mabel (7048) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[3358-20100821] 355mL bottle. Mild peas and string beans aroma. Clear, light yellow orange body with a medium-lasting foamy white head. Wheatie bitter vegetable yeast flavour has a lingering bitterness. Medium body. Interesting.
(c/o DuctTape, w/ him, jerc)
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: A very nice saison. Not as funky as some, but it was very refreshing and easy to drink for the ABV. Hid alcohol well.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a lightly cloudy, medium golden with very nice carbonation and a large, nearly white head that mostly diminished but left excellent lacing. The aroma was light to moderate hay and straw; moderate to heavy doughy, earthy and cobwebby yeast; citrus and other fruit, and wheat. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and acidic; while the finish was sweet, acidic and lightly sour with an average duration. There was wheat, white bread, lots of yeast, fruit, citrus, dough and sour lemon. The light to medium body was fairly dry with rather fizzy carbonation and a dry and lightly astringent finish.
RickTStiles (816) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a golden-yellow with a thick, frothy white head and some decent lacing. aroma is very crisp and citric with notes of belgian yeast. Clean refreshing taste, high carbonation. Notes of lemon, yeast, and hints of another grain or spice... rice perhaps? finish is rounder than I would expect with some nice bitterness and lingering yeast.
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Some socks. Lemony. Nice light tartness. A little sulfury, but in a good way. Grainy and dry.
CanIHave4Beers (3533) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy yellow with a medium head and some lace. The aroma is tart with a little yeasty baguette breadiness. The flavor is spicy and bready while also maintaining a subtle tartness. The beer id dry and lightly fruity with a bit of lemon rind.
drfabulous (4540) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big carbonated pour. Tart and dry. Some tangy banana driven by yeast. Spicy. Nice!
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from a local shop in Hatteras:
Aroma: The nose is light with bits of hay, green grass, yeast, clover, and honey.
Appearance: It pours a cloudy yellow gold with a rocky white head. Excellent head retention.
Taste: A nice bit of yeast and lemon upfront with a nice dustiness some honey, and a bit of Belgian style. This has a great depth of flavor.
Palate: Light to medium body with higher carbonation leading to a yeasty finish.
Overall: It has a little more body than a traditional saison, but it is still a very worthwhile brew. Definitely worth a try if you happen upon it.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Rare Beer Tasting II in Denver on September 17, 2010. Light, yellowish color with an off-white head with light-brown patches. Neat. Slow carbonation. Aroma is lightly soured, almost a little yeasty. Light, actually… very light on the palate. The little sour tartiness of the beer adds a nice twist to the style. Not being a fan of sours too much, having it attached to a lighter body makes it much more palatable.
presario (4817) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 20, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Received in trade from Glouglouburp and split between tasting and cooking wild rice. Dark somewhat cloudy amber. Sour sweet aroma with more melon and lemon than spice or yeast. Fruity and slightly tart as advertised. A trifle thick in body. Lingering lemon and faint spice.
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle at a buddy’s house, so I don’t know how old it was. This raised a substantial head, in keeping with the style, but tends a bit too much toward herbal fruitiness for my taste. Notes of lavender and rosewater dominated the nose and palate. These flavors overpower the earthiness of the yeast, which is normally my favorite quality of a saison. Drinkable, but by no means an exemplar of the style.