gripweed57 (594) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle. Release #15. 7.1 ABV. Cloudy yellow gold. Thick bubbly white head. Perfumy yeasty wheat malt aroma. Notes of bubblegum and lemon peel. Upfront, earthy wheat malt with hints of lemon, clove and hay. Very smooth and refreshing. There is that underlying funky barnyard touch that lingers throughout. Finish is slightly dry and peppery. Overall, very good and true to the Saison style.
arminjewell (5996) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at Mayor of Old Town, clear yellow pour with white head, aroma brought peach, some white fruit, spice notes into some biscuit, bread, hints of dough into some yeast as well. Taste is a mix of yeast, grain, biscuit, some pear, slight spice into some grassy notes, finishing slightly dry. Eh.
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 15, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy blonde, not much head. Lots of phenolic yeast...common saison yeast.... Sweetish, but in the finish there’s a touch of acidity and pedio that doesn’t seem like it should be there. Ends up not that interesting save for the faults.
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (batch 15, 7.1%).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy light yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly yeasty (basement), with notes of coriander, orange peel, lemon-lime juice, apple skin, plastic.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Comes off much more like a hybrid of Witbier and American Wheat to me (sure seems spiced with coriander and orange peel to me, but oh well). Some unwelcome plastic in the nose, too. Ok flavor balance, although the sweetness is a touch saccharine. Not terrible by any means, just not very saison-like, overall. The Denver brewery hasn’t been producing quite as decent quality beers as the SLC one, but perhaps they will work out their problems in time.
3fourths (7861) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clean pale Belgian malt, candy sugar and erfumed citrus-focused aroma with soapy touches of potpourri. Medium-full body, sweet and chewy with relatively low carbonation giving it a sludgy consistency. Lightly phenolic in a peppery, mildly bitter finish. Nothing really wrong here, overall a bit plain, a little boozy (the residual sugar syrup film in the mouth along with alcohol gives it a malt liquor / corn syrup effect). The acidity and carbonation play with the sugar is somewhat balanced if you accept that you’re drinking Tripel / Strong Golden Belgian rather than Saison.
NachlamSie (2724) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
10 oz at the brewery. Pours bright yellow with a quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is cheesy like Brett might be with faint barnyard notes and light suggestions of lemon. The palate is pretty full with a bit more sweetness and clove than I like from the style. There is a good level of funky esters and rough grains for balance. Finishes with a touch of woody hops and lemony bite. Not too shabby.
dmac (3896) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 15 7.1% 22oz bomber from Crossroads. Poured a super cloudy golden straw body under a dense creamy bright white head. Aroma is very nice, lemon, pepper, spice, wet wheat, dough, bananan, bubble gum. Great medium to slightly fuller body, creamy throughout, average carbonation and a long lingering aftertaste. Flavor is good but not quite as good aroma. Notes of grains, pepper, spice, yeast, dry tropical fruit rinds, dough, old lemons, tonic. Good stuff.
tugboat_801 (7) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 30, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Release #14. 7.4 alc/vol good Belgian style beer. Lots of fruity flavors, slightly earthy. Hints of bret. Nicely done beer.
jrob21 (2466) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Release 12 and 7.1%. Bottle back from beer run. Big body an lots of yeast. Band aidish aroma that resurfaces late in the sip again. In the meantime you have a sticky sweet and lemony drink. Bit of wheat and light grain flavors. Bold and aggressive due to the yeast but working well all told.
penstemon (127) - - DEC 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Release #10, 6.7% abv. Pours pale yellow with a tall fizzy white head. Aroma of pears, lemon, clove, pepper, floral, dusty.Taste is pear, banana, slight hay, pepper, clove, and doughy grain. Quite dry with some nice effervescence. Was hoping for a little more funk like the classic Belgian saisons, but still tasty.