Rastacouere (6044) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Veiled dark golden ale covered by a nice white sheet. Deliciously spicy, fruity (pear, banana), bready, strawy nose that manages to be both light and relatively complex, all the while feeling very fresh - like sunshine in a bottle. The well-balanced, but never subtle resinous and floral hoppiness marches into the spicy rye with confidence and complements it very well. Highly phenolic, but never feeling medicinal, just very spicy all throughout and this coming from several different ingredients. While the beer sure can’t be called sweet nor strong, there are plenty of cereal flavours in there, bringing an oily, roundish texture forward that make it feel more potent than it is. Original recipe and well executed albeit the Saison tag can be misleading.
PhillyCraft (1971) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, with fantasy. Pours a hazy glowing orange with huge fluffed out white head, awesome lacing patterns. Aromas of bananas, wheat, tropical fruits, clove spice and hops. Taste is sweet and spicy malts w/rye, delicious fruity hops, banana, flowers, and orange peel. Very silky and easy going saison. Fresh as can be.
KyotoLefty (4732) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Farm House Tap and Grill. Huge rye nose, pepper, spicy, light esters, hay and farmyard. Great nose. Amber with lace. Flavor is wheat, rye, pepper. Very malty and grainy, sweet and thick. Peppery finish. Nice but a bit bland. Body is a bit thick and heavy—hops don’t come through, but the rye is very nice.
adrian910ss (2246) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at the Reservoir in Waterbury, Vermont. Pours a cloudy orange honey gold with a medium sized white head. Aroma of bubble gum, cloves, mild banana and wheat. Taste is much the same as the aroma. Another winner from Lawsons.
mikem409 (1140) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at farmhouse in Vermont. Aroma of rye seed and hop. Taste was ver easy drinking was burping hop flavor
Damico (1920) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours unclear velvety blonde with a creamy white head. The aroma is sweet saison yeast and rye malts blended so well with notes of lemon. The flavor brings the spicy rye malts and hops up front really pleasant on the tongue with the saison yeast more in the background but helping to round out the flavors quite nicely.
solidfunk (1790) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty average saison. Easy to drink, easy to go down. Not too much hay or anything, so easy for the average beer drinker with a little bit of spice to it. A little bit of hay, a little bit of yeast. Not much lacing, not much head. On tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill.
Thorpe429 (4844) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to starrdogg for opening this bottle at last night’s mini-tasting. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.
Poured a nice clear golden color with a good white head and some spotty lacing on the way down.
The nose brought forth a fairly-heavy spice and rye presence along with a nice floral character. Light citrus peel character as well. All of this carried over into the flavor, which contained more of the citrus and floral components.
Light body with crisp carbonation. Moderate bitterness and a dry finish.
Good brew, certainly worth a try.
kramer (3878) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap, BCTC 2010. Pours a slightly hazy gold-orange body with a nice frothy white head. The nose is quite nice, a pretty good amount of rye malt, some slight earthiness and a floral hoppiness. The flavor is not especially Saison-like, but I dig it. Nice rye bread with some light spicing and a little malt sweetness. Light to medium carbonation with a fairly light body. Pretty decent.
cbkschubert (2867) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle (#19) via trade awhile back - Pours a golden color with a good size off white head. Light lacing. Aroma and flavor is esters, light citrus, spice, and a bit of rye. Finish was a bit odd. Light to medium body. An interesting beer.