jrob21 (2487) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 from the greens. I would expect nothing less than this guy to nail a style to a tee and that is what you get right here. Nice effervescent, bubbly texture gives way to a banana and clove flavor and touch of a grassy finish. Pours a clear yellow with a head that doesn’t quit. Aroma is a little grape and lemon. Reminds me a bit of champagne. Well done.
SpringsLicker (3121) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dusty yellow with an average sized white head.
The aroma is sweet with candy and fruit notes. Some spice as well.
Along with the sweetness that was expected comes a fruit tartness.
unclemattie (4135) - Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Light haze, pale straw yellow, white head w/ huge bubbles. Aroma of lemons and honey, with a slight breadiness. Tastes of bread dough, floral spices, and a good amount of lemon zest. Soft and crisp, a textbook offering of a Farmhouse style Saison. This would bare nicely with some soft cheese. Yum.
GTAEgeek (1165) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a pale straw color with a huge, white head. The aroma is hay, lemon peels, and musty yeast. The flavor is sweet with a little tartness in the finish. The body is medium. The palate is slightly acidic, thick, and acerbic in the finish. Overall, a flavorful and drinkable beer, but lacks the complexity of most saisons.
rajendra82 (947) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The hazy body was golden yellow in color, and exhibited a two finger thick head, fed by some lively carbonation streamers. The aroma was floral, earthy, and a bit like honey, and was very pleasingly rustic. The taste was light and airy, with a clean and simple wheat sweetness, a lemony sourness, and a slightly spicy finish, with a touch of clove and pepper. This was much more evocative of a quenching summer drink served to farmhands, than a typical Saison of today. The body felt thin and runny, but I think this was exactly the intended effect. A great effort by the local boys.
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very bubbly carbonation. The first sip is very tart, but this mostly goes away as the beer warms. There is a yeasty straw flavor laced with coriander.
Cybercat (3228) - Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong aroma is wheaty, yeasty, malty, and a little bit - but not unpleasantly - rubbery with sweet lemon and cheesy undertones. It pours a clear solar yellow with a fairly thick, if not persistent, white head. Malty, cheesy flavor is slightly sweet, a little yeasty and wheaty, with a sweet citrus hint - refreshing and lip-smacking, perfect at the end of a freaking hot day (and it’s not yet officially summer!). Fizzy texture leaves behind a nice, rather persistent tingle and a tasty cheesy finish. I love cheese!
craftbeerdesign (2167) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
sample at Ale Atlanta on 6/2/11. very clear golden pour with a slim white head. lemon, spice, banana and clove through the nose. medium to full body with lots of sweet fruit notes and some residual sugar. a very fruit forward Saison. smooth. one dimensional. sweet apple finish with some orange zest.
ChainGangGuy (4354) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, pale straw-hued body with a fine, medium-sized, white head.
Smell: Sweetish, floral, and hinting of orange blossom honey on the nose with a dull, subtle note of spice.
Taste: Sweet, lightly sugary malts with a thin drizzle of pear juice and a small spoonful of orange marmalade. The malts give a faint hint of crustless white bread. Faintly spicy hops with a low bitterness. A bit of honeysuckle and Prosecco on the tongue for the fast, crisp finish. Rather moreish for me.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Moves rather ably across the palette.
Overall: A single malt and a single hop variety makes for a somewhat simplistic saison experience, but when considered as a supremely refreshing, summertime beer, it’s tops. I just wish the cost wasn’t eight bucks per bottle, giving my wallet a reprieve from its cash. Maybe one day this could see its way to sensibly-priced six-packs.
brokensail (10645) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 31, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is a pale and cloudy straw color with a finger of white head.
S: Like with their stout, there is a bit of diacetyl on the nose. Some mild spice, primarily pepper, with a bit of earthy hops. Light fruits (mostly apple), with some pale malts and bread.
T: Starts off with a bit of sweet malt and bread. Pears and apples give a bit of sweetness as well. A fair amount of yeast contribution such as pepper and spice. Just a bit of earthiness.
M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.
O: Surprisingly okay after the nose, which didn’t excite me much.