maxwelldeux (2209) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap at the taproom. Poured a dark gold color without much head to it. Iím not a fan of saisons, so I found this very harsh on the palate and taste buds. Much sourer than I like my beers.
mtbackma (6) - - MAY 11, 2013 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Not a saison at all. Too sweet on the taste. Bad flavor. Really not a siason and overall is a really bad beer
Suttree (4447) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy orange, loose white head. Very bready, boozy aroma. Smells kind of like fresh French bread. I also get some herbal notes, and some woody, oaky aromas. Flavor is woodsy, bourbon, apple and tobacco. I like this beer ay 8.5%, but I think Iíd love it at around 5.5 - 6.0%
Damico (1914) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours golden yellow with a white head. The aroma and flavor are both bringing noxzema like astringent notes, I am assuming from the saison yeast. There are some sweet notes with a sharp ending as well.
JCB (3792) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml from Samís, Durham. This customarily rock solid brewery hasnít really found its groove with saisons just yet. Nice enough appearance to the beer, a deep cider-y look and well carbonated. But thereís a sweet grainy collision in the nose that suggests this one hasnít developed nearly enough yet. Saison Gee was better, and I found this one to be tart and apple juicey, lacking almost everything I crave in a saison.
DiarmaidBHK (2270) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at taco Mac. Pours golden with a thick white head. Very sweet on the nose. It smells like rum. Also very sweet on the tongue with only a hint of funk. It could use more hops.
TURDFERGUSON (3562) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Damnit. Really wanted emacgee to just have gotten an "Off" bottle but that was clearly not the case. This stuff is not so good. Smells like stewed veggies with a hint of lemon, the yeast does not seem to be very clear on its job description. "what would ya say, ya do here?" Glad I havenít subjected too many of my trading partners or friends to this one. Hopefully round 3 will be better. This is nowhere near what a saison should be. American, or Belgian.
emacgee (3430) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a soft straw yellow with gold hues and two fingers of pillowy off white head. Very dense and sticky. First whiff and I get a pretty vegetal/creamed corn character and notes of cooked peaches. DMS? Very rich, almost dextrinous with bready notes and raw yeast. Flavor is a mirror representation of the aroma. Vegetal/creamed corn as I breathe out after a swallow. Lightly spicy with a noticeable acidity. Raw bread dough and yeast. More body than I expected from a saison. Did not enjoy this one, get a lot of unclean/off characters.