WisconsinBeer (686) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased from GI Clybourn brewpub. Today it’s about 90 degrees outside, so this light refreshing beer is really hitting the spot. Pours a very pale yellow with vigorous carbonation. Flavor is white wine, mild citrus, champagne, and a hint of spice. Soft and dry on the palate. Finish is dry and light. Well done.
Tripplebrew (764) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very lemon yellow with very light white head. Aroma is very earthy, hay and wheat. Definite notes of lemon coming across. Flavor has a lot of wheat tones with lemon citrus notes. Very crisp flavors. Body is light with high carbonation.
zach8270 (2921) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Hazy gold pour with a fizzy white head. Aroma is earthy and tart with a good amount of spice and cloves. Flavor is earthy and funky. The yeast and spice are very present with a strong grainy and earthy middle. Finishes with a slightly sweet and spicy note and a lingering bitterness that sneaks up on you.
ilovedarkbeer (2000) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a burnt golden color with a medium sized bubbly head. Nose is spice, corn, honey, citrus, and vanilla. Taste is similar but grainy and sort of husky. Sweet and medium length finish. Not really to style...low carbonation and sweet rather than dry finish. Hmm.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Goose. Aroma of belgian yeast, and some citrus. Interesting brew, it had some lively carbonation. Light and refreshing. I was hoping it would have some more sour characteristics from the wild yeasts, but it was still well done.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very light golden pour with fluffy white head, releasing the wild yeast fruitiness I expected. Very nice sparkle in the mouthfeel, along with the citrusy tartness, light yeasty/tart/sour funk, vinous qualities, and dry peppery finish. Kept thinking, from beginning to end, how nicely this one would pair with so many different kinds of foods (especially seafood, I think). Not particularly complex or overly fussy, just a really pleasant and refreshing brew.
lushawn (2645) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks beth for this beer, been wanting to try this! Pours a clear yellow with a big puffy white head. notes of lemongrass, orange, some funk, spices. smooth. not overly complex, but quite refreshing.
drowland (4992) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is surprisingly hoppy like fresh hops with nice hints of belgian yeasts. The flavor is spicy, refreshing, with a hint of tart and an exhale of orange peel.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, Jun 2009 bottling, courtesy of a couple of very generous Chicago BAs. Poured into a tulip.
The is a lighter than I was expecting, a super clear golden straw with tons of bubbles streaming to the top, feeding a huge creamy white head that doesn’t back down for a long time. The lacing is nice and thick.
Smell is excellent and starts out very subtle with lots of sweet light fruits, especially pears and apples. But as it warms, the peppery spice and lemon zest come out a bit more and even a faint funk that’s just starting to enter the fray.
The taste starts out with a much more earthy tone than the aroma, definitely featuring the yeast a bit more. The middle starts to taste more like the sweet fruits of the aroma, with some slightly tart green apples. The finish is dry and earthy and much less sweet than I though when I smelled the beer.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very active on the palate with a strong carbonation. It’s dry with a spicy zing on the palate in the finish.
This is a great saison from GI and extremely drinkable with plenty of sweetness in the aroma and some earthy characteristics that come through more in the taste. A great summer afternoon beer.
jstraw (1654) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy gold with big, foamy white head / Perfumed, elegant nose of honey and banana / Light to medium body, a touch watery, creamy with low carbonation, with good balance and fair finish / Flavors of clover honey, flowers, banana, orange peel, and white pepper / Nice, but needs a little work. Not picking up the wine barrel aging.