JohnnyJ (4728) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Stone 14th Anniversary. Hazy golden pour, white head. Bready malt, lemon, some hay, and slightly sweet. Decent, but not great saison.
General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from a Great Divide variety pack. I will be honest here... I was a bit skeptical of a US born saison but I am happy to say that this was very enjoyable. I had this on a hot summer day while grilling outside with my family. Pours a hazy golden color with yeast floating through the beer and has a huge white bubbly head. The aroma was very pleasant for a hot summer day... it consisted of some fresh yeast, possibly some coriander, and some very light citrus fruits. The taste had some form of fruit tartness to it (possibly cherry) with some nice hints of a Belgian ale. Overall, a very enjoyable brew on a hot day. Great Divide impresses me again!
gator2683 (199) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear gold with fizzy white head. wheat and yeast aroma, and the flavor has a nice banana belgian flavor. pretty light body, on the dry side
TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from Siciliano’s (Grand Rapids, MI). Bad day at work translates to a couple beers.. GTMW you are so close. Pours a well carbonated glowing golden hue, light haziness, a huge bright white head carbonation driven atop, cakes and eventually dies to a decent layer, laces small. Pretty though. Aromas are a deeper bready maltiness, smoothed out honey and vanilla, mellow fruits and cereal grains. A touch of apple and banana, light floral hops, flaked wheat bread. Mellow sweetness, but still fairly dry. Initial is lively and fizzy on the palate, lighter bodied with cereal grains, bread, dough, touch tartness of citrus, apple, moving into honey and vanilla, a touch of banana. Dusty and floral hops towards the finish dries the beer out, a zesty light yeastiness works it’s way onto the palate. Crisp, lighter bodied, but still flavorful. When it pushes into these sweeter fruits I get a little skeptical though. A bit bland, but I guess things could be worse.
jb (2370) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very tasty. First things first though. Pale and hazy, very foamy, some puffy retention. Nose is of the belgian yeast, a bit of spiciness, soap. Palate is banana, clove, tartness, along with back-end sweetness. Alcohol is cloaked. Nice stuff.
cheap (4381) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Paid a premium to get a bottle of this, $4.50, wew. Looks good, hazy and all. Smells like belgie yeast, the kind I get from east end sometimes. Even has a hint of an olfactory that is somewhat like the cider I brew, a little off, heheh. Big foamy head goes thin and creamy in about 5 mins. Swirling hypnotic pour from the gunk on the bottom of the bottle. Strong alky component, but what else would you expect for >7%? Has some of that spicy feeling in there. Taste annd smell goes a little farmy at times, but just barely. Yes, a little too strong on the alky side to be enjoyable as a refresher IMHO. Finish is long alky medicine linger that heals rather quickly. Does not have quite the CO2 level I enjoy in sisszly saison.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Piedmont in Durham. Pours slightly hazy bright golden with generous white head. Nose shows earthy yeast, bitter grassy hops, mild citrus, and some dry grains. Tastes shows more white pepper, bread, and a lively palate. Super solid.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Hazy, golden yellow, with a small white head, nose of citrus, coriander, yeast, and sugars, flavors are lemon, coriander, some funkiness, and sugar sweetness. A bit too sweet and not funky enough, but decent.
LinusStick (2919) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A delicious American saison and I don’t say that often. Aroma was a nice sweet mix of grass and lemon. Pour was a nice light cloudy gold with plenty of tiny bubbles and a one finger white head. Taste was very lemony. Strong citrus and yeast aftertaste. No funk like I like them but the best American saison I’ve had
nearbeer (3964) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz, bottled Mar 10, 2010. Hazy golden and effervescent, with an enduring meringue coating. Nose is lemon oil, funky yeast, galangal, and a hint of dry mustard. Flavor is lemon, ginger, wheat, musty grape, and dry mustard. Light body is very tingly with carbonation and spiciness, but has a bit too much fizziness for my taste.