PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glad to have tasted this before buying the big bottle. It’s pretty straight forward, a spicy saison with a touch of sweet honey flavor. I picked up a little fruitiness on the finish. The appearance was a typical golden glow, but I was pleasantly surprised with a little thicker feel to it.
superspak (3226) - Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage. Pours lightly hazy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of orange, pear, apple, grape, caramel, honey, light pepper, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity esters with malt sweetness; and good strength. Taste of orange, orange rind, pear, apple, grape, caramel, honey, floral, bread, clove, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, caramel, honey, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity ester flavors; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice imperial saison. Nice balance and complexity of yeast ester and malt flavors; with quite smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.
krumbum (642) - truckee, California, USA - JUL 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy amber color. Melon rind and Carmel scents. It has a thick body sweet an the start then turns a bit funky then fades away nicely leaving a light yeasty but moist palate.
bth122 (1326) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big bottle at HV condo. Poured honey color. Medium light size head. Nice aroma of honey, Belgium candy, cherry, other dark fruit, Belgium yeast. Medium sweetness. Medium body at least. Some slight fruit tartness. Pretty darn nice. Some spice at finish. Enjoyed.
bhensonb (12149) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours hazy copper with a frothy white head. Aroma of dark honey and floral. With sour barnyard after. Full bodied. Flavor is honey, dark fruit, fruity esters. Very strong flavors. The dark fruit grabs my mouth - like bitter. This is quite dry. As astringent aspects. Lots of malt, but something balances that. Woot!
tmoreau (2829) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Bigby’s in Addison, IL., and sampled in a small flute with an orangy/golden color and modest, white head foam. The nose was extremely honey sweet, with a touch of yeastiness, spice, fruitiness, but a distracting, earthy, green olive scent. The flavor was similar, maybe less the olive, with the esters as apple & pear, with the skins. Haven’t had a Boulder offering in awhile, and was hoping for more pleasantries. Not a fan of this one.
gripweed57 (911) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy copper red color with a rocky beige head. Excellent lace. Tropical fruit malt aroma with notes of bubblegum and fresh baked cinnamon rolls. Flavor is sweet fruity malt with obvious high alcohol flavor. I read the reviews on this and most were not favorable. I think this is not very Saison-like but yet it has a unique, complex sweet malt flavor that deserves a try. More like a strong Belgian style ale with a huge dose of honey thrown in. Could have used some more hops to help balance out the overly sweet high octane alcohol flavor.
LinusStick (2969) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2013
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Blah. While not undrinkable, this is a sweet cloying mess. Aroma was actually good. Strong yeast, lemon and honey aromas. Very thick. Pour was a murky dark gold with a one finger white head. Taste was rough. Overly sweet and alcoholic. Yeast and honey are huge with slight notes of lemongrass and pear. Very thick, alcoholic and almost a chore to finish. Not sure how Boulder Beer considers this a saison, but to each his own
Cybercat (3877) - Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Comes out of the growler a clear, bubbly, slightly reddish dark amber, bordering on mahogany, with a thick and fluffy ivory head. Aroma is mainly yeasty with a little sweet malt. Flavor is fairly strong, if not complex - yeast, malt, honey, a hint of apple. Texture has average fizz and body. If not one of those really outstanding beers, certainly worthy of a try. Definitely for sipping slowly on a hot summer day while watching the home team hand their arch-rivals their own a--es.
thegreenrooster (3459) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is a murky brown with a small white head. Aroma is sweet and somewhat estery. Flavor is heavy, sweet honey with some ripe fruity wine like characteristics. Finish is again very heavy and cloying with some toffee and alcohol. This was ok for a try but if your going to put saison on the label it should not be 11.5% abv. Seems like an experiment gone bad but they bottled and sold it anyway.