Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle at Funky Five 2009. Pours a mostly hazy solid light gold with a foamy mostly lasting white head- some streaky lace. Aroma is mostly yeasty- too fresh or hasnít settled or dissipated- but there is slight sulfur, but also grassy herbal notes, big wheat malts, toast, crackery a slight solvent or cleanser with warming biscuit and musty almost mold notes. Flavor is crackery and wheaty, with grass, herbs, spices, pepper (spicy wit yeast with lemon zest), raw fresh sulfurous yeast, doughy, phenolic moderate nice saison yeast character, slight salt and light mineral in the finish- seems unrefined overall, but the finish is fairly dry- ok for drinking but doesnt quite cut it as a good saison.
unclemike (2222) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a semi-clear golden straw blonde brew with a slow dissolving white head that leaves behind a nice spotty lacing and a thin white ring. Bottle Aroma of yeast, a touch of banana esters, some light cloves, and a hint of white bread malt. Taste is light to medium bodied with some carbonation with flavors of dry white bread malt, banana esters, cloves a touch of bubblegum, and dry herbs. Finish is semi-dry with a fast disappearing herbal spice aftertaste. Remember to allow this saison to come up to room temperature to get the full flavor and aroma. Love this Saison
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a trade, canít remember who with at this point. Also, thought I had tried this already (and may have in fact), and almost gave this to someone as an extra before I checked, so hooray for discovering hidden gems in the cellar. Pours a very cloudy golden yellow with a medium sized creamy white head. Nice musk, a bit of banana, wheat, peppery. Medium bodied, lightly sweet, a bit more musky yeast. Finishes lightly, touch of sweetness, bit of fruit. Not bad.
Overml01 (225) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at work... thanks to Wellstone for sending this out my way!
It probably deserves a higher rating than what I gave it, but Iíve just never been a fan of saisons. Hay, barnyard, exactly what you expect from a fruitless saison. Hard to say more than that... if you like saisons or you need the rating, it isnít bad. Otherwise, stick to something a little safer.
kramer (4942) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold body with a small fizzy white head that faded fairly quickly. The nose is fairly restrained in the spice department, which is nice to see. Pale slightly bready malts with a nice yeast profile and some floral notes. The flavor is a little bland, the light spicing is better than going overboard, but thereís not a whole lot of softness or complexity to the malts. Tastes more like a generic "Golden/Blond Ale" than a a true Belgian style Saison, thereís no farmhouse character or funkiness at all. Medium bodied with slight stickiness and soft fizzy carbonation. An OK beer I guess, but a little lacking within the realm of the style.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle courtesy of buebie.
Pours a very light and very clear yellow with a small bubbly white head that recedes slowly to a solid collar but leaves no trace of lacing.
The aroma is slightly sweet with some green apples and apricots on top of grass and Belgian yeast spiciness.
The taste is light and almost watery with some grassy hops up front and apples and pears following closely. The finish is dry and very much like a pilsner honestly. In fact, the whole thing tastes more like a pilsner than a saison now that I think about it.
The mouthfeel is light bodied and extremely crisp and clean for the style. Itís got very little spiciness that I would expect in the style.
This is a solid and very drinkable beer but I donít think itís really great for the style, as it offers very little complexity.
portableparty (1911) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. bottle to my favorite snifter. Aroma is... I not sure I canít get much out of it. Some wheat honey and faint citrus and flowers very faint. Appearance is great murky gold yellow with minimal head and lacing. Taste I feel like I have a Blue Moon in my hand. A lot of wheat honey and citrus in the tasat with dry finish. Palate is thin and dry with little fizz. Overall I think its like drinking a Blue Moon which really isínt my thing anymore, It is definitly not bad a very drinkable beer.
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Golden pour with little white head. taste of heavily carbonate bannana citrius flavor, bitter ending. Below average taste, there are many better out there, but many worse.
Glouglouburp (6023) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A muddy floral witbier calling itself a Saison. Fails as a Saison, acceptable as muddy thirst quencher
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed fresh as soon as I received it from beastiefan2k, thanks Eugene
The look: Ugly banana purťe color topped by a white ring of foam
In long: Nose of yeasty ripe banana esters. Taste of white bread, mangos, bananas, a little lemon zest, marshmallows, citrus fruits. Dead flowers show up in the finish to remove some of the fruity sweetness. Overall this feels like a rather muddy witbier more than a Saison. As far as Saisons are concerned this is a complete failure, but sold as a witbier (or even a hefe) this is an acceptable beer. Iím a Saison-whore so I need to try them all but this just is not a Saison. Itís like they put the wrong beer in the bottle. Like that time a stripper jumped out of the cake, following a mix-up at the bakery, and completely ruined my nephewís fourth birthday.
jake65 (2613) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - JAN 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a beautiful golden/straw color with a thin white head. Scents of florals, yeast, and cloves. Tastes light and crisp with florals, more yeast, and a little barnyard earthiness. Just a hint of dough... almost has some pilsener in it? Crisp finish. I love that it comes in 12oz bottles... perhaps something new for the summer rotation? Fun!