TheAlum (6373) - 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 Sicilianoís (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 itís 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 (2539) - 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 (4618) - 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 (3014) - 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 donít 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 Iíve had
nearbeer (4230) - 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.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy pale with a white head that settles to a ring. Aroma of citrus and a slight fruity background. The flavor found citrus, grass, yeast, farmhouse funk. Light body and a tart hoppiness.
Goodgrief (1885) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just realized that Iíve never rated this, even though Iíve had several times. This is a pretty good US attempt at the style with a tart finish and a good level of spicing. It could pass as a true Belgian, but lacks a little bit in the funk department and slightly errs on the sweet side.
SudsMcDuff (6923) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a medium hazy banana.. . great big foam, lacing is excellent too .. . pretty sweet saison, some light grains, light banana peel, bread, and horse handshakes .. . pretty good drinking, light and novice.. . youíve come along way from hiding from the vacuum...