bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours a hazy yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of grass, banana, pepper, and citrus. Flavor of grass, herbs, banana, and pepper with a somewhat dry finish.
mar (4483) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. poured a light amber with a light white head. nose is earth, musk, spices, and grass. nice on the palte, smooth flavors of earth, spices, grass, very nice finish.
bumpskier (33) - Sonoma, California, USA - JUN 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a couple of bottles at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. So fortunate to get some. This beer pours a hazy golden with a quickly receding head. Highly carbonated, however not a gusher. The beers aroma is ever so subtle. A slight french bread crust with hops present ever so slightly. This is definitely a yeast driven beer. I am loving the depth from fermentation. Some mild citrus note in flavor & this is quite complimentary to the dry, crisp, effervescent character of this saison. I appreciate the higher bitterness than normal in a Saison. It is not overpowering, but it surely grabs you and lets you know it is time for a refresher on a hot summer day. When most American versions of Saison can be sweet and a bit cloying, this stands out as something special from the US. A true blessing on a sultry evening in Sonoma, Ca. Well done Peter & Rick. Keep em coming, please.
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2010 22oz bomber purchase at the Co-op in Davis, CA. Iíve had the draft version and the bottle competes with it in every way. The pour generates a beautiful, thick, fizzy head, that dissipates quickly. The color is a hazy golden orange. Relatively light on the palate; goes down incredibly smoothly. The taste is really what makes this beer for me. Spicy, citrusy, funky. I donít think I could ever tire of this beer. Absolutely wonderful. Very proud to have a brew of this quality coming out of Sacramento!
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Was happy to get a chance to tick - I mean savor - a bomber of this at City Beer today. Pours a beautiful translucent golden color with a creamy lasting white head. Aroma is nice for the style - pilsner malt and funk, citrus and spice. Flavor is fairly simple but very tasty. Pale malt with some funk, pepper, and citrus fruit. Great palate - dry and crisp with nice carbonation. A very nice saison overall.
DYCSoccer17 (3158) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2010 22 ounce bottle purchased at Corti Brothers...the checkout lady was amazed at how much of this stuff they were selling. She wanted to know why. I think I convinced her to buy it over her normal Coors Light. Initially the aroma has lots of banana and orange rinds. A couple swirls of the glass then produces a spicy, peppery aroma with a subtle underlying sweetness. Nicely aromatic and rather pleasant. Color is a mostly opaque golden-brown color with an quickly dissipating white head that leaves scant lacing. This is clearly a product of the yeast not working as well as planned. This has a carbonated, fizzy initial mouthfeel, which gives it a bit of a metallic presence early on. There is a fair amount of scantly sweet doughy malts in the middle, with just a hint of banana yeast esters. Finishes a bit bitter, dry, spicy, and grassy. All in all, this a very enjoyable beer. I wish it had a little more carbonation present, but I canít really complain too much otherwise. This beer is definitely more flavorful and saison-y than the tap version. It has a bit more body, too, but that could be an illusion from the lighter level of carbonation. I prefer the draft version. This one is a little too sticky and heavy.
marcus (5644) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy yellow gold with an attractive white head and an enticing citrus and pepper aroma. The brewerís description is quite accurate. I would add that the bottle conditioning has been timed perfectly to produce a carbonated peppery mouthfeel, causing me to believe that this is the right time to drink one (or two or three). Try the draft version too, if you can find it. Itís significantly different but also very good.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, purchased at City Beer. Pours a beautiful, hazy, effervescent golden-orange color; significant, fine-bubbled white head with excellent retention and lacing; great-looking pour on this. Seemingly more of a Pils character than the aroma on the draft version, alongside a juicy mineral and citrus hop character, white pepper and spiciness from the yeast, and overall a really appealing, dry, toasty, and juicy nose; everything plays out well here. Medium body; high, lively carbonation; medium levels of creaminess, nothing close to astringency or alcohol; this seems slightly less crisp and drinkable than the draft version, which was awesome (the bump of alcohol may figure in), but thereís so much great stuff here: lively citrus and mineral bitterness (juicy, fresh, vibrant), lots of white pepper and additional phenols from the yeast, and a soft, creamy, fluffy Pils malt core; a really engaging American saison overall, and just a touch below the draft version on my palate; all told, Iím going to buy the shit out of this beer as soon as it hits Santa Rosa; nicely dry, vibrant hop character, and just enough yeast charisma; lovely stuff. Get the alcohol and body down just a touch and this will be magnificent. Medium finish of toasty Pils malt, mineral bitterness, and touches of vanilla; nicely dry.
joeneugs (2626) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Believe the hype! This is a phenomenal Saison. It pours a golden orange color with a medium fizzy white head. The aroma is nicely balanced with an incredible spicy yeast character and some sweet and tart fruit, fresh grains. Just beautiful. The flavor is very spicy/peppery with lemons/orange and a very complex spiced finish. Itís hard to pinpoint the flavors here... maybe some vanilla, soap, pepper, coriander, lemon zest? Anyway, itís freakin awesome! The wheat backbone supports these powerful flavors flawlessly. Perfectly balanced between the spicy/sweet and tart. This is really top notch and deserves to be mentioned as one of the best American made Saisons.
gage (2) - Dublin, California, USA - JUN 12, 2010 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a well balanced Saison, nothing really jumps out and kicks you in the teeth. The color is a rich golden color, somewhere around FFCC00 in hex. The mouth feel was a little thicker than I expected. Carbonation was just right. I prefer a little more funk in my farmhouse but I think they were aiming for balance with this beer. Iíd choose this over the Lost Abbey or Ommegang every time. At ~$7 the price is right too.