DavidAust (128) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Poured into a large wine glass. Colby cheese and prosciutto to accompany. First ever Saison. Didn’t have the funky smell I had been led to believe a saison would have, in fact aroma in general was less than expected. Colour was a spectacular orange yellow with a lively foam. Didn’t see many bubbles streaming up the glass. As it was a 500ml bottle, this was poured in two goes. First glass was pretty clear with minimal haze. Second pour, I went a little too far and picked up some of the sediment / lees which obviously clouded the beer. Taste - light but still plenty of flavour. Not fruity like a english pub ale or citrus like a pale ale - but still managed to portray fruit of another kind - not apple or pear but light like that and only subtlely.
Nice on the palate, lingered but very crisp and refreshing.
Could imagine having this at lunch after a hard day in the field and feeling refreshed. Despite the alcohol level it felt and tasted much lighter.
Not my favourite style of beer, but still really nice and suited to the right conditions. Keen to try more in this style.
willisread (1301) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml bottle from Tanakaya. Pours a hazy yellow gold with a nice soapy head that lingers. Good saison yeast nose with some light lemon, apple, pear and clove that come out. Good carbonation with a lot of floral honey sweetness. A little too sweet for me, but still a nice effort. Sweet and dry finish.
RafeAU (558) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. High carbonation and massive white head. The aroma and flavour is mild, not so funky for a saison. I have a cold right now so it might just be me. Dry finish with some alcohol warmth.
j12601 (8050) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Max & Jess’s Taco Party! Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Musk and yeast on the nose, a soft bit of citrus. Medium bodied, spicy citrus, tart and bright. Musk and yeast into the finish.
ANZUShophunter (163) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From 500 mL bottle in tulip glass. High CO2 levels gave significant head and made pouring difficult. Probably muted the aroma a bit but picked up a hint from the Saison yeast. Bright golden colour and not as tart or spicy as I’d expected. Still a nice range of flavours and enjoyable to drink.
LesArgen (276) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A prince among beers. It looks beautiful, all yellow and cloudy, with every fruit under the sun mixing together to form a delicious sweet aroma - pear, lemon, cherry, banana, raisins, orange...it goes on. When tasted, the sweetness is balanced with some citrus hops and pepper, making it disappear before you know it’s finished. A ripper
Dervock (673) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Bitter Phew - pours hazy yellow. Malty, hay, spice aroma. Cleansing dry taste with slight astringent note. Medium palate.
shoulderbroken (3061) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice stuff. Dry, aroma is good, straw, cherry, bit of booze, grainy. Nice.
jinroh (839) - ESTONIA - APR 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours white, fizzy-looking foam. Aroma has wheat, hay, herbs. Taste is dry, lots of saison character, bit sour. Banana and cloves. Very drinkable.
TimE (4347) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Frothy white head. Very like yellow color, almost white. Very light dry nose with lots of funk, pepper and lemon. The mouth is very light with lots of ton pepper notes, fairly hoppy, very dry. Nice lingering hoppy mouth with horse blanket, funk and pepper. Fantastic. Rarely see a new world this level.