jdskinns (204) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2011
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle. I liked the idea of this beer and was looking forward to it coming from Short’s and Half Acre, but this totally missed the mark for me. It was a struggle to get through more than a couple of drinks. The mix of Sorachi Ace with the rest of the beer did not work and the presence of pear that did come through tasted very under ripe. An incredibly bitter aftertaste sticks around in your mouth for a while. I wouldn’t recommend this.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Binny’s South Loop. Pour a sparkling golden with a white head. Nice perfumy and pear aroma. Lighter side of medium bodied with lively carbonation. Flavor pale Belgian wheat malts countered by a moderate spiciness, with the pear being very subtle. Leaning toward the dry side, not overly sweet. Yeasty and spicy finish that lingers. Not bad at all
JulienHuxley (3805) - Trois-Rivičres, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (bad cap). Clear gold pour, nice white foam that quickly recedes. Aroma is very nice, lots of pears mixed with some herbs, mint, tea leaves. Awesome hop profile. Taste has more grain, a little wheaty, nice fruity pear flavor, a bit of herbal/hoppy bitterness. Palate is silky and smooth, ow carbonation. Excellent "soft" saison.
madvike (3033) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Tooch4321...thanks Adam! - Pours hazy light amber with a small foamy white head. Dusty yeast and a fruity nose with nice floral tones. The pear lightens everything up and gives it just enough sweetness. Taste is more earthy, with just a little dry funk mingling with the light fruity sweetness. Yeast is prevalent again and the hops come in on the finish with a bit of floral perfume. Effervescent and warming, with a nice slick body and a little too much carbonation.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a very light golden orange with a small white froth. Aroma is very fruity, the pear comes out and is well complimented by those damn fine sorachi ace hops, love those suckers. Lightly spicy and a bit herbal with a nice light citric note. Flavor starts with a light wheaty and pear note, picking up the spiciness towards the sweet and just a hint of vanilla finish. Herbal and spicy. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. Excellent beer
SrSilliGose (3280) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Aroma of grassy rustic plastic. Green grass. Farm. Sessionable. Good. Thanks!
17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent use of Sorachi Ace. The pear is a fantastic complement but hard to pick out on it’s own. Fantastically dry, super drinkable and quaffable. This was a great Saison!
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 7/20/11 from a 22oz bomber bottle purchased at Half Acre on the day of release. Pours clear, pale orange with a thick white head that slowly recedes to spotty lace, leaving a bit of residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is herbal with cardamom, thai basil, lemon citrus, with some bread and cereal malt, and spicy and earthy Saison yeast. The flavor is, once again, very herbal with cardamom, thyme, basil, and lemon citrus with lighter bread and cereal malt. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long herbal, citrus, and spicy finish.
Roonai (295) - - JUL 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler bought and drank in the same day from the brewery. Pour is a ’clean hazed’ gold (if that makes any sense) with a full white head that dissipates and a lively spritzy carbonation. Nose is surprisingly citrus and piney, missing the pepper i was anticipating from a saison. Sweet fruits and citrus zest make the nose refreshing on its own! Taste is similar with the added complexity of yeast breads backing nicely that i hadnt initially gotten on the nose. The complexity paired with the bright citrus, fruits and pine combine to make Captain Fantasy great for a beer geek on on this 115 heat index day in Chicago!
TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2011 Growler shared by Drew. Thanks! Pours a murky golden yellow pour, well hazed, with a nice bright white moderate head that dies to a decent film, laces ok. Aromas are vibrant fruity apples, pears, and citrus. Touches of pineapple, bread dough, bread yeast. Touch of grassy hops, vanilla, as the hops become weedy and grassy, stronger than anticipated, touch of pine. Initial is lighter end of a medium bodied, with a nice wet floral and grassy hopping, touches of bread yeast, fruity citrus and apple, pear, and pineapple. A nice melange of flavors with a good solid bitterness, grassy and weedy, earthy, good yeast bite. Finish is crisp, fruity, and dry. Really nice motuhfeel, a touch creamy and spicy, but fruity and dry.. Really runs the gambit. A great Half Acre summer Saison here, more fruity slanted but a healthy hopping and decent complexity. Lovely Saison, complex with a nice yeast strain, well hopped, with a great mouthfeel. Really, this works quite well. A winner. I guess some people don’t understand this.