CapFlu (5100) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Draft) Sampled at GCBF 2009 in Victoria on September 9, 2009. Cedar/juniper resin, peppery. Pretty wild stuff. Resin in the after palate. Bready. A cross hash of everything. Really interesting. And I laughed pretty hard when my non-geek friends dumped this and said it was undrinkable... oh so wrong. I could have drank this all day. 10/4/8/4/18
Aquilo (616) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 11, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear yellow with a thin head. Very nice and complex aroma with vegetables and melon. Balanced bittersweet flavor with a very peppery aftertaste. I’m very impressed.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Why the hate for this beer? The peppercorns really give this a spicy flavor that works well with the sweetness of this saison. The nose is all peppercorn and floral hops. The flavor has notes of honey. Smells slightly of a BBQ on a hot, summer day.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, 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.
Alphadelic (2131) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good god that nose is fresh, amazing peppercorn aroma. The mouth is mixtures of sweet pear spicy pepper and a long dry finish. The best food beer I can think of. I bought a growler of this man, and damn that was a good choice.
notalush (5707) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF2009 - one of the better saisons of the evening - a lovely beer with tons of aromatic spices and a zesty, peppery finish - light, crisp, effervescent, just like I like my saisons - dry, crackery maltiness - soft herbal notes that work really well with those dry malts - just the right amount of peppery heat in the finish to make things interesting - very nice.
NachlamSie (3230) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
10 oz at WoB Belmar. Pours a cloudy light, light amber with a tall white head. Pungent peppercorn aroma is immediately noticed with a touch of orange and clove. The body is full with a finish not too dry or too sweet. Flavors of oranges start to develop beneath the peppercorn with some peppery esters and faint bubblegum. Not as peppercorn forward as their Oddlands saison, but still harmonious and delicious.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft @ elysian fields - cloudy light amber with foamy white head; aromas are big as you get very nice floral, sweet aromas; lots of fruit, but also quite the spicy kick from the peppercorns; nice, juicy texture to it and plenty of flavor; i like the peppercorn addition to what is a very sweet saison
DalzAle (2020) - 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.
Nuffield (4033) - 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)