Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2014
1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
C&C 750 mL bottle shared at a tasting. Whatever age this bottle has, it was not kind. The cork hit the ceiling upon opening, which is impressive as we were in a warehouse. Pours a hazy golden with a thin fizzy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma, well.... I was in a gas station restroom earlier in the day and it smelled like that. Lots of urine and some fecal notes. Also a bit of tart tropical fruits. The taste is bready malt, spice, citrus, tropical fruits. Medium bodied. Terrible.
Travlr (13195) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at RBWG Asheville. Slightly hazy yellow color, small white head. Aroma of lightly dusty and peppery citrus. Taste has lemon on a bit of a barnyard background. Decent.
jbrana (475) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet, earthy, with a perfect amount of spice. Has a light lemony tartness with helps brighten and tie together the palette. A well constructed saison that is balanced, simple, but quite good.
jefcon (1419) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
To coin a new style -- American saison. Aggressive spicing, notes of tobacco and woods, and apricot and pit fruit on the nose and palate. Complex opening, short finish. Great companion to food.
Timmomyces (2) - St. Louis, USA - MAR 23, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: Delightful deep golden straw color. Nice effervescence, pours with a rich dense creamy head that lingers nicely. Although lacing is minimal to non existence.
May benefit from an addition of carapills/carafoam.
Aroma: Pleasant spicy aroma that hits the pallet immediately after pouring. Lovely noble hop character reminiscent of Hersbruker or possibly Saaz. Smells of fresh grass, lemon, spice and fresh baked bread.
Taste: Balanced between yeasty spiciness, noble hop bitterness, malty/bread like character and just a bit tart, but all in equal parts.
Mouthfeel: Slightly tart with a full pilsner malt body and noble hop bitterness.
Overall: Beautifully brewed example of a classic style reminiscent of Saison Dupont.
Well done Blackberry Farm Brewer!
phaleslu (6806) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Grand Tasting of RBWG. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a small white head. Notes of rubber, earth, smoke, hay, grass, lemon, florals, and plenty of funk. Light-bodied, with a dry, funky, slightly smoky mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. There’s a lot going on here, most of it good.
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[ Bottle ][ RBWG Asheville Grand Tasting ][ 750mL ][ Globe ][ Free ][ 2/8/14 ]
>> Pours cloudy gold with weaker foam. Nose is fresh grist, fresh raw honey. Taste is crackery raw malt, gamey honey. Palate is a bit anesthetic with band-aid and camphor. Has a lot of potential.
SpringsLicker (3169) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 RBWG Grand Tasting.
Cloudy medium yellow with a white head.
The aroma is floral, perfume.
Light bitterness, Belgian earthiness.
italarican (1484) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle generously shared at the RBWG grand tasting. Cloudy blonde pour. Odd scorched aroma and flavor of cigarette butts and burnt cherry. Slight grassiness and a bit peppery but I can’t get past the ashtray notes.
jbruner (2477) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared thanks to suttree at RBWG grand tasting! Pours a hazy yellow with fluffy white head that leaves light lace. Aroma of funky yeast, grass and hay. Taste follows with a slight pepper ester. Good carbonation, nice and easy to drink but nothing special.