popery (1598) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice medium golden color. Fairly cloudy. Medium just barely off-white head. Good retention. Aroma is a nice mix of fresh malt, saison yeastiness and light fruitiness. I’m getting green grapes, white wine, peaches, blueberries, apples. Honey. Malt flavor is bright and fairly sweet. Mild pepper. Some very light funk. Mildly herbal. Taste starts fairly sweet with a good dose of honey-ish malt. Then, some apricot and grape fruitiness kicks in. Finally, the beer finishes with some drier yeast notes and a bit of lemony, floral hops. Lightly effervescent with some decent body to the beer. Tasty enough, but it’s mostly well-trod territory. I remember liking Renaud a bit more, though I think this one is a touch more fruity. Still, it’s a solid, well-made saison.
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Batch 11. Pours with a hazed blonde-straw yellow hued body with a medium sized white head. Good retention and lace. Aromas are of pepper, root vegetables, mild grainy qualities, herbal hops, floral and green. Lots of phenolic notes, mildly dry and fruity esters. White grapes, crackery. Flavors are of peppery phenols, mild sweetness, grainy, lots of esters, black pepper, straw, apple sauce, mild umami. Dry finish. Nice balance and complexity. Low tartness. Fuller carbonation, medium-low body.
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - NOV 6, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
FROM NOTES: July 29, ’12
Poured from a bottle into a tasting tulip.
A: Bready yeast and banana & clove phenols, apple and pear, some light hay-like funk, honey, with some herbal and earthy hops.
A: Pours a clear medium golden color with a nice white head and a good bit of lacing on the way down. Nice retention.
T: More apple along with some orange and apricot, nice level of spice with pepper and cloves. Some bread/bicsuit malt on the back end.
P: Medium bodied with high carbonation (A bit to much for a saison, IMO) , slight alcohol presence.
O: typical well done farmhouse saison beer, but the booze and esters get a bit much, nice flavors overall though.
ajnepple (3064) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at GABF 2013. Pretty straight forward saison with Belgian yeast, pepper, tropical fruit, light bitterness and a dry finish. Pretty crisp and clean.
swoopjones (6737) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at The Festival, blondish pour, light head, slight fruit, green apple & pear notes. Touch of pepper spice. slight tartness. medium body good mouthfeel. Nice saison
punkska101 (1160) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared with seb and jf A: fruity, citrusy. App: hazy pale small white head. T/p: light body and light acidic finish. Crisp. O: good and refreshing.
jkwood04 (4503) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the brewery. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of pale malts, apple and light fruits, some spice, and light hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. A good beer.
asheft (2678) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yeasty champagne aroma. Hazy yellow, fizzy appearance. Very highly carbonated. Typical phenolic saison flavour with some vinous white wine character. Bubbly and dry feel, like an Extra Brut champagne.
Reynolds314 (2753) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Back rate here. This was quite tasty and extremely rustic and a bit musty. Lots of yeast esters and a bit murky but i enjoyed it.
JulienHuxley (4020) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to jleblanc. Clear pale yellow pour with white head. Aroma is earthy, leafy hops, something a bit dank, like mushrooms, very "forest" smelling. Taste is grainy, quite fresh, leafy hop finish with a lingering dry bitterness. Palate is well carbed and medium bodied. Everything you can expect from a good american saison.