reggiedunlop (3409) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy gold with a huge white head...lively...great retention and lacing. aroma has light spiciness...almost clovey or gingery...with very subtle leather and funk. Flavor has notable spice...grains of paradise..and touches of leather and grass...yeasty. mouthfeel is medium and very lively with a dry spicy/bitter finish.
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden color, with a slight haze. Smell includes: cloves, banana and esters. Taste is very much what you’d expect from the aroma. Cloves, banana and a good pepper bite toward the end.
pepsican (1496) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold pour, touch of haze, small white head. Heavy yeast notes, lots of banana and citrus zest. A bit of an herbal blend with mild peppercorn notes as well as some earthy bitterness. Prickly, tight carbonation. Well done NG.
Ratman197 (10870) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear gold with a small lasting white head. Aromas of straw, spice, white pepper, fruittiness and light yeast. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of straw, white pepper, spice and light citrus with a crisp lingering pepper finish.
CanIHave4Beers (3535) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I don’t even know how the beer many of the other raters were drinking when they rated this could possibly be the same beer I was drinking here. My expectation of this beer was that it would be too heavy, too sweet, and overly phenolic... I feel like if folks don’t like a Saison they should say what they don’t like about it instead of just entering canned general complaints that are common for examples of this particular style.
Rant over, time for the rating.
Pours a bright golden color with a big fluffy white head that doesn’t shrink a centimeter as the glass is drunk, the lacing is very nice and the beer is full of effervescent bubbles.
The aroma is sort of odd, not unpleasant, not bad, in fact enjoyable... but still odd. The mineral and limestone take center stage here, but it’s not like a musty or funky limestone basement character... just that sort of straightforward aroma you get from a limestone basement without all the other funky stuff. The aroma is spicy with a decent but well controlled banana character.
The flavor is bready and very peppery at first, some citrus rind and the common bitterness that accompanies this sort of flavor play well into the character of the beer. The beer has a nice fruit character but it’s really not especially sweet. The hop character is great here, very earthy and providing a great bitterness that rounds the beer out in just the right way.
The beer is prickly like champagne but more heavy on the tongue than that libation, heavier than I prefer this style of beer, but by no means beyond what I’ve found in classic examples of the style.
rubbishystuff (1979) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to iNBe. Sort of like a hefeweizen and a tripel had a baby and it had a little bit of the sour funk. Yeasty and highly carbonated with very fine bubbles. This is nice. Serving: Bottle
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange pout with a white head. Aroma is banana, bubblegum, lemon zest, some peppery notes. Flavor is similar. Banana up front, slightly peppery and slight citrus. Ok.
Tmoney99 (11690) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured hazy amber color with an average frothy off-white head that was lasting with good lacing. Moderate yeast, malt and spice aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium complex spice sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid complex drinkable beer.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade. Aroma of Belgian yeast, slight banana, and even slighter lager funk. Flavor is some white pepper, banana, and light bittering hops. Always an excellent palate from Daniel Carey's brews, even though they have odd slants for some genres. Still, a very good beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
3fourths (8496) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazed gold body, white head, thick lacing.
wonderfully rustic yeast in the nose.
black pepper, starchy grains, mild dried banana.
silky texture and velvety carbonation.
dried banana and tropical fruit in low amounts.
strong calcium and mineral presence.
a wonderful unadulterated american-made saison.