skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 shared with 3 guys at a St. Patty’s day party in Newton MA. This was a great farmhouse ale from a brewery that I had never heard of. I am very thankful for these guys to be kind enough to pour me a cup of this unique beer. There were all the bread dough, spice, and slight hops flavors of a farmhouse ale. The body was heavier that others that I have tried. This was like a slightly maltier Hennepin. The funk was very prevalent as it warmed up a bit. The aroma was of musty basement and that great Belgian-only funk. I can’t wait to try some more from this brewery.
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy pale straw gold with a large white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of malt, orange, lemon, and mild spice. The flavor is similar with the spicy yeast being a bit more prevalent than in the nose. Effervescent and crisp on the palate. Very enjoyable Saison.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Boulevard always surprises me with their Smokestack series, and this is absolutely not an exception. wonderful.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle; nice to revisit with the smaller format release; clear vibrant gold with huge eggy white head fading slowly; dry malt and pineapple on the nose; white sugar, straw, oranges and lemons; crisp, clean lemony malt with faint spice; silky smooth with somewhat sweet note at the end; dry honey, pale malt and crisp fruity mix; yum; dangerously drinkable; certainly not complex, but so refreshing, smooth and in balance; a terrific saison
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours straw yellow with about a finger of quickly dissipating head, very murky because of the yeast. Smell is very refreshing, citrusy, bit of pineapple. Taste is a bit sour, lemon zest, citrus peels, horsey/barnyard taste towards the back. Light bodied and drinkable. Interesting beer, or maybe the style.
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - MAR 12, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Starts off with a light dry malt that are paired with spicy peppery notes. Mid-stream builds with floral notes then ends with grapefruity hops. Finishes grainy, dry, with a tad bit of funk. Fantastic!
pushkinwow (2153) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Dresden. Hazy pale yellow with a generous slightly off white head that settles to a 1/4 finger layer of foam. Some yeast, light spice, peach, very mild funk with some soapy characteristics, alcohol presence, some citrus and bitter hops. Moderate carbonation and body, slightly bitter, becomes dry, with more citrus and hops, lemon comes through for sure, quite bitter at the end.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Leroy’s in Montgomery. Pours yellow golden with thick, frothy head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and light spices. Spicy, peppery taste. Easy drinking.
Braudog (5932) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at a bar in St Louis. Light golden orange/yellow, with a nice pile of white foam on top. Citrusy and yeasty aroma. Drinks with a grassy bite up front, but settles into a nice, continental yeasty beer for the most part. But there’s still a nice subtle bitter bite at the end that made me go back for more. Delish! (#4506, 2/26/2012)
superspak (2922) - Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by 3/31/2012. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 2-3 finger fairly dense white head with great retention that reduces to a nice lap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big lemon, orange, pepper, coriander, apple, pear, herbs, biscuit, and yeast spices. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of big grass, pepper, lemon, clove, coriander, biscuit, herbal spiciness, pear, orange, lightly tart grain, and yeast spices. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, grass, pepper, clove, and herbal spices on the finish for a bit. Fairly dry on the finish. Nice balance of flavors with nice complexity. Medium body and carbonation; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed other than a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and very enjoyable saison; with good complexity and smooth drinking.