palate is thin fizzy and finishes dry. Nice light Saison without the booze that some American Saisons have. 8 bucks a 6 pack is nice too!
seymour (1261) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted from a 12oz brown bottle into a schooner glass. It poured a light hazy golden amber colour with deep, deep everlasting white foam and loads of Belgian lace. Some true to style Saison and/or Belgian Singel traits, though weaker and less complex overall than classic examples. Slightly grainy, spicy, fruity, citrusy, earthy, tart, yeasty, with some honey graham cracker notes, with a very dry finish. Nice noble hops aromas, but the flavour/bitterness was a bit harsh. A little mushy and bland comparatively, but still vastly better than most mass-produced lagers and golden ales. I would gladly drink this again and again, especially as an old-timey summer refresher. Good, not great.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a medium yellow with a touch of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Medium head and a lacking palate- lacks the spiciness that I think the style should have, but I will probably buy again as it is not all that bad.
marcus (5644) - 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.
Bif (1199) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy copper color with a thick head that fades very slowly to plenty of lacing. Aroma of citrus, fruit, spice and what seems to be banana. Taste of citrus, fruit some banana, spices and some bread. Mild bitterness blended with tart. Fairly dry finish. Medium body with ample carbonation. Decent beer for the style.
TAR (2393) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Blonde rust. Gentle pour raises a voluminous cap of lathery white froth. Brightly estery and intensely peppery nose, with fresh flowers, white pepper phenolics, pineapple upside-down cake, and puttylike yeast. Hint of gum, sulfur, clove, and banana bread. Soft, fine carbonation. Quite snappy from the start, with a firm and dry maltiness charged with a moderately phenolic, white pepper vivacity. Splash of peach puree gels with a subdued tartness and wheatlike twang to gently temper the phenols and deepen the predominantly stiff texture with a pleasant succulence. Malt comes off as a mixed bag as its coarse graininess sporadically hints at burnt breadcrust, but at the same time showcases some softer candied pecan, baguette, and toasted hay qualities. Saccharine-like sweetness makes a very subtle appearance and robs some of the soulful rusticity. Relatively clean, otherwise. Herbal, aniseedy hop briskness balances the ongoing assortment of slippery fruity esters. Finishes quite woody and earthy, with plenty of candied pecan edges to match the grassy and herbaceous hop punch. A very respectable yeast-driven rendition which tips its hat to the traditional saisons of the world. Fairly rustic in character, well-attenuated, textbook appearance, fluffy mouthfeel, and very quaffable thanks to the exemplary balance. Not exactly great, but considering the brewery this is shockingly serviceable.
AmEricanbrew (5205) - Belcher, 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
DiarmaidBHK (3077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Sun devil Liquors. Pours yellow with inches of white foam that dissipates quickly. Very effervescent in the tongue. Has a bit of funk in the nose. Some subdued barnyard of the tongue. Solid but not amazing.
onceblind (3194) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear pale gold with a rocky white head...like a lager. Smells like bread crust and pilsner malts...like a lager (not giving enough credit here, though bread crust and pilsner doughiness are prevalent here. There’s also a bit of earthy floral tones and a touch of orange zest. And the head actually leaves good lacing and retains well). Flavor is packed with hay and orange rind citrus, a bit of floral hops, and a bit of doughiness. Finishes estery and clean with a touch of pilsner malt and orange sweetness.
JohnGalt1 (204) - , Idaho, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
$7.20 for a 6’er of this at WinCo of all places... Great deal! Pours into my HotD goblet with a 2 finger white head.. nice retention, but only splotchy lacing... the brew is hazed straw golden.
The aromas are only okay in the traditional saison realm.. grainy/wheat malt presence.. I guess some minor peppery phenols, but no real fruity esters.. seems too malt dominant for a "saison". Could use any sort of Belgian esters.
Very grainy on the palate.. not as dry on the palate as expected for the style.. light yeasty peppery quality.. perhaps some minor clove and even some bandaid. Wheat malt lays down a minor (very minor) tartness, but there is no yeasty sour notes to speak of.
Body is thick for a saison.. the residual malts left on the palate accentuate this... and the carbonation isn’t really that good either.
Despite all my above negatives, I see what the good folks at Big Sky were trying to accomplish and I would suggest a very different yeast.
But for what this is, it is very, very refreshing and unlike anything the other breweries have in the cooler right now.... I will certainly buy it again... This should have been released in late spring.. Late night fire-pit parties, afternoon yard-work, and camping/fishing/hot-springing with an interesting/individual brew.
Decent... I see the bones; but this should have been more adventurous and it would have been great (especially in a 6-pack).