garthicus (2655) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Blankboy. Appearance: super blonde, super carbonated, huge White head. Aroma: lots of spice, a lot of banana & cherry, musky aftershave, a little alcohol & yeast. Nice. Flavour: juicy grapefruit, Spicy with lemons, tangy spice, just lovely. So complex. Long spicy finish.
kevd193213 (853) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Slightly cloudy yellow pour with a medium fizzy eggshell colored head. Aroma of faint citrus and pear with that familiar barnyard funk. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Taste of yeast, pepper and earthy hops with a faint barnyard finish. Lacked the distinct tangy dry finish of the style, but an enjoyable offering nonetheless.
ketchepillar (1052) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 bottle. Took off the cage and it opened itself...emphatically. Damn fine saison. Nice fresh aroma. Lemony. Hay. Super dry. Nice saison spiciness, but damn smooth. Nothing super special about this hop that I can tell from this beer anyway. Slight alcohol.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from bill. Pours with a fist sized white head. Yellow, slightly hazed colored liquid underneath. Nose of certain saison quality, with notes of white pepper, cardamon, lavender, citrus zest, straw, and a slightly chunky banana essence of a saison yeast strain. I like the nose. It’s nice. Flavors are nice and clean..body is somewhat firm and thick, but not syrupy or overly sweet by any means...just filling, so to speak. The yeast character drives the flavor the most in my opinion, showcasing tidbits of spicy characteristics here and there...a little underlying banana sweetness I suppose..pretty solid offering, actually. It doesn’t blow my mind with complexity or anything, but it is certainly a focused brew that knows what it is doing...good stuff.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light amber pour. Notes of lemongrass in the aroma. Same lemon flavor with bitterness. Smooth and refreshing with a a light lingering sensation. A nice summer beer!
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a clear, pale gold with a white head. Nose is of yeast, grass and lemon. Taste is the same as the nose with yeast, grass and lemon. Mouthfeel is dry and thin. So-so.
Doodler (312) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caged and corked bomber received in trade. Golden straw-colored body with a crazy large head. Chilled nicely. A perfect brew for a summer’s eve. Spicy, yeasty aroma. Flavors of citrus, pepper and saison funkiness. Medium body with great carbonation. Finishes dry with spice and citrus. A very nice beer. Enjoyable.
ChainGangGuy (4347) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle - $12.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a hazed, pale yellow body with a large, rising, airy white head.
Smell: A delightfully spirited nose, replete with vivid notes of Meyer lemons, budding Springtime flowers, lychee fruit, fresh basil, pilsner malts, and lighter hints of alcohol and a background funkiness.
Taste: Pils malts with a little tanginess and a soft, honeyed sweetness washed down with a gulp of white wine. Hint of biscuit dough. Vibrant florals. Distinct taste of fresh lemon juice. In amongst the stronger tastes is just a faint hint of funk. Moist garden-grown herbs seasoned with white pepper and cracked cloves, with more emphasis on the pepper. Medium-light bitterness. A veritable round table of all the various tastes on the dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.
Drinkability: An eminently quaffable, soundly complex saison, with, thankfully, not a drop more alcohol than is needed. I really enjoyed this one, Brooklyn.
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very excited to finally try this brew! First of all, gorgeous packaging, has to be said. Pours handsome gold with a big frothy, fluffy white head. Aroma is lemony, grassy, grains of paradise. Body is clean, prickly, light mouthfeel. Flavor shows cut grass and lemon pith, meshing well with the spicy yeast. Whole experience felt very fresh, quaffable. Good solid summer brew, but I must admit I probably wouldn’t pay the price premium again.
GMCC2181 (1498) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from SL... Nice pour, big head, classic saison... light orange in color. Aroma of some spices, lemon and yeast. Taste is a nice light refreshing saison. Very light and fluffy. Lemon, spices and grass/hay. A little tartness to it. Easy to drink, good brew. I could drink this everyday and be happy. I love the sorachi ace hop!