badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Autumn Brew Review 2008. Gold color with a thin head. Light bubblegum aroma, coupled with a lot of fresh cut grass. Very lightly tart malt taste up front, followed by lots of wheat, yeast and an almost herbal spice. This is a killer saison.
JK (4157) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2008 Tap and Stub & Herbs. This is a mid-grade saison. Certainly not comparable to something from Fantome or Blaugies, but for a new brewery in Minnesota, not bad at all. The cloudy color is right, but no sediment. The aroma has yeast, cloves, some citrus, along with the flavor that is more of the same but also includes some sugar. Medium palate. Lightly spiced. Some wheat. A decent first try. It needs more intense flavor.
nuplastikk (3820) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2013 12oz bottle split. Hazy, pale, yellow-tan color, soapy off white head that fades into a thin, oily non-presence. Fruity sweet aroma, a touch of lemony funk. I almost get some peach notes in my first sip. Soft on the palate, well above par for an American Saison. Mellow fruity tones, with a gentle peppery hop balance. Fruity tangerine and sweet malt finish. Delicious and refreshing, this is one to seek out. Wow.
Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2009 I thought this was a good effort. Very bright saison flavors--not a subtle, complex one, but big citrus and spice. Very drinkable, with a moderate palate of tingle and smoothness. Perhaps a more American style take on the Saison, not having the flavor punch of the European ones. Good beer, worth drinking. (On tap at Stub and Herbs, Minneapolis, MN) 8-3-7-4-15: 3.7 // Re-rated on June 8, 2009 at Blue Door Pub, St. Paul. Didnít have the shine of the citrus and spice, felt a bit thin, but still basically enjoyable. 7-3-7-4-14:3.5
drfabulous (3376) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity. Light though. Lots of flavor. Served in the wrong glass and Stub and Herbs.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at WTWBA. Cloudy, pineapple yellow pour. Horsey and peanuty flavor, with husky wheat notes. Ratty, horsey, grainy flavor, mostly sweet with a little bit of wort. Blech.
beerbill (3177) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a lightly hazed pale gold that eventually clears with a thin, short-lasting white head. Pleasant aroma of Belgian yeast, white sugar, and a bit of spice. The flavor is similar with some white sugar sweetness. Mild bitterness at the finish. Medium body. A bit sweeter than I think most people would prefer for a saison, but I was ok with it.
auerbrau (3079) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 8, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2009 12oz Bottle. Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/26049401@N08/3801 Flaccid wet corn comes first. A spritz of lemon juice and a crack of green pepper liven it up a little, but this is hauntingly familiar of that Horny Goat shit. Pours a hazed peachy golden, with an opalescent and shiny white rim. Flavor is less dreadful than the aroma, but not too much so. This tastes like a wet, soppy lager with a little soap and potpourri thrown in. A bit of yeast gumminess in the backend gives it some authenticity. Iím afraid Iíve been duped by Stevenís Point again. I was hoping for a unique Minnesota perspective on Saison. Instead, I get "Brewed & Bottled by Lift Bridge Beer Co., Stevenís Point, WI." This finishes on a nice light stonefruit character, but itís still nothing I can get too excited about. Ends with a fusel heavy, near-nail-polish volatile note.
theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz twist off bottle purchased for me by my Dad at Zipps in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with an assist to tytoanderso. Brewed and bottled by Lift Bridge Beer Co, Stevens Point, Wisconsin - did Point brew / bottle this? Pour is hazed yellow slight pea green, two inch pure white head. Falls with no lacing. Aroma of soft bready malts, and citrus earthy yeastiness. Soft and inviting nose. Taste is grainy hay straw grass, earthy sweetness malt and the citrus flowery yeastiness. Maybe a bit sweeter than I normally like my Saisons. Finish is a little grassy dirty. Palate is medium, mouth coating with medium carbonation. As always, thanks for making these transactions smooth Tyler.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Clear yellow pour with a white head. Malty and spicy, some lemon and citrus. More lemon and very smooth and drinkable, a bit peppery as well.