Travlr (9809) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber. Hazy golden yellow color, medium white head. Aroma of peppery hay and rising bread dough. Taste is citrus, subtle pepper, raw bread. Not bad.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber bought in DC. A fairly dark, golden to amber Saison wearing a large, forever lasting white head consisting of tiny, tight bubbles. Yeast dominated aroma veering more towards fruity esters like pear and banana than spicy compounds, making it a rather juicy example with a fair bit of residual sugars manifesting as a toasty aspect which is not exagerated, but is unfortunately amplified by the relatively dull mouthfeel, a light-medium bodied, rather flabby texture despite the active, small bubbles which add an acidic kick, but seemingly push the fruit flavour down the throat and retronasal channels rather than drying out the finish which rhymes with lingering fruitiness. Either Iím not fond of their yeast strain or the fermentation temperature was simply too high for it as it feels like esters is what this beer is all about. In the end, I guess thatís better than perfumey articifial spicing, yet itís not going to be very convincing for the drinker who anticipates a Saison. A bubbly fruit salad would be a pretty good description, rather.
Emeister84 (633) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aromas of flowers, funky yeast, and corn cereal. Clear gold-amber with a lasting off-white head. Dry, somewhat spicy, and earthy. Light-medium bodied, with good carnonation, and a clean, zippy finish.
zickbeer_ye (184) - Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
spicy corn scents some pepper some malty wheaty scents. Foamy head and light golden body. Spicy wheat some dry fruit and grains. Clean and crisp on the palate.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Once Upon a Vine, Richmond. Having experienced some inconsistencies with these folks, I wasnít sure what Iíd get with a saison. Nice handsome pour, medium gleaming orange with a billowy head. Nose is fairly understated, dry and spicy notes in there but more on the grainy/bready side of things. Full mouthfeel, light carbonation plays off the somewhat creamy sensation. Modest citrus and dry hops, playful pepper notes, bready undertones to the taste. Not bad at all.
Kinz (3103) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really wasnít expecting much here. But I was working outside yesterday, and the wife wanted to split a beer. This is what I suggested. It poured a hazy amber orange, slight but lasting head. Aroma was a bit of soft grain and pepper, with a slight citric note. Flavor was a dead on match. Perhaps it was because I was mowing the yard, maybe I was delusional because of the heat, but this really hit the mark for me. Probably the best Belgian Iíve had from Legend in ages. Really enjoyed it.
Beergeek23322 (1671) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours cloudy amber color with a white head. Yeast, malt and grassy aromas with some citrus. Flavors are spicy and acidic with a bitter finish.
TheBeerGod (4901) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber pour with a tall, foamy white head. Aroma is sweet with fruit notes, malt, yeast, candy notes and grains. Taste is grains, yeast, candied fruit, straw, sweet malt, light caramel, toasted bread, flowers and grassy notes. Body is medium but leaning towards the lighter side with a strong bubbly carbonation and mild stickiness. Ends with more caramel, candied fruit notes, flowers, yeast, sweet malt, lighter grassy notes and toasted grains.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a very hazy amber color with a large fizzy tan head. Average head retention. Aroma of butterscotch, apples, bread, spice and citrus. The taste is tart apples, caramel, bread, spice. Thin-medium bodied, lingering tartness, soft carbonation. Not terribly impressive.