Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of BBB, growler, July ’06. Pale yellow, semi-bright, minimal head. Aroma is all funked out. Huge horseblanket, farmhouse, dustiness, faint spice. Flavor has a bit more spice up front but hard to determine. Maybe staright pepper? Thins out through the middle, fades to skunky bitterness and harsh floral bitterness. Not bad just altogether doesn’t mesh well.
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap: It poured out a hazy yellow body with a respectable head that didn’t linger for long. A good sniff brings you a nose of yeast, lemon & tart orange, a light malt, hints of wheat, and some hot spices. First up in the taste is a mouthful of citric tartness. This mellows out somewhat, allowing the malts and a floral bitterness to come through with some coriander, grasses, and white pepper tagging along. Nice lingering bitter finish.
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Pailhead (5097) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler: Provided by BBB63. Flowery aroma with light fruit and spice. Pours a hazy pale golden-orange with a small white head. Lightly sweet and yeasty up front with a nice flowery bitterness in the finish with some light spice. Flowery bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2006 Rerate from Growler served at Styles place: I like this more now, getting some sharp grapefruit and very herbal finish.
On tap at Clybourn and served in MBA pint glass, like most times it is way too cold at the start: Hazy golden hue topped by a small frothy head. The aroma has notes of coriander, orange zest, juniper berry, lemongrass, wheat, biscuity malt and dusty yeast esters. The taste starts spicy for sure with a lot of fruit tones in the background. A touch acidic and woody with some pepper and herbs on the finish. It could be a bit cleaner and dryer for my tastes but is quite drinkable. The mouth feel is smooth yet has some bite near the edges, a tad sticky too. An okay beer (more a wit than Saison IMO) and with a bit more refinement I would really dig it.
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
clybourn tap. not too bad. pretty mild aroma and taste. served too cold. hazy light urine color. little head. kinda sour, a bit of belgian funk. actually pretty good at first, but mere ounces later it’s cloying.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 Draught, Clybourn: cloudy, incredibly opaque pineapple; pretty thin, quickly diminishing ivory head that leaves a thin film...mildy hoppy, mango flesh aroma, thick with mashed grains and spent wort. Flavour is very mild with some underlying black pepper and herbal spice. Smooth, creamy palate with a subtle tingle...finish is fairly fruity with orange zest bitterness, pineapple sweetness and wet yeast...perhaps the next ’saison’ can be a dry farmhouse style...this one just didn’t have as much character as I was hoping...
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A sour, grassy yeasty Belgian style summer beer. Cloudy yellow body with a small barely visible head. Taste of orange and small levels of sweet spice (coriander?). Not expecially sweet for an orange and spice Belgian, and this works well, especially for a low alchohol version of a style that is usually bigger.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Super hazy and murky dull golden orange beneath 8 bubbles passing as a head. A fruity nose of orange, sweet lemon, mild coriander, some tropical fruit esters of melon and mango, subtle earthy hops, fresh dough, more light spice, floral perfume and a hint of light grain. The body is moderately think with seemingly mild carbonation and a lasting tingle. The flavor is definitely yeasty with some moderately sweet fruit, bitter earthiness and tart wheat-esque notes. The finish is crisply bitter and lasting, especially for the lower alcohol and carbonation. In many ways this is more like a Belgian Wit than a Saison, but with much more spice and ester content and less straight-ahead fruitiness. Enjoyable, but I wish Goose Island would try a Dupont-style, unspiced Saison. More of the same can be a little repetitive.