TAR (2627) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught snifter at Vine Street Pub: Luminous golden. Broken but sustained white cap of foam. Heavy sulfur and pencil eraser on the nose, with lesser notes of pear, baked apple, honeycomb, resin, Juicy Fruit gum, lilac, peach, melon, and a glimmer of baguette Pils. Firm and prickly carbonation. Full-bodied. Densely sweet and honey-laden with a potent alcoholic glow coupled with an incessantly sugary and beefy poundcake-tinged malt base. Notes of pear continue to exacerbate the sweetness as the flowery lilac hops struggle to poke through. A fleeting phenolic sparkle shyly exudes to lend some vivacity and pep, though it doesn’t fully compensate for the low attenuation and ceaselessly gummy sweetness. Closes borderline syrupy with clover honey, overripe pear, baked apple and a perceptible resinous cling lined with the underdeveloped luster of peach and flowers. A rather hot and underattenuated saison, with high-alpha resins doing little other than interfering with the yeasty delicacies and adding another layer of confusion. It’s always fun to try the latest Belgian-inspired offering from this brewery, though these guys have shown they can do much better than this.
Tide (2763) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Mountain Sun. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, ripe fruits, earthy notes, grass and hops. Bitter finish with citrus, earthy notes and hops. Good saison.
brokensail (15468) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Mountain Sun. Clear yellow pour with a white head. Nose is pepper, sweet sugar, and pale malt. Light apple, pear, and orange. Hints of peach. Flavor is sweet sugar and pale malt. Banana, apple, pear, and orange fruit character. Light yeast, some hints of spice, and a touch of honey.
JK (5628) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At vine street. A light and airy saison. Flowers and grass with yeast. Some sugar in the aftertaste.
BeerandBlues2 (11860) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Vine Street. Pours lightly hazy orange with a small, fizzy white head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is earthy, fruity, and pepper Saison yeast, grain and straw malt with light spicy hops. Flavor is malty with balanced spices, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Mtn Sun. Pours a clear orange-gold with a half finger of diminishing eggshell head. Some lacing. Aroma is fruity, malty, caramel, dough, with belgian tones. Mild bitter fruit flavor up front, tart apple and pear. Fading into sweet wheat and malt tones. Moderate to strong carbonation light body, dry finish. Very clean and refreshing. A very good beer.
notalush (5671) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Vine Street - hazy orange -nose is very sweet and sugary, with some notes of orange marmalade, rock candy/cane sugar -flavor is much the same - very sweet confectioners sugar, orange, moderate esters -some peppery phenols, a light starchiness -given the usual quality of their belgians, this is a huge disappointment.
bu11zeye (12594) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) Pours a clear pale yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of grass, earth, florals, and yeast. Flavor of florals, cantaloupe, citrus, mango, and pepper with a dry finish.
3fourths (9019) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft. mostly clear golden yellow with a coarse-bubbled white head. grainy, sharp crystalline candy sugar and alcohol nose with overly fruity esters and mild dishsoap esters. heavily sweet, lightly citrus-like, boozy for it’s body, unbalanced and unpalatable.
onceblind (6746) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy gold with a foamy white head. Wheaty apricot aroma with some hay an some farmhouse dry funkiness. Taste is full and dry, with big yeasty tones, some light zesty fruitiness, hay, farm dust, and light citrus. Good, but just nothing special to me.