monk191 (1709) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good saison. A little simple, but refreshing and nicely flavored. Have had better Saisons, but a good beer nonetheless.
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml, bottled 2011. Lightly sweet, spicy, fruity aroma, estery and phenolic with notes of tropical fruit, faint pepper, honey and cotton candy. Clear rosy golden in color with a sparse, uneven head. Flavor profile is likewise fruity, lightly sugary and spicy, with suggestions of clove, pineapple, melon and banana, seeing a very mild bitterness blending in at the finish. Semi-dry, effervescent mouthfeel, body is quite full for the style. Good rendition, certainly a hefty one as well.
theisti (3806) - Kansas, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by Indra. Pour is a lightly hazed golden, with a white head. Aroma is phenolic straw hay, some light bright hoppiness. Taste is a nicely resinous hop, blended with wheat grain and grass, followed by a phenolic finish. Palate is nicely un filtered, with a medium body, and the dry mineral finish. Yeast lingers a bit in the longish after taste. Thanks for sharing this one Eric, I had really wanted to try it.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 Pint, 9.4 oz capped bottle, 2011 version, sampled Nov 2011: clear golden with a creamy ivory top, that looks quite a bit like whipped cream, although a ver thin topping...sweet, Brady aromatics with a strong banana character and wisps of dusty ginger and honey. That balance of flavors beats the aroma: tasty noble hops combined with a grain bill that creates a well rounded, flavorful and highly drinkable beer. Sign me up for another, even without the complexities of a more funky/traditional farmhouse beer. Thanks!
boFNjackson (4199) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured hazy golden with a thick, eggy head. Nice clean and light drinking saison with some grassy and peppery spiced hops that mixed with a drying yeast presence.
Strykzone (6560) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pint 9.4 ounce bottle. This pours a bright golden and is cloudy. A big off white head of thin soapy bubbles. Yeast, soft fruit, and funk make out the aroma. The flavor is down the middle per style. It has a nice hop spice with fruit and yeast. It has some grass and farmhouse funk. This is a nice Saison.
nickd717 (4102) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Cloudy golden-orange in color with a very large lasting white head and great lacing. Funky horseblanket and hay on the aroma with green apple notes. Nice dry flavor with pale malt, underripe light fruits, peppery spice, barnyard, and grass. Medium-bodied and rather crisp with fairly lively carbonation. A really nice American saison overall. I’m impressed.
badgerben (4826) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Autumn Brew Review 2011. Golden color with a towering head. Grainy aroma with very light hoppiness showing up. Light flavors overall, mostly grain and fruit. Seemed oddly sweet for the style, but it didn’t clash with the rest of the brew.
TAR (2651) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep golden. Lathery dollop of white froth exhibits stellar retention. Pleasant albeit simple nose of banana bread, multigrain crackers, bubblegum, melon and yeast (Play-Doh, taffy). Scant spicy hop zing as well as some florals buried deep within. Lively carbonation. Well-conditioned. Initial snappiness is offset by an assertive punch of bananalike esters. Borderline metallic as well, with an ensuing surge of tastefully incorporated wheat and vague toast which lends depth and obligatory firmness. Sweetish vanilla-cake maltiness exacerbates the warming glow of alcohol which consequently overshadows many of the delicacies. Light on the phenolics, with merely a flash of plastic. Mild lemony splash enhances the quenching aspects. Notes of baked apple waver in and out, though the crisp body is not tarnished too much. Amply hopped yet with plenty of subtlety coupled with succulent flavor and refined bitterness. Some distant sulfur yields perceptible astringency to the deeply earthy, licorice-tinged Strisselspalt. Commendably balanced finish is comprised of grassy hop bitterness and firm malt, but largely hampered by uncleanness (sulfur and yeast, namely). A very respectable rendition being that it is all yeast doing the work, along with noble hops and one of my favorite one-two grain combos of Munich and wheat. But one question: Why is this $10 rather than $3 - $4? The neck tag and sticker, presumably?
obguthr (5486) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011: Musty and funky pear aroma, moderately strong. Cloudy amber, thick head, nice lacing. Pear base with vanilla and blueberry hints. Apricot appears when warm. Lemongrass finish. Distinctive and refreshing.