freeofthoughts (684) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear yellow with white head. Aroma is sugary lemon merengue pie like sweetness with some pale grain. The taste is similar with less sweetness and a dry nature. It is slightly dry and creamy, very easy to drink and enjoyable.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ace pours a hazy straw color. The head on this one is huge. 3 fingers, fluffy, and pure white. Retention is great. Sticks around forever. Nice lacing throughout as you drink.
There’s a really nice and big smell going on here. The Sorachi Hops do it’s thing. Lemon arises from the glass. Mixed in with citrus and grassy hops. The yeast gives off some spiciness. This smell is lovely and unique. I’ve never quite smelled a saison like this.
Up front theres a small amount of funk going on here with the taste. The yeasty background comes in next with a nice spiciness. Then of course is the lemon, citrus, and grassy hops. Lemon just sits on the tongue in the end. Lovely.
Mouthfeel is champagne dryness, crisp, and medium bodied. Nicely done.
tommeagher (222) - Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells lemony -- looks golden wheaty with a thick, frothy head. A crisp, sparkling, sweet, lemony saison with a sliding bitter back end. Better than decent, but I’m not loving it. Not my favorite saison. Hoppy, spicy aftertaste. A bit like lemon Pledge.
rajendra82 (976) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The brown bomber bottle, with the corked and caged presentation was top notch. The beer itself appeared pale yellow and very cloudy. The aroma was grassy, lemony, and slightly floral. The taste was like biting into a crisp cracker. The hops were more prominent than most Saisons I’ve tasted, and they added a lemony, herbal, and mildly bitter flavors. The malt bill appeared to consist mostly of pale varieties, which added a simple sweetness. The yeast was not as interesting as other Saisons, and added some pepper like spice, but not much funk. A bit lighter in body than the typical Saison of today too. That being said, this was very refreshing beer to drink, with little holding you back from downing it quickly.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(sample at the 2012 Boston Beer Summit Winter Jubilee) light amber with white head. Yeast and Saison spice
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden hue with nice head and good lacing... Sunshine in a glass. Lemon citrus is noticable and nice.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2012 In bottle, thanks Dan. Pours a slightly hazy, light golden colour with a fair white head. Lovely saison aroma of white pepper, lemon zest, lavender and caramel. Similar white pepper, citrusy lemon, caramel and barley flavours. Moderate carbonation and a foamy mouth-feel. Very nice with a little soap and plenty of lingering lavender. Also had this on draught at The Southern Bar Opening. Poured a light golden colour with some blueberry and banana flavours coming through this time around. Moderate carbonation and CO2 prickle. Interesting. 7,4,6,4,17 (3.8).
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JAN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2012 Bottle with cgarvieuk and co, courtesy of FaithHealer1. Thank you! Hazy yellow, thin bubbly head fades to nothing. Lemon, lavender, slight pepper funk, maybe vanilla on the nose. Palate is some sherbet, big sorachi detergent character but not in a bad way, some saison lemon zestiness, funky sorachi lavender linger........ 7 3 8 4 17 3.9
Keg at Red Squirrel. Colder and fizzier. Slightly more bready, but maybe less funky. Soft lavender lemon flavours. Nice, but not quite as good as bottle in my opinion - I miss the funk. 7 3 7 4 17 3.8
cgarvieuk (17016) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home... golden yellow ... thin white head ... soft odd saison farm nose ... little fizzy ... soft fruits ... juicy fruits ... farmyard soft saison ... little floral ... littre bitter .. quite a lot of lavander
Ughsmash (7353) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle. Poured near-clear medium golden with an easily-resuscitated eggshell head. The aroma picked up sweet and tart lemony notes, dried, spicy floral notes, and a little vanilla bean over soft bready notes.. nice pinch of honey down there too.. great balance! The flavor found the same soft bread and honey notes at the core.. white pepper, lemon zest, cloves, and coriander around.. the back found some tropical citrus on top of everything else.. great stuff! Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. it just rolled smoothly through the mouth, with spices and hops showing up just where they needed to.. I wasn’t prepared to like this so much, and I wish I had more!