Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - MAY 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ The Dome. Orange colour and a withe rocky head. The aroma is strong fruity and peppery but lacks that peculiar Saison touch. Medium bodied and far too bitter.
smith4498 (3434) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours slightly hazy dark golden color with white head. Aroma is musty and doughy and slightly fruity. Similar flavors with a somewhat dry finish. Very nice. Light to medium body with lively carbonation.
piscator34 (2261) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Beer Tempel. Gold in colour with strong carbonation. Aromas of lemon, lime, pepper, orange peel, and pale malts. Flavors are of mild citrus, leafy and herbal hops, and fruity saison yeast. Light bodied and very drinkable, especially for 6.5%.
TaktikMTL (6860) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 750 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est orangée voilée avec une forte densité de bulle. Présence d’un large col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de zestes d’orange avec une pointe d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de zestes d’orange en arrière goût. (Rating #3015)
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Beertemple. Golden colored brew. Aroma is yeast, hops and fruits. Flavor is mild, fruity and light sour.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2010 750mL bottle, purchased at Bottle Barn, entirely on cquiroga’s mention of it in a recent saison thread. Pours a slightly hazy, orange-copper color; foamy, medium--bubbled, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing that sticks; highly effervescent, with the bubbles from below keeping up the thick head; gorgeous pour. There are American saisons that show a great balance of a lively mineral bitterness, a clean, slightly toasty maltiness, and a charismatic yeast character, but almost none of them dig in as deeply to a funky, cheesy, musty saison character as this beer does: the malt presentation suggests caramel, Belgian sugar, and a touch of breadiness, alongside a zesty mineral hoppiness with notes of lime; solid levels of funkiness, musty notes, almost an oxidized malt note that blends well next to everything else; lively, zesty, funky aroma. A medium body; significantly creamy, non-astringent, no alcohol showing; excellent presentation in the mouth, with lively carbonation; definitely an effervescent feel; medium malt character of light caramel, biscuity notes, and (again) Belgian sugar; zesty, juicy citrus and mineral hop bitterness; the yeast character, as it should, affects everything about this beer; funky and lightly cheese, with a touch of white pepper and moderate acidity; in all honest, the prominent malt presence pushes this in the direction of a biere de garde, for me; non-negligible caramel touches, some Belgian sugar-like sweetness and heft; lovely complexity from the yeast. Just an awesome, honest rendition. I love Saison de Lente, but this is nothing, absolutely nothing like that beer; gotta love the variable nature of this style. Lengthy finish of musty notes, hints of biscuity malts (approaching caramel, again), and a lively, zesty mineral note. Thanks, Chris!
probstblueribbon (3577) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from Bieropholie, shared with Phil, served cold in a Pils flute. 25AP10.
App.: Very cloudy orange-golden with an off-white froth.
Aroma: Peppery, spicy, some nice citrus, dusty, yeast and wet bread dough, some funk, minerals.
Palate: Medium body, lively effervescence.
Flav.: Way maltier than the nose! Nutty, dried fruits, caramel, some vanilla notes, toffee, some yeast, citrus, slightly peppery, a touch of funk; dry with decent bitterness and a slightly malty and funky finish.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2010
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from State Line.
Pours a hazy gold with hints orange and no head at all. My first sip reveals this brew to be completely flat. The nose is a mix of yeast, straw, grass, and a little funk. The taste is off with a slight vegetal sour note mixed with hay, yeast, and dust. Light mouthfeel leads to an odd vegetal finish. My guess is that this one went bad somewhere along the line. A definite retry is in order given the higher ratings this one typically gets.
vtafro (5907) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Light golden pour with some white head. Light lemon and fruit and earthy spice and pine notes. Decent saison.
skortila (5095) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Le Bier Circus, Brussel. Aroma has some yeast, citric hops and a little malt. Hazy, orange coloured beer, with an off-white, firm head. The taste is a bit sweet malty, with yeast and citrus. Medium bodied, Very refreshing hoptaste. Nice beer.