eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
amber with a white head. aroma is fruity with banana and bread. good malt body. sweet banana flavor.
Mora2000 (5310) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on tap at the Draught House in Austin.
The beer pours a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is very spicy with lots of notes that resemble cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Only later did I find out that the beer was spiced with cardamom, which explains the aromas that I got. The flavor is similar to the aroma with cardamom as well as a hint of smoke. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
OldMrCrow (1701) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2010
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Fiddlers.
Dark pour, modest head. Sour, spicy nose held a bit of promise but it was all downhill form there. The heather and pepper dominates the flavor; metallic, plenty of alcohol for the 7.5% that it actually contains, I simply couldn’t get far into this one. It’s a Saison in the failed-attempts-from-Fantome vein rather than in the Dupont vein, but even there it falls short, lacking the sort of funkiness that makes the Fantome beers always interesting if nothing else.
kidmartinek (3220) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2010
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Chemical, cascade aroma. Peppery, dark plum and very spicy, nutmeg flavor. Heavy feel. Too spicy, peppery to be that enjoyable.
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. I was intrigued by the color (dark ruby brown), and had to give this one a go. In general, I haven’t been really into these Stateside generous interpretations of Saisons, they generally lack the “funk” and zip of Belgian-French varieties. Nose is earthy, brown sugar, butter, and soft berries. Mouthfeel is fairly thick for a light ale, lands heavily on the tongue and sticks around. Flavors are a well-integrated mix of complex malts, dried fruit (cherries, strawberry). Finish is mellow and creamy. Nothing really got me going with this one though.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Small Bar. Pours a deep coffee brown with a small beige ring. Nose of toasted malts, banana, clove and a few other spices. A decent brew.
That1Guy (1857) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It tastes like a saison combined with a quad acutally. Very fruity with some grassiness and a bit of funk thrown in at the end. I’d say more of a Belgian strong ale than a saison, but pretty solid either way.
bleeng (1472) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Little Rock Flying Saucer. Black, white head, heavily filtered. Nose is spicy and malty (a little cold to get good aroma). Taste is a bit sweet, slightly spicy, a bit alcoholic, some malts, dies a bit on the end. A different take on a saison-it really did not do much for me.
Narnad (1408) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Found this on tap at the Tap House Grill in Westmont, IL which kinda shocked me. Arrived to the table a dark brown with ruby highlights, very clean looking, a tall, soapy off-white head that fades down moderately fast and leaves great lacing. Aroma had a very hefty malt nose, light chocolate, a faint smokey malt note, some Munich toastedness and lots of dark fruit notes - light raisin and fig, at the very end of the nose. Flavor had a very strong malty presence composed of caramel, light smokey flavor malt and some light chocolate. Pepper does come through toward the end of the tasting along with a light dark cherry fruitiness and mild yeasty notes at the very ending. Beer has a very sharp, fine carbonation that hits the tongue hard giving it a crisp light body even in the midst of a lot of malt notes. Overall a good brew as a whole as there are a lot of flavors working for attention in this beer. Stylistically, this is much darker, less fruity and a bit heavier in color and body than most saisons out there.
BeerandBlues2 (9004) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at New Belgium. Pours clear brown with a medium, light tan head, good retention and lacing. Aroma is moderate malt (bread, straw), light caramel, heather, faint to no hops, with some plum notes. Flavor is pepper, heather, hops, malty, caramel, and plums. Medium bodied, average carbonation, and a smooth texture.