GMCC2181 (1580) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 25, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2009 750ml bottle courtesy of me. Nice pop off the cork. Poured into a snifter. Muddy orange in color, big frosty white head. Aroma of yeast, spices and a earthy tone. Taste is a sweet, dry, touch of spices, yeasty and a little earthy. Funky sourness...9.5 percent really? Super smooth, perfect example of what a saison should taste like. Great beer.
Borresteijn (6048) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
37,5cl Bottle. Cloudy golden colour, lasting white head. Fruity aroma with notes of yeast, spices, a hint of sourness. Flavour is spicy, yeast, sweet and sour fruits, with a good bitter finish. Rich, smooth mouthfeel, slightly dry. Really good stuff.
popery (1850) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Healthily funky farmhouse that stops just short of horse blanket. Emphasized saison characteristics. Dusky gold and a nice head but not particularly exciting appearance for a saison. Some undisguised alcohol notes. Lemons, perfume, herbs, cinnamon, bitter nutmeg notes. Full, round feel. A strong, refined and rustic saison.
keepersj12 (3036) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Monks in Philly. Very nice aroma. Light gold with a large head. Very nice flavor with a dry finish.
asedzie (784) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours straw golden with thick white head. Aroma has grain, very light horse blanket, light funk, slight citrus- orange peel. Flavor is a little dry, with very subtle sweetness upfront followed by a strong wave of bitter, herbal hops. Earthy tones discernible beneath. Round, champagne-like mouthfeel. Light bitterness lingers long into the finish. Very memorable.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap pours a cloudy straw golden color with white head. Aroma is acidic, fruit, and spice. Light body. Flavor is coriander, pepper, citrus, and yeast. Overall a pretty good brew.
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - DEC 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botttle from a wine shop in Davis, CA. Poured a cloudy yellow color and smelled of friut and spices. Good on the palate with just of a hint of bitter on the aftertaste. Pretty good brew.
Travlr (19551) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy straw-colored, thick white head. Aroma of orange and malt. Flavor of coriander with a very bitter hoppy finish. Nice.
Dogbrick (10740) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Christmas Ales & A Christmas Story at Studio 35 on 12/7/08: The brew pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a medium frothy white head that recedes slowly. Aroma of yeast, pepper and floral hops. Medium body with flavors of yeast, sour apples and floral hops. Taste of cloves here and there too. The finish is yeasty with notes of pepper and raw alcohol left over. Pretty good overall.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The rare blonde winter holiday ale, this was slightly effervescent and lightly tasting with hints of fruit and citrus.