cbfobes (2880) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the downtown location, pours a hazy yellow with a thin head, the aroma and flavor both have a touch of spice and banana, a little bit of funkiness in the finish of the flavor, and not in a good way, just kind of off, meh.
BVery (9298) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewpub in Wausau. Clear lighter gold pour with a white head. Pretty rich - bold banana, very mild spice, fairly sweet. Nice beer, I dig it.
kaser (5344) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on draft at Great Dane brewpub in Madison. Orange pour. Fruity sweet taste. Lemon and spices. Good for style
nuplastikk (5682) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap downtown. Unfiltered yellow-orange body. Nice steady white head...looks quite attractive. The aroma isn’t so far off, and while it does have a mild buttery tinge, teh funky yeast esters make up for it. by no means a great Saison, but comes closer than most of the US spice bombs out theres...captures some of the essence. Really yeast forward, but doesn’t have much going on for it besides that. Almost respectable, but still not that impressive. Banana tinged putrid undertones.
Nuffield (4020) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was given the Saison and the Belgian Pale Ale at the bar, and I would have swore that the bartender mixed them up. But no, he said, this was definitely the saison. Clear golden (while the pale ale while hazy). The sugar wants to come through but the spices attack this, with ginger notes on a caramel base. A bit thick, rich. (on tap at brewpub)
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce tulip glass tap at the downtown Dane brewery. Foggy yellow appearance, thin layer of foam at top and active carbonation action. Apples and pine aroma. Taste is bold, salty apples and grain. Light side of medium mouthfeel. Refreshing and just the right amount of flavor and body, in my opinion. Others may say it’s too salty, but I found the taste enjoyable and interesting for one full glass. It’s a more distinctly flavored beer than many I’ve had at the GD brewery, where they typically focus on traditional favorites.
Brigadier (3505) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The difference between this and the hawaiian version is in the taste. Not surprisingly they both look the same and the nose isn’t too different. I love doing these side by side comparisons as they reveal extra depth. Check it out while it lasts.
Aroma / Appearance - The clear golden base and lazy legs carry with them an earthy aspect. Trampled hay, lemons, and parched patches of field smell a bit like most of the lawns in dry parts of the country.
Flavor / Palate - Dry yeast, white bread, and lemons taste like a brisk mid-range champagne. The bubbly finish is more mellow than its tropical counterpart. Both are refreshing but I give the edge to the one that tastes like a trip to the beach.