Travlr (14702) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of MrChopin, thanks very much! Hazy golden color. Aroma of straw and lemon. Taste is malt with a hint of bitterness. Not bad.
brokensail (12361) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a nice golden orange color with a big, fluffy, clingy white head.
S: A solid malt base with bready pale malts and hints of honey. Some floral and grassy hop notes along with a light citrus zest and yeast component.
T: The flavor is light and crisp with the same clean malt base detected in the nose. Some mild bitterness along with a light grassy flavor and minimal citrus.
M: The body is medium with a really crisp and refreshing feel on the tongue.
D: I wish I could have tried this fresh, but this was still pretty nice. Easy to drink, clean, and quite refreshing for a warm day here in Southern California.
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: opaque straw yellow, with a nice white head. good retention and lacing.
S: some citrus form the malts, some nice funk aromas in there. solid malts in the aroma, very enticing.
T: great citrus saison flavors, lemon, oranges, with a variety of funky characteristics, wonderful spices in there as well.
M: smooth and delightful. solid medium bodied saison, with a great palate. perfect carbonation level.
D: phenomenally drinkable. put a bottle down by myself rather easily.
jercraigs (8290) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010-07-03. Lightly hazy golden yellow body with a large billowy white head and lace. Floral grassy aroma, light yeast. Flavour is similar, grassy bitterness up front, modest spice and yeast, grassy hops linger long into the finish. Average palate is fairly smooth. Pretty good, grassy profile is not entirely to my personal taste. Has held up very well. 2008 Vintage Bottle at Brouwers, Seattle
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[3091-20100703] 1pt9.4floz bottle. Odd mild yeast aroma. Slightly hazy, medium orange body with a long-lasting creamy white head and pretty lattice lacing. Plastic saison yeast flavour has a long yeasty aftertaste. Medium body. So very many zombies in this bar now. Nice beer.
Overheard: "Bourbon dragon sauce?" "It’s made with real dragons!"
(Vintage 2008 @ Brouwer’s Cafe, Seattle, WA)
callmemickey (3391) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Golden-straw body with a moderate head capping things off. Good retention and lacing.
S: This is a classic smelling saison. Funky. Farm fresh. Lemon. Grass. Blowing wind. Yeast and a nice bitter lingering.
T: The complexity is lost somewhere as the nose transfers to the palate. While still maintaining the overall feel of the nose, the distinctions between the flavors become muted. Still a nice treat, the farm fresh funk and green grass is nice.
M: Good carbonation leads to a crisp, refreshing brew.
O: All around a good saison. Doesn’t hold up to some of the big boys, but that is NO reason to not get your hands and enjoy this well crafted beverage!
kevd193213 (901) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. Dark golden cloudy pour with a medium off white head. Aroma of barnyard, yeast and grapefruit. Medium bodied taste of yeast, citrus hops and a nice array of farmhouse spices. Lasting dry finish.
GT2 (9166) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL shared into flutes at Lost Abbey. It poured a clear, bright gold with a lively white head that had excellent retention and lace. Aroma is funky old malts, old candy, reminiscent of a De Dolle type of blonde with candi sugar masked by musty yeast. Taste is very dry, grassy hops bitter, white wine dryness, lemon zest, lemonade. Very simple, refreshing, not so funky or horsey. Zippy, bubbly palate.
daleharshman (965) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle with "2008" on the label (was this the only batch?). I’ve been sitting on this one for a while now. Pours a clear golden yellow with two fingers of white head that reduces to a nice layer of foam that stays constant (apparently 2008 was one of the good years for carbonation at the Lost Abbey) . Aroma is bright yeast, fruity esters (orange, lemon), caramel-y bread-y malts, but only a hint of spice. Flavor on the sweet side with caramel maltiness most prominent along with other notes of fruit and a slight hoppy bitterness. But as with the nose, not much spice. Dry finish with somewhat thick and heavier mouthfeel for the style. Good, but might be past its prime now after two years. (191, 323)
Em (102) - USA - JUN 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light yellow. Thin white head. Very light and refreshing. I taste a little bit of the herbs. A pretty good beer.