bmsulliv (187) - - NOV 28, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent saison but packaging is better than the beer itself. Pretty thick body for a saison, and a little too sweet
OldMrCrow (1947) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours cloudy gold with a beautiful full while head.The nose is dusty hay and some clove-and-banana. The clove and banana comes on much stronger in the flavor, and bring with it an undesirable sweetness. A bit of spice, mild hop snap later, but sweet in the very long end of the flavor. Abundantly carbonated, a bit prickly on the tongue.
This one is a bit of a disappointment. Crux has been hit-or-miss, but hit more often than miss. This one has too much of what I dislike in American saisons, the sweetness and banana esters.
Reid (1944) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml Euro style bottle bough from Lifesource Grocers in Salem OR.
Pours a very light gold colour with nice carbonation strings and a large frothy white head.
Spicy ,peppery aromas,quite earthy in aspect.Some banana and clove. Nice.
Taste is similar to the aroma and very energetic in the fusion.
Nice well carbonated mouth feel with a drying finish that invites another sip.
Very nice indeed....wish it wasn’t in such small bottles!
BuckeyeBoy (2867) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at bend pub. Pours out a golden topped with a small white head. Nose is belg yeast spice honey and some cereal malts. Taste is more of the belg yeast light fruit notes and a touch of spice.
IndianaRed (2592) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On Tap at the Bend BP Clear golden with a slight wispy skin and lacing of off-white. Lovely sweet belgian malty aroma. Quite sweet fruity Belgian flavors, and rather slick and heavy. Expected a bit ore light and spritsy. Under attenuated maybe. Very nice flavors, Ripe light fruits and a little cereal grainiess. Soft carbonation.
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Before a year or two ago, saison was a style I could pass on, but no more. They’ve come on strong, and the average one being made is as good as the better ones from years past. This is a fantastic lightly tart, fruity (thinking pear and a touch of peach) saision, with a great soft feel, hints of hay and very light pepper. Overpriced at 8.25 per 500, but damn good."
Bacterial (1721) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy yellow pour with a really big white head. Pretty well carbonated, despite sitting in my cellar for about a year. Citrus nose - slight vanilla too Nice citrus taste, slightly spicy, very light hop character and bitterness (due to age). Clean and refreshing - would like to try a fresh one!
Ernest (6345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (Jun 09, 2014 bottling).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is light to medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of gum, banana, pepper, grains of paradise.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Not too bad, but rather Americanized...the banana/gum esters threaten to take over the nose, but ultimately the other things still shine through. Still, it’s got more of those gummy characters than I like in a straight saison, I want more hop brightness and peppery phenols front and center, with something rustic or minerally underneath. A bit too sweet as well.
stevoj (2328) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Full, pillowy head on this one, hazy golden body with very active column of carbonation in the center of the glass. Aroma of honey and sweet malt, some sourdough. Taste is tangy, leaves the tongue tingling. Slippery mouth feel, sweet finish.
50belair (2488) - Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. Cloudy yellow pour with a white headl Light and refreshing with citrus and lemon highlights. Bread and yeasty notes with some nectarine low lights. Good body and mouthfeel.