fraternie (988) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden in color, with barnyard funk and a strong sour note that glides above orange peel citrus and white pepper spice. Nicely done.
HartManSam (74) - Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Light but very flavorful. My girlfriend loved it and finished it ha. Good taste but not what Iím looking for in a beer. =)
mcdalough (21) - Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted 5-10-2011 at home from bottle. 2011 Vintage drank young.
Aroma: Classic wild yeast exciting nose. Musty nose transitions to savory spices with citrusy orange everpresent. Also a bit of bubblegum sweetness present for me.
Appearance: Slight haze with the bottle conditioning. Pours a muted yellow apricoty color with head that disappears surprisingly fast for a bottle conditioned beer.
Taste: Nice sweetness present at the start offset by the mustiness. Orange peel dominates the mid-palate while the beer transitions to a bubble gum and estery finish. There is also the oaking "vanilla" supporting the alcohol and tampening down some of the rough edges.
Palate: Nice effervescence present throughout bringing the delicate volatiles to the fore.
Overall: Surprisingly restrained. Classic saison with a moderate to restrained yeast character (at least for a belgian). Extremely enjoyable.
Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a murky apricot yellow with a head of tightly packed bubbles that quickly dissipate into a thin foam. Itís an appearance that I would normally rate lower but the consistent champagne like effervescence catches the eye... Apricot, caramel, floral, and citrus aromas dominate with notes of herbs, cheese, alcohol, banana, bubblegum, butterscotch, and vanilla. For me the aroma is the high point of this brew. Tastes way too sour and salty for me with a weird oily finish... First impressions lead to disappointment.
italianjohn (2877) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale straw yellow/golden pour thin white head little lacing ... aroma of floral hops, fruity yeast and peppery and orange peel .... taste of fruity yeast, peppery, citrusy orange peel, floral and bitter hops with a dry bite in the finish little lively mouthfeel smooths out as it warms sadly I donít taste any oak not a bad saison
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours hazy orange, thin white head, spotty lacing. Nose is soapy, with peach, light funk, some salt, some bacon, quite pretty. Flavours of spice, citrus, some funk and cheese, very tasty. Solid Saison. Great stuff!
JRock72 (605) - - MAY 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Dark Lord Day. Thanks for the share. Light golden yellow with no head. Very floral, fruity with kind of a thick body. Overall very well done. Would like to try again.
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Styles. Pours a hazy yellow, with a huge white head. Aroma is peppery, with citrus, and a nice brett character. Body is light & crisp. Flavor is candied fruit, with spices, and a little brett in the finish. Very nice.
Shamelessjames (8) - California, USA - APR 28, 2011 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got it from the bottle. The carbonation was very bright which I liked. It doesnít actually say its a Saison (which is typical for Goose Island) but it sure tastes like one.
It had enough hops that it was clearly American but not over the top like many of the West Coast brews. It was very versatile and floral. Definitely a fav.
Itís really too bad it was purchased by Anheuser-Busch. Hopefully it will merely effect distribution and price and not quality.
BrewBoxer (2565) - New York, New York, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a hazy gold color with thin lacing and head around the glass. Smells of lemongrass, citrus and honey. Taste is like a cross of a belgian wheat beer and a saison. Some tart notes as well. Really enjoyable.