auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL Bottle, purchased at Provisions - Northampton, MA. The aroma belies my problem with this beer, old hops. Oxidized, herbal Euro hops hold most of the aroma, then finish packed with minerals. Across the tongue, a more complex and different beast, but I keep coming back to the slightly dill seed flavor of dusty old hops. Bourbon pokes its head in, and I really, really appreciate the balanced restraint here. Just the right amount of bourbon, but I don’t know what it’s adding to the Saison to make up for the loss of the dry-hop freshness. In general, I don’t know what bourbon or barrel-aging would add to Saison, a style intended and best suited to be fresh, sprightly, a bastion of sunshine and grain in a glass. The bourbon/yeast interaction provides a succulent pineapple character, but in the finish my tongue is sickened with old hops. I’m grateful to have tried the experiment, but I’ll take my Saison un-barrel-aged please, unless it’s going to get uproariously sour and wild.
BVery (7959) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from a bottle at WTWBA 2014 in Minneapolis. Hazy yellow pour. Soft light fruit with a hint of bourbon and wood. Interesting beer.
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Poured a hazy amber color with an off white head. Vanilla, spices, woody, and some fruitiness.
jkwood04 (4771) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy amber with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of bourbon barrels, light spices and fruits, some caramel, and light hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. A good saison, but not something I’d want to drink regularly.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from Farmhouse shared with friends.
Appearance : Clear pale amber with small head.
Aroma : Lots of yeast with lots of spices. Light bubblegum. Light alcohol.
Taste : Spices with yeast, light malt and light wood. Finish spicy and yeasty. Dusty finish.
Overall : Weird stuff. Feels like it’s trying to be nothing and everything at the same time. Shooting in all direction with a big (borderline messy) yeast profile. Feels a bit amateurish.
JesseM (1155) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by jsprime with matt7215 and myself. Thanks Jeff. Pours a hazy gold with a medium white head. The aroma is very interesting, classic Saison characters with a hint of booze and vanilla from the bourbon. The flavour turned out surprisingly well, basically a good saison with some bourbon-esque sweetness to it, but in a well-blended way. I typically don’t enjoy barrel-aged stuff, especially with bourbon, but this one actually came out well.
matt7215 (2265) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle shared by jsprime, with me and jessem. hazed golden, lasting offwhite head. nice funky saison nose, bourbon or wood doesnt really come out. the saison flavours are upfront but there is some woody vanilla adding sweetness and some taninns adding body. bourbon barrel aging a saison doesnt sound like a great idea to me, but this one was well done.
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
My Bottom Line :
Heavy on the bubblegum and vanilla, this barrel-aged creature also contributes lots of doughy yeast flavors in an inappropriately lax mouthfeel.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A ring of foam surrounds the hazy pale amber.
-Carbonation is ridiculously low (nearly flat) for what is billed as a Saison.
-Banana esters and vanilla-like bourbon attempt to meet half way.
-I guess I’m just not a fan of bourbon flavors in a Saison.
thornecb (4823) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours gold into a tulip. White head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Oak and bourbon aromas. Soft with sweet oak and bourbon upfront turning slightly hot in the lasting finish.
j12601 (7955) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at Belgian Beer Fest. Pours a lightly hazed golden amber with a thin white head. Musk, toast, light floral acid. Sweet and fruity, big musk and phenols. Yeast, musk, caramel. Catty funk, long musk.