BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11. Pours a clear, bright yellow body topped with a fizzy white head. Nose is white wine, floral (not hops), fruity and some spiciness. Taste is lemony, bubblegum and yeasty spice. Finishes peppery with a bit of funk. Dry, clean finish.
Cavie (3749) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of thirdeye11. Cloudy lemondrop appearance. Frothy white head. Smell has light Belgian yeast, some tart fruit and lightly bittered. Taste is a light tart tingle mixed with sweet light grain. Some tasty notes are present through the finish. This is soft and easy through and through.
Mora2000 (5539) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.
Pours a hazy yellow with a large white head. The aroma is wheat with some Belgian yeast. The flavor is lemon, orange, wheat, light funk and some Belgian yeast. Some other fruit flavors are present including apples.Thin mouthfeel and high carbonation.
drubel2 (15) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber, purchased from Binny’s in Downers Grove. Pours a translucent, brilliant orange/yellow, with a decent white head. Nose is that of citrus (someone sitting five feet away from me asked if I was eating oranges!). Mouthfeel is decently thin, with heavy carbonation. Wheat flavors, along with the expected citrus flavors, and the not-as-expected peppery tones. Leaves the mouth happy. One of my favorite GI brews, and at $8 a bomber, a great value!
JackT (71) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy yellow pour with a thick white foamy head and tons of lacing. Aroma is a blend of citrus and wild yeast. Apparent flavors are banana, lemon, pepper, and spice. This beer has a well carbonated medium body with a nice dry and bitter finish. All in all, a damn fine beer.
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Kind of surprised by the high ratings for this saison. I wasn’t particularly impressed. Poured from bomber a very bright clear yellow with a 3 finger fluffy off-white head. The flavor seemed to be lacking any unified body and was mostly a watered down saison. Some yeast, wheat and citrus but not much from either note.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, pours light yellow with a medium white head. Aroma is white wine and citrus fruit. Solid wheat and slightly sour/bitter lemon peel flavors. Lightly funky finish with a very dry peppery touch. Solid.
kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, 2009 vintage. Pours a clear straw yellow body with a large fizzy white head that left some minimal lacing. The nose is light and airy with a bit of farmhouse funk, some floral hops, white wine, and light spices. The flavor is on the sweeter side at first but then the oak, wine, and wild yeast influences take over. I wouldn’t really call this even tart though, just a good bit funky. Pretty nice, I like the more subtle use of spices and the emphasis on the yeast. The heavy wine influence is a bit of an American twist on the style, but I think it works well. Finishes with a light peppery kick that is enhanced by the lively spritzy carbonation. Quite champagne like in the mouthfeel. Overall a very nice Saison. Among the best American examples I’ve had, even if it’s not exactly traditional.
arminjewell (6067) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy golden with fluffy white head, aroma is full of fruity esters, orange, lemon, and spiciness. Taste up front is fruity with banana, orange, lemon, that works into yeasty spiciness. Excellent brew!
lamas (1340) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Bottled: 10/23/09. Pours a slightly hazy glowing gold color with a big and fluffy white head. A musty, semi-funky aroma of lemons, Mandarin oranges and their peels, baseball card bubblegum, pepper, and a yeasty spiciness. Full-bodied and a touch creamy here and there. The flavor starts with bubble gum and bananas. Lemons and oranges at the end. There is a Chai tea with vanilla quality along with pepper and a yeasty spiciness throughout. Great, great stuff.