satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
growler card #2, punch #10. captain fantasy on deck for free. aroma is banana, phenolic, yeast backbone devoid of funk. ultra clean hopping, country breeze. appearance is ultra hazed eggy sunshine, good car initially dissipates quickly leaving swirling black hole head centered with wisps of legs to and fro. flavor is lemon up front, refreshing with hints of tartness. generally tropical fruits come and go, eventually washed out save banana. light saltiness.ultra clean and balanced, light spice from green, clean grains, entire balance is super fresh and pure. mouthfeel is lightly sappy and pleasantly heavy for an instant then refreshes and moves on.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from mwbbf. Poured a straw yellow color with a tiny off white head that was gone rather quick. Aroma was citrus, some pine and grass clippings. Flavor was peppery, citrus and malts. Kind of watery. Still better than some.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Great Taste of the Midwest. Pours a hazy gold with a sticky white head that persists. Nose is really nice with strong saison yeast character. White pepper, floral and fruity esters and a spiciness that is really well balanced. Nice bready malts and spicy hopping as well. On taste, nice and clean and dry. Plenty of yeast interplay rounding this one into a good place. Spicy and refreshing. Pretty fantastic saison, really.
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 7/3/11 from a growler purchased at the Half Acre brewery earlier in the day. Pours cloudy light yellow with an average white head that slowly recedes to a thin collar of lace. The nose is yeasty bread, spicy, lemon citrus, and a lightly bitter green hops aroma. The flavor is lightly sweet up front with the yeasty bread, moving to the more spicy and green hops, and a nice amount of lemon citrus. The body is light with lively carbonation, and a long spicy, lightly bitter citrus finish.
jaymobrown (1784) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A friend stopped by with a growler of this over the past holiday weekend. It was a bit sour with some mild bitterness and a bit of orange peel. It was light bubbly, easy to drink and had a minimum finish. The head and lacing were beautiful.
jrallen34 (3500) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Growler thanks to Chris... Pours an ugly light straw, neon, ugly, light white head... Smells like a light watery saison, sweet grains, nothing special... The taste is a sweet generic saison, not bad but boring
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
growler fill from HA. seems like a popular beer choice for the weekend... pours a hazy, mostly opaque, golden peachy hue which is then topped with a medium frothy white head that quickly dissipates leaving a wispy streaky white film... aroma centralizes around a banana fruity esthery yeast profile while backed up by a light spice contributed much in part to the yeast being used... flavors are crisp and fruity with more banana and citrus while the yeast seems fairly present and not overwhelming in any way. drinks light and finishes light and dry. a faint tartness surfaces late and the end is predominantly saaz influenced. nice little beer and drinks smaller than what it actually is. enjoyable albeit safe. a touch pedestrian but i don’t think they were shooting for anything off the wall or out from left field.
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler shared by Dan at our Cubs/Sox Pre-Game from the brewery (Chicago, IL). Pours a murky straw deadened hue with a bit of glow, well carbonated with a frothy bright white head that dies to a decent film, ok lacing. Aromas are a fruity essence, lemons and oranges mix with some banana, bread dough, a touch of gentle sweetness, mixes with some nice florals and grass, Saaz asserts itself on the nose with some soapiness. Initial is lighter bodied with a good bready malt base, dough, some fruity esters, touches of florals and grass, with some nice fruity pears, bread dough, touches of lemons, fruity and lively as that middle sweetness moves into a more dry and floral finish, touches of bitterness grow, with some lingering fruity qualities, bread dough, gentle hops with just a faint spice. Ok.
HonkeyBra (3849) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from the tasting room. I’m always excited for a new Half Acre beer. Pale golden pour with a medium white head. Aroma of honey, fresh bread, hay. There are also some notes of banana and grass too. It smells nice. Flavor has a lot of citrus, spicy yeast, mild banana. Bright, crisp hopping. I dig the flavor. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. This seems to be one of the best American examples of a saison. It’s hard not to really like it.
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler, pours cloudy blonde with white head. Aroma is mostly a pleasant grassy saaz hop character, some white pepper, hay, and honey comb in there too. Flavors are grassy, with touches of pepper, hay, mildly spicy yeast profile, while some booze and honey are back loaded. Body can get syrupy at times. Seems like this could have been fermented down more, and the yeast comes off a bit generic, but I think it works (probably because I love saaz) as a saison that isn’t trying to do too much or re-invent the style like many American example shoot for and fail.
nimbleprop (6355) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on tap. Pours a lightly cloudy, yellow gold with a thin, cloudy white head. Phenolic nose, yeasty esters, bananas, light clove, very floral. Flavor was gentle, sweet, honey, flowers, light fruit, very light spice, a little grass. Medium bodied, lightly chalky finish. Did not remind me of a saison, no pepper, only a light sweetness. Seems like they may have been unsure in their expected outcome. Drinkable though.