spilledpint (346) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle.
Ar: A bit stuffy but some nice citrus notes come through up front. Lightly spicy banana as well.
Ap: Pours a hazy straw-copper with a 2" frothy head atop my tulip. Nice lace.
T: Fairly sweet up front with a spicy flavor. Finish is moderate citrus and quite nicely bittered with a touch of tartness.
P: Comes off a bit syrupy to me, moderate carbonation and a bit of stickiness.
O: Glad to find this one stashed away in the back of my fridge. Complex and delicious.
UXO (634) - CANADA - APR 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy straw with three fat and growing fingers of rocky white head, excellent retention and lacing. (4/5) Nose is lemon zest, light stone fruit, light wheat, bready yeast, coriander, clove, mild funk. (8/10) Taste is mild sweet, moderate bitter, mild tart, light pepper spice. (8/10) Medium to light body, lively carbonation, dry peppery and mildly tart finish. (4/5)
Quite a nice saison - a decent balance of citrus, Belgian yeast, and dry funk. Fairly complex, without being the kitchen sink it might sound like. (16/20)
jbeatty (1134) - New York, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 04/19/2015. Cloudy burnt orange pour, dense frothy head with sticky soapy lacing. Aroma of bread, soft peach, citrus rinds, lemon and yeast. Taste is spicy lemon citrus, wheat bread, peppery herbal hop bitterness. Medium body, carbonation on the high side with a dry finish. Nice.
patricks110 (1915) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours an effervescent golden straw colour with a thick puffed up white head. The head subsides slowly leaving tons of lacing blotches on the glass. The body appears to be extremely carbonated with a steady stream of bubbles cascading towards the surface. At first glance the nose is subtle but complex with layers of spicy hop and ester notes, citrus fruits, musty barnyard notes and light toasted wheat malts. Crisp and clean first sip with a nice effective coriander and spice blend on the finish. The mid palate is refined and fruity with notes of pear, lemon rind and grapefruit. Crisp toasted wheat and bready malts make up a malty backbone. The esters are really the star of the show with tons of fruity and spiced notes working well with the citrus hops. On the finish a moderate bitterness helps keep it true to style with a lingering spice and saison yeast aftertaste. A truly exquisite saison!
malvrich (72) - durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From Smokestack Mixed 4 pack Into a Foothills chalice
Best by 04/22/2015
A: Prodigious rocky head of 4 fingers. Bulldog retention. Somewhat pale gold body with very slight orange tint.
S: Tangy fruit yeast smell with a little bread. Slight alcohol detected.
T: Dry without much of the winey fruit tang of the smell. Yeasty estery without much in the way of hops but what’s there is earthy. Wine/alcohol comes through a bit at the very end. A little like a strong English pale ale. Not what I expected but not bad.
M: Carbonation is luxurious on the mouth as the head refuses to settle. Medium body. Finishes with resinous stickiness.
O: Not my favorite of the style but OK. Still, too expensive (and too strong lol) for me to buy regularly. Pleasant to try but not really my style.
Hanoi (548) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nose is is very fruity, strawberry, peach, white grape, slight banana, cloves. It’s delicate and perfume like. Underlying is grass, straw and some funk.
Taste is straw, peach, floral notes leading to herbal notes, then the very subtle grapefruit which (quite rarely) compliments rather than dominates the other elements. The finish is grapefruit, pepper and a little spice.
Mouthfeel is rich and the alcohol barely present.
p0rkch0p (9) - Missouri, USA - APR 11, 2015 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice cloudy pour with thick frothy head. Bready taste and filling. Wish the price was lower. Sometimes lucky enough to get singles for 6pk mix and match.
BeMerry (39) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2015
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Floral, citrus, clove, bread. Big thick foamy head. Fan of Belgian style but not so much of sour. Or of big alcohol. This, a bit sweet, balances deftly. Very satisfying. Winner 2015 Washington Post Beer Madness competition, drew me to buy four pack at Wegmans Gainesville, VA.
rjplumer (591) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet lemon bread aroma. Light hazy orange and yellow body with a massive foamy head. Mild bitterness at first then sweet lemon. Bready malt feel and taste. Very bubbly carbonation. Head stays strong. Dry tart finish.
sturmthis (791) - Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Golden color with one finger head. Spice, pepper aroma. Taste with similar with some grapefruit. Pretty good.
raoul_duke (124) - - APR 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blond, straw, lemon appearance. Huge fluffy white head. This smells really good. Huge citrus spice nose. Cloudy with lots of carbonation. A little thin on the mouthfeel. Very nice taste, sophisticated Orange and Belgian spice. Would definitely drink again.