tia (927) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap. Yellow with foamy white head. Smells like bubblegum lite. Almost had a hit of anise- balanced so its not sweet or hoppy- but a touch grainy. Light flavor, medium bodied edging up against creamy. Not my style.
Kinz (3299) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Hardywood. Medium clear gold, nice head. Aroma is lightly peppery and of light pale malts. Flavor is essentially a match. Light bodied, with a hint of pepper and Belgian yeast driven spice. Star anise makes its presence felt far in the background - which I liked. A bit too light for me, but a nice session beer - seemed more summery than autumn in a lot of ways.
RABinCO (1307) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2014 On draft at the brewery. Pours amberish without much head. Aroma is very peppery. Very light and refreshing yet full of flavor. I would like it more if the flavors came more from the beer and less from the added spices.
Butters (3775) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the brewery as Saison Rustica. They said it was brewed with peppercorns and star anise - and you can actually get the distinct notes of both! The spiciness of the peppercorns balances the star anise notes. Overall, a little fruity, a little floral. Refreshing and crisp, but with a slight sweetness. A tasty and interesting saison!