mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very solid, very classical North American saison. I say solid, in that there is absolutely nothing missing here. I say classical, in that the flavors are exactly what you expect and want in a saison. I say North American because the ABV is a bit higher, and the carbonation a bit lower, than those from our friends in the Old Country.
Damico (3108) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It pours beautiful amber with an orange hue and a big white head. The perfect aroma has a sweet base with banana notes to begin with then big notes of crisp grapes. The flavor is sweet, crisp, and tons of grape flavor with a saison base.
MaBeer1972 (1647) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Julio’s. A medium-light cloudy orange brew with a big frothy head out of the bottle into a tulip glass. Light, yeasty-fruit aromas. Flavor is more pear than pepper. Very tasty. Little pepper on the backside. More complex after a few sips than at first. This is quite nice!
johnnnniee (3402) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’ve stored this upright in the fridge for at least two weeks and this still pours a cloudy deep golden color with a huge fluffy white head that takes forever to recede but leaves lots of sticky lace on the glass. Smells of pears and pepper right off the bat. Hints of apple, sweet honey malt, and candied sugar. Taste is lightly sweet and malty. The flavor holds some nice fruitiness and a bit of pepper, pomme fruits and light esters. Spirited level of carbonation, light but bubbly mouthfeel, Medium to light body. Great tasting flavorful beer. Maybe a touch sweet for the style, but it really works for me.
Ratman197 (12566) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml corked and caged bottle courtesy of Doodler (thanks Scott) poured a hazy gold with a lasting off white head. Aromas of pear, yeast,pineapple, straw, spice and light banana., Palae was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of straw, yeast, pear, light spice and light pineapple with a crisp lingering fruity straw finish.
Bulk_Carrier (3352) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - AUG 23, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On the side, the batch number says: 11.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a light hazy bronzed orange color. It started off with a soft foamy whitecapping mushrooming head. This head gently died to leave some lacing clinging here and there.
The smell had a dry sweet pear with light spiced apples and then a black pepper invading and combining substantially.
The taste was sweet and bitter at separate times but it does have a lingering bitter and bright citrus appeal to make me want to indulge in more. There’s a light lemon here and there.
On the palate, a light tartness comes into play to enliven a slight harsh carbonation to run amuck over my tongue and mouth. Harsh - only slightly. This one sat about a light on the body.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good saison I’d have again.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
What a wonderful beer with nice yeast driven spice, bright contained bitterness and just enough oat and wheat for a touch of proper body to oppose the lively carbonation. I could drink this every week (when not having the Saison Renaud which is equally brilliant)
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, 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.
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.
pete4999 (1382) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Surprised to see this rated as low as it is, because I quite enjoy it. Hazy cloudy golden pour, tons of head on this. Very carbonated. Nice and tart up front. Sharp tart citrus fades as you go on.