DiarmaidBHK (3466) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Hazel’s beverage world. Pours yellow with two inches of white foam. lots of funk on the nose. Lots of barnyard on the tongue. hides the alcohol well. This is a saison!
monk191 (983) - California, USA - AUG 23, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A good saison. Pours an ugly yellow. Not as good as their sage, but well balanced. Smells and tastes basic. Not very memorable.
slowrunner77 (5944) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Doesn’t pull of the higher abv(for a saison) as good as Opal does, but that’s the beers only fault...a little tiny bit to sweet and heavy. But, the yeasty fruitiness and light floral hops are very pleasant and this is a good brew
brinehart (212) - Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber of release 15. Big white head atop a clear straw beer. Good lacing. Great drinking beer. Not too funky or rustic....good toasty malt flavors, lots of Belgian spice, and a balance. Sweeter finish. Not very noteworthy as a saison, primarily due to sweetness, but good all around Belgian beer.
Tide (1809) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Hazel’s beverage world. Hazy yellow color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, hops, earthy notes, peach, grass and a bit of resin. Bitter finish with citrus, hops, earthy notes and peach. Very nice saison.
gripweed57 (728) - 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 (6293) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 (12723) - 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 (6258) - 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 (8100) - 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.