auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Blind Tiger - NYC. Pours a very cloudy peachy orange, with a fluffy straw-white head. Unique herbal aroma. Wow. That peppercorn is strong. Nice floral, herbal character coming off. Super fresh. Flavor is a lesser version of the aroma. Crisp, orangey, and spiced. Aromatic. Nice. Good balance of the yeast character and some sweet malts. A delicious beer. Foamy. Solid, with unique and delicious character from the pepper corn. Very nice.
DalzAle (2009) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Apricot colored pour, little carbonation and aroma was nothing more than refreshing fresh ground pepper. Taste was yeasty, malty and very herbal; and of course more pepper all the way through to the finish. Out of all the beers I tasted from Elysian, I have to say this was probably my favorite. I wished I could have figured an easy way to get a growler of this back on the plane.
BuckeyeBoy (3533) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap At Elysian Fields Seattle. Pours out a hazy amber topped with a white head. Aroma was of spice, pepper and cardamon. Taste was more of the spice the pepper most of all. Also a little sweetness.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at RNH. Pours a murky amber body with a white head. Very spicy with herbal and burnt tea leaves. Incense and wow a dry earth y india chai with hints of cinnamon and peppercorn. I liked it plenty.
CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2009
2.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rattle’n’Hum: Agree with Pwn3d, rated slightly higher because I had less than he did... thanks for the share. The smell is unmistakably peppercorn, lots of peppercorn. Then the taste: Aaarrrggghhh! Ouch, that hurts, not nearly as much as it hurt to watch Pwn3d gag the rest of the night! Elysian was going for peppercorns, well they were right f*$%in on the money!
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2009
2.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nose is awesome, pepper and herbal spices. Pours clear amber. Mouth is like nose, intense black pepper with nectar and flower. Not much indication of a Saison - this is better classified as a Veg/Spice beer (confirmed by head brewer). Brewed with 4 types of peppercorn. I applaud the inventiveness but this was painful to drink. Like a shot of pepper spray to the mouth. Dieu du Ciel Route des Épices is a much better peppercorn offering, if that’s your thing.
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2009 On tap at RNH (NYC): Definitely not expecting the taste that came out of this pint. The peppercorn/spice taste is quite commanding and assertive. I just want to pour this all over a filet mignon at Smith and Wollensky- heaven. #025 on 16062009, DG.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Elysian Tangletown. Pours clear copper/amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is peppercorn, spicy yeast, and grassy hops. Taste adds caramel malt and honey. Spicy grassy finish.
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap@Brewpub. Lots of pepper in the aroma. Hazy, dark yellow colour, beige head, good lace. Sweet, pepper, light bitter, light fruity. Sticky mouth feel and light peppery hot. Yet balanced strangely enough. Didn’t expect that I would like it this much.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really interesting saison. Strong peppery nose, fruity yeast notes, soft wheat malt notes as well I though. Pours golden orange with a thin head. Initial fruity flavors followed by some spicy yeast notes, sweet malty notes on the mid palate and then strong peppercorn flavors in the finish that linger for a long while. Nice mix of soft and fruit and assertive and interesting. I really loved the long peppery finish on this one.