MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Elegant herbal hop spiciness grows through a lively canvas of citrus peel, banana esters, white grapes and mildly honeyed cereals, building a tantalizing Saison-like creation.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slim head of foam tops the cloudy straw blond.
-The expansive effervescence and dryish finish make for high drinkability.
-Orange zest is balanced with the just barrel apport.
-The overall flavor profile is quite balanced.
-The herbal hop notes develop basil, sage and even menthol aromas when paired with the already complex interplay of ingredients.
beerguy101 (5286) - Newark, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled on 4/9/2010. This saison pours a slightly cloudy yellow orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet, melons, pears and apricot. A medium to full bodied saison. The malts are fruity and sweet, lots of apricot, peach and melon flavors. There is also a touch of tartness at the finish. The hops are herbal. Nice soft lively carbonation. A hint of vanilla. A very delicate subtle beer. There is a hint of wood at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a hint of wood.
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a hazy golden yellow with ample carbonation, fizz, and a good 1/2 inch of fluffy, dense white foam that does not dissipate. Nose is faintly bittersweet and barnyard funky, mixed with appropriate and expected citrusy orange peel tones. Saison-classic. Taste is darker, and heavier than I would have expected, but pleasant. The palate on this beer can best be described as, unexpected, and even unpredictable. Iíve taken 3 tastes now, and not a one has been the same. The first was dark, barnyard-heavy, the second, more spritely and citrusy light, the third, an oddly tart departure from both the 1st and 2nd. Interesting, for sure.
popery (1419) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, home. Excellent Belgian style ale. Pours a bright lemon gold, fairly hazy, with a small white head. The aroma is sugary malt, honey, lemons, oranges, moderate funk level and mild but crisp grassiness. Itís sweet and bright. The flavor is refreshing. Thereís a dry, believably-Belgian yeast with sweetly tart fruits chiming in. The orange peel and citrusy hops are pleasantly bitter. Mouthfeel is clean with an excellent lingering funk aftertaste. Goose Island makes some awesome Belgian style ales.
brokensail (10935) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a pale golden yellow color with a fluffy white head.
S: The nose is quite fruity with plenty of citrus, pears, and maybe some melon. Thereís a definite spice aroma along with some yeast and perhaps even a bit of tartness.
T: I was very pleased by the nose, but the flavors didnít quite live up to that. The spices are much more pronounced and the tartness doesnít make an appearance either. There is still some nice fruit character, namely apples, pears, and bananas, however.
M: The body is medium with a very nice tingly carbonation which gives the beer a bit more of a light feeling on the tongue.
D: I liked this much better than some of Goose Islands special releases, but I still donít know how much of this I could drink. A nice beer to have a small pour of, however.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from bleeng.
Pours a lively spring yellow with a nice white head. Aroma is tart, sweet lemon with a light coat of candied sugar. Flavor is light sour barnyard lemon grown in a horse stall. Tingly and lingering on the tongue. WOW.
NachlamSie (2766) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Kahnís. Bottled in July of last year. This is a very light colored beer, bright yellow but very, very cloudy. A bubbly white head forms. The aroma is cheesy with hints of fields, oranges, coriander, and pepper. Bubbly palate on this one. The flavor is very balanced. I was expecting something more tart for whatever reason, but itís just dry and fruity. Hints are made at vanilla, cheese, orange, pepper, and flowers. Itís a really delicate offering for an American brewery. Not bad at all.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 2, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Pacific Park Market, Thanks Ken
This was sort of wit meets saison, or a saison trying to be champagne-like. Very light and lacking complexity
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by IPFreely: Pale golden color with a thick foamy white head. Yeasty aroma with fiant hints of oak, citrus, and banana. Moderate sweetness, orange zest, and spicy yeast esters. A hint of oak in the dry finish. Nice stuff.
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2011 Re-rate 1/8/11. 2010 bottle. I liked this so much the first time I had it (2009 version, I believe) I picked up another bottle while traveling. Big booming white head on top of a slightly hazy golden body. I pick up much more white wine character this go around. Citrus, lemon, and flowery notes mix in with light spice, yeast, and wood. Light-bodied, dry, with a bit of tart funk. Very clean. Iím suprised how much better this is than Matilda. Original Rating: Bottle from brewblackhole. Thanks Tom! Yellowish color, pours a thick fluffy off-white head with pretty good retention. Orange peel, lemon, wood, yeast and cloves in a pleasant aroma. Very clean and refreshing. Flavor adds pepper and citrus which mixes nicely with the clove and yeast. Simple but very tasty. Also, the label really fits this beer. No bells and whistles, clean, and elegant.