jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear yellow gold color out of the bottle with a foamy white head and a light spicey nose. Some lemon rind flavors with spice and subtle yeast. Nice, clean farmhouse beer.
halfonit (1150) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy light tan. Thin head. The aroma is herbal, lightly spicy with mostly spicy American hops and a nice yeastiness. Herbal and very spicy on the palate, yeasty and quite hoppy. Good balance. Not really my style of beer but it’s a decent saison.
bluejacket74 (1263) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch number 711105, best before 12-2011. Served in a goblet (as recommended by Boulevard), the beer pours a hazy gold color with an inch white head. The head stays around a long time, and there’s a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and fruity, it smells like mango, lemon peel, pears, bananas, yeast and sweet malt. The taste is mostly fruity too, the brew tastes like pears, bananas, peppery spice, yeast, citrus (lemon, orange) rinds, bready malt and also an earthy flavor. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it’s well carbonated and quite refreshing to drink. At $9.99 a bottle, I’d buy this again. Definitely worth trying.
Boesky (51) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a lovely translucent copper. Good head retention. Nose is slightly sweet and herbal. Hits the tongue with a lively burst of citrus and straw, but finishes with a lingering dry spiciness. An outstanding hybrid of tradition and innovation, a new favorite.
hivemind (697) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle w Erica at Stiffler’s. Light gold color with big, big uneven, white head. Aroma is weak yeast and some cutting vinegar smell. Really sharp, barnyardy taste upfront and actually a lot of bitterness. Short legs. Straight yeast and grass, kind of shocking.
davey101 (647) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Smudged best by date appears to be 03/31/12. I swirled and poured in the dregs.
A - Golden yellow body with a great thick white head. Really awesome lacing and retention. Slightly cloudy with a bit of brown sediment/yeast on the bottom of the glass.
S - Lots of tropical fruits and citrus. I get mango, pineapple, pears, and plenty of lemon. This is followed by wet grass, grainy yeast, and some spices and herbs. Very fresh and clean.
T - Follows the nose with the citrus and tropical fruits. The finish is a pleasant mix of grass and yeast and subtle spice. The alcohol is slightly noticeable in the aftertaste. Very crisp and lively, the carbonation and mouth feel are excellent.
O - Not my favorite of styles, but this is an excellent saison. Very simple and clean, and can roll with some of the best Belgians out there. Well done Boulevard!
beastiefan2k (2359) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, BB 3/31/12, so I believe this is 6 months old. Poured the whole beer out into a large wine glass. Head fades fast, usually not the case with this beer. I have had this many times on tap and bottled as well and the head is often humongous and long lasting. The beer is a golden color with some protein in suspension and a few visible carbonation bubbles. Pretty golden gelatin. With a little time the hops have died down, which I like. Fresher the beer has some very green and bitter hops, which have died down and allowed the sweeter Belgian beer to come to life. Yes, I said sweeter, there is a mixture of sweet bubblegum hops with pear esters and some residual Belgian sweetness. So, while sweeter its still a very fun beer and I can handle it (but I could see other die hard Saision lovers dinging this beer for that). Along with that comes a little sticker mouthfeel and a heavier body. At the end of the flavor lots of bittering hops that really hit me hard. So, while it is not drying, the bitterness balances out some of the sweetness. And its a great mix of malty Belgian sweetness. To reiterate, fresher there are greater green hops covering up the sweetness and while sweet its a good it is bookended by hops to balance it out. This is a sure bet locally since this is the "specialty" draft one is most likely to run into. This is the base beer for the Saison brett and hoped very differently. Its amazing how different the 2 beers are but the residual sweetness of the beer is a perfect home for some Brett B. I have also tried a Saison Brett dry hopped with Amarillo, which was an interesting experience in the circle of the base beer.
dzimm27 (136) - - OCT 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells of grapefruit and a slight touch of funk. There are a fair amount of suspended particles in the light golden/yellow clear appearance. Tastes smooth and funky, pretty clean though, the flavor is nice and strong but the aftertaste gets a little weak. There is a decent amount of carbonation and the light head that remains laces on the glass similar to most highly carbonated beers. Another review had a comparison to Delirium Tremens - I would agree this is a fairly close match, but I might prefer this more (Delirium tends to give me a headache for some reason). Overall an enjoyable Belgian style beer.
bigred22 (84) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty much a Delirium Tremens clone, just not quite as polished. I say it doesn’t have a very good aroma, but the taste makes up for it.
Spelt (231) - East Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich citrus hop aroma strong on grapefruit. Very slight funky note. Nice pale yellow with thick haze and tall white head. Taste is abruptly sour but more sour like grapefruit than sour like a belgian. Has even some saltiness like a Gose. Strong alcohol note in the finish. reasonably dry.