vyvvy (5857) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy yellow with a small white head. The aroma shows off the spice and has a gentleness to it. There is a bit of earthy farmhouse presence, a bit of spicy hops and some clean citrus. Medium / light crisp body with lots of carbonation that’s fairly soft. The taste starts off with spiciness (ginger up front), buggy husky saison yeast, mild citrus and spicy hops. Very crisp and clean for a saison. The finish has more of the spicy hoppiness and a touch of nectar fruits. I wouldn’t put this up against the best of the saison pack, but for a reasonably priced 4 pack that’s this low in alcohol, it is a great hot weather beer that has a nice amount of flavor.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
In short: A grassy, doughy and not-so-rustic thirst blond ale ruined by a rhubarb flavor. Problematic bottle or problematic beer?
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed approximately 4 months after purchase.
The look: Clear golden-blond body topped by a large white head with medium retention and leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is dusty, dry grassy spicy hops (Saaz-ish), fruity esters or red apples, countryside fleld. Far from an intense aroma but quite inviting nonetheless. Taste is somewhat doughy (bread dough, cookie dough), notes of banana purée, juicy apples, floral honey, yeasty, chewing on green plants (rhubarb-ish). Finish is moderately dry and with a grassy bitterness of medium intensity. Not super rustic but still Saison enough to deserve its classification. Rather full chewy body (for a below 5% brew) with plenty of very soft bubbles. All that would be fine but there was this green plant after-taste (again, rhubarb-ish) that ruined my enjoyment of the beer. Too bad because there was really a nice thirst beer in there. Even if I didn’t enjoy the beer I am curious to try it again because this could a very nice thirst beer without the annoying green rhubarb flavor I got in my bottle. I told a friend this beer should be a good because it is written Saison on it, he each bought a bottle and we both didn’t like it, I really need to start learning from the mistakes of people who listen my advice.
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh bottle from S.D. Very refreshing, pleasant, and easy-to-drink beer. Light malt flavors with just the right amount of sweetness. Bright notes of lemongrass, spices and white pepper. Orange peel and ginger are perfectly in the background, along with a balanced bitterness. Slight funk and yeast back there, too. A good saison and a fantastic 4.5-percent beer.
bwa5879 (899) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Deuce from binnys beverage depot, Schaumburg, IL. Mildly hazy straw yellow pour with a few inches of white foamy head. Tons of small bubbles rising from the glass bottom. Aroma in order of strength: sweet/sour grape or berries, banana and faint clove-y yeast, sour malts, fragrant flowers. Pretty sour, tart and dry mouth feel. Average carbonation for the style. Finish is wetter than a Zinfandel but still dry overall. Sour tart of raspberries but very subtle. Rye-like or brett-y yeast and salty malt mix, again subtle. Effervescent and light. Pretty average but not bad. Good summer alternative to a wheat beer.
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Légère odeur de blé et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde légèrement voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût d’orange et de gingembre. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’épices en arrière goût. (Rating #4736)
firkinChad (49) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden, hazy, and sudsy head holds. Nice funky straw notes with citrus in nose. Ginger, orange, spicy taste. Love the barnyard funkiness. Mouth feel is full of carbonation. This is a fun saison, very enjoyable.
DavidWoodruff (433) - Windsor, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: Wet hay, barnyard.
Appearance: Hazy gold with small determined head.
Flavor: Stale toast, brett with a slightly peppery finish.
Palate: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A very well constructed Saison.
troopie (2295) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Golden pour with white head. Spicy aroma. Lovely saison-y flavour with the ginger and orange restrained. Quenching hop and spice finish
unclemike (2895) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy to hazy golden with a medium off white head. Sweet and yeasty aroma with wheat, spices and pale malt. Flavour was fairly dry with wheat, spicy hops, fruit and yeasty notes. Finished dry and slightly bitte
thefederalist (307) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours clear golden with a medium, diminishing head. The aroma is of, well, meat. I don’t know how to elaborate on that other than I feel like it smells a little like pork every time I smell it. It’s a little light for a saison but the taste is mildly sweet and very slightly sour. The finish is clean and a little dirty with some yeast funkiness that I didn’t smell in the beginning. I would have rated this higher, but I feel like it’s a little off for the style. Honestly it tastes more like a hefeweizen.