JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from Ridgewood Wine & Beer, Raleigh. Could the name have something to do with M. Witter? Hope so. Hazy straw gold pour with a fine head, plenty o’ lacing. Sharp yeasty nose with plenty of pepper and dry hops, definitely the way I like ’em. Spicy, prickly mouthfeel. Flavors add some dough, grass, light phenols, and just a smidge of tartness. Pretty nice.
mansquito (5466) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pizzeria Paradiso, Alexandria tap ($10): Pours an orange colour with a white head. Aroma is pepper, Brett funk, and some more saison oriented funk. Taste is surprisingly sharp. The Brett really hits it with some deep earthy flavours. I don’t know if hops contribute to the sharpness at all. Somewhat refreshing when you get into it. I, personally, prefer saisons to be a little bit more toned down and mellow, but this was still good.
omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale gold, white head. Aromas of vinegar, white wine, raisin. Initially dry, develops some sourness and finishes with wheat, pale malt, and perfumed strawberry. A damn fine saison.
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at freakin frog. Pours a beautiful dense white cap on bright, hazy, straw orangey yellow. Retarded lacing. Aroma is excellent grapefruit and earthiness/barnyard. Sweet malt in there too. Orange? Taste is bitter citrus. Grapefruit, a bit of lemon, upfront malt that tapers to a bitter finish. Aroma and appearance ramp this beer up and give high expectations for taste.
NikkTwist (2770) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy yellow amber with a nice lacey head. Straw. Barnyard aroma. Reads full and fruity. Funky sour. Nice blended flavors. Orange pepper. Juicy citrus with a pithy bite. Nice but odd enough flavors that one needs to be in the mood to properly appreciate.
reggiedunlop (3669) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear pale yellow with a thick white head...good retention and lacing. Aroma has light spice and yeastiness with just a bit of musky bretty funk. Flavor is peppery and lightly bitter with very mild funk...a bit like helios. Mouthfeel is light and silky with a bitter/spicy dry finish. Only slightly bretty.
deyholla (10214) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Lillie Q’s. Pours a hazy pale gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a combination of light flora snd citrus with a hint of backing sweet grains. Flavor begins with sweet grains with a growing pine note with a hint of backing citrus and flora.
Braudog (6377) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Birch. A beautiful goblet of solid orange. This presents a nice tropical fruit aroma right up front, bursting with a character of tropical fruit -- pineapple and mandarin orange. There’s a subtle "wild side" to let you know this is a farmhouse saison, but it’s subtle enough that a fan of a fruity delight would not be distracted. Very fun and refreshing beer. (#4594, 5/12/2012)
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Churchkey. Poured a slightly hazy amber color with a medium sized white head. Aroma was wheat grain, with notes of fruit, herbal notes. Flavor was grain, herbs, fruity notes. Very tasty.
TheBeerGod (6028) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy gold with a short, dense white head. Aroma is big dusty yeast notes, dried fruit, flowers, spice, grains and straw. Taste is spicy and yeasty up front with lemony zest, grains/wheat, tropical fruit, candied fruit, straw, and light earthiness. Body is medium with a strong, zesty carbonation. Finishes with a bit stronger bitterness to it. More yeast notes up front. Fruit is prominent as well. There’s plenty of floral and spice offerings. Dull earthiness in the background with cut straw and hops. Nice!