Brigadier (3490) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blind tasting at Sombeast’s house
This was the second best saison sampled blind. To find it has such a low score does not surprise me though - it just goes to show that people have wildly different expectations and tastes. Thanks to Joel for bringing this to the tasting (though I did not find out until later it was from his cellar).
Aroma / Appearance - The golden transparent body brimmed with active carbonation. Peach, asparagus and lemon poppy seed highlight the nose, which also contains citrus and floral notes.
Flavor / Palate - Spices, particularly pepper, wash over the tongue. Vanilla, cream soda and a sweet sensation come next. There is an underlying fruitiness that makes it worth savoring. Overalll I would consider this a nice session beer for those times when you just don’t want something heavy.
Ughsmash (7506) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured a clear medium-golden with a speckly dusting of white head (last couple pours were very dark. Aroma was sweet with funky notes of coriander and white pepper.. orange zest.. quite enticing. Flavor picked up lightly-toasted caramel and brown-sugary malts.. white pepper and orange zest spiciness emerge toward the middle.. bit dusty and funky… slightly sour on the edges and dry. Great feel on the palate.. creamy feel with high carbonation… dry finish.
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Saison #6 consumed ’blind’ at the Pewaukee tasting. Crystal clear yellow. Yeast, lemon citrus dominating the aroma and flavor. Medium bodied. Mild sour finish.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours to a very clean bright golden body with a thin white head. The aroma is very sweet. Light brown sugar, simple syrup, light lavender. The flavor is much the same as the aroma. Very easy drinking. Has a lingering sweet sugary palate. I quite enjoyed this one.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at the Toronado on 1/15/07. cloudy yellow color, dense whitish foamy head. aroma is spicy/yeasty candi sugar malt, lemony and tangy. flavor very much the same, with all of the above. slightly tangy aftertaste.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first Saison. Very nice. Rich flavor. After taste is a little acidic tasting but still nice. For Farmhouse this is a nice beer of theirs but I would recommend a different type
haggis03a3 (196) - Orinda, California, USA - JAN 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. A little bit cloudy gold color with a diminishing white head. This is one of my first of the style and I kept thinking it tasted like a farmhouse. Kind of a wild flavor of hay, yeast, some fruitiness and a bit sour. I enjoyed it.
bu11zeye (12593) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy orange body with a medium-sized white head. Aroma of orange peel, clove, banana, mustiness, lemon, and dustiness. Flavor of lemon, banana, malt, and wheat.
Ratman197 (12810) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber poured a clear gold with a lasting white head. Aromas of coriander, apple, pear and yeast. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of wheat, yeast, light fruitiness and a hint of spice with a crisp dry finish.
DYCSoccer17 (3603) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at the Arden Way BevMo in Sacramento. The label says this is brewed by Farmhouse Brewing Company in Gilroy, CA. I’m not sure if that is Coast Range or not. Musty, banana, yeasty easter aroma with some mild spicy pepperiness. Lightly metallic aroma. Smells like a saison to me. Body is moderately hazy, dark golden, with a medium white head that has fair staying power. Sweet, candy-like to start, turning rather astringent and a bit sour later on. Sticky malts follow this weird astringency. Kind of light later on. This is pretty funky, but you can definitely tell that this is an American version. Eh, ok.