Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
16oz can picked up at the brewpub. Pours a hazed, golden-orange colored body with a thin, creamy and frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is pretty fruity with lots of orange zest, lemons, and apple-esters with some sweet bready malts, light peppercorn notes, and yeast. Flavor is sweet and spicy with a good amount of citrus peel and orange zest. Sweet bready malts with more apple-esters, yeast, and lighter peppercorns. Finishes mostly dry with lots of fruits, a light spicing, and some sweet malts. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, this is pretty messy and really just not my thing. Definitely not a fan of these "Imperial" Saisons. Sweet, fruity, too estery, and sloppy with the spicing. Not bad, but not very good.
Drake (10518) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 ounce can courtesy of northernbrews. Thanks! Pours a hazy orange-yellow color with a large frothy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of bready malts and big spice notes, including pepper and the citrus peel, as well as big citrus and stone fruit notes. The taste is bready malts, stone fruits, citrus, lemongrass and faint pepper. Medium-full bodied, slight heat. Nice beer. EDIT:: I’m glad I got this rating in before Sandy knocks out my power! Phew!
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tall boy can served in a Lost Abbey stemmed glass.
A: Pours a chilled light amber color with a frothy light yellow head forming on the pour. It recedes to a solid collar with a thin film. Small splotches of lace left around the glass.
S: Big funk up front with some orange zest and a pale malt backbone. Light lemon pledge, some barnyard and some fresh hay.
T: Barnyard and mildly cheesy funk. Grassy fresh hay, pale malts zesty tangerine sweetness and some lemon grass with a clean finish.
M: Nice light body with a bit of bite. Medium carbonation and a sweet, but clean finish.
O: Nice funky saison with great citrus zest. Pretty solid start to my Brewery Vivant beers I’ve got in the fridge.
Serving type: can
Reviewed on: 05-03-2012
Ibrew2or3 (7489) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of JPDurden24. I dig the novelty of a 9% saison in a 16oz can, that is cool. The can pours up with a clear deep gold body that supports a thin off white head of foam. The aroma delivers up some earthy notes, spicy saison yeast, sweet apple like esters and a bit of lemon nuanced vinegar. The taste turned out to be similar and pulls together saison yeast spices, sweet apple and somewhat pear like fruity esters and then a mild vinegar note that holds this whole thing together.
wmubronco1992 (668) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz can. Pours a light honey color. Very small white head. Unusual aroma of citus and grape. Flavor of orange, spice, and peppercorn finish. Has some thickness. Nice mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden. Didn’t feel like 9%. Would have liked more spice in a saison.
daknole (10281) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold pour, white head. Yeasty aroma, peppercorns, light caramel malt. Flavor is smooth, yeast, peppercorns, coriander, oranges.
mikem409 (1849) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap. pours hazy yellow. very minimal head. aroma of grapefruit and funky hay. taste is very zippy slight sour funk little sweet very refreshing
crossovert (9207) - Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one tastes like grapefruit juice. Decent bitterness, sweet but nowhere near 9% sweet. Alcohol is well-hidden. A great surprise.
michaelinwa (636) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade with umich03jm. Pours a very light golden color, with moderate head, and a Belgian pale sort of aroma with hints of lemon. Nice. Taste is very reminiscent of Belgian pale but with strong notes of lemon and sour apple, all pretty balanced. Middle holds up nicely, and the finish lingers with the flavor. Sort of a Belgian pale with more going on. Nice surprise.
Strykzone (5534) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A big fluffy lightly golden colored head slowly falls. It sits atop a hazed golden beer. Yeast, pale malts, and peppers are found in the nose. The flavor isn’t quite what I expected. Those pale malts are tasted and in the beginning get little help. Slowly the peppers creep in and they are subtle. Actually, this favors some high gravity beers with some pepper thrown in. This was a bit of a mess.