Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
THOUGHTS: Had this aging for a while, fairly unintentionally. Surprisingly nice. Hid alcohol. Quite refreshing Not the greatest saison, but a very nice beer.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a hazy, light orange with an average to large, off-white head that diminished very quickly leaving virtually no lacing. The aroma had moderate to heavy caramel; moderate orange and metallic hops; slight funky yeas; heavy dusty yeast; canned fruit cocktail; and something like hairspray but not in a bad way. The initial flavor was slightly sweet and lightly acidic; while the finish was moderately sweet and acidic, and slightly sour and bitter with an average duration. There was caramel, orangey hops, dusty yeast, metallic hops, funky yeast, apricot, canned peaches, and canned mixed fruit. The light to medium body was a little syrupy and then rather dry with rather fizzy carbonation and a dry finish.
superspak (2568) - Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/3/2013. Pours moderately cloudy deep orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, biscuit, light honey, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of orange, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, biscuit, light honey, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; with a nice crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice saison. Good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
JDBaker11058 (1246) - Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: deep orange gold, short light yellow head, minimal lacing. Aroma: sweet nose, with honey, orange zest, some candied ginger and clove. Taste: honeyed graham crackers, clove, yeast, some caramel. Finish: lingering sweetness, some apricot and marmalade over yeast, slightly boozy. Notes: Extremely sweet for the style. Not a bad beer, that’s for sure, but it doesn’t feel like a saison. So, dock points for style, but not too many because it’s overall a good beer. On draft at hidden gem Quench! in Silver Spring, MD.
Stuu666 (2163) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours golden amber, spicy, light toffee, grassy, floral fruit.
JorgeLee (1180) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe, part of the ’drink a few saisons before trying to brew one’ series. I guess I learned a few mistakes to avoid from this one. A kind of mid-amber colour with quite obvious particles in suspension. Maybe this is ’farmhouse’. Sweet and cloying, way too sweet for a saison, dripping in booze. In one sense it’s actually nice enough to drink as a Belgian Strong or something, tastes nice enough. Actually tastes like the first Belgian homebrew I ever attempted, which I would have pretty much given the above review to. As a saison, poor. On its own terms, pleasant!
pricey290483 (248) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
had a bottle from utobeer and although it was nice its not for me. i have had a few farmhouse ipa’s now and haven’t found one i love but i am happy to try some more
milewide (1501) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy, somewhat sweet, saison. Heavy body, but little head. High alcohol compared to many of same style.
nuplastikk (4350) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2014
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
22oz bomber more than two years old. Unfiltered orange-tan body. Massive foamy head. Sort of seems infected, and at the same time heavily oxidized. Aspirin dry aroma. Really long gone, this is quite bad. Some amber malt oddness. Really unenjoyable. Drain pour. Do not age this beer.
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, pours amber slight head. Herbs and pepper on the nose with some funk. Fruity and some back end caramel sweetness on the palate, good without being great, not a bad attempt at a saison.
cgarvieuk (14194) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home...
Golden amber... Thin white head... Soft dry fruit light grassy fruit.. Lught yeast... Soft sweet fruits... Big yeast... Sift fruits... Light toffee... Breadfruitd
allmyvinyl (3188) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours hazy amber, decent off-white head. Light spice on the nose, and a fruity maltiness. Noticeably yeasty. Taste has sherbet and more spice, quite a sweet finish. Good.