pepsican (1444) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
GTMW. Gold pour with a small white head. Aroma was heavy clove and bread. Flavor was very yeasty, banana and spice notes all around. Refreshing finish. Seemed run of the mill for a saison but nice either way.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GTMW ’08. Poured a slightly hazy golden-yellow color. The head was white with good retention. Pleasant yeasty bread dough in the nose. Light to medium bodied and slightly sweet. Tasted of pastry, subdued lemon, and yeasty dough.
sthlm (1230) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours clear dark golden with a small white head. Aroma is quite sweet, and big on banana and coriander. There is also quite a bit of banana and coriander in the taste, but it isn’t as sweet, there is a light bitterness present, and there is a solid malt backbone. Pretty good mouthfeel with an average finish of coriander and malt. Pretty good, but really didn’t stand out in my mind.
jstraw (1912) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 Hazy gold with good, creamy white head / Funky, gunpowder banana and spice nose / Medium body, low carbonation, with big sour malts dominating low hopping, and with good finish / Flavors of sour banana, cream, clove, and coriander / Somewhat out of balance, but a good beer nonetheless.
Pailhead (4741) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2009 Bottle: The aroma is yeasty with some apple, lemongrass, and clove. It pours a hazy, bordering on cloudy, gold with a half inch soapy white head that quickly diminishes. The flavor starts lightly sweet yeastiness followed by some faint apple in the background. The finish has some grassy and floral bitterness, faint spice, and just a touch alcohol. Medium bodied with a somewhat syrupy/sticky mouthfeel and mild carbonation.
kseecs16 (1193) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the pub. Light golden, almost straw. White foamy head. Slightly funky clove and coriander smell. Flavor is dry, funky yeasty with a tart citricness. Foamy light palate.
RoJoNo (28) - Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Brew’s Cafe, Granville, OH; I had ridden 70 tough miles of hills before entering the Granville beer mecca. I picked this one first, and it really hit the spot. Great flavor, great balance. This and the Widdershins powered me for the last 5 miles to Alexandria on the bike path.
MrBunn (2456) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2009 Rerate from 12 oz bottle. Wow! This has changed. Noticeable changes include a much thinner mouthfeel and a slight wateriness to the flavor with many of the same flavors (but washed out) and an astringent kick...
Original scores: 7 3 8 4 15
Bomber. There’s a nice story about flying monkeys on the back, so how bad can it be? Anyhow, pours a fairly transparent gold with a sudsy, white head of a finger and a half. Aromas are sweet and light... honey and light fruit. Flavor s fairly heavy on the biscuity malt with some pear and honey side notes. The promise of a peppercorn-type finish is a little overstate... there is a bit of a spice to the tail end of it, but it gets covered up by the malty sweetness. The sweetness up front has an almost white wine or champagne edge to it.
BBB63 (6010) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2008
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2008 MiBGF: Very slight hazy golden hue with a moderate frothy white head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of overripened pears, apricots and apples, allspice and coriander, biscuity pale malts, and a hint of alcohol. The taste has a wierd fake fruit tone, not sharp nor refreshing. The spice tone towards the finish is equally muddled. The flavor profile just does not work for me.
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at HopCat, Grand Rapids. Clear yellow-orange body, medium off-white head. Sweet, fruity aroma with berries and spice, reminding me of a sharp cider. The body is very sweet, like drinking liquefied apple and lemon jolly ranchers with added spice. Weird beer.