jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber. Pours cloudy golden with modest white head. Aroma is nice - slightly earthy/grassy, a little grainy, touch of peppery phenols, some funky fruit. Flavor follows aroma - starts malty with floral notes from hops and esters. Smooth, not grainy, with a pleasant balanced bitterness towards the finish. Fruity and lightly spicy in the end. Malty but dry finish. Mouthfeel is very high in carbonation (moreso than might be guessed considering the head didn’t pour too thick) with a modest medium-light body that is refreshing. Overall, an excellent summer brew and faithful to the Saison style.
jrob21 (2532) - 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 (3127) - 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 (4167) - 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 (1202) - 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 (952) - 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 (3281) - 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 (2175) - 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 (4368) - 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.