Thorpe429 (5016) - , 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 wasn’t a gusher, and the cork was actually quite difficult to get out. However, the first few attempts at pouring were impossible. This isn’t infected, so I’m guessing that it’s possible the yeast hadn’t 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 I’d be happy to have again.
BMan1113VR (7914) - 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 (8801) - 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 (13731) - 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 (6103) - 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.
BückDich (5464) - 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 (4902) - 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.
BuckeyeBoy (5483) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml Bottle. Pours out golden topped with a white head. Aroma was of belg yeast, light fruit notes, spice, and some floral notes. Taste is much as the aroma with the belg yeast leading the way. A nice spice and floral helps round it out.
Fred82 (2131) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle shared by Yowie and Beerbuzz I think.
Appearance : Clear pale yellow with a small foamy head.
Aroma : Great yeast with floral hops. Quite rustic. Faint tartness.
Taste : Yeast with floral hops ans faint tartness. Quite spicy.
Overall : Very nice one. Great rustic profile. Nice floral hops. A little bit too spicy for me. Great light tartness. Crisp and well balanced.
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Orange zest and floral allusions ride this Saison’s expansive effervescence, as a touch of bready yeast meets the spicy hop finish.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A film of foam disappears into the cloudy blond.
-The flavor profile was well balanced throughout.
-The mouthfeel was rather loose, bubbles overtaking the scant residual sugars.
-The floral character was akin to lavender at times.