phaleslu (4429) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle I ordered from Pelican a couple years ago. The year wasnít marked on the bottle, unlike the others. 2010? 2011? One of those. Pours a semi-cloudy gold color with a big white head that dissipates into a lasting film. Aroma is dry, with floral notes, wood chips, citrus, and sweet and bready malts. Faint spice. Flavor is even drier, and hits all the same notes. Light-medium bodied, with high carbonation and a dry, floral mouthfeel. Good saison that may have been better fresher.
JoeMcPhee (7618) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep orange-gold pour with a thick white head. The aroma is a little bit spicy with just a touch of light dustiness as well. There is a kiss of light pepper and a touch of soft herbal character. Lean-bodied, but could be leaner. Moussey carbonation that lends it a little bit of softness that I find quite appealing. Itís a pretty standard saison yeast, but itís got some nice maltiness in here. A little bit of lingering spice, but itís kept somewhat subtle. Lovely brew.
idedek (157) - USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a lovely light grass and pear aroma. A lovely light flavor that has citrus and a variety of fruit flavors and some light malt flavors. a good dry and creamy finish. overall really nice.
Thorpe429 (4844) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big thanks to boralyl for getting me this bottle a ways back. Served in a Mikasa tulip.
Packaged February 2011.
Pours a clear golden color with an absolutely-massive white head. Carbonation issue here, as my first carefully-poured tulip was 95% foam, and it took a good 5-10 minutes for that to settle down. Obviously, great retention. Loads of lacing.
The nose carries some light fruity notes behind a good dose of saison yeast spice and some pepper.
The flavor is mildly fruity with a moderate dose of pepper. Some light grain in the background. Flavor is nice and crisp, but everything on the palate is very fleeting, as the carbonation on this one is out of control. Body seems quite light as a result. A bit of spice in the aftertaste.
This thing wasnít a gusher, and the cork was actually quite difficult to get out. However, the first few attempts at pouring were impossible. This isnít infected, so Iím guessing that itís possible the yeast hadnít fermented down enough and consumed quite a bit more than the sugars given for bottle conditioning.
All in all, this was a pretty enjoyable beer and something Iíd be happy to have again.
BMan1113VR (7377) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a massive white head over a hazed yellow body. Aromas are nicely malty, bready with some peppery phenols, light esters and a bit of a spicy hop note. Flavors are grassy with a really beautiful, phenolic and black pepper driven yeast profile. Nice esters of dried pears. Lively bubbles, dry and light. Well done.
marcus (4999) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Belmont Station. Pours clear golden with a huge off-white head and a fruity aroma. There is a slightly sour fruity flavor that leaves yeast on the palate. This is a very sturdy brew that resembles a Belgian Tripel.
bhensonb (8954) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 c&c shared by Marcus. Pours slightly hazy gold with a five finger foamy creamy head. Aromas of yeast and citrus fruit. Full bodied. Yeasty as a tripel. Fruits of the lighter sorts. A bit of earthy tartness, especially around the back tongue edges. Good, as are all their special ales.
Glouglouburp (5545) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: By-the-book rustic blonde Saison with floral notes. Lovely
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed fresh soon after purchase in Portland by a friend. Montreal tasting session
The look: Almost clear blonde body topped by a medium beige head
In long: Nose is the always nice typical Saison rustic yeast. Taste has a nice doughy (muffin-ish) pale malt backbone, some citrus fruits, floral hops, nice fluffy and very lively mouthfeel. Low bitterness, medium dryness. Basic Saisons like this are versatile beer that can go well with just about anything, I think it is the perfect accompaniment for another beer.
BŁckDich (5467) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a hazy blond color with a big white head. The nose is spicy with lots of pepper and coriander, tons of orange and clean nice hops. Spicy yeast as well with esters and big hay and cobbwebb notes. The flavor is orangey and spicy with a nice husk and hay grainy perfumey quality. Spicy, balanced, tasty. A bit too spicy and gassy up front, but after it sits; quite nice.
presario (4406) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 3, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Crisp gold with huge whit pillow. Quiet floral scent. Big floral taste. Sour and buttery. Some spice that gets swamped. Bought st brewpubs and looked after for a month but not an impressive beer.