jdskinns (194) - 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.
Sammy (8571) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty decent hoppy lager saison. The pear and saison yeast in the finish. Clean drinking. Recent from Champane Cellars
Errl (1574) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is clear yellow with a small white head.. Nose is grains, lemon, earth, yeast, beady....Taste is beady, yeast, spice, honey, sweetness
Mora2000 (5666) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear yellow with a white head. Aroma is wheat, orange, lemons and yeast. Flavor is wheat, yeast and orange. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Ughsmash (7126) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Poured clear, bright golden with a sticky white head. The aroma picked up juicy pineapple and pears, with accents of dry, white vinous notes, blended, redder fruits, and cloves.. interesting stuff. The flavor found tangy citrus and fragrant floral notes on the tip of the tongue, with bready malts behind.. pears, pineapple, and white spices really came through on the back-end.. long, dry, tasty finish. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. very dry.. not the best flow, but it was very good overall.
Brigadier (2945) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle
Of the two beers this one is better. Maybe the larger format keeps it fresher or something about the conditions it faced were more optimal. I don’t know. What I do know is that this is a fun saison with a great fruity kick. Normally I don’t like the Sorachi Ace influenced beers but here it works.
Aroma / Appearance - The golden carbonated body and stark white head resemble the other one. This shouldn’t be too shocking. What is surprising is how much different and crisp the nose is. Pears, peaches, almonds, and white pepper smell like blended jolly ranchers tossed in a fermentation tank.
Flavor / Palate - Peppery spicy pears raise the ante on a distinct profile. Taking it to the next level, they manage to carry the hay texture into a dry sweet finish. Half Acre is a great brewery and this is just one more reason why I think they will be around a very long time.
tastybeer (1716) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, courtesy Brigadier, thanks! Gold pour, big white head, excellent retention/lace. Aroma of melon, pear, fruity ester. Taste is quite bitter, sweaty hops, pear, fruity ester, pepper, a bit sweeter as it warms. Palate is dry, high carbonation, bitter finish.
BVery (6128) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle at Darkness Day 2012. Hazy yellow pour with a pillowy white head. Wheaty, citrus, and slightly sour. Good!
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bomber into my Founders snifter. Thanks to danielnovak3 for picking this guy up for me a the release.
A: Pours a semi-hazy orange with dark yellowed hues woven around the glass. A 1 finger white head shows itself on the pour but recedes quickly leaving a film over the top.
S: Smells of nice sweet fruits. Big on the pear with a slight tart apple in there as well. I can’t find any yeast which should go with a saison. I def. agree with Chadquest, this screams a fruity and slightly hoppy pale ale.
T: I get the pear which I’m glad about considering that was the original plan. There is a slight yeasty backbone that makes may to a slight bitter hop ending. A little sweet fruit does push its way back up after the bitterness.
M: Medium to light bodied with a nice carbonation. The semi-sweet fruit coats the palate nicely.
O: Not as yeasty as I would like a saison, but it was still a good brew none the less. I just wish it was true to style so that definitely knocks it down a few pegs.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-24-2011
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bitter and pear are the primary descriptors on this one. Don’t quite remember the Shorts’ version to distinguish any differences between the two. nice & spicy saison
mar (4826) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to pantanap. gold pour with a white head. nose is earth, spices, honey, funky, and light lemon. great on the palate, spicy, earth, grass, and a clean finish.