oteyj (2124) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber pour with a lively white head that dissipates rather expediently. The aroma is quite doughy with a definitive lemon and peppery spice. The flavor is much the same- lots of orange and lemon citrus with a fruity ginger clove dough, finishing florally and peppery. The palate is quite thin- very high effervescence and significant astringency. The finish is dry and crisp.
generallee08 (64) - New York, USA - OCT 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Presentation: It came in brown 12oz bottle which was then poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance: It has a blonde color body with a heavy has and yeast sediment. This is topped off with a tall white head with good retention and lacing.
Smell: In the nose I get a nice mix of herbal and spicy hops up front then quickly blending with bready malts and classic Belgian yeast notes.
Taste/Palate: There are some bready malt and Belgian yeasty notes laying down a nice base with a touch of clove, ginger and a hint of spicy peppery notes as well. Then herbal hop notes come in and adds mild bitterness and some dryness to the finish.
Notes: From start to finish this is a very well made and enjoyable Saison.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Cellered bottle and served in tulip: Pours nice enough with a mostly clean golden hue with a fluffy lasting head and very good lace. The aroma is extremely flowery and spicy, heavy rosemary and grains of paradise add to whatever spice notes are generated by the yeast to make this over the top. Light pear and peach esters along with wheat and pils malts. The taste is more of the same, far too spice and sweet grain driven. Almost undrinkable and for sure not very refreshing. This is a Belgian Strong Ale and no way a Saison no matter what the brewer says., too boozy and too sweet as well. Drain pour’d second half of the the glass.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lemon rosemary some lysol a little banana and estert fruit. White pepper and alcohol too. Pours bright orange yellow hazy huge rush of head settles to a nice cap of foam. Lemon orange roasmary grass white pepper cleaning product. Flavor is actually pretty good sans cleaning product. Definite noticeable alcohol. If this were toned down it would work for me. Nice dry finish. Not overly sweet or estery. Not bad just super fucking strong.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
From notes. First reviewed 9/6/2011. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.
Lots of small yeast particles float around in this glowing golden beer. A monster creamy sea foam cap rushes up to the top of the tulip and fades very slowly. Nice lacing sticks all the way down the glass.
Fairly sweet for a saison. Spicy, with a strong clove presence to go along with coriander and white pepper and some nice green apple, cherry, and white grape aromas as well.
Some crackery malt kind of contrasts with the sweet green apple, unripe cherries, and white grape flavors. A blast of spicy yeast yields an overly intense clove and coriander flavor, and the finish has a light, dry white grape flavor and a light herbal finish.
Especially for a saison, the body is quite full. The carbonation is creamy and smooth. The start of the sip is sweet, but it dries out just a bit by the end, although it stays sweet. A light sour salivating sensation comes in at the end.
The sweetness is a bit overpowering, and this is not really a style I feel needs to be imperial. It was an interesting beer to try though.
NJBeerman013 (1042) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Blind Tiger NY. Pours a goden amber in color with a pure white head. Notes of Cereal grains, light fruit maltiness, lightly hopped, touch of an herbal note (from the rosemary no doubt). Semi clean finish, although the spices stay on the tongue.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - APR 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: It has a hazy golden blonde body with yeast sediment floating around inside and on top of a tall frothy head. This thick head has a just off white color and a very slow fade. It hangs on well, keeping a small cap till the last sip. It also leaves some spotty lace patterns on the glass.
Smell: The aroma is full of lovely herbal hops and spicy notes wrapped around bready yeast.
Taste/Palate: It has mellow malty and yeasty character with a touch of pepper and ginger like spice notes. This slowly giving way to pleasant herbal hop notes that move across the tongue and brings a good balance of bitterness, spice and dryness to the finish. The palate is lively and easy drinking.
Notes: From the appearance to palate it all feels very well made. Overall I enjoyed it very much!!!
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - Pours a clear bright golden-yellow color with lots of visible carbonation and a finger and a half of frothy white head. The head fades really slowly down to a ring around the glass leaving behind lots of white lace on the sides of the glass.
S - Aroma is a blend of sweet malts and some Belgian yeast. There is also some light lemon peel aroma and some spices beneath.
T - Starts off with some light sweet malts and yeast with some lemon in the background. Through the middle some more yeast flavors come through alongside some spices (coriander). The finish is a blend of some malts, some yeast, and the spices that linger nicely.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Does not feel heavy at all without feeling watery. The finish is nice and just a touch dry.
D - Very drinkable. The 9% abv is not really noticeable. The flavors are nice and well balanced. Maybe not a true Belgian Saison, but a very nice American take on it.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reviewed from notes. Thanks to Drew and Jen for this.
Served in a tulip glass. Pours a light golden-yellow color with a white, fizzy head that persists for a medium length of time before falling and leaving a touch of lacing here and there. The nose is quite spicy with some clove, pepper, and strong yeast. The taste is overspiced with a big of Belgian yeast character coming in. Feel and drinkability are also plagued by the spicy character of the brew. Not a big fan of this.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-13-2010
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a large creamy white head. Big musky aromas with wheat, a faint touch of cat pee, and some sweet mentholic fruit. Medium bodied, with some big lively carbonation at first, but it dies off quickly. Spicy and vibrant with some nice musk notes and a good amount of wheat. Finishes up with lingering musk, a bit of citrus, and more peppery yeast. Nicely done.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle from the Sahara Mart in Bloomington, IN. Pours a hazy, orange-golden colored body with a big, dense and frothy, two-finger width head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is grainy and spicy with a moderate sweetness. Yeasty, peppery, zesty lemons and some grass, coriander, a light floral, and some wheat. Flavor is tough to put down at times. Lots of spices with a bit too much coriander and pepper. Yeasty with some more zesty lemons, florals, grass, and an odd sweeter and grainy wheat. Finishes a bit boozy and dry, jumbled, and overly spicy with a light-moderate, grassy, yeasty bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and fairly lively carbonation. Overall, not really the best saison out there. Overly spicy, a bit boozy, and a somewhat odd grainy, wheaty sweetness.