GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy, cloudy, lemon brown color. Light head - quickly runs down and away from glass rim. No residue in bottom of glass. Spicy, coriander, pepper, a bit tart, sour smelling. 2nd sniff reveals more doughy, yeasty hints. Carbonated, acidic on tongue. Banana-yeasty flavor. Dry, quick finish, like a tease. Grassy, earthly elements noticeable but not too prominent. Nice job here.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep golden with a tinge of orange. The aromas were of orange rind, spice, lemon, yeast, pepper and a forest floor/pine element. In the mouth it is medium-bodied with lots of carbonation running through the midpalate. Tart and rather simple with an earthy dry finish.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from BevMo. Pours a mostly hazed golden orange with a pretty big off white head. Slight lacing was left on the tulip. Nose of citrus fruits and clove spice. Flavor was mostly spicy with some Belgian yeast and some citrus on the back drop.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First aroma is corn - and that flavor continues throughout the sip. It has a nice breadlike flavor, with notes of apple and the said corn, and a mellow aftertaste. Pours a cloudy golden with a fluffy white head that sticks around a while.
dalekliz (901) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Cloudy orangey-brown with a thick white head. Aroma of candied oranges, pine, moss, thyme. Flavor is sweet, spicy and bitter, of hops, spiced apples and mulled cider. Really tasty.
patrick767 (3741) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at the brewery - Pours clear golden with a thin head and nice lacing. It has a very good yeast and citrus aroma. The flavor is sweet malt with yeast presence and some good citrus notes. I didnít notice much of that farmhouse funk sometimes present in saisons. Itís finely carbonated and quite drinkable.
adrian910ss (2434) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy, yet clear orange yellow gold with a thick foamy white head. Aroma of pepper, orange peel, zesty lemon and spice. Taste is slightly spicy with hints of pepper, zesty lemon, orange peel and fresh yeast. Has a gingery finish. Quite enjoyable.
Brigadier (3290) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle
I picked this up at Bottleworks last weekend. Along with the Devotion Iím glad to have found it. If I could bribe Lost Abbey/Port Brewing into sending their beers eastwards along with Alesmith and Stone I would. When you get a chance to try this donít miss out. It is not the most spectacular saison. However it is right up there with the best.
Aroma / Appearance - A one finger foamy head surged to the top of my tulip glass. Below was a cloudy yellowish orange liquid that swirled peacefully around the base. Oranges, coriander, lemon gelato and floral aspects form a very light but effective nose.
Flavor / Palate - Vanilla, orange cream and chives hit the senses first. Next comes dried apricots and mangos which are also evident in the finish. This is sessionable and perfect for when you want to take it easy. The bitterness at the end is enough to make you reach for more even when the bottle is empty. My only complaint (as such) is that at the price I paid I would be unlikely to choose this over some other cheaper alternatives.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2008 Bottle thanks to dirty_martini. Cork pops with authority and reveals a nice aroma. Pours a lovely clear, golden color with rising bubbles and a thick, rocky white head that left nice lacing. Nice dry, fruity (mostly orange citrus) aroma with some spiciness peaking through. Begins sweet and slightly fruity, and then the yeastiness comes to the forefront along with a fruity, grainy (grains of paradise, perhaps?) presence that slowly fades on the tongue. Carbonation is just about what I expected. Really enjoyable, I liked it. Thanks a ton Larry.
jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap-pours a diminishing white head and slightly hazy yellow color. Aroma is yeast, spice, pear. Taste is yeast, spice, pear, barnyard, light malt. OK effervescence. Occasional. 3.0