madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy golden in color. Huge fluffy white head, nice peaks. Nice sweet, fruity, musty aroma. Smells great. Taste is fruity, lemons, oranges, very peppy and some yeast. The pepper seems to linger. Finish is pepper and some yeast, cloves and banana. Decent, I was hoping this would be as good as SPF 45, but I didnít think so.
mjg74 (2571) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BevMo. Pours a hazy straw color. Somewhat sweet musty aroma. Fairly spicy as well. Almost syrupy. Flavor is pretty spicy with hints of sweet fruiiness. Interesting use of the spices. The peeper is notiable and gives anice little kick against the bitter finsh.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle aquired via trade from cquiroga...hazy peach-colored body with medium off-white head..heavy citrus, yeast, and spice characteristics in the nose (circus peanuts?)...a nice, refreshing flavor profile of yeast, spice, citrus elements (heavy pineapple and a touch of apple)..
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from cquiroga, sampled with badnewsbeers. Murky, hazy light orange body, medium off-white head. Resembles apricot puree. Aroma of pineapple and spices, with strong flower petals and herbal notes. Peppery, floral body with hints of pineapple, leaving a lingering bitterness on the palate. My only complaint is that, after a few ounces, the pineapple becomes a bit cloying. Nevertheless, well done.
Pailhead (5196) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. The aroma consists of lemon, yeast, orange, and a hint of spice. It pours a cloudy orange with a small white head that leaves behind great lacing. The flavor begins with orange and light yeastiness. There is a touch of banana in the background. The finish has some spice with notes of cinnamon along with some flowery bitterness.
BeerandBlues2 (10249) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle from FlacoAlto. Pours sparkling orange with a large foamy white head, completely lasting, excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, straw), light hops (grass), heavy yeast (dough, barnyard) with notes of citrus, apple, must and spices. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness; nice farmhouse flavor with a hint of spices, pepper. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, sticky texture and a bitter finish.
ClarkVV (3893) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 2006 bottle (we finally got PP in MA!) consumed on 10/27/06
Big, rocky, beige-butter-colored head slowly recedes to a manageable level, never falling below cover but only leaving scant lacing on the glass in clumps. The body is a warm-toned peachy-gold with some stronger copper-auburn tints. Medium-high clarity, leaving the yeast behind (bottle conditioned, of course).
Sweet buttercream biscuits topped with honey are cut by ginger and dry, spicy pepper. Some streaks of hay and light herbs (mostly dry; oregano, dill, etc) run through quickly, but it centers back on the malt/spice contrast. Some light vanilla and honey-almond notes emerge as well, still battling the spice. Light citrus zest, green raisins (reminding me a lot of what raison díetre used to smell like) and just a pinch of the pineapple notes I associate with SPF 45. It all comes together somewhat heavy (relative to the style) on the nose, though the spice dosent seem as prominent as in SPF 45. But the slack left by the spice is picked up by the malt. Some clean baked hay, light breadiness and gentle pils malt softness do peek through on the finish, giving a lighter, more airy note, but I still think itís going to be too sweet in flavor for me.
And sweet it most certainly is. Granted, as FlacoAlto mentions, the spicing does help keep the malt in check somewhat, but to me, spicing shouldnt be used to balance malt. Itís like using one heavy flavor to balance another; you get balance, but itís still comes off as heavy and certainly not bright or crisp. Hops are unremarkable, just some light herbs and hay as seen in the nose. Plump, juicy green raisins and other fruits, as well as light pineapple supplement the sweet, honey-caramel malts and ginger and pepper go to work attempting to dry it out. Too sweet for my tastes, but then, so is SPF 45. If you like spiced saisons, this is certainly a well-done one, though I still think the FG could be taken down even lower. But Iím sure itís intended to be a more hearty/robust beer. No alcohol noted, no flaws. Engaging carbonation is mostly tight. Should be a very good one for the cellar and I will certainly revisit.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle, from BevMo LaJolla. Pours a hazy apricot color with a huge, fluffy and long-lasting white head that leaves long stringy lace. Wonderfully yeasty and spicy, fruity with orange notes, sweet hawaiian bread, cardamom and faint anise. Again in the flavor the breadiness stands out, fruty and spicy as well with white pepper, floral and herbal hops, and an pleasant astringent finish. A medium body, creamy carbonation round out this tastey saison!
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep golden color. Dense, clinging head. Orangey, spicy, lightl bretty aroma. Initial sweet flavor infused with pumpkin pie spice followed by more citrus (lemon) and massive, yet fitting, bitterness on the finish.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Light hazy blonde, nice head and lacing. Nose of citrusy grass and sweet musky pale malts. Clean zesty flavor, nice pinecone and lime flavor. Ends balanced, high abv and lots of tart citrusy notes.