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. I’d choose this over the Lost Abbey or Ommegang every time. At ~$7 the price is right too.
popery (1347) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is fantastic stuff. It pours a mildly hazy orange-yellow with an excellent white head. The aroma is lovely. There’s mild funk, lemons, peppercorns and fields of bright, fresh barley. It has an incredibly nice phenolic character, sort of a band-aid aroma that mixes in perfectly. The flavor is even better. The beer is almost perfectly balanced and has absolutely no off-notes for me. There’s some fresh, summery malt sweetness upfront, leading into excellent spice and finishing dry and a bit hoppy. The feel is light and refreshing. It’s frighteningly drinkable. An excellent beer. Edit: Had another bottle - my score keeps creeping up.
bhensonb (10688) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Corti Bros. in Sacramento, CA. Pours hazy orange gold with a 3 finger foamy white head. Aroma is lightly funky. Body is medium plus/chewy. Carbonation is foamy. There’s a lot of spice and funkiness. It’s a really well flavored ale. Very arguable that pepper and citrus is present. Nice hot hits on the tongue edge. Pretty much finishes as it starts. Great to great.