Oakes (12352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy dirty blonde colour. Complex herbal/spicy aroma with flowers, green peppercorn, maybe some thyme or lemongrass - there’s a lot of subtle stuff. Very bright herbal taste - lots of herbal bitter dryness, subtle florals, assertive yeast, clove, leaf herbs...crazy complexity, lots of fun. Liquorice accents. Fun stuff.
LilBeerDoctor (3437) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating #200!! On tap at the Ginger Man. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of sour fruits, wheat. Flavor of sourness, oak, tartness. Slow sipper with a heavy mouthfeel. Pretty good saison, nothing incredibly remarkable about it though.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Ginger Man. Aroma of sourness and wheat, simple but powerful, with some spices and champagne-like fruitiness in the background. No surprises in the mouth, the various notes didn’t grow into anything mind-blowing, but still quite tasty. Very nice.
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Ginger Man. Hazy golden amber with a lovely pillowy thick white head. Aroma is lovely. Rich spicy yeastiness, some clove, lots of white pepper and allspice along with a light sprucey fruitiness. Flavour is a bit unusual initially. Herbal flavour with a vaguely bark-like astringency. As it warms some light floral aromas and lighter spiciness comes out. Very wheaty tasting as well. Soft and crackery dry malts with a lovely combination of floral/fruity aromas. Quite a nice saison.
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - JUN 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Artebirra Pasturana 2008: poco prima di mangiare, una delle più belle sorprese, in formissima. Aroma e sapore complessi e soddisfacenti, che ne avrei voluto un bigonzo.
yespr (30909) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
33 cL bottle. Pours hazy orange with a lacing white head. Spiced and wheaty aroma. Solid spiced cinnamon and some ginger flavour. Ends dry and bitter with a solid spice note. Too spiced
Stine (1533) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Rustico. Glowing, dandelion hue, clouded; a gorgeous frothy crown of white. Pickled ginger shavings, vinegar and crumbled red pepper aroma; pungent and sharp initially, but acquiescent; crisp, cool green spices, green bell pepper, chamomile, and brisk strawlike bitterness to temper it. Lovely. Flavor is leafy and herbal, very calm and composed; vanilla and basil leaf sweetness, earthy, ripe green fruitiness dusted with a sandy wheat malt presence of banana and crisp clove, and some rice cereals. Effervescent, frothy palate; reticent medium body; a very relaxed, delicate presentation altogether and careful blend of spicing that could very easily be taken for completely absent. A great, brightly brisk, soft example; stellar.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Rustico. Pours a hazy, straw-orange color; beautiful, textured and creamy off-white head with excellent retention and lacing that coats the glass; gorgeous, impressive pour. Pleasant amounts of honey, candied fruits, and light soft spicing (ginger? chamomile?); very nice nose. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy candy sugar, candied ginger, and floral notes, coupled with a very soft, creamy texture; appropriate, soft levels of spicing and chewy, floral-driven nuttiness; tasty, tasty stuff. Very nicely dry finish: breadiness, candy, and soft toastiness; excellent, crisp end.
argo0 (11443) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(draft) Beige head atop cloudy light amber body, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, straw, some pepper, spicy, light honey. Taste is medium sweet, straw, some cpicy/pepper, grassy, light honey, rye. Somewhat dry finish. Smooth medium body, light acidity. Very easy drinking.
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Saison style. Spice, cinnamon, herbs and green notes drive the aromas and flavours. Verey clean but maybe lacking personality, but of course very well made.