GT2 (7035) - Riverslime, California, USA - APR 16, 2012
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
651mL thanks to beerandblues2. Oh joy, another Hermitage beer. Towering, super carbonated pour yields a four-five finger white head with good lacing. Sparkling gold pour. Nose is celery with lemon detergent. Taste is sugar with fake mango flavoring. Chalky palate with strange hoppy astringency. Oddly bitter for style.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Malt and fruity esters in the aroma with dust, yeast, and light spice. Malt and fruit flavor with light spice and light yeast. Medium bodied. Fruity esters linger with malt and light spice.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours slightly opaque copper with gold hues and lasting semi loose off white head. The aroma starts with apple and apple skin followed by spicy saisin yeast that I have a tough time putting descriptive words to and then a mild acidic note and funkiness. The taste is interesting with a mix of sweet apple, tarter tannin like fruit skins, yeasty spices and then some funk and mild rauch malts to peatiness too. Interesting. So at times it gets sort of plastic with the peat and the smoke and at other times more funky. I like the oddness of this beer.
marcus (5615) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz Bottle from BevMo. Pours hazy golden with a modest off-white head and a light floral aroma. There is a spiced pale malt flavor with a bitter yeasty finish. Not as fruity as most saisons.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on 6/1/2011. This saison pours a hazy orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head with nice lacing and good retention. The aroma is fruity and spicy, banana and clove, with some sweetness and some pepper. A medium bodied saison. The malts are fruity and sweet, spicy and peppery. The hops are spicy and floral. Lively carbonation. Nice balance. Some banana and clove sweetness, but a whole lot of spiciness and pepper to cancel the sweetness out. This saison would work much better with food than as a stand only beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly spicy.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber color/ fleeting head. Light fruity pale malt, clove, coriander, mild banana aromas. Frothy light mouthfeel. Spicy clove, coriander flavors with lightly sweet banana, honey melon maltage--more Wit beer than Saison, but still tasty.
Strykzone (4200) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Hayduke. We enjoyed a bottle together via facebook chat. This poured cloudy dingy golden brown and had a gold tinted head that was big but faded quickly enough. Thick layer of lacing. At the last pour there were white chunks of yeast even though I had rolled the bottle. In the aroma I got typical saison effects of yeast, barnyard funk, and malts. Those were tasted too. Along with some orange peel zest and coriander. I found it to be a classic saison and was a great beer to have an hour after mowing the grass.
IrishBoy (3688) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber a gift from Kiapepito and Enniskillen they got at Bevmo Salinas. Nose is yeasty, with mild hints of banana, citrusy tartness, and a sweet note. Lightly hazy orange with constant bubbliness, and one finger, very long lasting, heavily lacing, pale yellow head. Flavor is typical saison with yeast, light constrasting tart and sweet caramel notes, and even a finishing hint of bitterness.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat-two-finger thick, pale-tan, off-white colored head. The beer is a hazy, honey color that shows, more of the same (definitely hazy), but with copper notes to it when held up to the light. The aroma smells of a mix of pale malt and fruit, with noticeable components of cracker like grain, hints of biscuit-like malt, sweeter honey like grain notes as well as some touches of pear, perhaps melon, or soft cider notes, though the fruit character is perhaps more non-descript than anything. There is perhaps a wisp of metallic character to this, as well as a touch of herbal character and lemon zest that speaks to some light hopping here. Touches of musty, earthy spiciness suggest at the yeast character. The malt character is perhaps the most dominant part of the aroma, though the other notes are not so far behind.
Prickly carbonation, and a lighter body than I was expecting help to make this fairly refreshing; it is a bit on the cold side, which also makes it seem lighter than it actually is, but this is right in the sweet spot for a Saison. In the long finish you can tell there is some viscousness to the body, though this is certainly a drinkable beer for its 7%. The finish has some characteristic phenolics that hint oat plastic notes as well as a touch of firmness provided by a hop bitterness. The firm hop bitterness is actually found from beginning to end of each sip; up front it is accentuated by the peppery carbonation. There is quite a bit of integrated spiciness to this beer, from the peppery notes that linger throughout, through to the clove and plastic phenolics in the finish and with the earthy spiciness that adds a huge anchor to the flavor profile. The fruit character plays a supporting role in the flavor, but accentuates notes of pear and perhaps a hint of green apple. There is also a touch of floral character to this beer that adds a bit more to the complexity. As the beer warms up some fruity sweetness becomes a bit more noticeable.
This drinks a whole lot lighter than the alcohol suggests, and I am actually quite impressed that Hermitage got this part of the Saison correct, as this is so often the part that American brewers mess up (though in truth the style is open enough that chewier versions exist even in Belgium). In truth, the whole of this beer was much better than I was expecting it to be. It can perhaps be a bit too plastic like or medicinal at times, but this is par for the course with a traditional Saison yeast. It seems like a touch more, or even a lot more, hops would go really well with this Saison; as in truth, this definitely needs a bit more finesse and complexity, but this is enjoyable as is.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sweet and slightly phenolic nose with lots of apple juice. Stale dull grainy malt, slight vegetal notes. Bleh.