Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle, first bottling. Poured clear, brighter golden with a tall, fluffy cap of white head.. subtle rising carbonation. The aroma was spicy, funky, and dusty, all elements that I want out of my saisons.. lemon and orange zest, coriander, and black pepper jump out with a earthy notes, caramel sweetness, and fresh bread.. delicately balanced and well-presented. The flavor focused on its spicy aspects, with ginger, black pepper, and grains of paradise leading the way.. dry caramel and pale malts provided a fine support structure.. finished with black pepper, orange peel, and ginger accompanied by mild warmth. Medium-bodied with high carbonation on the palate, giving a creamy feel.. the spices were plentiful, but no one stood out and repressed the others.. nice balance.. refreshing. Excellent brew!
ahalloin (54) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a growler purchased at the brewery. Pours a cloudy yellowy-orange color. It kind of looks like watered down orange juice, but then again many great saisons do! The aroma is a fantastic combination of orange peel, ginger and a hint of pepper. The flavor is much the same packed in a smooth medium-bodied mouthfeel. I could drink this all summer! This is a very original example of the style!
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 m; bottle. Poured golden and cloudy with a slight head. Had a mildly complex nose with belgian hops and spices. Followed with similar tastes.Very nice mouthful and good drinkability. Typically I don’t prefer the saisons, but this one was one of my favorites, a real quality beer.
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to my bro for sharing this one. Pours a cloudy gold color with thick frothy white head that fades leaving a good bit of lacing. Aroma is of clove, coriander, lemon and light yeast esters. Taste is clove, coriander, lemon, light saison yeast funkiness and other Belgian spice. This is a like a tripel and a Belgian wit blended together with a bit of that yeasty funkiness. Good stuff.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks ’TheCheeseMan!’ Pours a cloudy yellow-gold color with a huge pillowy white head that leaves sticky lacing. Aroma is orange zest, lemon, and spices. Taste is about the same. Very good but I miss those funky or apple-pie saisons; a bit much like a Belgian Tripel.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I never know what to expect with Saisons. I either like them or hate them. I like this one. Pours hazy yellow-gold with a huge white head. Spun sugar, musty malt, bananas, clove, and lemon in the nose. Sweet, light clean taste similar to a trippel. Great yeast ester bubblegum and clove flavors, and the ginger definitely enhances the taste here. More orange peel and pepper with lemon towards the back. Great warm-weather beer.
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy, golden orange with a soapy white head. Aroma is a sweet and musty malt. Flavor is more of the same, sweet and musty malt, touchs of spice, orange and in the background you taste the ginger and pepper. Finishes mild and dry. A very nicely done session beer.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Shyam. Bright golden/orange pour saturated with haziness and a lovely white head. Floral, yeasty, fruity nose. Same notes on the palate, but picked up menthol on the nose and palate as it warmed, and it came close to ruining an otherwise lovely experience. Possibly because there was some ginger in the food I was eating with it, that menthol/ginger flavor started to present itself too much. Main complaint is too much spice. Still, a very nice beer.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a lightly hazy orange color with a medium foamy head which turns to nice lacing. Malty aroma with spice, light fruit, and some grain. Taste is similar, with pepper coming through on a very dry finish. I would definately enjoy this again!
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Thanks to my cousin for sharing this...poured a light orange color with no head. Spiced malts and some light floral fruit notes in the aroma. Good body, light and refreshing mouth feel yet still noticeable. Flavor pretty much followed the nose but was mildly dry and finished very nicely.