DrSilverworm (2678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Mostly clear yellow color. Thin white head. Little splotches of lace. Interesting stuff... Much less sour, and more spicy than expected. Some cinnamon, saigon, other spices... Light black pepper. Smooth, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Lightly tart, and spicy taste. Good, interesting, tasty stuff. Much more in balance than I expected it to be, based off the the name. Apples and spice work well together.
vtafro (1862) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft. Golden pour with white head. Tart apple with some light sweetness in aroma. Flavor is tart but barely has an apple tone. Eh.
brystmar (455) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Boring appearance. Sharp granny smith apples. Spicy cider and cinnamon. This is not for me.
JDBaker11058 (919) - Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: very light, almost clear yellow, with a foamy, bright white head that slowly faded to a thick cap. Aroma:green jolly ranchers, lemonade, strong ginger notes, then some clove. Taste: tart, green apples, giving way to ginger snaps, honey smacks, and a bit of funk. Finish: leaves the tongue feeling almost velvety, with a bit of a crackery flavor. Notes: Unique, interesting, and well-executed. Didn’t get too many saison notes; felt more like a gueuze crossed with a Belgian golden ale. Palate was the only thing I didn’t love, as it was a little too thick for a "saison". Still, pretty nice. Release #22, 8.1% abv.
TimE (2584) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Green apples black pepper dry oranges, good acidity, cinnamon, apple pie finish. Great
Doofgoblin (125) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a great version of a saison. Pours a typical straw-yellow with a white head that dissipates and clings to the glass. Aroma is somewhat sour, wet hay, dough, faint spice, slight mint note, and maybe some granny smith. Taste has some light tartness, slight granny smith, clove, minty, hay, bread, and yeast laden. Really nice. The finish has a nice mouth feel but can’t help but notice this quick astringent bite hidden in there; otherwise, it finishes clean and crisp, just how one would expect. This one is on par with Epic’s Straight Up Saison but with a twist.
DuffMan (5183) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Aces & Ales. Hazy yellow gold, lively white head that recedes to a ring. Estery nose, in which the sour apple is subtle, more sour than apple for sure. Pale malts, quite spicy, especially grains of paradise, lovely wheaty malt structure, dry finish. Refreshing, delicious!
matt7215 (1926) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber shared by jsprime. Clear yellow with a white head. Weird spivey nose. Huge yeasty flavour with a blast of cinnamon on the finish. This stuff was messy.
Theis (11061) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Craft Heads, Shibuya. Clear golden - white head. Light malty. Apple. Fresh green apple. Nice acid. Peppery. Cinnamon. Ok fruity. Spicy. Light sharpness. Very dry finish. Nice.
mikedR (353) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A little gimmicky, although not as good as I was hoping. Sour-sweet-apple aroma accompanying a typical cloudy yellow saison pour. Belgian sweetness is present, but the malt flavor is a little light (I'd say a session but for the ABV exceeding 8%). The typical pepper notes of a saison are replaced by apple tartness, with some success. The apple flavor infuses the beer; you never forget you're drinking a beer brewed with apples, but the effect is never overwhelming. All the elements are here, and individually are solid, but there's no synergy. The whole is a bit less than the sum of the parts. I like this beer, but it doesn't sing to me. A bit surprised it's reached 22 releases as opposed to being a one-off experiment.
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