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 (1705) - 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 (333) - 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.
dmac (4677) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle shared by willblake. Poured a golden body with a hazy bright white medium fluffy head. Aroma of yeast, hint of mint, corriander, bubble gum and tropical fruit. Medium mouth feel with average carbonation. Flavors of yeast, grains, rotting oranges, grass and a touch of earth.
dwyerpg (4871) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tricked. With all the wheat in this I thought it was a Belgian wit with fruit. Cloudy yellow appearance. Some wheat up front; a bit of fruit later, fairly wheaty. Quite zesty and light, almost fizzy. Good but not worth $9 to me.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2012 Draft at the Stable. A hazy pale in the glass with a creamy white head that left light lace. Sweet aroma of fruit, spice and black licorice. The flavor found fruit and spice. Medium body. Update - 2011 Bottle (BD 09/15/11). Poured golden with a white head. Aroma of fruit, spice, and a light yeast back. The flavor found fruit, citrus hop, and a light spice back. Light to medium body, slightly tart, and a yeasty aftertaste.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber brought over to Leems’ house by our friend CRK. Hazy yellow colored with a thin, bone white head. Aroma was bits of yeast and citrus fruits, particularly lemons. Perhaps a little orange and pear thrown in there as well. This beer tasted very sweet, lots of citrus fruits, roses, light bit of earthiness and some definite pepper notes at the finish. Unique tasting brew, and quite tasty.
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy yellow with a white head. Aroma is malt, yeast, fruit, marcipan and light brett. Flavour is malt, brett, marcipan, fruity and alcohol.
zdk (1832) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle: golden orange pour, grassy, spicey arouma. Velvety soft and smooth body, funky with a touch of tart with sharp carbonation. Touch of lemon and flowers, nectar honey. Yeasty, light caramel and cracker malts, peppery finish. Lovely spice.
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Bottle. Pours clear honeyed golden/straw in colour. Later cloudy as I added the sediment. Bright white reasonably dense head which persists more than I would have imagined. Aroma is classic belgian blonde/saison/wheat beer-ish. Lots of lemon citrus, lots of lemon peel and obviously orange peel. Spices, yeast, and bread in the back ground, also a slight sulphurous/farmyard character, wet hay and so on. Classic aromas a plenty, basically. Flavour is more of the same, citrus is the flavour of the day, with loads of lemon and orange, fruit peel, not as tart as I would have expected - but this is good, I think. Nice use of balance between sweet and sharp. Lots of bready yeast and malt to balance. Reminds me of a tart lemon drizzle cake. Slight lemon sherbet quality to it in the mids and into the finish. Some sharp Lemon meringue as well. Very refreshing. I know only 20% of the beer used was aged in barrels, but still there is little, if any oak flavour imparted into the beer... I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing. On the one hand, showing no oak, basically makes this a very well made Belgian beer out of the US, but this makes me think it’s essentially a bit over priced for what it is. On the other hand, would an overly woody element done the brew any favours, perhaps not, though arguably there is the faintest touch of vanilla sweetness, which I suppose is the oak, but this is very subtle, so the debate still stands, is this a very well made, but somewaht overpriced Belgian/US beer, or does it deserve the price as a pint of solid beer? Mouthfeel is spot on, better than most Belgians could have pulled off. What’s scary about this brew, is that it would appear that the Americans are now producing Belgian beer better than the Belgians themselves. Kudos to Goose Island.