TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz can from the brewery (Grand Rapids, MI). Picked up a 4 pack of rates on the way out the door. Figured Iíd start with this while I dump in ratings. Pours a stark yellow golden hue, gentle haze, decent carbonation. A loose bubbly whitish head stays as a small filmy layer, loose ring with ok lacing. Small and soapy. Aromas are a bit of apple, gentle lemony tartness. Some straw, gentle sourdough and bread. A bit of yeast, gentle sourness. Straw, grainy cereal elements, and some crisp gentle earthy florals. Initial is lighter end of the fold, a bit fruity up front. Some gentle earth, light lemon rind. Middle gets a bit more muddled. Doughy, gentle fruit, estery pear and apple. Some decent sweetness in there. Backend is a bit more dry, spicy. Some yeastiness, faint white grape. Grainy, dry finish comes into the fold, bread yeast. Runs the gambit. Solid, a touch underbodied.. and if itís going to be that type of body, itíd be nice if it was more vibrant, light and sunny, without that more muddled sweet middle. Solid, if a bit forgetable.
dwm1034 (650) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
DRAFT at SWK in Chicago....pours a cloudy yellow with white head. Tart / crisp initial taste; mild / smooth middle; minimal funk....pleasant but nothing outstanding.
Mittenator (1354) - Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Lansing Beerfest. Hazy gold with a medium head. Hay and some barnyard funk. Nice balance of the sour funk and citrus.
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Golden colored with a fairly thick initial white head that quickly fades to a thin layer. The aroma shows tart lemons, grape, and an oak presence like you might find in a white wine. Tart and crisp flavors of white grape, lemon, a little grass, some white tea, and oak. Lightly hopped and light-bodied. The tartness is unexpected here; this tastes like a barrel-aged/soured saison. A little watery at times but still good and quite refreshing.
rondphoto (2088) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUN 9, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloudy straw with a full head that remains as a cover for the length of the drink, streaks of lace that drop back into the drink. Taste is typical of Brewery Vivant offerings: begins with wheat and malt, gives way to a sour fruit finish. I donít know the brewery intentions, but sour fruit is evident in all styles I have sampled. It isnít as offensive here as in some of the heavier brews, but I still consider it to be a distraction from what could be a palatable beverage.
BlowOffTube (485) - Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
No thanks. Smells a little spicy and hay. Pours straw color with a white head. Taste is..... Hmmm.... eating straw with a hint of funk tied in, in other words, kind of like a bud aged on a bed of hay. I like the style, but this one didnít deliver.
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Southwater Kitchen. Pours hazy gold with a thick white head. aromas of yeast, fruit, grass and hay. Taste is slightly funky and vinous with notes of oak, yeast, lemon rind. Really vibrant bright taste.
kaser (2829) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this from a can at jake melnicks. Golden pour. No head. Grapefruit and sour taste. Medium body. Like it but not my style
BOSSbrewer (1696) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 9, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dry. Clean and crisp. Nice beer but a bit too dry. Light color.
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dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
I think that aside from a berliner, this is one of the most refreshing and easy to drink light beers I have had in a long time. The pour is hazy pale yellow with a big white head. The nose is straw, yeast, light citrus. The taste is medium high sweet, medium bitter and medium low tart. The texture is crisp and clean, the body is light and the finish is long. Unfortunately this doesnít really fit the bill for a traditional saison but none the less itís delicious and I enjoyed the hell out of it.