JaBier (4807) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear amber pour with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet malt, herbs and pepper. Malty flavor with a nice herbal character before a dry finish. Nice saison.
arkurzynski (1482) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber pour. Nose of dried citrus and spicy saison yeast. Light hay. Flavor is more citrus, ending lightly dry with more yeast character/spice, and light pepper. Some caramel/biscuit elements. Dry enough, but not overly true to style. Could use even more yeast character. Still, drinkable.
troyc (2422) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Tap] Pours a hazy yellow color with a large cap of white head. Aroma of citrus, coriander, light amounts of straw and funk. Taste is of citrus zest, lemongrass and light grains. Lingering peppercorn spiciness is pleasant. Nice.
Aurelius (4052) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Worthless label, soviet bloc europint bottle. Hazy oak gold, lacy short white head. Malty, hoppy, tannic, slightly funky lemon cake aroma. A little chemical-phenolic, fairly acidic, lightly sweet, kumquat pith bitterness - interesting. Medium to slightly light body. When I see the word "saison" it evokes the notion of a middle-aged housewife who’s let herself go, but who could look a lot better -- saison, to me, means that you’re too lazy to make a beer correctly and are willing to have it show up in curlers. Whole Foods, Tallahassee.
crossovert (6970) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle. Light zippy, some pepper and citrus. Typical higher-gravity american saison.
ElGaucho (2191) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at heartland. Somewhat faint aroma. Muddy yellowish orange body. Really attractive. Nice, fruity saison with a hint of funk. Really enjoyable brew.
bartlebier (1528) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - JAN 26, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
16oz bottle from Ridgeview Liquors, Green Bay/WI 08/2013, emptied midway up to the UP (from on the road notes). Test-tube Dupont, slightly metallic. Still comparatively easy drinking, given any character is on the horizon at best, but tastes mainly like laboratory funk injected into an undefined straw pale ale. A convincing, truly slow-grown organic Saison remains a thing of beauty and seems to be one of the styles beyond many US breweries’ grasp/range/interests/palates?
Patrickctenchi (3441) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours cloudy orange-yellow with a short, off-white head.
Sweet fruit, barnyard aroma.
Taste is lemony, fruity, slightly yeasty, with a mild, spicy/bitter peppering.
Chudwick (1983) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint bottle - nose is floral and a bit like a head shop, but maybe soapy. Spicy like incense stick ash. Citrus aftertaste. Slightly sweet and a little tart. Short finish. Light-ish body.
Nuffield (3665) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Indescript yellow color, somewhat darker than the norm. Some fruit appears in the front, giving way to a few grassier notes and some pepper, before fading to a quick finish. O.k., drinkable, but not distinctive. (on tap, The Stone Tap, Hudson, WI)