arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz pour at the brewpub. Looks like a pissy pale lager, unfortunately. Thin body, slightly watery. The finish is heavily flavored with the promised cardamom and corriander, with some lemon peel and lighter fruity things I expect in a hefe. Perhaps my saison experience has been limited, but this seems like a hybrid between a saison and a pilsener -- the bitterness of noble hops and lightness of body you’d expect with a pilsener, but spiced like a saison. Any negative feelings I have about this beer are based on expectation of something else; good thing we don’t rate to style here at RateBeer, although it’s hard to shake the disappointment. Not funky enough or big enough to be a saison according to my expectations, but that doesn’t matter, I guess; the dry, noble hoppiness is delicious, and goes well with the low-level lemoniness and soft cardamom on top. Smells light and crisp, slightly lemony. If it had the grassiness of a pilsener, it’d be a perfect hybrid. As it is, my feelings are mixed. Seems well-made. I’ve split the difference with my score.
rlgk (11453) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewpub in Chicago. Clear pale golden beer with a decent white head. Perfume aroma, grassy, floral, hoppy, lemongrass, some herbal notes. Hoppy perfume flavor, grassy, spicy notes, hay, some floral notes, earthy, leather notes. Very nice saison.
jandd1983 (2745) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 5, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled at the brewpub. It poured a light orange color with a white head. The aroma was of tart citrus fruit notes. The taste was of Belgian yeast notes with grape and citrusy fruits and a touch of grassy bitterness in the backend. Tasty.
drdisque (570) - Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2013
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewpub. Initial flavor is an aggressive crisp bite of pepper. Watery thin finish. Boring and barely above drainpour quality.
Strykzone (5065) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Haymarket. Almost clear golden and light colored. An off white ring. First sniff is as it should be with those malts and yeast. Earthy and sweet nose. Grainy to start but then soft sweet malts. Yeast and earth. Light hops bring some life. A decent saison but too clean somehow.
hayduke (3468) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Haymarket brewpub. Came in the tasting glass a clear and gold. light dingy head. Nose is a bit funky. Medium body. Flavor is earthy and sweet. Light for the style but easy drinking and rated without regard to style. Tasty. I liked it.
monkeychugg55 (909) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy yellow with a large white head. The aroma is spicy, with some earthiness. The flavor is similar, with not much else going on. Decent saison, but nothing special.
Ernesto987 (3923) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
draft at brewery, your standard regular saison, good fruity flavors, some dryness. Slightly strong with the saison yeast notes than average. average overall
crossovert (7878) - Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dry saison, not much going on hee, clever name but that is about it for htis one.
drfabulous (4175) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at brewpub. Not too dry for a saison. Lacks overall yeasty quality. Straw in color. Slight hoppy nature to it. But nice.
shigadeyo (3075) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
7/21/2011: Haymarket The Saison Also Rises... Aroma: Subtle Belgian spice. Appearance: Clear golden color; dense white crown. Flavor: Watermelon rind; dry, spicy finish; mild bitterness; herbal hops. Palate: Average. Overall: So-so Saison.
Draught (6.0% ABV) at Haymarket in Chicago, IL. Rating #25 for this beer.