hayduke (3545) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a trade via Strykzone. Thanks. This was from the 22 oz bottle as hazy gold with a big fizzy white head that took a while to face and left moderate lacing in the glass. The nose is more like a hefe than a Belgian showing banana and other ripe fruits, and some spices. The body is medium and the mouthfeel dry and light. The flavor is all over the place with fruit, citrus, and spices. It finishes dry and lightly bitter. A well crafted beer.
alexsdad06 (6401) - Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is floral with some mild/moderate citrus notes. The flavor is a well blended combination of citrus, yeast, mild peppery spiciness, floral notes and orange peel. Finish is dry and tart with a slight bitterness. This is a very drinkable saison.
Chalsk (1090) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pale yellow colow with a thick white foam head. Has an aroma of honey, grass, citrus, with hints of floral. A bit bready and doughy perhaps. Has a light citrusy bitter taste. I get the saison on the light airy feel. But I think it borders on a belgian strong (too low an abv) with the carbonation level and an american tripel with the hops and banana notes. Very interesting brew.
piscator34 (2032) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled sample from 2009. Straw coloured with strong carbonation. Strong floral and orange peel aromas, along with a hint of vanilla pod. More pilsner malt forward in the mouth than expected, but the peppery spice and drying quality achieve a good balance. Very faint fruit and wild yeast character (I had hoped and expected more of both). Fairly good overall.
jgb9348 (4942) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very light golden coloured body with a thinnish, fast-dying white head. Aroma of pepper, malt, wheat, yeast, spices, bananas, hay and way more spice - very nice! Medium-bodied; Assertive effervescence with a large spice and sweet flavour that just packs the mouth with taste. Pepper, hay and sugars come through nicely and leave the mouth very dry. Aftertaste shows a lot of spices with curacao, coriander seed, pepper, allspice, clove and anise very prevalent. Overall, a very nice beer - a lot of character and a great complex saison/belgie ale. Definitely nice to sample, get it if you can find it! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in Washington, DC on 13-May-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 01-June-2010.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours slightly hazy yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma of lemon, clove, honey, bready malt, citrus. Taste has bready malt, some yeast spice, very zesty, some funky bitter finsih, light tart. Medium body, lively but smooth carbonation.
Ibrew2or3 (7252) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours opaque sand to straw to gold hay in color with white head. The aroma has notes of spiciness and yeast to go along with a mild level of grainy malts and sweet apple fruitiness. The taste has a similar layout as the nose with spiciness, some yeasty spices then moving into modest grain and apple sweetness. It picks up a bit more spiciness into the finish.
robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a cloudy yellow with a very thin white head, above average carbonation, and a little lacing.
smell is of lemon, some banana, and a touch floral.
taste is crisp, fruit, malt, banana, and lemon, ends refreshing and a little tangy.
Dogbrick (8950) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2010 Sample at the 1st annual Columbus Beerfest on 05/28/10: This beer is a mostly clear golden color with a thin off-white head that burns away quickly. Rings of lacing. The aroma is peppery spices and yeast along with some malt. Medium body with flavors of yeast, citrusy hops, malt and spices. The finish is lightly hopped with a yeast aftertaste. Above average overall.
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 22 oz, rapportée de Chicago. Arômes de levure de saison, belle touche d’agrumes. Robe blonde et trouble, très belle mousse et effervescence active. En bouche, la levure est présente avec des touches de bananes et de fruits, mais semble moins rustique qu’au nez. Belle touche d’agrumes. Le passage dans les fûts de chêne se fait sentir par une finale légèrement vineuse et boisée. Intéressant.