hopscotch (8250) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2009
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle… Hazy yellow ale with a small, flimsy, white head. Spicy nose provides pale grains, yellow and fuzzy fruits. Medium-bodied with middling carbonation. Well-balanced and spicy with mild, metallic bitterness and very light acidity. Lengthy, crisp, spicy, aluminum/nickel finish.
Beaver (1077) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with a frothy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar.
The aroma is musty yeast and some light banana and cloves.
The flavor is musty yeast with a surprising sweet sugary fruitiness at the finish. The alcohol isn’t obvious at all. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation and kind of watery.
Overall, not a bad summer beer, but not too interesting for a saison - a little too sweet and the sweet sugary fruits don’t jive well with the yeast funk.
darn1207 (1736) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bomber. hazy light yellow pour with a medium foamy head. aroma of spices(pepper, clove), honey, grain and floral. bitter tastes of lemon, bread and spices. finishes tart and bitter. light to medium texture.
obxdude10 (1894) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m not a huge fan of Saisons, but this offering from Great Divide is an excellent rendition of the style. This beer pours a bright straw color with an ample white head. The head leaves a generous amount of lacing around the glass. The nose is full of fruits, yeast and earth. The flavors are fairly sweet, with notes of yeast, grapes, bread and orange. The finish is a bit sweet, as well, but with a nice malty tone. This beer is quite refreshing and a real depature from most Saisons. I really enjoyed this one!
Nephilium (1164) - Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This pours a light clear yellow, with a big white fluffy head. The aroma is a touch of wheat, and just a hint of funk. Flavor is a bit on the sweet side for my saison tastes. This does hit a nice level of refreshment, with the alcohol very well hidden. Not that complex of a flavor, this could be a passable introduction to the Saison style.
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh yeasty dough, lemony, there are notes of cilantro as well. Cloudy burnt gold color, thick medium head. Chewy sweet raw croissant dough, some funky moldy apricots, solid bitterness to bring everything to attention. Big carbonation, medium body, slight funky lemon peel finish. Great balance of fruit, funk, and dough. Easy to drink, yet big enough to stand up to strong flavored foods, great beer. GD--More Belgian styles please!
ChainGangGuy (4132) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Bullock’s in Marietta, Georgia. Bottled On: April 15 2009.
Appearance: Pours a hazy, delicately effervescent, golden body capped by a short-lived, white head.
Smell: Tangy-scented malted wheat interwoven with pleasantly aromatic notes of flowers, fruits, honey, and spice.
Taste: Ah, the tangy taste of malted wheat with a fair amount of whipped honey sweetness and garnished with wheat shafts and husks. Tastes of clove-spiced bananas, lemongrass, Kaffir lime leaves, and fresh, sliced Bosc pears. Hints of faux-fruity rice here and there. Perfumy, floral hops with a medium level of bitterness. Some of the various flavors drop out, leaving the peppery spiciness behind to pair well with the hop bitterness. Finishes crisp, dry, and a touch warming with some lingering tart and tangy hints.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium, but fairly crisp carbonation.
Drinkability: A fairly enjoyable, pleasantly drinkable saison given a slight American twist. Worth a try.
CheersMate (1292) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very big yeast aroma. Very sweet aroma as well. Hard to determine the sweet aromas, but they are noticeable. Maybe a spicy apple acidic aroma. Pungent aroma that is fairly decent. Haze yellow in appearance. Very weird yeast flavor. A short lived flavor. For $7 for a 22 oz. this beer could be a lot better. Shame on Great Divide. Not a very smooth aroma. It just kind of gives a subtle carbonated bite then dies down. The yeast taste lingers throughout, and then that sharp acrid flavor just cuts through. Decent brew.
DocLock (6826) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours turbid deep gold with 1-finger white head. Nose is citric, limey, hoppy, with pale malt. Tastes citric, very limey, with hops, pale ,alt, slight floral and peppery notes, but no funk or horserblankety aroma. I can only guess that this one needs time to age, but as it was, it was only mediocre for me.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2010 Bottled 04-09. Pours a hazy, straw color with an average, white, fizzy head which is nearly all diminishing and leaves no lace. Nose carries mostly floral hops, some corn, and faint esters, maybe some paint notes too... Flavor is better but still not to my liking; creamed corn, light lemon, faint banana esters, and minimal hops with a light bitterness. Palate is light to medium, quite lively, and watery texture with hints of dryness. Finishes average with mostly the light tartness and light herbal bitterness. A big disappointment for me, nothing resembling a saison; the tartness is minimal, the bitterness is minimal, and there is none of the typical spice and herbs. Maybe I was a bit too harsh on this one but the corn and paint notes were hard to get over.
I tried this as Colette and the only things I would change about my rating is the appearance is nicer and the paint notes are not there. Better but nothing much still