SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy bright yellow with nice fizzy white head. Aroma is very herbal with some light citrus and farmhouse notes. Flavor is very much the same and a bit dry, nice light hop profile. Mouth feel is light body with fizzy carbonation. Overall, very enjoyable.
wavers1 (909) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours crisp gold with a large sparse head thats bright white. the aroma is mostly hops with a touch of spice, cinnamon also comes through in the aftertaste. nice stuff, very drinkable and tasty. nice showcase of hops here, refreshing too!
DSG (6242) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2012 Re-rate 5/19/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at Rotem’s place. Thanks Ariel. Slightly hazy golden with a huge frothy white head. Citric and floral hops aroma with a bit of yeast, fruitiness and earthy hints. Flavor has a bit of sweetish malt, a bit of yeast, fruits and citric hops bitterness. Medium-bodied. 7/4/6/3/13=3.3
Bottle at a tasting. Thanks Oren. Hazy pale golden with a white head. Aroma is big on tropical fruits, citrus, yeast and light spiciness. A rather dry flavor with hops, fruits, yeast, bready hints, a bit of vinous notes and spiciness. Medium-bodied. 7/3/7/3/14=3.4
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mostly clear pale yellow gold, big frothy white head. Aroma of lemon, pine, lots of yeast, floral hop, great aroma. Taste has lots of hop citrus and some citrus from yeast as well. Very crisp and floral, some herb. Light body, high carbonation. Thanks for the trade Kyle.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
THOUGHTS: Nice and lemony. The sorachi ace is a very interesting hops. There was something more to it than just the lemon, especially in the aroma. It reminded me of a saison version of Duvel. The lemon was almost a little overpowering. Sometimes, to me, lemon water ice eventually tastes a little soapy and this bordered on that, but kept from getting annoying. A great beer, but a little pricey. I’m wondering if blending some Duvel and Saison Dupont could get me something close on the cheap. This makes me think my next homebrew might be a saison. It is a style that I’ve never really appreciated because it is not clearly defined, but I started to gain an appreciation for it this summer.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a hazy, very dark yellow to light orange with a huge, rocky, somewhat meringue-like, white head that left fair to good lacing. The aroma had light to moderate, light bread and biscuit; moderate to heavy, floral and lemony hops; moderate yeast; some spice and underlying peach pear of plum. The initial flavor was slightly sweet, rather acidic and lightly bitter; while the finish was sweet, acidic and bitter. There was lemon, peach, doughy yeast, biscuit, more lemon, and slight spice that may have just been the carbonation. Overall, the flavor had a nice balance to it. The light to medium body was very dry with very fizzy carbonation and a dry and slightly metallic finish.
BeerandBlues2 (9984) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy yellow with a large, frothy white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is average malt (straw, bread, hay, meal), heavy hops (citrus), and average esters (fruity) with notes of key lime and barnyard. Flavor is average malt (straw, bread, hay, meal), heavy hops (citrus), and average esters (fruity) with notes of key lime and barnyard. Light body, low warmth and creaminess, high carbonation and a dry and biting finish. Very nice ale! Sorachi Ace hops are excellent.
crazyvin (1976) - New York, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a cloudy golden hue with a thick white head. Barnyard aromas, some grassy hops and a slight astringency on the nose. Flavor profile had good malt notes,some lemon notes and some bread notes. A yeast quality. Hops seemed different. It had an odd bitterness that seemed to offset the malts. A nice carbonation.
Damico (2645) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beautiful aroma of sweet and floral notes with soft earthiness like a spring morning. It pours bright golden and thick with a big beautiful creamy head. The body is medium and smooth with subtle sweet and spice that tingles on the mouth from the champagne yeast.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excited to try this one-seeing as I like Local 1 so much.
A-Body is a quite pale, nearly transparent golden yellow hue. Pours with a frothing, foamy 3 finger+ foamy white head. Head eventually subsides to 1 finger and has perfect retention from there. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.
N-Nose is rather mild with a floral hop accent-but there is a lot of citrus presence as well-orange peel, lemon zest and maybe a hint of grapefruit. Below this is a hint of grain and yeast funk.
T-Taste is similar to the smell. The cirtus characteristics come forward the most initially with a slight funky background. The finish is refreshing and dry with a good dose of floral hop flavor and bitterness as well as a hint of peppery spice.
P- High tingly carbonation and a lightweight, yet full somewhat spritzy body with a hint of juicy consistency.
O- Overall this is a great, hoppy, slightly dry, enjoyable saison. ABV is pushing 8% but is not noticable at all throughout the profile. Garret Oliver shows here for a second time that he really knows how to make a great saison/pale belgian ale.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-16-2010 01:01:35
Cirrhosis (1222) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wholly crap the cork just dented the roof when in it exploded of the bottle. Brew looks hazy gold with a massive cap. Sweet sour, vanilla, lemon, honey floral aroma, this shit smells good! Wow I’ve never smelt a beer like this before. Taste is the awesome yeasty, wheat malt that’s has a creamcicle like taste. A yummy and unique herbal hop shows up in the finish. Oh man I love this beer!!! I swear the citrus vanilla flavor starts to turn into a mint vanilla, so very good. What a great beer I’m so glad Gully shared it with me.