dhunter151 (449) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 16, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Very refreshing and easy to drink. Good mouthfeel. Citrus, pear, yeast, some spice.
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egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted malts, orange, spices, citrus, and light ginger. Taste of citrus, hay, spices, orange, light pepper, wheat, and a dry finish.
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 Bomber. Pale golden body. Frothy, off-white head, slowly diminishing. Spicy aroma of clove, coriander, toasted grain, pepper, grapefruit skin, citrus, mustiness. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Nice dry finish. Medium body, watery turning velvety texture. The spice is nicely integrated and understated unlike so many other "saisons." The initial tastes of coriander, mustiness and citrus get washed away by the pepper and bitterness. Nothing is dominant or overpowering, just as a well-made saison should be. Incredible, the flavors that are coaxed out of this beer, especially for 4.2% abv.
krumbum (351) - truckee, California, USA - JUL 31, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear crisp gold color. Wet farmy horse blanket funk smells. Grassy light spices in the flavor yeast taste for a bit then rinses away nicely.
theisti (3064) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle purchased at Metcalf Discount on 91st Street, Overland Park, Kansas. Pour is light haze yellow golden with a pure white two inch head. Aroma is initially a touch skunked, though that opened up and blew off quickly, revealing a really soft and natural cereal grain, wheat, grass, hay, and a nice herbal yeastiness lingering behind. Nice nose. The taste is equal measures of the cereal wheat grain and the soft herbal grass. Nicely balanced, nuanced, integrated. Even a subtle hint of citrus. The palate is medium to light bodied, soft carbonation and the lingering herbal finish. Closes out dryly with some mineral. Really well done Saison, very much in the traditional style, steers clear of the typical sweet mess of the American Saison. Bravo Green Flash.
jstraw (1880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Jerryís. Pale gold with big, foamy, white head / Delicate, stylish nose of banana, lemon, coriander / Light body, somewhat resinous, a tad thin but otherwise fine balance and dry finish / Flavors of lemon, banana, ginger, soap, resin, and coriander / A lovely, light, indeed summer saison, approaching a wit in character.
Kevin (2023) - Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
christwagons, i will never get all these notes entered in. iím not a 3rd of the way through the first notebook. damn you lack of internet access, damn you to hell.
light orange body with a lasting lacing head. a bit funky with a manure-ish plowed earth niceness in the nose. what is wrong with someone that describes something like that and likes it? taste hits me with rye peppery wheat , fruit, sweet caramel and a great yeasty sourdough finish. a nice easy drinker i could have all day.
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cmc619 (367) - California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At new Mira Mesa brewery tasting room. Classic light and fluffy Belgian bubble head that laces the tasting glass. Sturdy, bready body backs this up well. Super effervescent and bounces across your palate. Easy to drink. Not as spicy as the classics. Bit of tart in the finish. Really nice.
3fourths (7769) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2013 bottle as Summer Saison, 2011. this is an great batch of beer, but sadly the 2012 and later (and this Saison Diego thing) are pretty bad, in the 2.8-3.3 range. lightly hazed gold body, pillowy and foamy tall white head. bright nose of lemon pith and rind (definitely not orange peel), quiet grapefruit flesh, delicate, soft and clean yeast and a small amount of candy sugar / agave syrup sweetness and very trace amounts of ginger, which certainly smells more like an ester than an included ingredient. hops are vibrant and peppery. iím sitting here playing with the nose for a good 10 minutes. early on it does smell íamericanizedí, meaning it lacks the rustic musty esters, doughiness and mineral character found in belgian saison (but hey, thatís just what iím into), instead itís hoppier (more grassy) and the citrus fruit character is stronger. still, when warmed the yeast does develop more and catches up to the citrus fruit and oil notes putting it more in balance than early on and it more closely approaches what i expect in belgian saison. first sip is peppery mild lemon rind, exceptionally light-bodied but malt is rich and firm and supports the medium hop bitterness and semi-sweet cracker malt flavors rather well, and the carbonation rightly explodes and froths the phenols and esters across the tongue before flushing it all away in a soft washing. itís tremendously light, pillowy and delicate, and leaves a mild oily lemon (maybe my only complaint, this oiliness being a bit too strong in the finish), wheat, white pepper, zingy hop, strongly drying finish. lovely from beginning to end.
SrSilligoose (3089) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2011 a recent batch of this beer was getting hyped up big time by some saison loving folks. Figured i would enjoy it just fine if i stumbled upon a good batch. this seems to be a very good batch. pours a clear golden yellow with a huge soap bubble head. leaves some spotty lace on the glass. initial aroma has a saison dupontesque rustic green grass balanced by a soft cream and peach sweetness. taste is bitter freshly cut grass, hay, toasted bread, and bitter herbs. dry. taste is not particularly spicy or fruity, more sharp bitter earthy grass, twigs, with a pleasant toasted bread and cereal malt backing. a touch of resin. dry. refreshing. nice body. super tasty. really nice and right up my alley. hat tip to the 85 dudes who all agreed with ernest. i guess i agree too.