bhensonb (9835) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beverages4Less in Santee, CA. Pours hazy orange gold with a slight transient near-white head. Aroma is sort of fruity, suggestive of lightly earthy. Med body. Flavor is herby/spicy but not very farmyard. It has a certain tang, seemingly related to citrus. Quaffable.
Tmoney99 (9606) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft sample. Poured hazy yellow orange color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Medium yeasty citrus, spice aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation and sticky texture. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.
adnielsen (7581) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ home, courtesy of drfabulous. Thanks! A touch hazy, golden orange appearance with a fluffy white head. Spicy, mildly peppery, light barnyard, belgian golden ale aroma. Peppery, floral, barnyard, a touch funky, Belgian ale flavor. Ok.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear golden color with a medium sized creamy head. Good head retention and lacing. Citrusy aroma with bready malts and a faint bit of cinnamon and clove. The taste is pale bready malts, citrus, plum, other fruity notes and a peppery hop finish. Medium bodied. Nice beer.
shrubber85 (6510) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Lemon peel, coriander, and malt aroma. Amber color with small head. Lemon peel malt and strong bitter coriander flavor. Pretty good - very spicy.
badlizard (5525) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Hay and grass aroma and taste with a citrus zest flavor and a sharp finish.
deyholla (5395) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Kyle! Pours a near clear (some sediment) orangish gold with a white head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma is full of floral notes with a bit of light fruit and backing saison yeast and light grains. Flavor is similar with light fruits and flora with backing sweet grains. Not complex but drinkable.
Suttree (4739) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I know we’re not supposed to rate to style here, and I’m cool with that. But when I see the word "saison" on a beer label, it raises certain...expectations. If this were called an amber, for example, I would’ve considered it a pleasant surprise, and possibly scored it higher. But as a saison...not so much. The is some of the spiciness I was looking for, but none of the funkiness. As I drank more, I did enjoy it,
DrSilverworm (4020) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle, from Party Source. On close-out for $1.45. Didn’t realize it was bottled May 2012 when I bought it. Half hazy orange color. Some dark sediment pieces in the body. Big white head, that soon fades to a reasonable amount. Leaves some loose lace. Stronger, smooth carbonation. Medium body. More dry texture. Some orange rind, light pepper in the flavor. Little dusty. Some light spiciness. Light bitter, little sweet. As it is, just an OK saison. Not too bad to wash a sandwich down with.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from Liquor Barn, Louisville. Darkish gold pour with a mild cloudiness at the core and a medium fluffy head. Hints of sediment and moderate lacing. Nose is softly grainy, with only a bare whiff of hops and spice. Medium body, slightly watery palate with none of the mild bite I’d expect from the style. Flavors are fairly anonymous, with a dose of spice at the front and a generic yeast note dominating the middle. Just a touch of bitterness in the finish, but overall a forgettable entry.