BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Color was golden in color with a fluffy head. Aroma has some is spice and decent amount of malt, I get some lemon and yeast aroma and flavors. There is a slight earthy grass feel to this brew.
Mora2000 (6156) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of Belgian yeast, with some lemon and white pepper notes. Overall, it smells about like a saison is supposed to smell. The flavor is also typical saison. I get a lot of yeast and pepper, as well as some biscuit malt. There is a little bit of light funk in the flavor. The beer is very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
douglas88 (8462) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap during GABF week. Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head. The aroma is spices and crisp malts, some lemon and yeast. The flavor is a mix of grass, lemons, dry yeast. Smooth and nice.
wedgie9 (2638) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted in mid-2011 from a 12oz bottle at Lush West Town, bottled on 4/5/11. Pours hazy golden with an average bubbly white head that slowly recedes to spotty lace. The nose is spicy and earthy with light hay malt, and just a hint of barnyard. The flavor is malty up front with just a hint of sweetness that quickly disappears, leaving spicy yeast and a very dry, lightly funky finish. The body is light with lively carbonation and a long, dry, and slightly funky finish.
flatmatt (1487) - Northville, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a palish golden with a white head. Yeasty bubble gum aroma with pear/green apple. Flavor is floral, herbal, with bubble gum and some apple; a little residual honey flavor. It’s okay, just not interesting.
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle into tulip. Straw colored with floaties, highly carbonated, an endlessly morphing two finder head. Musky, spicy/floral aromas- I get yeast, cantaloupe, barnyard, violet, caramel, wet wool, metal shavings, sycamore tree… Flavor is much more crisp and fruity than I expected from the nose; sweetish, citric, chamomille and pepper, lychee, five spice. The palate is light, gassy, and sharp as ice shards. Kind of a Sprite and brettanomyces aftertaste. Leaves the tounge tingling. A complex and refreshing beer that is exemplary of the style. Even better than Saison Dupont.
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is a fairly clear straw color with a massive white head that eventually settles down.
S: Quite a lot of fruity esters to the aroma. Heavy on the banana and pear notes, but lots of citrus going on, too. There is a touch of tart apple and lemon peel and some light malt and straw. Very nice.
T: The flavor is somewhat light, but in a good/refreshing way. Banana sweetness followed by sweet pears. A touch of citrus peel bitterness, yeast, and light spices. A little bit of bready malt sweetness, too.
M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation and a crispness to the finish.
O: A really great saison. I found this to be a fantastic beer.
DrnkMcDermott (3007) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Single bottle, $1.90 at Binny’s in August. The other two beers I got with this were well past their prime. Can’t imagine a saison wouldn’t age well, but let’s jkust tkae this now. Label says "Bottled on Apr 04, 2011." A bit of oxidation when opened; hope that’s just the headspace. A very visible layer of yeast in the bottom of the bottle, but I got a clear golden pour into my glass, where the oxidation is gone, leaving a more zesty wheat malt and warm ferment nose. On first sip, the main impression is of some very tight bubbles like champagne. Which goes well with a dry, slightly tart beer like this. Yep, this drinks pretty light, with slightly toasted malts, a little spice, and a clean finish, but an undeniably complex Franco-Belgian bon-bon. Goes down quickly, which may make it all the more dangerous.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into chalice.
Appearance: Pale, hazy yellow with rapidly vanishing head that does not leave much behind.
Aroma: Sweet with candi sugar and banana. Very light clove and white pepper.
Taste: Fairly sweet taste as well, with a focus on banana, some tropical fruit, sugar and light wheat and rice. Finish dries up somewhat with light clove and spiciness.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Not quite as dry or effervescent as desired in a really good Saison.
Overall: Some nice flavors here, but hampered slightly by the mouthfeel. Great Divide makes some great American/English ales, but they have yet to prove to me that they can make an excellent Belgian brew, although this is damn close. Quite enjoyable.
jredmond (7649) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Backlog from April 2010. Bottle split with Pat and Tony. Pours a cloudy gold with a white head. Aroma is clove, banana and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of banana, clove, citrus, wheat, and yeast - very refreshing.