StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAY 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle from bev4less. Pours a murky amber color with a monster head that has good retention. The aroma is classic Belgian yeasts as you might find a strong saison or trippel, there is a bit of soap and some sweet mixed fruits as well. The taste is a Belgian style powerhouse with more Belgian esters, add in some apricots, green apples, caramel, grapefruit and rock candy. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. The finish is somewhat short and disappointing with a bit of lingering soap. Overall: A nice enough Belgian ale but nothing here to make me go back for more.
Stuedmaster (295) - Vista, California, USA - NOV 18, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Got this 750 ml bottle for half price at Holiday Wine Cellars in Escondido, and I can see why it was on sale. Some of these adventurous beers are going a bit too far and not tasting like beer anymore. Has a nice appearance, honey gold with a nice thick white head that maintains and leaves lacing. Aroma is as if you are getting a Thai aromatherapy massage, kaffir lime leaf, sweet malt, and hay. Taste is dominated by the perfume of lime leaves and too many hops, you canít even detect the malt profile or the yeast until the aftertaste. Itís not a good sign when your face wrinkles up when you take a drink. The alcohol is fairly well hidden behind the lime leaf and hop dominance. Medium body, smooth texture, average carbonation, and astringent finish. This one just is not for me, but I give them credit for experimenting.
daleharshman (964) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First had this on draft in November 2012 when it was first released at an Iron Fist event at the Stone bistro from San Diego Beer Week. I remember liking the premise of an "imperial" Thai-style saison with the tropical fruitiness from the New Zealand hops (Nelson and Motueka) plus the kaffir lime leaves. And indeed, it was quite good. This rating for a 750 ml bottle purchased at the brewery in Vista fifteen months ago. Pours a hazy dark amber hue with three fingers of off-white foam. AROMA of quite sweet citrus, spicy Belgian yeast, orange blossom honey, significant tangy spice, and some alcohol as it warms. FLAVOR of honey, sweet stone (peach) and tropical (pineapple) fruit, some kaffir lime leaf, apple, pear, and some unusual flavors as well: spicy cedar, candied white grapes. Surprisingly sweet but not quite to the point of cloying. Finishes more juicy than dry...somewhat unusual for a saison. The high ABV is mostly concealed well. This is a very unusual beer (perhaps more tripel than saison)...but overall I like it (recall it being better on draft than in the aged bottle). (12, 881)
JohnnyJ (4759) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Murky orange amber pour, with a large off white head. Aroma is sweet, yeasty, soapy, and highly carbonated. Flavors of sweet heavy malt, lime, caramel, mudled fruit, old banana, chewy, and yeast. This beer is not working for me, no thanks.
cwooldridge (17) - - JAN 14, 2014
2.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Out of a 750ml bottle. I got this from my friends at the Iron Fist Brewery. Went into this one with high hopes. Unfortunately it was run of the mill. Pours a light orange body with a cream head. Smell of kefir lime which is the same reason I didnít like the 04-04-04 vertical epic from Stone. Very carbonated and without being shook up started to overflow and lost beer. But I think that is merely a brewing error of adding too much active Belgian yeast. Good sweet Belgian aftertaste with traces of strong alcohol. After the lime. If you like lime in your beer you WŲll probably love this beer. Just not for me. Doesnít mean I wonít drink it though.
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Itís a Tripel. Strong noticeable alcohol. Sweet. Nice glowing orange color. Has a sour bitterness I donít care for. Nothing Farmhouse about it.
nimbleprop (5469) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml bottle pours a hazy orange with some thick, creamy white head. Nose is spicy, herbal, gristy, perfume, some tropical fruit. Flavor is peppery, candy, a bit too sweet, perfume. Heavy finish. Not my cup of tea.
merc7186 (2408) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Amber/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Great Lacing
S: Floral, Garlic, Citrus, Mild Yeast
T: Veggie, Citrus, Yeasty
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Malty, Mildly Drying
Overall, this beer is geared more towards an IPA with a yeasty presence as opposed to a Saison with Hops. Good but not great.
anders37 (18541) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ the brewery. Pours an orange color with a white head. Has a fruity malty earthy spicy weak yeasty aroma. Sweetish malty spicy yeasty flavor with weak hints of caramel. Has a sweetish malty spicy yeasty finish.
bhensonb (11979) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Capped 750 from Bine & Vine. Pours hazy dark amber with a slight off-white head. Aroma of Belgian fruit esters. Full bodied. Foamy carb. Flavor is earthy, spicey, hints of banana and clove (or maybe quite a bit more than hints), arguably malty. Itís dry though and it is quite substantial in flavors. The fruit flavor aspects vary through the finish. Never losing its earthy yeasty spicy characteristics.