Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from Julio’s Liquors.
Aroma: The nose is roasty with a bit of dark fruit, bread dough, honey, and a touch of alcohol.
Appearance: It pours a deep amber color with a bit of haziness. The head takes some forming and settles down to a pre-flipped pancake consistency.
Taste: The flavor reminds me of homebrew. There is lots of doughy yeast, a little caramel, and alcohol. There is some pale malt sweetness as well. The doughy nature becomes overwhelming as the beer warms.
Palate: Medium bodied with lower carbonation and a short to medium, doughy finish.
Overall: This brew was not well executed. It lacks both subtlety and flavor. Skip this one.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A relatively large, but quickly departing light beige head lives atop the pale amber body. Lightly earthy, herbal nose with dull caramel undertones. In mouth, the first striking feature is the relative staleness of the palate. Expecting saison liveliness leads to a huge disappointment, this has very low carbonation and feels thin, albeit a bit slick on the tongue. For an 8% beer, this shows very timid malt extraction with little cerealic flavours, mostly notes of this and that, cracker and anise, roasted grain, caramel and tobacco with a saltiness that reminds of Pho broth. Finishing weakly with herbal, borderline faded grassy hops that have more than a soapy hint. I don’t know how good this once was, but it’s advancing quickly on a decreasing slope.
madvike (2537) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle - Pours clear rosy amber with a small off-white head. Pretty limp nose, with notes of caramel, tropical fruit, light cinnamon, and nice warmth. Taste is pretty flat and watery. Citrus rind, a touch of sweet bready malt, but not much else. Light and watery in the mouth. Tastes diluted. Just not a lot to like about this beer.
MaBeer1972 (1244) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A clear light amber colored brew with a light sweet spice aroma. Very interesting flavor with vanilla and light sweet nutty flavors. 8% is well masked. Not your typical saison, but enjoyable.
TheEpeeist (3137) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
25.4 oz bottle. Foggy brown with a thin beige head. Nose is yeast and hay with faint toffee and cocoa powder. Medium light with a dull sparkle. Taste is mild caramel, yellow raisin and bitter grass. Finishes with cardamom and anise.
craftycarl21 (2116) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber pour with a small beige head. Aroma holds lots of strawberry, maraschino cherry, peach, orange, and some touches of caramel malt and doughy yeast as well. Flavor has a surprisingly note of chocolate and molasses-- the light fruity esters get overwhelmed by darker malt character. Caramel, coffee, and a touch of cream come through as well. The palate is light and doesn’t complement the flavor in the slightest. This does not achieve anything close to a saison, nor does it create a new twist on the style. Simply doesn’t work. Unfortunate.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Paul’s saison tasting. Pours a somewhat hazed dark brown with a thin beige head. Strawberries, sweet herbal notes, caramel and chocolate. Medium bodied, sweet and smooth. Finishes with a bit more faint musk, a touch of chocolate and figs.
tgncc (2613) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma has notes of chocolate, fruity. The appearance is a partly hazy brown, off-white head. The flavor is chocolate, fruit, figs. The finish is light resin hop bitter, fruit. Medium in body. Unexpected for this style. Still, it was enjoyable.
blipp (5594) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at Dickinsonbeer’s Saison tasting. Pours hazy brown with an off white head. Spicy aroma with some fruity/phenolic notes. The flavor has spices, some figgy/plummy sweetness and some lighter toasty notes. Decent.
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours very clean amber with a vivacious off white tight foam that lingers and laces nicely. The aroma struck me as being very grainy- lots of cereal and vegetables. Very little in the way of a yeast character- a hint of cereal and bread is followed by a toasty malt character. The flavor is much better than the aroma- lots of caramel and toffee provide a sweet backbone while a bready yeast note comes through as well. The palate is medium bodied with an effervescent mouthfeel and a clean, slippery finish. Mediocre.