swoopjones (4328) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, slightly hazed golden amber. sweet booziness, fruit forward, floral spice, fruity yeastiness/sweetness. medium bodies. OK
maxwelldeux (2369) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a very hazy amber color with almost no head on it. Nose has some citrus in there with a little bit of that "wild" smell, but not an overpowering smell at all. Taste is slightly sour up front with a bit of a sweet finish with some of the wheaty elements of it coming through. Feels a bit heavy and rather carbonated.
watson1977 (2362) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy gold with a thick white head. Aroma has sweet notes...candy sugar, honey, and tropical fruits. Flavor is tropical fruits and boozy...wheaty and candy sugar. Mouthfeel is medium/full and the finish is boozy/bitter fruit rind and warming.
jennajlover (107) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got sent up a gift pack of North County San Diego brews. This was one. Very hazy pour, little head, no real lacing. Somewhat flat. Very banana, which actually ain’t too bad. Finished fairly clean with small amounts of pencil lead and apricot.
BOLTZ7555 (2424) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
No way that this is the style listed. Dark murky honey pour with a sizable eggshell head. Caramel, toffee, yeast, candied citrus, orange peel, and black pepper. Too heavy. Definitely not a Saison...but still tasty and drinkable. Heavy but enjoyable.
Suttree (4498) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Honestly, this seemed more like a Tripel than a Saison. A little heavy, spicy, and fillinf. Pretty yeasty, as well, plus a lot of fruity notes, like apple and pears. A bit boozy as it warms.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a finger off-white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet grainy and pilsner malts with Belgian yeast, banana, spices, lemon zest, and bit of booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet grainy and pilsner malts with some lemon zest citrus hops and some coriander. Through the middle, some more Belgian yeast flavor comes through with some banana, clove, and more coriander. The finish is a mix of Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, spices, sweet grainy malts, lemon zest, and a touch of booze.
M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, spicy, and estery finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice Bière de Garde. Good balance of yeast flavors and body and malts.
rbfishstick (141) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed on draft at Stone Brewing in California. Poured an amber with active carbonation and a nice lacy head that clung to the glass. Smell was sweet and sour with a hint of hops. The taste was a perfect marriage between a saison and an IPA; funky flavors with a bit of wet and juicy California hops. I picked this beer primarily for the name, and also because I enjoy saisons, but I am glad I took the chance.
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RmmHronek (166) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice tart smell, like a sour, and a bit floral. It has a huge body and is massively effervescent. Tastes like it smells...a huge, alcoholic, tart imp. saison. Really fucking good!
Pawola22 (3180) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle from Johncy’s Liquor Store in North Liberty, IA. Pours a cloudy, dull orange-gold colored body with a two finger-width, dense, frothy and foamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is fairly sweet with some bigger, bready pils malts with some melon fruits, orange, honey, a light coriander spice, and caramel. Flavor is similar. Pretty sweet with some honey and a bigger, bready pils malt. Some yeasty spicing with a light coriander phenol, melon, and tropical fruitiness before the spicing grows a bit and this finishes fairly sweet, but not cloying with a moderate yeasty spice and light grassy bitterness. A bigger wheat malt comes in during a fairly lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full, moderately lively carbonation. Overall, this isn’t bad at all, but I’m just not digging the imperial saison. Not overly cloying, but pretty sweet without a lot of complexity due to the size. A decent yeasty spice and fruitiness, but not really my kind of beer. Eh...