GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2010 Draft at Redlight. Pours a cloudy orange and yellow color. Very nice looking. Aroma is fruity with a little spice from the Saint Somewhere yeast. Flavors are packed with Guava and spice with a good amount of tartness and a little earthy funk. This has great balance now, but is still a little sweet and wet. It is very good now, but with a year in the bottle, this will be amazing.
Batch 2: Vinegar, rubbing alcohol and acetone in flavor and aroma. I honestly can’t drink a lot of this. The freshness and light beauty of the original version is gone. It is harsh and overpowering without that light, sweet, fruity, summer feel to it. Terribly disappointed with this batch. So bad that I had to change my rate.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Redlight Redlight. Pours a very cloudy, but bright orange color topped by a small, foamy off white head. Rings of lacing are left behind on the glass. The guave really comes through in the aroma adding a sweet-tart character, some cinnamon spices, and the funky St Somewhere yeast. The flavor is very similar with the guava citrus up front with the funky yeast adding some tartness in there. Grapefruit citrus and spices add to the flavor profile as well. Medium bodied with good carbonation and a tart, dry finish that adds to it’s easy drinking nature. This is a nice summertime beer and one I look forward to having more of. This certainly has capability of becoming a great sour ale as well.
hopscotch (9953) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft… Murky golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. Tangy, tropical-fruit, lightly funky aroma – rumors of aged cheese and barnyard. Medium-bodied. The flavor provides modest tropical fruit sweetness and mild bitterness with a fairly acidic backdrop. Controlled tartness with very little brett-like dryness. Crisp, tangy, refreshing finish. Subtle guava flavor lingers.
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2009 Draft @ redlight redlight. Pours a cloudy peach with a small but tenacious ring of head, some lacing. Fruity guava nose, spicy yeast, tart. Tart fruit on the tongue, full bodied, some spice, sweet guava, drying finish. Incredibly drinkable. Very tangy. The guava comes out the more you drink it. Can’t wait for the bottles.
Re-rate: fresh bottle @ redlight redlight. Same score, but the bottle version presents with less tart overt fruitiness and a bigger emphasis on the funkiness and earthy yeastiness. The bottle version shows less sweetness, more saison-like--draft more like a tart fruit beer. Both very good. Should age interestingly.
PhillyBeer2112 (2596) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Redlight. Very cloudy orangey-yellow color, near opaque. Aroma was very fruity, citrus and peach, with a tart doughy element. Flavor is peachy, a little apple, with a nice fresh doughy yeastiness. Tangy and a little tart. Fun beer. For fun we mixed some with Ommegang Rouge and it rocked.
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at redlight redlight. Very cloudy orange body. Has a really sour tangy smell. Very nice hoppy smell. Really nice grapefruity bitterness, with the guava sweetness and the mouthfeel is very carbonated and crisp. Love it.
dchmela (2762) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Redlight. Hazy orange pour with thin white head. Yeasty guava aroma, very fruity yet not sweet. Tart fruity guava taste, almost chunky.Nicely drinkable and damn refreshing.
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2011 2010 release. Rated 3/19/11. How many times can you rate the same beer? But it’s different each time I have it. Smells a lot more funky than I remember with a sour citrusy aroma along with acetic acid, strawberry, guava, and melons. The pour is an amberish color with a big fluffy head. Excellent head retention. Funky and sour wild fruit flavors. Plenty of sweet guava, vinous notes, wood, berries, but way more funky and sour than previous batches, with a rather strong acetic character showing that I can’t decide if I like or not. It’s hard to envision this particular bottle as a Saison. Actually, hard to see it as anything other than a Sour Ale. It’s pretty good but I wish they would tone it down a notch and give us a nice clean Saison. Previous Ratings: Growler from the brewery. Pours a murky brownish-orange color with a moderate white head and a thin foam remains on top. Aroma is guava with citrus notes as well as malty and yeasty. This is tart, acidic and dry but that really works well with the sweet guava and citrusy flavors, I even pick up some raspberry or perhaps strawberry mixed in. Very smooth, refreshing, and delicious. At first I thought, yeah, pretty good but this just kept getting better and better the more I drank it. I look forward to the bottles of this. This can alternate with Bam Biere for my Saison fix. Re-rate 10/1/09, this time from the bottle. Poured with a much thicker head this time, not surprsing, nice lacing. Light spicing, dry funk, sweet guava, some wood-like notes. Drinks light. Not as tart as I remember. Smells like there’s brett in there even though there isn’t. Overall compared to the growler the bottle; smells the same, looks better, drinks lighter and thinner. Growler rating: 4.0, bottle: 3.7.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Redlight Redlight. Pours downright cloudy, glowing a bright orange amber hue. It shines almost like alabaster when it’s backlit. The head is small, smooth, and foamy, off-white in color, leaving behind solid sheets that resemble a frosted windowpane. Aromas are fruity and semi-dry, guava showing quite well up front. The influence of the bready, cinnamony, herbal Saint Somewhere yeast is quite apparent, and it works nicely to counter the sweetness of the guava. The flavors are similarly structured, with that nice yeasty tartness lending a parching bite to the fruity, floral guava. Notes of dry wheat and grape skins linger on the finish. Medium bodied, with a fine, lively carbonation, the dryness really contributes to the refreshing nature of the palate. Good stuff. I’d love to see a barrel-aged and bugged out version of this. Oh and as a side note, it mixes beautifully with Ommegang Rouge ;)
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap @ redlight redlight. Fruity guava aroma, tart strawberry, sweet citrus, a little funk in the nose. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick white head. Funky tart saison, spicy, fruity guava, there’s definitely some st. somewhere saison athene flavor in there. Finish is spicy and tart, with sweet tropical fruit.