Gachupines (885) - USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Straw yellow with a thick white head. Aroma is light spice, and a little yeast. Flavor is lightly spiced and effervescent with some yeast. Finish is a bit dry and a touch flat but other than that it’s quite nice.
jtclockwork (8240) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours orange gold with white head. Nose/taste of coriander, peppercorn, Belgian yeast, orange pulp and white sugar. Medium body. A bit overcarbonated.
Brigadier (2930) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml bottle
I picked this up on a whim. A solid saison with some experimental edge was a good change of pace from IPAs, stouts, and other familiar styles. For the price this is worth picking up. If others are the same price I’d gladly grab them again.
Aroma / Appearance - A golden carbonated base is decorated by a delicate white head. Fresh oranges, resin, and a bright burst of citrus is vibrant and lively. Barns full of harvested hay add more depth.
Flavor / Palate - Orange, glazed lemons, and fresh hay emerge on the tongue after just a few seconds. The bright airy feel is like drinking a used dryer sheet. A finish of granny smith apples could be tweaked. However the total package is vibrant, open, and well worth experiencing once.
EithCubes (4836) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber featuring a blend of four different Saisons, each brewed by a different Harpoon brewer, novel and not something I’ve even heard of before. Nose very airy, strongest lemon citrus/cleanser with strong coriander and black pepper, nice pils malt. Pours bright yellow-golden with a strong level of carbonation and a very large, soapy off-white head. Lightish medium body, squeezing tang of lemon together with pleasant clove phenols, a really zesty character with only mild coriander and pepper. Very clean yeast, perhaps a dash of fruit here and there, is actually somewhat surprising, though there is a subtle orange jam in the background. No significant bitterness, and only lightly sweet, this is ultra-quenching and refreshing, could drink many pints and not feel burdened; the citrus is really vivacious and the alcohol concealed. So, although it’s simpler than the mission statement would portend, there’s huge drinkability and just a nice Wittish base level of Saison.
ericdevin (741) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via Joe. Pours a golden orange, lots of white head. Aroma pear, stone fruit, apricot, body positively dances. Finish more fresh apricot, vinous. Lovely.
ben4321 (3862) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 22 oz bottle, 2/21/14
Aroma: The nose has some citrus rind, plenty of spice, and lots of yeast
Appearance: It pours a murky golden-orange color with a large, frothy, white head
Flavor: The taste is mildly sweet, fruity, with a medium-plus spice, and a yeasty finish
Palate: The body is light-medium, smooth, creamy, easy to drink, and with a clean, dry finish
This one isn’t top-of-style, but it is smooth and easy drinking with a nice mix of citrus, spice, and yeast flavors. I don’t have any complaints. Another worthwhile offering from the 100 Barrel Series.
Sammy (8566) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Premiere. This wasn’t getting the love from others but it grew on me, and was getting the spice, the heat at the end of the bomber. Spot on.
TheHopster (791) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle). Hazy-golden complexion. Volcanic type eruption over glass from poured bottle. Aroma is floral, clove, spice and yeast. Flavor is traditional Saison with lots of Belgian yeast with sour notes and some lemon. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Harpoon brewery in Boston. Poured a hazy pale gold with a smallish white head. Aroma and flavor were yeasty, earthy; light clove, coriander, and peppercorn; some citrus, particularly grapefruit. Low sweetness and bitterness. Perfect mouthfeel: light creaminess played well against a gentle spritziness. Great beer.
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge 4+ finger head. Slowly recedes with plenty of lumps and rocky-ness. A dome forms when I replenish the glass. The most lumpy lace I’ve ever experienced. Wow. The broth is golden and reasonably clear.
Smells of fresh cream and floral hops. Could be a cream ale. There’s no sourness to the nose.
The flavor is closer to the style: a bit more sour, a good dose of bittering hop and an elevated carbonation level. Aftertaste is short with a good pepper kick.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed at the Harpoon Windsor brewery. Got to talk with one of the brewers (Ethan) that contributed his version of Saison that got blended into the mix that is Saison Various (four brews, four different brewers)... quite good...