tastybeer (1313) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Hazy gold pour, white head, some retention/lace. Aroma of fruity esters, pepper, lemon, grass, light herbs. Taste is belgo yeast, pepper, spicy rye, earth, grass. Palate is dry, soft, slick, bitter finish. A bit heavy for saison, but enjoyable.
TURDFERGUSON (3562) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Acme. Cloudy yellow golden with a thin white head. Nose is peppery and yeasty esters, some lemon, light orange. Surprisingly pleasant and clean. Flavor is lightly sweet, light bitterness, lots of minerals, with an earthy citrusy finish. The best Mystery I have had so far. Finished my sample (a first!) and might even be inclined for a full pour next time. Good work Erik!
emacgee (3430) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Tylers Raleigh. Pours a soft straw gold with a slight haze. Never got a head on this one, not saying it wasnít there. Just couldnít coax it out and it wasnít there on the pour. Aroma shows lots of raw fruit and yeast/bread dough. Peppery/spicy notes are very well defined in the nose and flavor and have a ímajority share holdí in respect to perceivable organoleptic compounds. More raw fruit in the flavor, kind of like cooked peaches? Bread dough/yeasty notes and a lightly vegetal character. Grassy notes round out the finish. Medium body with a soft carbonation.
JCB (3792) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Tylerís, Durham. Yet another Mystery beer that makes me think thereís some unrealized potential. Donít get me wrong: itís a pretty damn average saison. But that in itself is a marked improvement over some of the serious q.c. issues that have been widely noted. So, a moderately hazy straw gold pour, fairly minimal carbonation (a bit soapy perhaps). Esters and spice in the nose, and a slightly sweeter taste profile. Not a bad spicy saison.
argo0 (10338) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Small white head, cloudy amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, spicy, some pepper, pear. Taste is medium sweet, pepper, some spicy/rye. Medium body, some dryness in the finish.