Hopped_Silly (236) - California, USA - SEP 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I read the reviews and I was also warned... And sure enough it was all true.. Total gusher... Definitely some fermentation going on in these bottles, gzzzzz... Though it was all worth it. Once the head settled down and the beer came to temperature... it was perfect! Great, refreshing carbonation, a dry, medium-light mouthfeel, some bitterness and complex flavors of yeast, spice, citrus and florals. The finish is dry and long, echoing flavors of yeast, layers of tropical fruit, spice and citrus. One of the best American great saison's.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...
BlackEyePA (547) - USA - SEP 23, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good. Aroma is full, fruits, plums, anise and spices, oranges. Looks slightly cloudy but not unfiltered particulates floating, clean cloudy orange gold color. Bubbly white med head, with nice legs. Taste is spicy, figs, orange/lemon plum and farmhouse barnyard earthiness. Alcohol esters, warming, in throat. Very well made and fits the style and less on the sour side.
Ernest (5623) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy light to medium amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (bread, cookie), lightly hoppy (apricot, flowers), lightly yeasty (barnyard, cheese), with notes of band-aid, peach skin, pear/apple skin, gum.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Itís a mixed bag, but is at least a bit better than the Bretta version. The are aspects of the nose that I just donít care for in a saison...the cheesy yeast, the overt fruit character, the lack of hop brightness or peppery notes. The alcohol is a bit too weighty as well. Donít get me wrong, itís quite pleasant, and better than most American renditions, but it comes off as a sketch still in need of tuning. Oddly, I did notice some band-aid in this sample (which I tried prior to the Bretta), almost as much as the Bretta version in fact.
5000 (4974) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Peach hued amber, hazy, large pillowy off-white head, nice lacing.   Soft fruity nose, a touch floral but not bright.   Otherwise very pale breadiness and a bit barnish.   Much more barnish on the tongue, dull floral and fruitiy notes.   Also comes across as fairly bready, a bit heavy even.   A little warming on the tongue.   Somewhat flat and heavy on the tongue, and even a bit cloying.   Finishes bready, dull floral notes, with a faint bit of fruitiness.   Okay, but prefer the Brett version.
ngeunit1 (1547) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a bit finger of frothy white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of bready malt, pear and other light fruits, Belgian yeast, lemon zest, citrus hop, coriander, pepper, and funk.
T - Starts off with a mix of bready malts with some tart pear and lemon zest, with a bit of citrus hop and coriander. Through the middle, some stronger Belgian yeast flavors come through with some barnyard funk and more fruity esters. The finish is a mix of Belgian yeast, fruity esters, lemon zest, coriander, pepper, bready malts, and funk.
M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and funky finish.
V - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced with some good funk and yeast flavors coming through.
Thorpe429 (4844) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to boralyl for getting me a bottle of this. Served side-by-side with the Bretta version. Bottle into a goblet. Warning: this was a bit of a gusher. Pours a pale orange-light copper color with a very large, rocky white head. Really nice retention and quite a bit of lacing. The nose carries really nice notes of spice and pear with some backing stone fruit. Itís surprisingly similar to the Bretta version. Iím extremely impressed how much complexity there is coming out of a clean saison. This is one of the best American versions of the style that Iíve had. A bit of malt character in the background. Dry after light-medium body. Crisp carbonation. Really not much to complain about here.
fezzy (44) - California, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An interesting take on Saison. Lightly fruity (citrus), lightly malty, with a touch of sourness from the Brettanomyces, very easy to drink like a Saison should be. Not much Belgian yeast funk to it, making it much easier to get across my own palate, but be forewarned if that is what you really look forward to in a Saison - definitely inspired by that style, but not just like it. Love the Brett flavor, though. Good stuff.
drewbeerme (3645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
bottle, Pours hazed gold with big foamy white head. Nose is bit odd, mineral,
pepper, briny. Fl clorine, salty, mineral, peppery, odd harsh canít
drink. Weird infection,
marcus (5005) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 from Pangaea Cafe, Sacramento. Pours cloudy golden with a huge white head and a fruity aroma. There is a yeast-laden pale malt flavor with lots of spice and a softly bitter finish. A very delicate and refreshing brew.
bhensonb (8995) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 30, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Capped 750 from Bine & Vine. Starts with a huge gushing. All over the place. Pours hazy orange gold with an infinite foamy white head. Aroma is earthy with aspects of orange and light pitted fruit. Full bodied. Foamy carb. (foam keeps coming from the bottle). Flavor is very barnyard with lots of light type fruit. Finishes dry and earthy/barnyard. Spicy Belgian. Itís excellent.