drewbeerme (3897) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle at dld. pours gold with white head. nose is really phenolic, clovey. flavors of an over bearing phenolic yeast profile with sugar sweet finish. really undrinkable saison imo.
HonkeyBra (3707) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber from the brewery. Hazy, dull orange pour with medium white head. Aroma of fruity Belgian yeast esters, rosemary, citrus peel. Mild pepper notes along with decidedly apple juice bits. Flavor is fruity, with more than a twinge of citrus. Apples, cinnamon, and other spices. Fairly dry. The pepper comes out towards the finish. Medium bodied, Iím shocked to look at the ABV, because it drinks a lot lighter. Great beer, though.
thegreenrooster (3501) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a cloudy blonde with a small white head. Aroma is estery with some spicy and fruit. Flavor is extremly yeasty and fruity with a lot of citrus hop and some funk. A nice pepper is left ont he tounge as this goes down. Very nice and tasty saison and probably the best of the style Iíve sampled in 2011 so far.
jrallen34 (3495) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to Alex for this brewery only tick... medium apricot, light watery head gone immediately... smells terrible, malt with herbs, tons of aloe... the taste is better but not by much, less herbs, but nothing Iíd want to drink
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at DLD, Iím sorry I donít know who brought it but thanks! Pours a hazy gold with an almost orangey note at the edge. Fluffy white head. My first thoughts are holy sh!t this has a ton of spices in it. And I donít like excess spice in my beers. So thereís that. Pine like only rosemary can produce and a peppery phenolic component. Citrus comes through but is overshadowed by the spicy herbal aromatics. On taste, the pepper and rosemary lend an unpleasant astringency but the citrus kind of helps to abate that somewhat. I wish I could have more yeast aromatics. For the temps this was at, it should be more interesting fundamentally. Just seems somewhat unfocused. Interesting, just not my bag.
BelgianBeerGal (3373) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at the pre-DLD party. My notes just say "yum, rosemary." Itís tough to write sarcastically but in general Iím not a rosemary fan...including this beer. My rosemary aversion aside, I think it was too dominant for a saison and covered most other aromas and flavors.
DrnkMcDermott (2894) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bomber. Time to dip again into my cellar. Pouring straight into glass gives me only a moderate, fizzy head over an orange body with plenty of bubbles. First thing to my nose is a smell of pizza dough yeast, then a note of orange. Not a lot of aroma besides that, but then this has been laid aside. Closer into, the orange does come in more like clementine than the same old orange peel. Not really catching pepper, but Iíbe had a couple pepper beers and said whereís the pepper, so it seems soaking the corns in wort adds something else to the taste. Instead it has a slight wheat malt spice. A suggestion of fruity overtone, and some aromatic Belgian malt. I mostly pick up yeast in the nose more than my tongue. Yes, the alcohol starts to catch up with me. As I drink further down, Iíd say the malt is winning the day over the usual warm ferment spiciness. Orange character stays in a supporting role throughout. Itís aged out very well, and Iíd say if you have any still squirreled away, drink íem now. Cause Iím starting to get a hint of mildew every once in a while. Itís not bad now, but why wait?
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted on 7/20/11 from a 22oz bottle purchased at Flossmoor at pre-DLD day. Pours clear, bright, orange with a thick white head that slowly recedes to a very thin layer of lace in the center of the beer, and a collar that is just a little bit thicker. The nose is signature spicy Saison yeast along with hints of peppercorn, orange peel, and a vegetal herbal aroma, with some cereal and bread malt. The flavor is lightly sweet with the bread and cereal malt up front. The vegetal flavor is a little stronger than the nose would have suggested with the peppercorns more subdued, and the same spicy Saison yeast and citrus peel. The body is fairly full, and somewhat sticky, with average carbonation and a long vegetal, peppercorn, and spicy yeast finish.
Ontbeertaster (2348) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap 4-29-11 at brewery. The beer was very interesting it pour yellow colour. It was a little bit sour but it tasted similar to other saisons, it was had that nice belgian yeastiness to it. I definitely would have this one again.
Atom (1751) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber pours a murky amber with orange highlights and a small white head. Aroma is heavy on the oranges but pairing nicely with herbs, and Belgian spices, some well rounded caramel malts as well. Pretty heavy texture matching the ABV, clementines and Belgian spice. Something a bit off putting with how the alcohol is working between the oranges and spice but really liking the rosemary and pepper on the finish.