paintedmaple (211) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I didnít know the style before I ordered this and guessed that it was a Belgian Strong Ale with lots of funkiness and hot with alcohol (not in a bad way). I think this would rightly be called an Imperial Saison, but whatever you call it I would definitely want more!
BeerandBlues2 (7418) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle received via trade with FlandersNed. Pours lightly hazy dark orange to copper with a medium, fizzy off-white head, medium retention with spare lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast spices of nutmeg and black pepper, biscuit and straw malt, earthy hops and barnyard notes. Flavor is moderate spices, supporting malt backbone, fruity esters of pears, light hops and bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
superspak (1475) - Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 11/21/2012. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger foamy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, grape, clove, pepper, sage, orange zest, grass, floral, light funk, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of spicy/earthy yeast esters with fruitiness and spicing; with good complexity. Taste of pear, apple, grape, orange zest, pepper, clove, sage, grass, floral, light funk, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, sage, grass, floral, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with moderate herbal spicing notes; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Very high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, prickly, and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Finish is moderately dry due to carbonation, but still flavorful. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice spiced saison. All around well balanced fruity/spicy esters with herbal spices; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
solidfunk (1790) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ok saison. Cider aroma with some floral hops. Pours cloudy light orange. Some lacing and some lasting head. Touch of booze. Finishes a little sweet and a little sour. Bottle from brewpub.
Gription79 (1578) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Poured a deep golden color with a thin quickly dissipating head. Big citrus/lemon nose. The flavor shows the big citrusy character, soft bready malts, slight vegetal notes. A nice citrusy saison. A bit harsh on the finish.
DrSilverworm (2707) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, thanks to umich03jm. Bottled on 11/21/12. Hazy darker golden color. Good thin white head that retains well. Decent lace. Soft, kind of crisp carbonation, more dry texture. Bigger body. Yeast, nice lemony citrus flavor. Hint of banana. Sweet taste, kind of zesty. Just a tiny bit of sourness. Light bit of alcohol noticeable in the finish. An alright saison... Unnecessarily high ABV doesnít seem to work here, but itís still a tasty and reasonably easy drinking experience
mcberko (4054) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle, pours a very murky, completely opaque semi-dark orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is very spicy and flora, with various spices I canít really discern--maybe cardamom and lavender?--, Belgian yeast, and pepper. Flavour is more traditionally Belgian-esque, with not much of the aforementioned spices showing up, with loads of Belgian yeast, dough, a little pepper and some gentle floral notes. The lavender and whatever other spices there are become more apparent at the end of the palate and the more you drink. Solid saison-style, but nothing overly intriguing.
b3shine (2234) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to tulip (thanks mikem409). Looks good; a hazy burnt-orange with off-white lacing. Smells semi-sweet and doughy with Belgian yeast notes. Tastes like it smells with a good mouthfeel. A good example of the style.
auerbrau (2952) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean! Sage bomb aroma. Herbal and paired with tangerine skin. Relatively clean bright pale malt start, with some pink pepper and floral flashes. Nice carbonation brings in honey, lavender and lots of the sage, but the sage manages to be much more restrained in the flavor component as compared to the aroma. Pleasingly dry. Generally I really donít get into the super floral Saisons, but this one is creeping into Southampton Cuvee de Fleurs territory by staying balanced, restrained, and rich.
umich03jm (909) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Winter Solstice. Pours a cloudy pale orange color with a small head. Aroma is very Belgiany, bubblegum, yeast, light fruit, flowers. Taste is the same. I like this better than most saisons but Iím just still not a fan of the style.