ClarkVV (5128) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottled April 24, 2015, drunk 12/30/15.
Incredibly carbonated, champagne-like appearance creates a massive white head that shows strong retention atop a golden-bronze body with light haziness.
Nose is pretty reserved, especially at first, but giving it time for the head to recede and some of the carbonation to burn off, it eventually begins to yield lightly sweet, white bread-like notes, biscuits, white pepper and a dominant note of peach.....Hmmm, not exactly what I look for in a saison. The peach mixes with the other esters, black and white pepper notes and alcohol to give off a very strong, dry, rather sharp character that’s much more reminiscent of an Abbey Trippel, or something along those lines. Vanilla, a touch of clove and tons of yellow fruit character. Eventually, towards the end of the glass, the aroma softens somewhat, and does show light pear, guava and black pepper. A little more dainty but very faint. Still, not saison-like at all.
The flavor is even less given over to a saison, being extremely full of white pepper phenol, lots of sharp alcohol and ester and bready to biscuity malts that provide less softness than I’d hope. Extremely carbonated, even after letting it sit and breath for quite a while. Just doesn’t have that fine, tight carbonation that the best examples have so it in turn doesn’t have that nearly creamy texture. Peach, nectarine, pear, black pepper and alcohol all continue to recall a trippel/BSA. Too much "sharpness" and raw graininess, as well.
igneous1 (1529) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy, yellowish-golden color. off-white big, frothy head. aroma is funky, musty, tart-like with a lot of fruit. flavor is tart but also sweet. slight bitterness in the finish. quite nice.
tysongillmore (361) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grassy, lemony, and a little tart. I really like this style of beer and I've had this out of the tap before and it was better. I think I got some of the sediment from the bottle while pouring. Overall, pretty damn good.
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ben4321 (5355) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the brewery, 11/25/15. Hazy yellowish color with a nice white head. Saison yeast and pepper over some fruity hops. Nicely balanced and very drinkable. Dry finish.
rosskyle (378) - - NOV 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on tap at funkwerks. Orange color with a white head. Orange citrus aroma. Grain citrus orange with slight funk at the end flavor. Smooth easy drinking.
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hayduke (4420) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at GABF 2015. This is supposed to be their flagship beer. In the tasting glass was a cloudy gold with a white cap of foam. Nose is fruit, citrus, flora,, and earthy. Medium body. The flavor is s bit funky but lightly so, and mostly there is citrus and fruit, and finish is a bit earthy and funky as you would expect from this style. Solid beer. Easy to drink.
arnold931 (1177) - Iowa, USA - OCT 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Zeppelins. Pours cloudy orange with decent white head. Mild aroma of saison yeast. Taste is nice citrus and funk with some pepper. Refreshing.
DrunkSanta410 (792) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Hazy yellow pour with fluffy white head. Good head retention. Aroma is citrus, clove, faint banana, dough, spice. Taste is spice, light pepper, clove, lemon and citrus. Light body, medium carbonation. Pretty nice saison.
snoworsummer (4241) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the RiNo Walnut Room. Pours clear yellow gold with a thick, creamy beige head and lots of lacing. Smells like bready malt, straw, light spicy hops, and light apple, pear, and hints of pepper and ginger. Tastes like strong bready malt, straw, light spicy hops, and light banana with hints of pepper. Medium body and carbonation. Dry finish.
Nero55 (919) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Hazy yellow with thin head. Aroma of lemon and pepper. Light body, lemon, yeast notes, pepper spiciness, and a dry finish