ElGaucho (2388) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at devils advocate, Minneapolis. Similar saison aroma to the Gnomegang. Wonderful. Beautiful white head and lace. Hazy gold body. Barely any carbonation. Soft and creamy. Allspice aspect on the tongue. Dark fruit. Really, really good.
falco242 (373) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap, amber color with an amazingly lacy head. Great belgian aroma, and the taste is a complex (slightly) spicy flavor with a surprising lack or carbonation. Again, Ommegang rules.
Cybercat (4985) - Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Comes out of the tap a slightly hazy golden with a thin white head - but the latter may be an artifact with a pour. Yeasty aroma has a firm fruity note, mainly apple with a hint of berries. Flavor is mainly yeasty with fruity and malty hints and a touch of hops. Fruity taste is mainly apple with touches of banana and berry and even a whisper of lemon. Smooth, firm texture has a decent amount of fizz. Happy independence, Belgium! My fantasy is to visit that country and spend a month doing nothing but drinking their fantabulous beer.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Hop Leaf. Pours a very attractive and lightly hazed yellowy gold with a sticky lacing head. Nose is really nice. Citrusy esters and spicy white pepper phenols. Great yeast character in this one. Some continental hops as well. Really nice. Some faint clove that works, too. On taste, crisp and light bitterness, some dry phenols that work well here. Nice pils malt character as well. Pretty superb saison and I hope it sticks around.
joeneugs (5486) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Livermore Saloon. It pours golden with a thick white head. The aroma is very peppery with some tropical fruit and flowers. The flavor is very spicy and full bodied with good hop bitterness. The pepper, sweet tropical fruit, and flowery hops take center stage with a descent alcohol presence. This is a big saison with lots of sweetness, but tempered by the peppery, flowery finish. I really loved it. Classic.
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the ACBF. Clear yellow pour with white head that lasts and leaves a nice lace. Spicy, peppery, herbal, earthy, funky nose. Light fruit on the palate with spice, pepper and a little funk.
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap for growler fills at Half Time. Pours a golden yellow amber with a very faint touch of haze and a large yellowed white head. Big and musky, light lemon notes, clean citrus. Medium bodied, light banana right up front, wheat and a touch of clove spiciness. Sweet lemony notes throughout, clean and simple. Long musk with a touch of pithy lemon bitterness to balance it all out. Really well done and a great hot summer day beer.
Jow (3316) - New York, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery’s new eatery. Pours a deep golden color with small dissipating head. Smells delicious of spices and summer goodness. taste is crisp and refreshing. You get plenty of pepper and other spices, some citrus, and yeast, and earth, hay, and light floral notes. great saison for a summer day.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ blue monk. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a thin white head. Nose is green apple, herbal yeastiness, lemon, plasticy orange, peppery cream. Flavor is Earthy yeast, ommegang spiciness, very dry with wisps of rosemary and thyme. It’s interesting but a bit strange. Amazingly light body - Absolute perfection on that front. Lingering herbal & bitter finish.
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA on 7/21/11. Pours a hazy orange color with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of bread, spice and candi sugar. The taste is bready malts, citrus, banana, bitter herbal notes and faint spice. Medium bodied. Refreshing.