kmweaver (3207) - 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 (3740) - 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.
popery (1561) - 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. Thereís 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. Thereís some fresh, summery malt sweetness upfront, leading into excellent spice and finishing dry and a bit hoppy. The feel is light and refreshing. Itís frighteningly drinkable. An excellent beer. Edit: Had another bottle - my score keeps creeping up.
bhensonb (11905) - 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. Thereís a lot of spice and funkiness. Itís 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.