Damico (1917) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours mostly clear golden in color with a white head. The aroma brings saison yeast, some bready not quite funk, and sweet notes from either the honey or berries. The flavor brings a pure farmhouse ale flavor with the sweetness hitting the palate, but not overbearing. The flavor then transition to a unique bready tartness, but not quite tart again. The body is quite full and enjoyed.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Brewpub with Kmweaver. Pours amber orange with a white head. Aroma of honey with some slight Belgian funk. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Flavor of honey, candi sugar, and mild spices. Finish is a little to clean for me, and I get some weird phenol as well. I prefer a little more dryness and spiciness on my Saisons. This was more Biere De Garde like on my palate.
kmweaver (3143) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Otto’s. Pours a slightly hazy, golden-orange color; significant white head with good retention and fine-bubbled lacing. Solid amounts of Belgian sugar, honey, and light spicing in the aroma; slight creaminess. Lively carbonation and acidity. Solid chewy mouthfeel: lots of honey, toasty malts, and plenty of citrus; chewy, dense, with just a touch of roughness on the edges; very satisfying, with lots of honey and reserved sweetness. Lengthy finish: honey, toasty malts, and Belgian sugar; reasonably dry.
Holdwine (1048) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2008
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not happy with this one. Strange spoiled vegatable nose. Shocking metallic tongue. Maybe better with warmth, but cold, this was awful. Something ,issed....badly.
argo0 (10384) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(BCTC, growler, thanks acrdz) Off-white head atop hazy amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, spicy/herbal, some straw. Taste is medium sweet, spicy/herbal, flowery. Dry medium body.
TURDFERGUSON (3565) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from acrdz. Thanks Mike! Yeasty, bready nose with a bit of floral tartness. Flavor is very similar and very smooth. I enjoyed this one.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nose is complex and subtle with pepper, mango... fruity and spicy. flavor was much of the same, but it was less naunced than it could be, no pils malt flavor and no lingering bitterness, which I think is because it wasn’t dry enough to let those things come out of the nice yeast by products. a good try, but not a great saison.
auerbrau (2952) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Fresh seltzer, mineral, grain sugar and musky spice form the nose. Subtle, characteristic and expected. Pours a deeper, tanned gold, hazy with a rim of soft white. Flavor is graceful and elegant, harboring mature savory spice over the classic Saison yeast profile. Malt complexity is minimal and sweetness is subdued. Alcohol melds well with the beer and is not anything to fight about. The waitress said this was 6.2% ABV this year. Flavors are crisp, clean and bright, but not anything too special. Hops are especially minimal in this rendition. A nice, fresh version that’s easy to drink and mildly flavored.
willblake (2624) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-Aug-06 Growler at Firemoose’s. Nice and grassy and mildly funky. Long kick of malts lends some unwelcome sweetness and I wish it was drier because it seems to really be on the right track. Touches of rotting veggies or mulch are pleasant and give a savory impression mixing nicely with the mild spicing.
Wild4mild (38) - USA - SEP 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler. Barnyard nose. cloudy yellow with a bright white head. Flavors are slightly tart with a touch of honey in the back. No trace of Juniper as far as I could detect. Beer improved dramatically as it warm slightly. very smooth considering the 8.1% alchohol content. My first Saison, and I really enjoyed it very much.