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 (1245) - 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 (4708) - 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 (994) - 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 (1780) - 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 (3095) - 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.
Block (1520) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice golden-yellow pour. A light aroma of citrus and lemon. Smooth texture with a light body. The finish is clean and slightly tart. Some fruit juice characteristics.
scoobysnak (329) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome golden color with a head that will not quit. Took me forever just to pour it. Some fingernail polish notes, orange peel, cloves, and maybe even some hoppiness in the back. A good beer.