NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Milwaukee Brewing. Pours a hazed deep gold with orange highlights and a fluffy white head that persists. Nose is strange. Not a great Belgian profile, clovey and peppery but also kind of vegetal and banana. Some pilsner malt as well. On tasting, pretty dry and somewhat malty but again the yeast is strange. A weird appley note and some old bananas. Okay but doesn’t really work for me.
wlajwl (3323) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is mildly spicy yeast, cream and a hint of fruit and malts. The flavor is citrus, berries/grapes, a hint of spice and a tart and malty finish.
HonkeyBra (2857) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. I find the label and six pack motifs pretty obnoxious, so they’re not starting off on the right foot. Aroma of apricot, husk, wheat, mild citrus. Flavor is dominated by an inferior yeast strain. Lots of peach and apricot flavors, mild huskiness. Some apples, some caramel. Better than I thought it might have been. Medium bodied. Pretty average.
DrnkMcDermott (2716) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Guest tap at Emmett’s, Downers Grove. Autumnal brown with a one-finger parfait head. Spicy wassail nose, a bit of fig and yeast, too. Malt and mouthfeel is light, but it has a dose of caramel roast, augmented by coriander, sage, and some European hop backbone. Touch of cider at the end. Goes down very easily.
madvike (2373) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Pours clear yellow with a nice foamy white head. Nose is light, delicate spice--clove, cardamom, white pepper--with some banana notes and light, dusty yeast. Wow...loving this nose, and I wasn’t expecting it at all. Taste is mellow tropical fruit, apple, pear, a touch of spice, and the same dusty yeast, though subdued. A bit of mustiness, but really, really smooth. Get the oats on the finish, and I’m wondering if that’s what’s giving it the big, smooth, slick body. Carbonation is a bit too high, but that’s all that stops this from being something I could drink all afternoon. Loved this one, and it was totally unexpected. May have to give this brewery a second look.
ads135 (2333) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a nice saison; above average. It has a nice peppery nose and a citrus and spice flavor. Cloudy yellow appearance with super carbonation. Got this from Josh N. after the winter beer tasting. 2012.
Frank (2222) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not quite sure I’d call this a saison but I am no longer sure what in the hell a saison is now that American brewers have gotten a hold of it. Lot’s of them taste like this. It’s a nice golden amber color but w/ only a short lasting head. It’s nose is mostly bananas w/ a hint of cinnamon and clove spice. Taste more or less follows aroma w/ maybe a bit of a floral lavender character becoming apparent. This is a bit sweet and sticky on the palate if you pay attention but it’s honestly hard to tell do to brisk, biting carbonation--which suits the style unlike the sweetness. This is a pretty nice take on a Belgian pale ale, I’d say. Whether it is actually a saison is a point of debate but it doesn’t have to be a saison to be a good beer.
SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 23, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy apricot with a big fluffy white head. Nose is sugary and lightly cereal. Palate is quite carbonated. Flavors of light sugar sweetness, possibly infected.
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cbfobes (1937) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Old Fashioned, pours a clear golden with a thin head, the aroma has some fruity touches and yeast, the flavor has a ton of barnyard funk with must, kind of dirty tasting, really didn’t dig this one all that much.
StefanSD (1922) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle I picked up at the pig. Pours a cloudy amber color with a small white head that has good retention. The aroma is slightly spicy with white pepper and some fruity grains(Belgian Pils?). The flavor is complex and features white fruits, pears, apples and apricots giving way to peppery hops and nutty yeasts. Somewhere in there is a bit of biscuit. The palate is medium with lively carbonation. Finishes incredibly long and dry with lingering pepper. Overall: Wow, xcellent saison, I loved it.