DJMonarch (9177) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap at Breckenridge Brewery Bar-B-Que, 471 Kalamath Street Denver 16/09/2010
Hoppy floral aroma. Golden coloured strong in alcohol and fruity with a dry and bitter malt finish.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Trinity Saison Festival 4/17/10). Cloudy orange color. Small white head. Light aroma of spices and pepper. Moderate citrus flavor, with light pepper. Long duration. Finish has light lasting citrus flavor. Creamy texture. Moderate carbonation. Spare lacing.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Revolution in Chicago. Pours a slightly hazed orangey yellow. Very robust and fluffy lasting head. Nose is spicy and banana, a bit of plastic. Some dust and faint noble hops as well. On taste, round and full, has a nice sweet note that immediately dries out. A touch of lemon and banana, some more phenolic notes. Pretty nice saison, actually.
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pretty unremarkable beer. Orange pour with thin lacing white head. Light fruit spice and plastic aroma. Light. Bland flavors. Not repulsive but simply bland.
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy light to medium amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain/bread), moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers, apricot), moderately yeasty (cobwebs, basement), with strong notes of pepper, coriander, lesser notes of clove, gum, canned pineapple, alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
In many ways this is more of a tripel (or even better, a non-specific Belgian-style strong ale) than a saison. It’s rather boozy, sweet, and seems to have a fair bit of spices added (g. of paradise, coriander, though I could be wrong, maybe just really aggressive phenols). But, taken as just a generic Belgian-style brew, it’s better than you might expect from this brewery...there’s a strong, dank yeast presence, and some of the fermentation byproducts are pleasant. This has potential to be a great tripel recipe, actually, if it was just dried out more and the spices were omitted.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Breckenridge BBQ. Pours a hazy golden orange with a medium bubbly/creamy white head. Aroma of citrusy hops, banana, tropical fruits, saison and spiciness. Flavor of banana, saison spiciness, lots of citrus, nice and dry solid saison.
Beaver (1599) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 oz swing-top bottle. Pours a clear gold with a large fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass. The bottom pours are very hazy.
The aroma is sweet malts, some perfumey floral notes, spices and funky yeast.
The flavor is some sweet malts, some floral soapiness, and a little funk with a quite a bit of bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with spritzy carbonation.
Overall, an OK saison. A little on the bitter side. I didn’t care for some of the flavors.
bozizle (13) - USA - MAY 14, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Got a special delivery of this from my friends the brewers Jen and Greg. Wonderful color that pours with a nice haze a true sign of a good Saison. The aroma and taste were spot on with grassy natural notes and a wonderful smell from the initial pour. Very impressed as most I try are over sweet and not as earthy. Kuddos all the way around this one is a real winner.
BeerandBlues2 (11732) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Trinity Saison Fest. Pours hazy orange-red with an average, creamy, off-white head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, grain, straw), average hops (flowers, herbs), average yeast (horse blanket, barnyard) with notes of ginger. Medium bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation. Long duration, light sweetness and acidity, moderate bitterness.
Ratman197 (12686) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Breckenridge BBQ poured a cloudy tarnished gold with a lasting creamy ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, honey, yeast, lemon, orange zest and light spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of cookie, honey, yeast, citrus, light spice and light earthiness with a smooth dry ciotrus finish.