patrickfannon (1230) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with James and Toney. Pours a slightly cloudy yellow-gold with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma of banana, clove, yeast, lavender, and grapefruit. Very silky, smooth palate. Medium bodied, with a nice, clean, refreshing finish. Decent saison.
TonyDiUlio (643) - New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
smells like a wit beer. bananas and wheat. aroma was floral with hints of those pink trees
hamrech (134) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of few american farmhouse ales I’ve had that I actually like. Smell is pretty strong, very sweet and heavy. Taste is similar but with somewhat more bitterness. Alcohol is masked very well, good balance and very drinkable. Similar to New Belgium’s Biere de Mars garde, not quite as good but a much more reasonable price tag. Solid brew.
ajd413 (17) - Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Bottle date 3 weeks ago. Colette pours a light straw color, with a bit of haze to it as well. Aroma definitely has some of that "farmhouse" funk to it, as well as lots of citrus notes. Medium bodied and full flavored, just not as pleasant a flavor as I had hoped. The funkiness of this saison really seems to come through. Not a bad beer, just nothing to write home about either.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 4/14/10. 12oz bottle. Activated pour holds a hazy and pale golden straw hue. White ring of head. Aromas of citrus, with lemon, orange and grapefruit all playing roles. Mildly bready with a perfumy note. Touch circus peanuts and a faint whiff of pepper. Medium to full bodied with a bright effervescence and a crisp palate. Very nice mouthfeel with a mix of oily slick and bitter astringency. The malt bill is full and smooth with a sweet bread flavor. The yeast character really adds the bright and crisp qualities. Finishes with a bright grapefruit zestiness. The sweet and bitter really go back and forth on the palate, but they play well together. Well crafted and very nice drinking! Great Divide brews up another winner!
jefcon (1327) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice saison with a great label. Pours a cloudy, hazy, orangey gold. Smells very barnyard, with hay and grass and woodsy smells. Tastes rustic and long on the palate. Plenty of character here, if lacking the authenticity of a true Belgian saison. Excellent stuff.
badgerben (4363) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly hazy gold color with a thin head. Aroma of straw, a little banana and smoke. Very wheaty flavor. Dried bananas and an earthiness I wouldn’t expect from a Saison. Dry, lightly smokey finish. Thick mouthfeel.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Princeton’s. Very cloudy, pastel yellow pour, almost milky yellow look. Small bit of white head that quickly fades. Zesty citrus aroma and a yeast, wheat, citrus flavor with a crisp dry finish.
Borresteijn (4410) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Beer Temple. Slightly hazy golden colour, dense white head. Aroma of yeast, funk, some dung, fruity, floral and a bit tart. Flavour is slightly tart, sweet, sugary, fruity, yeast, tart-bitter finish. Medium bodied. Not my kind of flavours, but not bad either.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle. slightly hazy golden in color with a small off white head. Aroma is tart apples, slightly sour and off, with some bready yeast and honey. Taste: has some tart, rotting apple and is quite dry. ugh, I can’t finish this. As much as i respect Great Divide, I still haven’t had a good Belgian from them yet. Hopefully that will change in the future.