auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL Bottle, purchased somewhere in Vermont last year. Aroma is a graceful, webby pretty, punctuated with sand and wind. This is a nice beer, if straightforward and a little less layered than other Saisons from HF. I really enjoy the simple, lemon tartness of this. It’s clean and straight talking. In some ways, it feels like if Berliner Weisse picked up a fluffy, Belgian affect. A nice, easy drinker.
burg326 (4231) - Florida, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Hunhapu day, poured a light hazy yellow color with aromas of light barnyard, floral notes and some light spice. Flavors are the same, light on the palate and refreshing in the heat, another solid beer from these guys.
pentaz (1254) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours unclear yellow with a small frothy white head. Aroma is lime, honey, grass, light malts, zest, a little pepper and funk. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter and light+ tangy. Body is near medium, texture is oily, carbonation is moderate+. Finishes balanced and tangy. Dry in the late finish.
SlackerMads (1891) - DENMARK - APR 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy yellow with a thick bubbly good lacing white head. Aroma is flowery, light herbal, raspberries, lime peel, light phenolic. Taste is light/medium sweet, light+ sour and light bitter. Very light astringent. Light/medium body, oily texture, soft+ carbonation. Light sour and dry fruity finish.
faroeviking (10285) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botella. Cloudy yellow to golden colour, medium white head, good lacing. Pleasant lemony sweet aroma with yeast and soap. Good mouthfeel. Lemon citric tart plesant swtt like flavour, yeasty, dry,
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - APR 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2013 Pours straw yellow with a frothy, active, white head. Nose is a bit of barnyard, soap, and mellow hops. Flavor is lemon peel and Belgian yeast. This is a very refreshing traditional saison that is well executed all around.
UPDATE: Almost four months later, I’m drinking another bottle of this and thinking even more of it than my initial rating of 4 would indicate. I’m also now getting a bit of brett and sourness from this saison this time around. I think some of the hops that covered these flavors initially have faded somewhat. What’s left is even more delicious, and I’ve adapted my score to reflect this.
weihenweizen (1983) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chilled 75 cl brown bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with big fluffy white head. Little lacing, medium body, and light floral aroma. Taste is delicate floral, and light tartness. Taste is complex, delicate floral, and light tartness.
radagast83 (5311) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Churchkey. Poured a slightly hazy golden color with a medium sized white head - later pours were huge, thick white colored heads. Aroma was some light spice notes, plenty of yeast notes, light malts. Flavor was some funk, with spices, yeast. Relatively solid.
maekchu (2505) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Thanks to Chris H. Very smooth, yeasty, and light honeyish aroma. Cloudy glowing yellow, with a big creamy head, and good lace. Catches fire from the first sip, and produces huge and unusual high palate/sinus hits of fruit and acid. Lemony. the finish is smooth and satisfying. Thin body, but very spritzy. Wow!
davey101 (727) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle purchased during the Norma release. Poured into a tulip glass. Opens with a slight gush over.
A - Pours a hazy dark yellow body. Tons of white soapy foam that fills the rest of the glass. It eventually settles down into a half finger cap. Excellent lacing and retention.
S - Pretty much exactly what I want out of a saison. Lots of lemons, wheat, grass, and a pleasant and soft earthiness. Smell is just super inviting.
T - Tart lemons and big blast of wheat and grain. Kind of bready. A bit of a funky earthiness to balance it out. Some bitterness and spicy black peppercorn on the finish which I’m not a huge fan of. It is very drinkable and the pepper is not at all overpowering, I just don’t enjoy any pepper like flavors in a beer. Mouth feel is medium bodied and well carbonated with a clean finish.
O - A damn solid saison, but I much prefer Anna or Florence over this. It is rustic and a bit spicy and bready. I just prefer fruitier and sweeter saisons.