smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge head on this beer. Just nice drinking and well done. The nose is very, very mild and the appearance is pale gold and cloudy. The taste is just solid and light and fruity. No specirfic taste to me just a very well structured belgian.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors.
Aroma: The nose full of spicy Belgian yeast notes. Clove, light lemongrass, and fresh cut grass in there too. Good stuff!
Appearance: It pours a cloudy, orange gold with a huge, foamy, white head. This is one active brew. Great head retention and spotty lacing left behind.
Taste: Light and spicy with Belgian yeast really coming through. A bit of anise, clove, citrus peel, a peppery note, and lots of floral hops. Perfect for a hot day.
Palate: Light in body with above average carbonation and a slightly dry, floral finish.
Overall: A very nice brew indeed and certainly worth trying
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz, capped bottle, fresh 2010 bottle: hazed lemon-straw body below a creamy, ivory head that slowly dies into a wisps and collects at the edges. Light, airy orange rind aroma that has a wonderfully subtle, while at the same time striking floral, honeydew melon and sourdough starter presence. Tingly pepper on the tip of the tongue that becomes gentle though the mouth before a second citrus hop resin and pepper finish mixes with a fruity sourness catches your attention. Another wonderful belgian style ale from the folks up in Chicago! Thanks Nit!
neepsntatties (1233) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this on tap at the 2010 Oregon Brewer’s Festival. Colour... golden straw with a thick head. Nose... acetic, yet fruity. Palate... lightly sweet, with quince, pear and lime zest and a delightfully long finish.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle at ChrisO’s "Raise the Roof" tasting, 31st July 2010. Hazy very light yellow. Light citric nose. Delicate beer, pretty decent.
nuplastikk (4674) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Empty Bottle. Hazy, yellow orange color. Pronounced floral barley and sugary Belgian yeast aroma. Yeasty and rich, a well executed beer. Creamy, with some slight alcohol warning in the finish. Excellent.
williamstome (946) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big soft white head. Sweet fruity aroma, with flavor of raspberry, green apple and yeast. Smooth and very drinkable.
sm89walt (1777) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Chriso’s pre-GBBF ’Raise the Roof’ Tasting ’10. Light, golden yellow coloured body with some haze and a dense and frothy white head. Herbs & spices, some creamy vanilla and sharpish citrus aromas. Quite bright on lemony with estery yeast, pepper and wheat and a touch of pithy orange. Some light carbonation sting, light in body with a relatively short estery Belgian bitterness in the finish.
Brigadier (3050) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap pre-GTMW
I have a bottle of this in the cellar at home but free trumps having to take a risk any day. Now that I know what I will discover it might get opened this month. An excellent saison the result of Goose Island’s work is a fine summery beer that helps beat the heat. If it has a weakness that would be the champagne like aspects. Because of the carbonation this would take some time to work through.
Aroma / Appearance - Golden blond and crisp the head formed a white halo around the edges of the glass. Lemon pledge, citrus, and orange glo give it a warm nature. Overall it kind of smells like a corn field after a heavy rain with the sun shining through partly cloudy skies.
Flavor / Palate - Orange zest, lemon peels, and a minor tartness perform their jobs well. The peppery kick is so subtle that it does not sneak up until the very end. The carbonation in the mouthfeel can be a little much. Overall I would have paid $4 for a pint of this and not been let down by the result. Once again Goose Island proves they can play with the big dogs and hold their own.
jameswolfe (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a fan of Saisons at this point. So maybe my rating is biased. Its a beer of strong characer and spicieness, Im just not a fan of the flavor.