bartlebier (1981) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - JUL 4, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(US backlog Sep 2012) Draught@Capital City Brewing, Downtown DC 12/09/2012. Drinkable enough, no hints of organic funk or other saison-like elements whatsoever, save maybe Wit-style coriander and wheat? notes. This mild malty thirstquencher is drinkable enough, but shares as much with a Dupont-style Belgian saison as Bud Light shares with a Bavarian or Czech lager. As in quite a few over-airco’d sub-par corporate brewpubs in the US, this seems hastily concocted for the sole sake of "ticking" a further EU in-style to the exponentially increasing menu.
Drake (9012) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on draft at the Virginia Craft Brewers Festival, Devils Backbone, 8/25/12. Pours a hazy orange color with a thin white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of sweet malts, grainy malts, honey and herbal hops. The taste is grainy sweet malts, honey, citrus and an herbal finish. Medium bodied and refreshing. Nice beer.
Meilby (8274) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample @ Brewpub, Capitol Hill
Pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, dried fruits and yeast. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at brewpub. Pours a hazy orange-yellow with little carbonation. Dry with note of bubble gum, clove, and banana. Floral and dry. Bitter finish.
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - JUN 27, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is close to homebrew, with some pale malt, yeast and citrus notes. Flavor is kind of like an immature homebrew with that sweet wort dominating - also in the mix is some light fruit, citrus and a sourness in the end that was probably the only interesting thing about this brew. No carbonation to speak of. Meh.
GT2 (8755) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 16, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the downtown brewpub. Pours a cloudy light yellow with a thin white head. No lacing or retention. Aroma is a bit skunky pale malt along with cloves, bananas, bubblegum, pineapple. Taste is very similar to a cross between a hefeweizen and abbey tripel: a bit creamy on the palate with lots of wheat, bananas, coriander, nutmeg, cloves, canned pineapple, light candied fruits, white sugar. Watery body and finish. Not a saison in my opinion though: no yeasty, funky notes. Too much like a witbier.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Capitol Hill location: Hazy bright golden with a well-lacing airy white head. Aroma of sweet biscuity Belgian malt with a touch of clove and lemon citrus. Starts with good fullness and semi-sweet wheaty pale maltiness with an authentic blend of clove and citrus spice before a drier crisp finish. A pretty good saison.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
sampled at brewpub. pours a light carbonated very pale yellow/gold with mild head. sour wild yeast aroma. yeast tart anad sour thruought sticking in the aftertaste. dry aftertaste.
radagast83 (5087) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shirlington location. Slightly dark copper color, with a nice white head. The beer had a decent aroma, with a slightly fruity body. Flavor was well spiced.
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A weak example of the style, poured amber colored with a very small head that didn’t lace well. The aroma was mostly of caramel, not much farmhouse funk in this one. The flavor was built on a backbone of caramel malt and had hardly any peppery spice going on. A forgettable experience, but not terrible.