riversideAK (5413) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting sweet estery peppery nose with a good deal of caramel and some smoke. Weird. Pours darker reddish brown, thin off white head. The flavor is estery and fruity, carmelly, dark fruit, and smokey notes. Interesting smoke in a american sweet saison.
dwyerpg (4067) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A rich sweet malt sugar aroma. A very red color! This is far less spicy than the tripel yet a bit thicker actually. good but a bit plain.
luttonm (1629) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JUN 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Elysian Fields. By menu descriptions this sounds like the ’saison poivre’ but was assured this was a different beer. Quite a lot of peppercorn in here too. Deep mahoghany brown, darkest ’saison’ i’ve seen. Nose is sweet and smoky, like chipotle/adobo peppers. Body is full and pretty clear, big peppery notes. Sweet, deep malty finish with some lemon. Yeasting is def New Belgium. Interesting, but not really tasty.
after4ever (5284) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Pike Street. Definitely a bit of an oddball, but only slightly so. Pours a murky dark brown with a slim, loose tan head. Tangy caramel and that acidically fruity white wine hop bite on the nose. Creamy medium body with fairly lively carb. Toast, caramel, and fruity acidic vinous hop on the mid-palate. There’s a bit of pepper and lemon from the yeast, but not much. Something of a hybrid.