Goose Island Saison
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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A Belgian-style farmhouse ale traditionally brewed in the cooler months for summer consumption. Itís a beer sturdy enough to age in the bottle but refreshing enough to be enjoyed in warm weather. Brewed with a special Saison yeast, this spicy ale is made with a blend of 8 malts and grains to produce a full round body. The addition of black pepper spice, and dry-hopping with Styrian Hops creates an even more complex nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
rubbishystuff (2334) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2016 Had at Clybourn location. Peppery, spicy saison with nice hops and some dryness. Serving: Tap

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2010
A slow haze has settled in my glass, painting her colors in gentle hues of gold, orange, and amber. The greatest concentration is in her head, a confused cloud of white with lacey bubbles scattered along her outer edges. Within awaits an intense confrontation of fruits, skins still attached, spice, and boozy esters. Green grass and pine linger in the background, their leaves and needles weighing heavy under dew droplets. Cinnamon sticks and nutmeg sprinkle, and I find myself right back where I started with drunken fruits. Intriguing, to say the least, and so with great curiosity I investigate the liquid side of my Goose Island Saison. Smooth and buttery, her liquid bounty glides over my tastebuds, leaving behind fruit skins dipped in honey with nutmeg. Sweet up front, her finish is dry from the insides of fruits skins and dead grass. A heavy presence of malt contributes whole loaves of bread to an already full body, along with more honey, caramel, and maple sweetness. If I didnít know better, I would almost think I was quaffing a Biere de Garde instead of a Saison. Pith and bitter rind lingers long and hard after each quaff, bringing out a dry, woody and leathery quality. The further I quaff, the more elusive her apples, nectarines, and apricots become. With one last quaff, I bring this new tasting session to its first conclusion.

Not that great, unfortunately, and definitely not what I would consider a Belgian-style Saison. It reminded me more of a confused Biere de Garde with a Brett-like finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (4687) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Gold color white head. English malt nose. Nice light, sweet malt flavor. Medium carbonation. Medium full body. Tastes like and esb more than a saison maltry finish lingers. No belgian yeast flavor

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2010
On draft at R & H. Pours a cloudy light orange with a small white head. Aroma of light spice, tea and grass. Taste is grassy with hints of light spice, honey, tea and yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2010
Tap at RNH. Golden pour with a nice white head. The nose is very bright and spicy. Soft earthy hoppiness along with a light fruitiness. The malts have a kiss of sweetness that is fairly atypical for the style. There is a lot of fruitiness. Less spicy than I would have liked. As it warms there is a pronounced woody Golding/Fuggles woodiness. Not chewy per se, but not dry either. Finishes better than it starts as the hoppiness gives a perception of dryness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (6731) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Draft. Hazy golden pour. Nothing sticks out in this saison as great, but its a common saison with nothing really wrong with it. Spices, and yeast notes dominate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Tap at RNH. Pours a hazy orange with an ok head- nice lace. Aroma is fruity orange zest and peel, juicy, phenolic with spice and clove moderately sweet malts and honey tones. Flavor is fruity orange oil, zesty light citrus hops, crackery malts, toast, ok dry hopping- juiciness to the flavor, peppery and light solvent with good earthy and grassy hops- light spicing on the finish- and moderately dry which was good- pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Tap at Rattle. Evengreen, mint, fresh fries, German hops, with a sweetish, very clean, full body. Notes of caramel, lavendar, chalk, and absinthe. Mostly dry, complex, but indistinct. Needs a more interesting yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Draft. Pours an orange body with a white head. Citrus, pears, wood, and pepper spices. Cinnamon, fruit esters with a dry floral woody finish. Pine, cedar, light wheat notes. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum: Hazy amber pour with an off white film of head. Sweet plummy aroma- some odd solventy notes as well- a touch of acetone like notes along with sweet dark fruits. The body is fairly light, but itís lacking the liveliness of good examples. The flavor has some residual Belgian maltose- plummy, brown sugar notes accompanied by some chalky phenolics and other types of dry Belgian phenolics. Not very cohesive, and not dry nor lively enough for the style.

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