rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a "Best Before" date but no ABV%
Appearance: This beer pours clear and golden until the last few ounces with all the yeast sediment. The yeast swirls around and slowly blends in give the body a hazy appearance. The slow carful pour produces a huge billowy meringue like head that fills half the glass. It holes on forever and keep a good cap of foam on till the last sip. On the sides of the glass it leaves big splotches of foam lacing.
Smell: There are strong hop presence along with all the typical estery and funky/medicinal Belgian yeast and malt notes. There are fruity notes from the malt and yeast as well as the hops. Hops add some citrus and spicy floral notes and the yeast/malt brings a mix of tropical fruit and mild white pepper like dry spice.
Taste/Palate: There is a lot of complexity packed into this firmly medium bodied beer. There is a flash of candy and bready sweetness with estery yeast as well as dry funk and mellow phenolic spice. The hops which are more influential here then in a traditional Belgian Ale bring solid hop bitterness from the start to the finish and add there own floral and citrusy spice notes. It finishes with dry spice and firm dry hop bitterness. The palate is lively and well carbonated.
Notes: This may note be true to the Belgian style with its assertive American esque hop profile but it works!!!
PhatB420 (588) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A vivid 12oz brew into a imperial glass. Aroma withstanding is excellent. Fresh citrus on a sunny day with the wind blowing at an ease. Medium orange with yellow and tan hues. This is such an excellent drinker. Eash wiff to the nose is the same: pure citurs, hops, golden cropped grass and delicate barrelled hay. Easy on the pallate, this is a brew to enjoy, share, and dedicate future endeavors to.
JoeyBeerBelly (34) - New York, USA - APR 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite beers of spring. Nice yeast and spice on the aroma. The head on this beer is incredible itís huge and lasts right through. A unique Americanized Saison and it hits the spot.
superspak (2112) - Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by April(yeast was heavily caked on the bottom, this could be a year or more old). Pours hazy golden orange color with a very nice 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big lemon, apricot, pear, herbal, floral, coriander, pepper, bread, earth, light funkiness, and yeast spiciness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of big orange, lemon, pepper, pear, lime, coriander, bread, earth, herbal, floral, grass, clove, light funk, and yeast spiciness. Very slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruit, citrus, pepper, clove, earth, herbal, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance of sweetness and spiciness; with great flavor complexity. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly syrupy and extremely crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small amount of warming noticed after the finish. Extremely smooth and easy to drink. Overall this is an outstanding saison. Great balance and flavor complexity. Nice touch of funk rounds it out as well.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Cloudy yellow-orange body with a big rocky head and thick lacing. Smells of lemons, flowers and spicy hops with a nice yeast quality. Crisp, bitter and a bit funky. Peppery, grassy hops with lots of lemon driven citrus. Fruity with mildly tart yeast, biscuits and grass. Phenomenal Saison from an American brewery."
RyanK (141) - Rhode Island, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep golden with a white foam head from carbonation. Smells of spices, lemon, and orange. Taste like those three elements as well. Itís like allagash white bit with more of a beer taste. It has some hops, the high carbonation kind of takes away from the taste. Finishes with the spices, Iím not the hugest fan of the style (saison) and I like this.
AGAquino (658) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden color with slight head. Vegetal with slight asparugus aroma. Refreshing lemony citrus, floral and yeasty flavors; trace of sweet fruits. Lingering aftertaste.
williamherbert (1196) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is minty. Lemon, orange rind, spring leaves. Mint just overwhelms. Cut grass, cut herbs. Sweet as can be with a tinge of Belgian spice. Fresh potting soil. Enchanting.
The appearance is straw yellow. Head of pure white; baked Alaska. Not much head retention.
The flavor is earthy soil, followed by mint leaf, cracked pepper and a flowery hop. Malts are roasted pumpernickel and mowed grass. Pepper and lime. The soil and mint-chaser aspects kick in at the end, exclusively.
Smooth, rounded liquid. A prickly fizz at the end. Itís earthy but sweet; balanced to match the floral farmhouse experience.
N0AH (32) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
POW! Peppery and Spicy! Americanized Saison is right but it isnít just the hops that are coming across stronger than the more subdued continental version.
DocLock (7421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This ione surprised me, and is a very good beer. Turbid canary pour with 3 f white head. Looks great. Nose is huge perfumy florals, orange marm, some hops and mild funk. Tastes floral, fruity, perfumy, with big rock sugary malt, spicy peppery notes, fruit, and some funk. Delcious, and an absolutely top notch saison.