egajdzis (5871) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of cardamom, vanilla, honey, brandy, and alcohol. Taste of a ton more cardamom, vanilla, honey, and alcohol. The cardamom really killed this for me.
alexsdad06 (8166) - Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from notes (though I popped a bottle today to compare). Pours a clear golden color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have big spicy cardamom from the beginning that doesn’t let up at all, oak, sweet malts, brandy, fruity, but the cardamom doesn’t let you forget that it is there. The bottle that I just opened is pretty much the same; actually this has held up pretty well. Not my favorite by any means from either of these breweries, but interesting to see how it has held up.
slowrunner77 (9010) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a nice beer from DFH and FFF. the alcohol is well hidden at 9.5%, the body tingly and medium to full. this golden ale smells of sweet malt, lots of spice (cardamom, which is fairly aggressive) and a hint of brandy and oak. the barreled portion comes through a little in the flavor, but this is a spiced ale first. Given high expectations for these two brewers, this was not a standout, but a pretty nice brew."
jackl (6691) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle during Late Nights @ RBWG, Asheville. Deep amber pour with a small head. Very gunky, yeasty nose. Some lemon and apricot. Unidentified spices. Similar flavors. A bit of sludgy tired lemon and harvest fruits. Some caramel and wood. Full body, oily. Meh.
chinchill (3796) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poppaskull 750 ml bottle served in a Green Man snifter after the RNWG-2014
Hazy golden color with an irregular appearance. The head was thin and short-lived.
Aroma: heavy cardamon; vague additional spicing; moderate funk; bright fruitiness.
O: Over the top. Two great breweries join forces to produced a weak "by committee" product?
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, big thanks to Jay A. for this one! Wow, didn’t even know this existed. Amber orange yellow color. Thin off-white ring of head. Dots and ropes of lace. Some belgian candy sugar, nice orange citrus, light toffee, citrus zest. Some baked apple, light spice aromas. Bigger body. Smooth, soft, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Very nice citrusy zesty belgian strong. Good, nice light amount of spice, and nice ginger type aromas. Glad for the chance to have tried this one. Very interesting.
beerbill (3599) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared at Dave’s tasting. Pours a hazy golden orange with a linen white head. Pleasant aroma of Belgian yeast and honey. I’m not really picking up the cardamom in the nose. The flavor is Belgian yeast with a bit of honey, malt, and some cardamom. Mild bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied.
arminjewell (9207) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, golden hazy pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of lots of cardamom, hints of white fruits, lots of biscuit, bread and honey-like sugars, hints of vanilla in there as well, some sugary brandy as well, the age has treated this well. Taste is a sweet mix of oak, vanilla, and brandy into slight cardamom, hints of earth, biscuit, slight grassy note into some white fruits, finishing fairly sweet.
merc7186 (2824) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Lots of Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Cinnamon, Ginger
T: Cinnamon, Ginger, Mild Citrus
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Spicey
Overall, a solid spicey saison beer with nice sweetness.
Bacterial (2680) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden pour with a white head and lots of white lacing. Bug cardamom nose. Vibrant carbonation. Boozy, a touch sweet and some nice spicy finish. Interesting. Growing in me.
dmac (5174) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle via trade. Poured a hazy orange body with a smaller foamy white head. Aroma is Belgian yeast, honey sweetness, cardamom and a super light touch of vanilla. Medium bodied with average carbonation and an average duration on the aftertaste. Flavor of cardamom, Belgian yeast, honey, sugar, flowers and dry toast. Thought this was an American Strong Ale for some reason until my first sniff, and that thought quickly left my mind.