SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber - thanks bhensonb!! I was able to wait three whole hours to crack one of these; pours vibrant gold with glowing haze and egg white head fading to a thin layer; first aromas of peppery lemons with some dried hay, grainy oranges and mint; light, almost creamy mouthfeel with amazingly dry finish; touch of tart lemon, white pepper, dry malt, fresh orange; drinks clean with crisp fruit and grassy hops; not too sweet and not overly complex either; super clean and attenuated; pops with peppery lemon, orange and grass; nice balance of fruit and spice with minimal funk; unlike the similarly anticipated Stillwater saison, this one definitely delivered for my palate; grubbing :)
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from batch 2 thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours with a small tan head and a hazed golden body. Aroma is spicy, fruit, dry, peppery. Taste is fruity, spicy, grain and dry. Lively bubbles, dry with lingering fruit.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, no date purchased from Bottle Barn for $5.49. Hazy golden with a half finger white head, fading to a thin ring and tattered film rather quickly. I was able to rouse it pretty well with pretty decent retention. Yeasty banana nose and old orange pith up front with some spicy white pepper following, and rounded out by light biscuity malts. Flavor added some fresher citrus notes and more alcohol than Iíd expect from a 6.4% beer. Also drier than what the aroma had led on--it wasnít stupidly sweet in the aroma, but also more than I wouldíve wanted. Semi-dry with bitterness at a 3, light herbal hops noted. Light carbonation with a medium creamy body. Pretty good American saison.
bb (8269) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Malt and light fruity aroma with light spice. Spice and malt aroma with light esters, yeast, and light grass. Medium bodied. Spice and malt lingers with light fruity esters and light grass. A bit drier than the draft version. Well balanced.
bu11zeye (12594) - 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 (5181) - 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 (4059) - 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 (3603) - 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.