BBB63 (5602) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
My first beer from this brewery, discovered at Binny’s and served in a tulip: Pours a hazy golden hue with a fading head and spotty lace. The aroma is very spicy with notes of pepper, coriander, oranges, lemons, apricot, and a over the top floral vapour likely from the lavender but methinks more is at hand than just that. Lightly earthy and yeasty as well but some caramel, wheat and 2-row malt notes. The taste is moderately fruity with the sweet orange peel most notable. But much like the nose, it is the spices that rule the roost here. Moderate flowery character and light peppery clove finish. Wheaty with sweet malt... too much actually for this beer should be cleaner and less syrupy. The zest and spice kept it from becoming cloy. The mouth feel is soft and thin which is a good thing for it adds refreshment. This is a tricked up version that should be listed as a spiced beer and not a Saison. Drinkable enough that I will give this brewery another chance.
Awktoberfest (198) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Refreshing... But too much on the spices not enough emphasize on the natural yeast and it abilities...
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
HonkeyBra (2857) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a rich orange color with a small off white head. Aroma of malt, some belgian yeast, bits of citrus and spice. Flavor is gritty, grainy, with pronounced citrus and lavender notes. There’s a lot here to process but it feel muddled. Nice body, feels interesting. Finishes one a spiced note.
tmoreau (1918) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2013 Sampler poured from a bomber at Pour Phil’s, Oak Park, IL. for the 1st Annual Tale of Two Parks Pub Crawl. Showed a cloudy, orange hue, with a modest amount of white head foam that diminished quickly to a ring & film, and left some light, spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma was an interesting and expressive nose of herbal, spice, and minty notes. Esters as mid-fruit, some citrus, mild malt, moderate bitterness, and light sweetness continued into the flavor, with a fairly light body and low carbonation, thus projecting some thin & watery texture. Tweaking necessary, but very doable. Next experience was a shared bomber of the lastest batch at the brewery with James, and poured to a stemmed glass. The lavender was tamed a bit, so the head was silkier and more persistent, the nose added some pleasant floral hints, carbonation was livlier, the body was fuller, and a subtle presence of alcohol was noticed. Nicely upgraded! +.4
envane (563) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky pale orange with a disappearing white head. Floral, spicy aroma. Taste is quite sweet with apricot, yeast and grain of paradise. Oily texture.