jerohen (1875) - Bussum, - JUN 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled from Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Hazy golden colored, small white head. Very nice spicy nose, grain, herbal, orange, some citrus even. Flavor may even be better than aroma, fruit, spices, yeast, bitter and somewhat dry in finish. Very well balanced. Wonderfully complex and still easy to drink. Iím very much impressed, probably the best saison i know.
DavidWoodruff (262) - Windsor, California, USA - JUN 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Yeasty and herbal.
Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow with a fluffy white head.
Flavor: Grassy with a peppery dryness.
Palate: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Excellent saison, refreshing and complex.
mensch (205) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
$6+ big corked bottle from Costco?! Thanks for the Edís note. I remember loving SPF45 years ago and Iím really happy itís back. And with a huge distribution. Did I mention this is some good shit? ARE YOU LISTENING? A totally american saison, in that you donít have to search around for the flavor; thatís it there, hitting you over the head. I can taste all the named spices(ginger, black pepper, etc) plus a lovely dry lactic yeasty note, a little malt sweetness and some lingering hop flavor. Three thumbs up. Oops, that was supposed to be a secret.
Zer0 (81) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle at home. Pours cloudy golden with a large long lasting head. Aroma of dried fruit, dades, and spicy yeast. Taste is complex, some citrus, yeast, spicy, floral, bread and a bit woody. Medium body high carbonation. Nice!
superspak (1536) - Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/21/2012. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, grape, ginger, grains of paradise, orange zest, clove, pepper, herbal, honey, light funk, and earthy yeast esters. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of spices and yeast esters with moderate malt presence. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, grape, grains of paradise, ginger, clove, pepper, orange peel, honey, bread, light funk, and earthy yeast esters. Lingering notes of light fruits, ginger, grains of paradise, clove, pepper, honey, orange peel, and earthy yeast esters on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of spices and yeast esters; with moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a crisp, lightly slick, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent saison! All around great balance and complexity of spices and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.
JStax (1724) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle thanks to robloc303. Pours a hazy gold with a white head of foam. Aroma is yeasty and a little funky. Tastes of zesty yeast esters and citrus. Iím a little let down that the funky note detected doesnít come through in the taste at all.
Daytonbeer (398) - Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very hazy yellow. Reminds me of melted butter. Nice lacing. Aroma of apples, grapes, and pineapple. Taste is similar with and tons of yeast. refreshing and easy to drink.
OKplus (558) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Massive 3 finger white head very slowly sinks and leaves impressive chunks of lacing behind. Hazy golden orange in color.
S - Spicy yeast jumps right out, acidic fruit, white grapes, pears, green apples, bright fruity alcohol. Earthy grass aromas come out as it warms
T - Bright tart fruits - white grapes, granny smith apples, lemons, and pears. Dry straw, peppery spices, rich wheat malt, fresh ginger and grapefruit peel comes out heavy on the end as well as some herbal bitterness. Finishes very dry and peppery.
M - Medium bodied, soft and smooth texture with moderate carbonation.
Fruit and spice, and yeast in holy matrimony! Excellent flavors, great spice profile, very tart and dry. Very complex Saison that I thoroughly enjoyed. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
DocJitsu (334) - California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy, light golden color with a thin white head. Earthy, moldy hay bail nose. Full-bodied, pillowy mouthfeel. Nearly mouth puckering. Very earthy and bar air in the flavors. Not my cup of tea, but saisonís generally arenít.
bax (814) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 17/04-2013) Large beige, clear yellow color, fruity yeast aroma, smooth fresh taste, soft co2, fit body.
abcfan (591) - New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well done. Not usually a fan of saisons. Pours hazy yellow with a huge fluffy white head. Aroma is full of citrus. Light and airy in mouth, with a nice lemon skunk finish.