FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Two Finger thick, frothy, fairly large bubbled, off white colored head that sits atop a lightly hazy, lightly amber tinged, copper colored beer. Quite dry smelling, with dusty, freshly crushed malt, soda crackers and grassy grain aromatics. Lightly tart smelling, which accentuates some notes of green apples and even something like kiwi. Fairly hoppy, with a nice grassy, fresh mown hay sort of thing as well as some herbal notes going on. And now that I dig around here, it is actually quite fruity as well, with a nicely done, sweet flower nectar-like thing (honeysuckly, orange blossom and peach like aromatics come to mind.
Fairly well carbonated, yet still manages to feel creamy on the tongue. Fairly dry, yet it does have some clean, lightly sweet, pale malt notes to it. This finishes with a solid bitterness, which mixes with touches of tartness and an astringent herbal quality. The hops also seem to lend some fruit notes here (or at least the combination of hop and malts does) which definitely remind me of apricots and peaches. Dusty malt flavors of biscuits and crushed soda crackers are noticeable in the last half of a sip.
This is quite a bit nicer than I was expecting. I am really digging the how quaffable this is; it is only lightly sweet, but the hop-fruit character adds another dimension without adding any cloyingness. At first the fruit notes in both the aroma and flavor were hard to pick out, but once I stumbled upon them they became quite distinct and a major contributor to the overall character of the beer. Especially as the beer warms, it becomes much more fruity, with a amplified peach note becoming quite noticeable.
Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson, AZ
kramer (5347) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
25 oz bottle, shared by mj. Pours a cloudy orangish gold body under a nice fluffy white head. Fruity yeasty nose with lots of bready notes, some lemon and citrus rinds. Nice fruity estery flavor with fluffy wheat and yeast all over the place. Finishes with a nice citrusy and peppery kick. Mouthfeel is fluffy with soft efforvescent carbonation. A pretty nice beer, not a whole lot of "farmhouse" going on here though, it really resembled a lighter Triple more than a Saison. A nice refresher on a warm day though.
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml. appearance from the pour yields a tiny bubbly avg size head, though quickly receding, and a golden orange haze. aromas of peach skins and mango milkshakes fill my nose, as does passion fruit and perhaps even some cantalope and orange cream soda. itís very lively, yet approachable. on the palate, itís a little dirty. thereís the fruity aspect, which is filled with grapefruit rind (which lasts through to the finish), lemon zest, and a bit of tart ripe oranges. itís bittersweet, honestly. thereís a woody aspect, but itís not oak...maybe birch, or maple. itís lingering on the finish. itís a puzzling ale, indeed a farmhouse brew. enjoyable nonetheless. i dig it, for what it is. overall, i canít say iíd go back to it many more times.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This gem pours a slightly hazed, pale tawny yellow color w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Superb head retention reduces slowly to reveal a lasting, downy canopy of fluffy lace. Aromas of mild citrus pulp, tropicals, spice, and a little jerkey. Medium full nectar w/ ample residual effers that feel like cotton. Flavors are true Belgian in nature w/ citrus pulp and rind, vanilla, peach, nectarine, passion fruit, and mild spice. The finish is bittered moderately w/ a peach pit style that leaves the palate tasting like green stems. Overall: Iíve had Saisons and this one is definately different w/ an almost creamy texture and a persistant hop profile that just wonít quit. Itís an old world style w/ remarkable complexities. Mildly sweet w/ hints of perfume.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2010 This is a pretty good light Belgian. Floral, yet not overpowering. Hoppy, but not to an extreme. SECOND ANALYSIS: Very citrus-like, almost a Belgian Golden - but has the hoppage of a Saison. Very nice.
3fourths (8495) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Soft yellow creamy appearance with medium to fine bubbles in a white, foamy head. Bright and fluffy yeast nose, with sharp tripel-like candy sugar notes, and light citrus fruit as well. Crisp and fruity, bright and tangy on the tongue, with a heavy emphasis on marshmallow and banana spiced yeast and Belgian candy sugar. Okay, but fairly straightforward and simple.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of mj. Thanks, Mike! Pours a hazy, warm orange color; creamy off-white head with great retention and lacing. Dense yeast in the aroma; very doughy, with vanilla and candy sugar; soft and warm with no show of alcohol. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: sharp carbonation and citrus upfront; definitely a dense rendition of a saison, with tripel-like characteristics: peppery, yeasty, with some doughiness in the finish; slightly dry.
ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 10, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Pours a cloudy gold body with a small, exceptionally fizzy white head.
Smell: Light, musty aroma of lemon, straw, pepper, and bananas.
Taste: Yeasty dough flavor with a little citric lemon, a little spice, too. Hint of wheat. Dry, banana-driven finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Highly carbonated.
Drinkability: An unremarkable saison with a brash, punishing level of carbonation.
SSSteve (3917) - - SEP 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
cloudy orange with a small film head. zesty aroma of lemon, apricot, hops, coriander. palate is very carbonated. fizzy mouthfeel stings your mouth. flavors of banana, peach, apricot, and some pepper, coriander. similar to a tripel.
JPDIPSO (4957) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light golden color with a full slowly diminishing white head. Dry pale malt, flowery hops and some citric pulp in the aromas. Nothing overboard, but well balanced and an easy sniff. Light fruit and spice abound in the flavors. Some light banana and peach flavors mingle with cloves, white pepper and coriander. Again not another earth shattering brew but a very drinkable belgian ale which seems to be a cross between a triple and a saison.