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 (1377) - 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 (4395) - 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 (4639) - 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.
altonbrownd (3722) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Beer Temple. Yellow body with huge head. Quite sweet and floral nose. Taste is also sweet, with fruits, tangy even, and also a bit spicy. Gets tarter towards the back.
Trev (1929) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
straw gold pour with a thin white head.
aroma is grainy, grassy hop. light fruity funk.
flavour is light and lemony. slightly grainy. light bitter aftertaste.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Memphis Taproom. Pours a hazy yellow with a thin to medium sized white head. Smells of rubber bands and musk, with a light funk. Musky with some wheat coming through. Nice crisp finish and some earthy bitterness, but there’s a bit of plastic on it.
drowland (5998) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle (vintage 2010) into a tulip. Well... pour carefully. Even straight out of the fridge, there’s an enormous fluffy white head that fades quickly to half but sticks around. The beer itself is a nice cloudy yellow. The aroma is creamy, fruity, and spicy - almost like a wit. Definite hints of citrus and Belgian yeast. The flavor is sweet and tart up front but lingers dry with citrus.