ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours an absolutely beautiful amber color. The head is a two finger white shade. Its texture is creamy, and it fades away relatively quick. Lacing is streaky at first, but becomes more sheetlike as the head goes away. Itís not really saison like in appearance - even so, this is damn gorgeous.
S: This has a lot in the way of candied sugar and phenols. Notes of coriander and sage are also present, but otherwise, this one seems too sweet for the style.
T: Ayup, too damn sweet. An initial taste of phenols gives way to some mild spicing...and hardly mild candied sugar. Not only is it rather sugary, but the finish is a bit boozy. Nothing too harsh, though.
M: Syrupy, under-carbonated, hefty, lifeless - everything I DONíT want from a saison. Drinkability isnít great, either, but by no means is it completely undrinkable.
O: Look, itís not really a bad BSPA at all. Itís just a bad saison: the only characteristic Heavy Seas got right is the spice flavor, and thatís simply too mild. Not only is it too sweet for a saison, itís too sweet for a regular Belgian pale ale. I donít plan to revisit this one.
drsordr (572) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle golden pour with copper hue. Nose banana, pear, ester, some clove. Taste sweet up front with belgian style fruit. Some bubble gum. Just a hint of metallic/vegetal late in the mid palate. Spice mixed with bitter for the finish. Smells a little better than it tastes, but not bad.
arojewski (22) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Consumed from bottle purchased warm then refrigerated. Excellent fruity aroma, with an almost wheaty taste that Iíd normally shy from. Light mouth feel. Goes great with lobster!
novice101 (106) - - OCT 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a great beer, but a very decent brew from this company. Pours a little hazy yellow with a small white head, smells and taste of spices and a bit of dried fruit.
chalicemaster (109) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not sure that score up there fairly represents the quality of this saison. Dried fruit and spice on the tongue and a very subtle tangy finish, medium head and slightly disappointing clear appearance. This isnít exactly robust, but itís very serviceable and not offensive in any way.
Eberndt (94) - - OCT 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle poured. Slight lace and a reddish amber color. Medium body with a sweet flavor.
rondphoto (1266) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear medium amber with a light head and a streak of lace. Taste leans heavily toward the sweet malt, growing sweeter while adding spiced plum and papaya through the palate, then releasing to a little bittering at the finish. Overall, I donít think this quite works - taste isnít big enough for the abv, balance is off at the end. Aroma is terrific...too bad it isnít reflected in the taste.
glennmastrange (2045) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Moderate grain and hay for the malt, light to moderate flowers and herbs for the hops, faint soap for the yeast, with hints of cherry, white wine and alcohol. Head is tiny, fizzy, white with no lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is medium amber. Flavor starts slightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and bitter. Palate is light to medium, slick, with a lively carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Light and spritely, a very refreshing and tasty Saison.
Jow (1684) - New York, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at stags head. Pours golden with nose of spice and yeast. Tastes of pepper, red fruits, bananas, cloves, yeast, grass, and earth. Light bodied and easy drinking but missing any punch of character.
boxofrane (1718) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at bistro on bridge. Pours clear orange with a medium sized white head. The aroma has belgian yeast and lemon zest. The taste is zesty lemon and orange, sweet banana, and a little boozy. Good but not really to the style.
NikkTwist (1254) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Khyber Pass. Poured a hazy amber with no head at all. Fruity esthers. Orange sherbet punch. Puffed wheat. Bell peppers. Pimento. Medium body. Not a proper Saison at all on my opinion but not awful.