nimbleprop (5536) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at GABF 2013. Pours a clear gold with some fizzy, white head. Nose of pepper, gress, lemon, yeast. Flavor is sweet, malt, honey, orange, lemongrass. Clean finish.
badhack (386) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours golden and a bit hazy. Flavor is light with some complexity. Definitely a little of everything, like tasting a farm. Fruity, floral, sour, grass, funk.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - Pours a copper-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades slow leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of floral esters with some light spices and yeast. There is some pepper with a bit of rich malt.
T - Starts off with some floral flavors with some yeast flavor and some light spices. Through the middle some richer bready malt comes through with some stronger yeast flavor and some caramel. The finish is a mix of rich malts with some sweet caramel, yeast, and some spices.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet estery finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice saison with a bit of extra malt, but it works and is nicely balanced with the other flavors.
marcus (7291) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours cloudy golden with a modest white head and a sour fruit aroma. There is a sweet fruity flavor with some carbonation and a sour finish.
brokensail (12466) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The pour is a cloudy, bright orange color with a fluffy white head that sticks to the glass.
S: An enormous floral character to the nose as well as an overwhelming aroma of sweet, candied oranges. Some grass, orange peel, coriander, and sickly sweet malts round the nose out.
T: This beer is sugary sweet, my goodness. Almost like an orange juice reduction (sugar added, of course). Still, very floral and perfumey with just a hint of an attempt at bittering hops.
M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation. As the beer warms up, it becomes almost syrupy.
D: This just got less and less pleasant and more and more cloying. Not really at all what I think of when it comes to saisons.
jcwattsrugger (11359) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap-pours a disappearing white head and cloudy yellow color. Aroma is sweet lemon, wheat, yeast. Taste is sweet lemon, wheat, yeast, some spice, grassy.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at brewery. Hazy golden yellow with a fizzy white head. Aroma of pear, apricot, and apple. Tastes of orange, apricot, and apple, with a nice candied fruit taste to the finish.
yespr (34303) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From tap at the brewpub. Pours murky yellow with no lasting head. Aroma is fruity and slight citric. Mild wheaty and coriander like notes. Coriander spiced and mild wheaty finish. Vague spiced yeasty note.
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. lightly hazy amber beer with an off-white head. bready, malt, light spice aroma. Malty, doughy/bready flavor with peppery spice. Medium bodied. Lingering spice and bready malt. Finishes dry. Doesn’t offer much. Shows up at 8.2%.
bhensonb (12128) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewpub. Interesting mixed aroma of spice and floral. Slightly orange tinged gold color with minimal head. Medium body with little carbonation (Magnolia ales are so English - even when they aren’t). First flavor is rather mentholic (but my companion suggested rosemary - chacun à sa propre goût). Then followed light, slightly peppery spice. Finish is balanced - not sweet - not really dry. The "herb" stayed to the end - maybe it was coriander. A different ale. Good. Much more intriguing than many ales.