piscator34 (1960) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Gold in colour with strong carbonation. Aromas are of lime peel, Cream of Wheat cereal, and peppery spice. While many of the flavours are what you’d expect from a saison (lime pith, marshmallow, wheat, and pilser malt), there was also a very strange mineral note that was a bit iron-like. Dry finish with a fairly light body. Not bad, but the weird mineral thing was a negative for me.
50belair (2219) - Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to hopscotch. Clear pale yellow pour with a white head. Bread and cereal aromas. The taste follows suit with muted fruit notes.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a few growlers, pours gold with white head, nose lemons, lime, orange citrus flavors of citrus, lemons, juicy grapefruit, really nice hop flavor here, good bitterness. a huge half acre surprise, this and galactic are their best.
hopscotch (9111) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pours yellow and clear with a mid-sized, fizzy, white head. Fantastic retention. The bouquet furnishes notes of pear, white pepper, coriander and red apple. Medium to full-bodied with dancing carbonation. The flavor presents fruity, tannic pear and a generous component of earthy bitterness. Tart, tangy, pear finish. Bottle courtesy of pantanap!
Glouglouburp (6001) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A very fruity (pears upfront) blonde ale with dry yellowed grassy hops. Good beer, not much of a Saison.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh soon after purchase. Thanks a lot Julien
The look: Clear golden-blonde body topped by a small white head leaving good lacings
In long: Nose is particularly rustic, maybe a little dusty, but it proposes engaging fresh light-color fruits and nice dry grassy hops, almost a little Saaz-ish. Taste is more of the same. Lots of light-color fruits with the advertised pears coming out strong. I also notes bananas and pineapples. Plenty of dry yellowed grass hops make for a sharply dry finish with a medium bitterness. Mouthfeel was very juicy but also with an overly aggressive soda-pop carbonation. Before becoming Captain Fantasy this beer was previously Lieutenant Fantasy and started its career as a Private Fantasy (with a goat, two midgets and a lot of whip cream).
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by emacgee. Cool label. Pours hazy golden with white head. Nose is Sorachi hops and spicy pear. Some pickled lemon rind. Sweet flavor. Yum.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber shared by emacgee - thanks, Ethan! Continuing to dig the Half Acre labels, with the vintage video game look. Handsome straw gold pour, mildly cloudy, with a crisp carbonation and a lovely, fluffy cream head. Strong Sorachi nose, but even though it’s far from my fave hop varietal, I found the combination of the ripe, sharp quality to be a good match with the earthy spice of a saison. Flavor was almost severely dry, which in general I like. But there could have been just a tad more spice, funk, and character, particularly given that the fruit was nearly anonymous to me.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle from jcnd9803). Pours a hazy golden color with frothy white head and active carbonation. Aroma is spice, sorachi and some fruit. Taste is sweet with a sharp twang and more spice. Some bitterness. Medium bodied with oily texture. Dry, bitter finish. Decent.
vigor3 (3) - Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2011 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours straw-like color with nice thick white 2 finger head that fades very slowly. Full bodied beer but easy drinking. Definitely hoppy but almost sweet from the pears. A little sour in a good way. A great collaboration beer, a must try.
emacgee (4009) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
THanks Bauermj. Gorgeous pour, crystal clean straw yellow with two fingers of sticky white head. Smells like a HB, lemony (sorachi ace) lightly peppery and zesty with some raw yeast and ripe fruit. Light body and dry finish.