GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy yellow pour with a medium white head. yeasty aroma with hints of citrus, hay and grain. nicely carbonated, crisp and clean on the palate. taste follows the aroma with a sweeter finish.
JPDurden24 (1381) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At the brewery, light and refreshing saison, straw yellow color. Yeasty and citrusy. A fairly good saison. Nothing special.
islay (771) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Sharp, citrus-y (lemon), salty aroma with a finish to the nose that charitably can be described as “vegetal” and less charitably can be described as having the qualities of compost. Wheat-esque smell, but there are differences from the aromas typical of actual wheat brews, presumably because the grain used is not wheat but spelt (by the way, the style arguably should be listed as “specialty grain” instead of “saison” due to the spelt). Interesting smell, certainly. Pours a mostly clear, effervescent, pale gold. There is a very slight haze with a small amount of suspended particulate. Large amount of appetizing, long-lasting, fluffy, thick, uneven, light cream-colored head. Produces good lacing. Dry, mineral-y, citrus-y, bitter, astringent taste. Much sharper taste than would be present in a wheat beer. Definitely falls into the dry variety of saisons, not the fruity/juicy variety. A touch of vomit in the aroma and flavor, unfortunately, but not enough fully to ruin the beer. Meaty taste with a pencil element (both wood chips and graphite). The flavor mellows upon multiple sips, bringing out an orange creamsicle quality. Strong, dry, bitter aftertaste. Light body. Smoothly watery in the palate. New Holland Golden Cap Saison Ale is a unique beer that I’m glad I got to try. It’s not a great beer, but it’s a good enough one that brings something different to the table, despite a couple of off-putting elements.
ads135 (2360) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
An okay saison. Nothing exceptional, and the lack of a substantive yeasty farmhouse kick is a bit of a disappointment. Tropical fruitiness, some mild hoppiness. Tried with Nick at the brewery in 2012.
Cybercat (2774) - Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Comes out of the tap a beautiful, slightly hazy golden - not much head, but that must be an artifact of the pour. Malty aroma has a strong yeasty overtone and a woody hint. Satisfying flavor is yeasty, malty and woody with a hint of - hmmmmmmm, cloves. Could that be a whisper of butterscotch? Anyhoo, a very tasty brew. Good texture has a fair amount of fizz, leaving a tingly, malty, slightly woody finish. This is definitely a sipping beer, for savoring while chilling on the porch - or watching a football game.
joshwoodward (414) - - OCT 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Spicy, medium bodied, pepper, refreshing. Interesting hops, slightly Piney and lemony.
SSSteve (3551) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
growler. hazy gold with almost no head. sweet tropical aroma like sugary pineapple juice. flavor has notes of green banana and pineapple with maybe a twist of lightly tart lemon. refreshing saison, not too syrupy with a clean finish. solid.
portableparty (1874) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours hazy gold yellow color with a big foamy white head that settles to a foamy film. Aroma has sweet bread and yeast notes with lemon citrus as well. Taste lemon citrus yeast and bread with a decent hop bitterness. Palate is slick and chalky.
Aggie80 (776) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a gold color with a strong white head and nice lacing. Aroma is spicy, slight malt undertones. Taste is typical saison that paired surprisingly well with the Chinese food served.
Theydon_Bois (5308) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the Khyber Pass, Philly - 26/05/12.
Slightly hazed golden pour with a medium white head.
Earthy grassy nose with spice and a little citrus.
Sweet yeast flavours, slightly sour fruit, spice.
Medium body with a crisp dry finish.