Leighton (9878) - London, Greater London, - FEB 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at The Kernel during Nate’s Farewell Concert. So solid overall. Good grass and dough character. Pleasant sugar sweetness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Light dryness. Just very, very nice.
HonusWagner (1231) - Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2014
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Quite blah nose of cheap white wine, Belgian esters, and Brett b. Not a fan in the slightest.
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL Bottle. Monday is as good as any night for popping special bottles. Aroma breathes fire of spice, mulled chamomile and clove, with subtle drops of Hefeweizen and beet sugar. Fluffy body foams quickly and evaporates, leaving a dry finish, with an origin of oak and Saison yeast. Cooked lemon peels, a hint of preserve lemon, and cocktail onions flow through the middle. Chewing on this, I get herbs, dry and soft. Tarragon, old mint, and young coriander. I expected this to be pretty funky. The white wine character is there, but sneaky and a bit elusive, melding into the beer like a camoflauged moth, patterning hints of the background across itself. It finally shows itself in the aftervapor as a slight white raisin and petrol note. This is really refined, smoothed out and gentle beer. It is nuanced and charactered, but almost a bit subtle. Very nice base yeast work, but I’m looking for the barrel to lend a little more and maybe pop a bit.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is lightly tart, some wood, citrus, and light spice and yeast. Flavor is very well balanced. Some sourness but not too much where it kills all the saison flavor. Still has a little spice and malt. The wood is present and the wine character is great. A little effervescent and quite refreshing. Nice stuff.
brokensail (9948) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A cloudy, yeasty golden orange color with a rather large white head. The nose is a touch phenolic and quite funky. It’s very spicy and also a bit barnyardy. Mild fruit toward the finish. The flavor is also funky and spicy with a strong malt flavor, a touch of wine, and minimal fruit. Maybe a light tannic oak character to it.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from TPatuto and shared by Madvike. Thanks Tom and Matt! Yellow pour with a bit of a head. You can pick up the grape on the nose, but it is not overpowering. I am a big fan of this as I have the other treatments. Taste is dry, and although I am not usually a fan in this one it works well. There is a mix of the fruit, oak, and booze that all work well with the dry finish.
madvike (2585) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle hauled from Massachusetts by TPatuto...Slightly hazy deep yellow with a foamy off-white head. Spicy dry oak with a hint of dry white grape, nice light dusty yeast, and a bit of heat. Taste has more fruit, with some dry oak/alcohol sharpness. Light, dusty yeast. The fruitiness lasts through the finish,with a bit of sweetness and some more oak sharpness. Lots of soft carbonation that fluffs the whole thing up nicely. Big and foamy in the mouth--real smooth. This is good stuff, even if a bit sharp at times.
damzz (238) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2012 In one word: WOW! Pours a a hazy yellow with a pure white head that lingers with light lacing. The nose is citrus. The body is medium-thin with a thin texture and average carbonation with a long crisp white grape aftertaste. This is what Sam Adams Infinium should have been. (Who said brewers could not use wine barrels?) Mystic has married Sauvigon Blanc with beer and done it extrremely well by choosing the right ale.
Thorpe429 (5007) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to ms11781 for sending this my way. Served in a Mystic saison willi becher, also courtesy of ms11781. Thanks!
Pours a somewhat-cloudy golden-peach color with a towering white head that’s very, very foamy. Great retention and loads of sticky rings of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose first brings notes of Sauvignon Blanc and grapes plus some stone fruits. Behind that comes a bit of oak and light malt.
The flavor is fairly oaky with a bit of light tannin. Good white grape character throughout. A bit of lemon zest and notes of apricot. Faint earthiness and white pepper in the background. Body is light-medium. A bit too full as far as I’m concerned, but the quite-dry finish makes up for that. Good carbonation. Highly drinkable. Recommended.
Damico (2356) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours orange blonde with a decent white head. The aroma is sweet saison and grapes blended well, which comes in with the flavor as well. It a bit spicy, not much funk at all, both muted from the barrels, which brought about pleasant white wine grape flavors. Those flavors of grapes and sweet saison as described in the description blend well together on the palate.