bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a clear yellow body with a small off-white head. Aroma of florals, yeast, banana, earth, and citrus. Flavor of florals, citrus, light pepper, and yeast with a dry finish.
bhensonb (10815) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 c&c from Bu11zeye. Opened with a huge bang - cork to ceiling - but no gush. Pours orange with a creamy white head. Aroma of fruit and hop. Flavor same with just the right amount of barnyard. Excellent.
brokensail (10653) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Odell. Slightly hazed golden pour with a white head. Nose is really estery. Big banana and pear notes. Pepper, coriander, and a touch of paper. Sweet malt. Flavor has a nice lemon flavor, apple, banana, and pear. Sweet malt and sugar. Light bitterness on the finish, some pepper, and coriander.
Tmoney99 (10473) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Poured hazy dark golden color with an average to large frothy white head that was lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy yeast, spice and sweet fruit aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced complex spice sweet flavor with a medium to heavy spice sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex beer.
Ratman197 (9560) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear gold with a lasting off white head. Aroma of straw, yeast, spicy hops, citrus, light clove and light banana. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, spice, yeast and light fruittiness with a crisp dry lingering spiced finish.
SirADNielsen (8950) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap @ Odell. Pours a clear yellow appearance with a white head. Somewhat spicy, a bit peppery, banana, slightly citrusy aroma. Banana, clove, lemon, pepper, sweet malty flavor. Not bad.
daknole (8949) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy yellow pour, white head. Funky flavors, a bit of tartness, earthy notes, some spice, green banana, yeasty goodness. I like this one.
marcus (6365) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours golden with a rich off-white head and a barnyard fruit aroma. There is a very carbonated light malt flavor with some spice and a little banana ester.
phaleslu (6295) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft in a sampler at the brewery. Pours a pale yellow with a small white head. Aroma of bready and sweet malts, banana, floral hops, lemon and orange citrus, and mild spice, including clove. The flavor is mostly the same, with some dough. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a bright, sweet, dry mouthfeel. Interesting saison.
Ernest (6163) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly to moderately yeasty (basement), with notes of bubble gum / cotton candy and alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
I wouldn’t call this a saison, but I will admit it doesn’t tarnish the name nearly as much as some examples. It’s too sweet, too boozy, and the nose itself is a pretty generic Belgian (strong-ish) blonde ale odor. Their own commercial description about "banana-and-clove" being a traditional saison odor kind of suggests a root problem of targeting characters they perhaps shouldn’t have been (even though this beer doesn’t really possess either banana or clove aromas IMHO...it’s definitely more in the cotton candy / bubble gum vein wrt esters, and I don’t really get clove OR pepper phenols...it’s more just raw alcohol, grainy malt, and basement-ish yeast smells instead). Looks nice, but that’s about it...quite mediocre, organoleptically speaking. Overpriced for the quality, as is sadly too often the case in the beer world these days.