Nuffield (4034) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Probably my favorite of the Elysian beers I had over two nights in Seattle (at both brewpub locations). Lovely fresh flavors, with a vigorous but restrained pepper, warmed with sweetness from the other side of the spectrum. Lighter orange color. Attractive at multiple levels. (on tap at brewpub)
Jow (3323) - New York, USA - JUL 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Stags Head. pours golden brown with beige head. nose is of citrus and piney hops. tastes of pepper, hoppy, cloves, yeast, herbal, and bread. reminded me more of ipa than saison.
after4ever (7490) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the pike street. Pours a cloudy burnished medium amber with a loose white head that doesnt really stick around. Little bit of stringy lace. Hugely phenolic peppery nose, almost a little varnishy. Hesitate to rate...this seems a little farther down the yeasty aromatics path than they might have intended to travel. Big white pepper and pink peppercorn nose. Creamy mexium body with lively carb. Some pink grapefruit, caramel, and lots of peppery phenols on the mid palate. Bring this a little bit back toward balanced and its something special. Right now it comes across as a brawny imperialized treatment of the style.
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Teresa’s. Pours honey blonde golden with a perfectly white, fluffy head. Nose is powerful and outstanding. Aroma of caramel, sweet butter, vanilla, floral bouquet, slight notes of hops and earth. Body is sort of weak with a slippery, odd mouthfeel. Not exactly what I expected after drinking so many Belgian saisons. Perhaps I’m just not used to the style. Overall a decent brew, but definitely not my favorite of the style.
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Elysian Fields. Pours an orange tan with beige head and some lace. When the waitress put the glass down, people sitting a few spots down the table turned and said they could smell the beer. It has a lovely peppery smell infused with caramel. Alas the taste doesn’t quite live up to the smell, but the caramel and earthy peppery tastes do make it drinkable and definitely one to try.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at BT. Pours a light golden with low carbonation and almost no head. Aroma is spicy dull black pepper, earth, dirty, cured salted pork fat, bacony- phenolic and spicy Belgian yeast- light cracker malts. Flavor is more pepper, almost like a danish black pepper pork belly rollup- dry, spicy orange lemon grass, earthy leather light astringent. Ok but a bit too earthy with pepper.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at TND: Aroma of Belgian yeast, pepper, peppercorn, coriander, and slight spices. Poured gold/amber/orange in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Lightly hazy. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of spices, pepper, clove, coriander, light yeast, hops, and some chamomile. Medium body. Thinish, slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Light to medium bitter, coriander, pepper, and clove finish is lightly dry.
bu11zeye (12616) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a lightly hazy golden body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of pine, eucalyptus, pepper, and resiny. Flavor of pine, herbal, eucalyptus, yeast, pepper, and subtle orange peel.
AmEricanbrew (6659) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy amber color with a tan head. Interesting fresh baked dark bread, vanilla aromas. Medium body with light carbonation. Flavor is spicy coriander with a fresh baked bread maltiness, and nutty vanilla bean.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name: Saison Poivue
Date: September 17, 2009
Source: Brewpub, Tangletown
Appearance: muddy rusty brown, creamy beige head, heavy sheets of lace
Aroma: sweet malt aroma with a spicy character that quite peppery
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of fruity character, plenty of herbal spicyness, nice peppery finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4