superspak (2123) - Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
16 ounce can into tulip, no canning date. Pours slightly hazy bright golden straw color with a fairly dense 2 finger bright white head with good retention that reduces to a nice cap. A small bit of lacing clings to the glass as well, but not much. Aromas of big lemon, clove, pepper, grass, apple, spicy and lightly funky yeast. Some pretty nice aromas here with good balance. Taste of big grass, grain, biscuit, light lemon, pepper, clove, and yeast spiciness. Fairly dry finish; but there are some lingering notes of grain, light fruit, bread, and pepper on the finish for a bit. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a crisp finish and easy drinkability as expected. No alcohol noticed at all in the taste or finish. Overall a decent farmhouse saison that is very easy to drink. A bit over the top with grassy and grainy flavors that block out the fruitiness a fair amount.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can from a friend. Pours a slight chill-hazed orangey gold. Nose is grape bubblegum and some faint grain and banana. On tasting, it is also quite grape forward with no real farmhouse type character. Really odd with that strong grape note. Damn.
Jabic (372) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2011
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ar: Very light grainy aroma, some corn sweetness.
Ap: Pale as a pils - faint haze - med white head with medium-low retention, leaves some lacing.
T: Cracker maltiness and spicy hop flavor, a little corn sweetness - finish is very short - overall, very clean.
P: Light body with high carbonation - prickly and dry.
O: Practically speaking, this is a border-line pils, regardless of what the label says and what yeast was used - nice thirst quencher for a hot day - could do without the corn flavor.
italianjohn (2208) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pale yellow pour thin white head ... aroma of funk, wheat and light fruit .... taste is grainy and wheaty light fruit to it ... finish is dry .... kind of disappointing doesnít have any spicy saison aspects meh
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap @ Brewery Vivant. Fairly cloudy, light yellow appearance with a white head. Slightly spicy, light barnyard, belgian yeasty, lemon aroma. Lemon tangy, Belgian yeasty, slightly bland flavor.
BigBeer45 (1199) - Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Can, I noticed the can lists 5% alc. while the website of the brewery lists 5.5 %, no date found on the can,
this ale had a faint yellow pour with a little haze, and made a two finger white head that quickly fell to a thin cover and ring,
this drink left a couple of spots of lacing on the glass,
there were aromas of faint floral and malt, pear and faint apple fruit juice, this beer smelled like fruit juice and there was faint fruit sweetness,
the flavors were faint fruit and malt with a small amount of citrus, anda little drying at the finish,
pouring the sediment at the bottom of the can into the glass dulled the flavor a bit and gave a yeast and bread flavor to the beer,
the mouth feel was light and had a watery feel to it,
this beer smelled like fruit juice mixed with beer not a Saison, I thought this was a poor example of Saison.
flatmatt (1013) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
16 oz can. Pours a hazed straw color with a fizzy white head. Aroma is quite musty with green apple. Pale malt flavor with some apple and some light yeast flavors. As it warms, flavor starts to lean more heavily toward some nice yeast flavors, as does the aroma, and it picks up an aftertaste of honey.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(16oz can) Pours a lightly hazy yellow body with a moderate white head. Aroma of toasted grain, honey, bread, and florals. Flavor of toasted grain, grass, lemon zest, and honey.
Pailhead (4362) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can: The aroma is too light and consists of light honey, grass, hints of yeast, and lemon. It pours a dull gold with a two finger soapy white head that lasts all of ten seconds before it almost looks still with the exception of a minimal ring around the edges of the glass and a few stray bubbles in the middle. Lacing is non-existent. The flavor starts with some very light honey. The finish has light grassiness and hints of lemongrass. Itís light bodied with somewhat spritzy carbonation. Overall, itís far more Pilsner than Saison. Refreshing and drinkable...yes, but nothing close to what I want when Iím looking for a Saison. A solid lawnmower beer, but if thatís what I want, I can find one at a better price.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
16oz Can. Thanks Sean! Unlike the bland Belgian IPA, this beer somehow has redeeming qualities, mostly itís incredibly drinkability, with a hint of Belgian flavor. While still far, far, far from the hallowed halls of Saison, this does have some light spicy, fruity yeast, a seltzer-like body (but not too thin), and a pleasant feel, even seeming light for 5.5%. Itís 88 degrees out and Iíve been brewing, so thereís some certain subjective experience that is causing me to cast a positive light on this beer. Donít get me wrong, this is super bland and super off-style for a Saison, but it sure is quenching my thirst right now.