gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tastes more like a standard Belgian than a saison with apple. Lots of bubblegum in the smell, not enough spice. More bubblegum in the taste, banana, followed by some apple and cinnamon. Good, but not great.
reggiedunlop (3451) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy pale yellow with a huge foamy white head...lively...excellent retention and lacing. aroma is yeasty and fruity...notable but not aggressive apple...also some peppery spice and citrusy hop notes. Flavor doesn’t have too much apple...just a bit of the soury notes...has some spice...clove, pepper...and a bit of musty leather. Mouthfeel is super lively and the finish is dry and leathery with just a touch of sour apple.
Boutip (5185) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty light yellow color ale with a big white bubbly head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of tart apple with some spicy peppery yeast is quite strong. Taste is a very unique mix between some tart apple notes with a strong spicy yeast strain and with some very high carbonation. Body is quite full with strong carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting though not something I would rink everyday. Almost closer to Champagne then beer.
jeremytoni (3017) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle poured a hazy golden color with a small amount of head. Light apple flavor with a spicy finish.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Incredibly spicy aroma immediately out of the bottle, huge white rocky head, somewhat clear yellow light hazy, nice lacing... lots of spices, apple, i actually can detect cardamom, its very distinct... lively, fairly sweet, dry finish, toooooo sweet, medium to medium full body, very spicy, the sweetness kills it for me, peppery, apple, lightly sour, it has so much potential but the sweetness kills the complexities and palate....
CheersMate (1315) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m quite sure that I’m drinking the 6th release. Fuck, now I actually have to get up an check the damn bottle for you dicks. Yes, this is release #6, with 7.8% ABV. Diaphanous golden yellow appearance. Thin and wispy head. This looks decent, for a Saison. The aroma is quite pungent; it carries a tad bit of funk with a subtle apple aroma. Seems like I’m getting hints of ginger in there, too. The cinnamon is extremely subtle, but give it a few sniffs, and you’ll find it. The clove, I can’t speak of that because I’m not prone to smelling clove well. Slightly convoluted for being a sour apple Saison, and I say that because, really, all of the added ingredients detract from the inherent qualities that should be there. Just call this fucker something other than "Sour Apple" and I’d be good with that. Nice sour apple flavor at first, but then the ginger and cinnamon take over, but mainly, the ginger. There is a nice lingering sour flavor. The nuances are great, and this is an enjoyable Saison. This beer doesn’t heavily steer towards being a Tripel, like most of the Saisons that I’ve had, recently. Rolls across the tongue decently enough. Decent stuff.
Ernest (6729) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially average sized, fizzy/frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy medium yellow.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, basement), with a strong note of apple candy, other notes of clove, coriander, pepper, vinegar, lemon zest, gum, insecticide.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, fizzy/lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
I want to like this, as it seems like there is ample goodness underneath the badness. The badness being the overwhelming apple Jolly Rancher smell, some vinegar, the spice mix bomb, and fusel alcohol. The yeast odor is good, the malt seems decent, so why did they bungle this up with the kitchen sink of adjuncts??? Quite sour from the apple juice, and too boozy for the style. This is an Americanized pseudo-saison of which there are far too many. Doggone it!
GnarlyGnome (798) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: my first impression is the beautiful light yellow color with a big but quickly dissipating head that is a brilliant white. It smells like coriander and ginger with some apple in the background. This is a busy one to taste. It’s full of ginger, but I get the apples too there is also that familiar yeast flavor at the end. This is a fun one with a lot to taste.
LinusStick (3002) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ugh....what a disappointment. Aroma was average at best. Slightly spicy but very hard to detect what spices are in there. Pour was a hazy light gold with a one finger white head. Taste OK but not very full. Light apple juice flavors mingle with the grains of paradise and coriander. Very weak. Slightly bitter aftertaste that borderlines sour but, again, very weak and wimpy. Light carbonation. Could be a lot better
Alphadelic (1925) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
These guys do have great labels. Light and pale with hints of green/yellow in the highlights and plenty of fine haze. Ho head on it at all. Apple juice and yeast hit the nose but there is something more than you might find in a cider. I find it a little pukey. This seems a little ill-conceived. Pear drop esters and soapiness rear their ugly heads. Quite bitter and chemically.