marcus (6320) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy yellow with a nice white head and a citrus aroma. Thre is a yeasty light malt flavor featuring citrus and spice. The mouthfeel is at first smooth, but turns to carbonation. This brew has all the elements of a good Belgian-style saison and is a pleasure to drink.
J_man (685) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale yellow with a finely carbonated billowing white head. Sour, yeasty Belgian nose right off that follows into the first sip. True to the Belgian style with a peppery, sour flavor with a touch of lemon and cloves. You can definitely taste the wild yeast here but itís very well balanced with the other flavors. Iím not a big fan of Brett, so for the other 2 of you out there who arenít either, donít worry, youíll like this beer!
douglas88 (5800) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle drank during the May 2010 Utah tasting. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a huge white head. The aroma is dusty, sweet malts, light fruit. The flavor is nice and straightforward; sweet malts, light fruit, spices and banana. Enjoyable.
BlackForestCO (976) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from miketd, thanks man! Poured a clear, pale yellow color with an inch and a half thick, frothy white head that slowly receded to a thin layer and left some spotty lacing. Light, crisp maltiness with hints of hay, a soft barnyard yeastiness presenting some light phenols (bubble gum and band aid), soft, dry citrus fruit (orange peel and tangerine), and some light oak on the nose. Crisp, lightly tart entry with soft hints of white grapes that transitions into a clean maltiness with some hay and light cereal leading into a lightly dry yeastiness with undertones of pepper, orange peel, and grape skin that linger into the finish where they are paired with a distinct wine barrel oakiness that imparts a nice dryness. Fine, tight carbonation and light body combine to create a crisp mouth feel. Overall, this wasnít what I would call a real traditional saison/wild ale, but it was pretty tasty and a pleasure to drink. Thanks again Mike.
Sledutah (4277) - Utah, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by eric, thanks again
Appearance: Hazy light yellow with a nice white head and some lacing
Aroma: Spices, yeasty and some tart fruits
Taste: Some sourness and citrus, spices
Very nice saison, with a twist.
jimhilt (2388) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Cloudy light yellow color. Nose is citrus. Flavor is sweet and sour citrus, hints of yeast. Good summer beer. Bottled 12/11/2009. $8.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.
paiste2002 (185) - Saugus, California, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, dated 2/19/10 1313. Pours crystal clear golden with a very nice white head that retains very well, leaving some nice lace work behind. The aroma is peppery, spice, malt. The flavor is sweet, malty, bread, spices and yeast. Finish is peppery and bitter. Overall a very nice beer.
williamherbert (1258) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 30, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is spicy Belgian/golden ale. Nice citrus hop balance. Fresh orange peel. A tad grassy, especially when agitated.
Appears golden yellow, hazy with lots of fizz. Italian ice lacing, not much of it. Nice color but not much body.
Flavor is grassy lemon citrus and orange. Full of nice, sweet (but not too sweet) spring-y flavors. Green apple and white wine champagne.
Feels fizzy and bubbly on the palage. Creamy; dances on the tongue. Somewhat ashy finish. Crackles like cereal. Dry wine finish. Itís dry, fizzy, sweet and grassy overall. A nice summery brew.
Taverner (1081) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch #1323 - bottled on 2/19/10 - Aroma is floral hop, a little basement, fruits and a little brett. Flavor is citrus, with some herbs. Finishes clean. I am liking GIís Belgians.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 02-10. The pour is very nice with a very hazy, straw color and an average, white, very frothy head which leaves a small layer throughout and leaves lots of frothy lace. The nose is a bit off and a bit bland; the orange is apparent either from the orange peel or the wild yeast, a slight barnyard hint, some floral, light white pepper, and bit of corn also. The flavor is better with minimal corn notes, vanilla really does filter in nicely, white pepper, subtle orange notes, a bit vinous. The palate is lively, creamy, medium. It finishes with just a touch of dryness, orange keeping its presence, vanilla still, and pepper lingering. Odd beer, and not what I would consider to be a saison; it lacks the tartness, it is sweeter and less bitter, and lacks a refreshing character to it. It is, however, like a Belgian Blond and fairly well done. The wine barrel aging is minimally apparent, and the wild yeast notes are very subtle. Nice but not great.