paintedmaple (314) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16oz can...Outstanding rendition of a really big Saison. Complex sour flavor with a bit of alcohol hotness and bitter orange. Reminds me of one of the fantastic offerings from the Jolly Pumpkin. Well done...
rumproasts (2011) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
hazy light amber. almost no head. slight sourness and spice. minimal funk. hint of alcohol burn. definitely good but not great.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light golden color from the can. Has a small very white head that quickly dissipates. This beer does not get it tang from carbonation but black pepper. Rather flat and light but crisp. Light orange peel flavor. And this is one of the few American Saison’s that I have ever detected that great funkiness of European versions. The can says limited release. I hope they will make it again!
Mr5o_clock (12) - - APR 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at HopCat. Decent head. Great orange pop color, very cloudy. Sweet citrus scent with floral undertones. Blended citrus, predominantly orange. Lightly malt and semi dry. Full body lasting to the end with little bitterness. Excellent beer!!! Definitely order another!
bigtaster (512) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pale semi clear big white head. Nose is great with lots of orange some floral qualities some pepper. Very smooth great drinker even at the abv. Lots of things happening on the palate, belgian sweetness, slight pepper citrus again. Great beer, very impressed.
HonkeyBra (3057) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the HopCat in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Pours a shiny orange golden with a white head. Aroma of fruit, zesty belgian yeast and some pepper. Flavor of orange, apricot, and tangerines with a strong yeasty note. Some spice and fruity sour twang coming along with the flavor description. This is a good beer, a good solid example of a saison that I would have over and over again. Cool to try this one.
Tmoney99 (9956) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap sample at MBGSF 2011. Poured a hazy orange color with a large frothy white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate ground pepper, fruit and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy pepper, sweet & sour flavor with a medium to heavy spicy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. I would recommend this to a friend.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Clear straw body, medium-thick tight off-white head. Grainy nose, grassy with hints of citrus, unfermented sugars, and alcohol. Sweet body with citrus peel (sugary orange), grassy and bready with fruity esters and alcohol warmth. A little too sweet to drink in quantity.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Vivant. Cloudy orange with medium sized white head. Aroma of spicy hops, pepper, coriander, and lemon. Flavor of orange peel, pepper, soapy hops, and a hint of other citrus fruits. Refreshing.
BBB63 (5693) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Guest Tap at The Livery AHA Big Brew Day 2011, Listed as Brewery Vivant Zaisan at 8.5% ABV: Poured crystal clear golden hue with a fluffy white head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of orange zest, lemon, pepper, clove, pale grains, hint of mineral water and a dusty yeast ester. The taste was sprite and a tad fruity backed by a generic grain profile and finished with a quite spicy character. The spice upon the end was almost too much as to dominate the other characteristics. The mouth feel was lively and refreshing but a tad too astringent (tea bag like). Overall not a bad offering but not really what I want from a Saison. Too much added spices and not enough traditional yeast character.