auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL Bottle, purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits - Somerville, MA. Sadly, Saisons are the new "Contemporary American Bar Food" of the craft beer scene. And like the cliche nouveau cuisine, some are worth it and some are not. Lately, I’ve run through a spate of sweet, carelessly fermented, fad-bombs. I’m excited to have one that appears to transcend that vein. This beer stays dry, clean, and subtle. No overwhelming bubblegum esters, no mouth-punching sweetness, just that ephemeral, cottony wisp of spice, mineral, and earth. The essences of whole grain in a bottle. A bit of raspy husk, some prickly, piquant spice notes, and a soft bed of quieted hay to rest the palate on. This does not ascend to traditional Belgian standards, but riffs on them in an appreciable way. Drinkable, thoughtful, complex.
JoeTheYounger (1155) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by fellow HH. Hazy golden pour. Taste was belgian yeast, hint of spice and some bubblegum. Just ok IMO.
djd07 (4532) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy orange with small off white head. The aroma is sweet fruit and wheat. Thin mouthfeel with a dry wheat and citrus. Not much going on with this one.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2012
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
look: 4 smell: 2 taste: 2 feel: 2 overall: 2
Bottle courtesy of Reagan1984. Served in a Mystic saison glass.
Pours a clear medium golden color with a nice white head and a good bit of lacing on the way down. Nice retention.
The nose carries some grainy pilsner malt plus a bit of oxidized malt. Light cardboard character and some fairly-heavy phenols. The flavor carries along the same lines and was a bit too much to handle. Harsh character with a bit of solvent. Hard to get through.
I hope this was a bad batch, as I really enjoyed the Sauv Blanc version of this, and the Cabernet version we had alongside this bottle was much better.
cheekybaby (12) - - JAN 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very refreshing beer. It is very light. I only wish it had a Tad more body, a little stronger finish.
mcox90 (1618) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle from Julio’s. Pours a slightly hazy amber/yellow with a frothy white head. Took a bit to settle down. Light, sweet, fruity aroma with apples and pears. Some touch of honey, but light, not cloying. Flavor is same. Light palate with fizzy carbonation. Pretty good, although I would have preferred more funk.
LordNeuf (136) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Citrus hops with a bit of yeast on the nose. Deep golden in color. Taste had the citrus from the hops balancing the yeast with a touch of sweetness from the malt. Good balance with a dry finish. Good example of a Belgian style Saison
pinto1993 (45) - Revere, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 2, 750ml bottle, capped and corked poured into Tripel karmeliet goblet. Appearance is a hazy yellowish gold with a 1 finger white head that slowly dissipates. Smells of lemon, citrus and pepper with a hint of Belgian yeast. Taste is citrusy with hints of pepper, pineapple, lemon and grain. I expected more wine like qualities from fermenting in sauvignon blanc barrels. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp and refreshing. This is a light but complex saison. Very drinkable and refreshing.
bu11zeye (12039) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy orange body with a medium white head. Aroma of herbs, florals, yeast, and pear. Flavor of florals, pepper, grass, subtle pear, light citrus, and grain with a dry finish.
SudsMcDuff (6241) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
first bottle of the share .. . pours a effervescent gold .. . medium head, lots of white lacing .. . light grain, hay, yeast, and dough .. . mild spritz .. . pretty good, but still too american for my liking
.. . . well its better than rubbing your head for 4 hours and ending up dead in a shoebox..