JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Barley’s, Asheville. Hazy straw gold pour, fluffy head and medium carbonation. Strong, sharp nose (this version was apparently modified with ginger), with light hopping and some bready notes underneath. Mouthfeel was medium, pleasantly light. Flavors weren’t so bad, but the ginger interfered with already sufficient grassiness and led to an overall impression of imbalance.
chinchill (1013) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy golden body with an excellent head. Smells floral, fruity and quite pleasant. Virtually no funk in this saison but seems a bit hoppy -- perhaps it is just the "exclusive blend of five Belgian yeast strains" . A modicum of funk in the flavor, along wity some bread, honey, and earthy hops.
This beer has a light body and finishes dry.
O: a refreshing and relatively clean and hoppy saison.
rangerred (783) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the thirsty monk.
Pours a hazy dark orange with a smallish head and just a little bit of lacing.
Aroma is full of bubblegum and clove and reminds me more of a Belgian pale than a Saison. Not really any fruity or funky notes.
More of the same bubblegum/banana/clove yeast esters in the flavor. It is quite muddled and not very refreshing or thirs quenching at all which is what this style is supposed to be. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and sticky which only detracts from the drinkability even more.
Overall, not a good effort from Catawba Valley. This beer is pretty messy and not a good representation of the style whatsoever.
Shag (2501) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A golden color with a white head. The aroma contains some citrus, spices, and herbal notes. The flavor is rather sour with some caramel and brown sugar in there too. More herbal notes are present. Overall this was ok but not my style of saison really.
DiarmaidBHK (3062) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at taco Mac. Slight fruitiness on the nose. Fair amount of funk on the tongue. Nice bitterness on the finish. Solid but not spectacular for style.
Travlr (9827) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Clear golden color, scant white edge head. Aroma of funky, dusty lemons. Taste is sour lemons, peppery bitter finish. Decent.
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazed orange amber saison with a thin white head. In aroma, smoooth spiced malt with orange peels, papaya, very sexxxy! In mouth, a nice light saison with light fruity esters, bananas, clovers, milky and smooth. On tap at Knoxville Brewer’s Jam, Oct. 22 2011.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Knoxville Brewers’ Jam. Pours orange gold with off white head. The aroma is slight sweet caramel and some toast with lemon and coriander. The flavor is slightly sweet with an unexpected caramel note, some toast, and a mild spiciness. Dryish finish.
decaturstevo (4414) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazed orange pour with frothy white head and lace. Sour maltiness, light fruitiness, and yeastiness. Spiced breadiness and yeasty. Thin but pretty clean. Pretty plain but very drinkable.
Suttree (4739) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
You can tell it’s sexy because it has 2 extra x’s right there in the title. Look! Look at it! Anyway, This is a nicely fruity (melon and pear) saison, with a crisp, dry finish. I thought it was not bad. I don’t know that I’d cal it sexy (or sexxy. or sexxxy) but it was enjoyable.