AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber color with lasting ivory foam. Nice dry spice, light fruit, cracker malt aromas. Light to medium bodied. Lightly sweet, earthy, spicy rye flavors with light fruits, dry spices, peppercorn--tasty
BVery (5121) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at Minneapolis Beer Fest. Thereís a little rye in here, a little spice, and a little of the barnyard funk youíd expect from a saison. Not enough of the spicy, fruity esters to make this interesting, though.
TheBeerGod (4901) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber with a tall, foamy white head. Aroma is peppery spices, earthy hops, grassy notes, dusty yeast, dried fruit and malt notes. Taste is spicy and peppery with soft grains, malt, earthy hops, woody notes, grass, dusty yeast, straw and soft fruitiness. Body is medium with a strong, bubbly carbonation. Finishes with more spicy hops, peppery notes, flowers, dried fruit, yeast, soft grains, malt and earthy notes.
Suttree (4733) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange, almost clear, with a loose white head. Smells nice - rye toast and a little bit of funk. Flavor is rye, some caramel, some woody notes. Fairly simple, but I liked it.
decaturstevo (4413) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gold pour with little head and lace. Rye malt aroma with a light citrus aroma. Vanilla first with a light maltiness followed by some bitter. Smooth carbonation. A beer that suprised me.
jgb9348 (4273) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazy golden coloured body with a orange tint and a thinnish off-white head, about only a centimetre tall. Aroma of alcohol, yeast, coriander seed, curacao and a bit of rye - not much though. Medium-bodied; Assertive yeast and a good amount of coriander seed and lemon and orange rinds. Aftertaste is fairly mild with the yeast and malt coming through but not much of anything else. A touch of sugars at the end with a hint of bitterness. Overall, an acceptable beer - but nothing sublime and with a few good tastes, nice, but not as complex as I was expecting. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Super Jr Market (BestDamnBeer Shop) in San Diego, California on 06-May-2012 for US$6.49 sampled at home in Washington on 05-July-2012.
dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 19, 2011
1.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
This smells horrible; like soured milk. Looks nice though. The flavor is interestingly bad. Not real heavy, a bit sweet, but it just canít quite overcome the outstandingly bad aroma.
Strykzone (4191) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Hayduke. We enjoyed a bottle together via facebook chat. This had so much yeast in the bottom of the bottle and when rolled it looked like a lava lamp. When poured it was opaque and golden brown. A huge head seemed to take forever to fade. This beer was perfectly named. To put it into a single style is unfortunate because it kept changing. Some times it was a Belgian, and was like an Orval with rye. Other times it was like a hefe with bubblegum. Other times it brought out spices. What a fun beer to enjoy! So multifaceted and so interesting. It did not hurt at all that it was so tasty, too. I liked it a lot and it was one of those beers that is more than the sum of its parts.
nick76 (4125) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is very malty with rye as well as grassy and pine hops. The appearance is dark gold with a smallish head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall this is good with the alcohol well hidden.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Total Wine, Greenville, SC. If ever a name was an object lesson in how to avoid snarky ratings, this would be a top contender. But in fairness, it actually is emphatically a saison in terms of its majority characteristics. So no stylistic crisis, but just not an especially good beer. Light copper pour, moderately carbonated, and an unassuming nose of grain, generic yeast, and phenols. Slightly watery mouthfeel does little for the flavors, which come across like buttery popcorn, mild spice, and a bunch of fruits. Meh.