scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear gold, rocky fussy white head. building white pepper notes and clover honey. 2009 bottle.
3fourths (8879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2008, 750ml. sparkling gold, clear body, fine white head. nose is slightly oxidized musty candy sugar and green apple. little to no yeast presence, very little appearance of anything resembling spice. straightforward sweetened apples and cane sugar, more like an american triple than an american saison, there’s quite literally no yeast presence at all and it’s driven completely by slightly flawed and overly sweetened malt.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle; 2009 edition; pours crystal clear light gold with tons of carbonation and a huge, eggy white head that fades slowly; sweet aromas of light lemons, dried hay, husky grains; lovely nose; light texture that has some sweetness on the tongue; faint fruity and nice dry spice and maybe little white pepper; has almost light juice texture and kind of missing some of that yeasty complexity; damn good though; lemons, hay and almost some sweet candies; very lively and fizzy in the mouth
after4ever (7061) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, corked and baled. Pours slightly hazy medium amber with bright toffee edges and a bubbly, fizzy platinum blond head. Tons of nucleation columns ripping up the glass at all times. Mild sweet grassy, haylike nose. Fizzy, somewhat creamy medium body. Yeast spice, white pepper, grass and hay on the mid-palate. Tangy orange zest finish. Very nice effort but hardly the most amazing saison around.
paiste2002 (186) - Saugus, California, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a huge white head that lasts forever, very effervescent. Aroma is spicy, peppery, orange peel, Belgian yeast. Flavor is caramel malt, bread, spice, mild black pepper,
some light citrus, yeast and a little salty.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml mail ordered from the source. Very bright pour, a slightly darker hue than the pale gold I generally expect from the style. Big-ass bottle conditioning = a sticky, frothy head that resists settling down. Down, boy! Nose is tangy and a bit gamey, rather than dry and yeasty. More of a malt presence in the taste than one expects, but the carbonation and hops definitely give it the herbal kick as you get closer to the finish. As another rater suggested, there is a salty, almost seafood-y presence here that’s quite understated but pretty interesting.
bitbucket (2164) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours clear dark gold with a scant white head. Fruit, pepper and resiny aroma. Honey lemon taste with a tart and lightly floral finish.
Kevin (2182) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 15, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark yello with a nice head. a bit of light peppery yeast nose with some vanilla cracker. very strong pear flavor. yeast notes are there but remain in the background. tends to be a bit salty somehow??
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BrewDad (5274) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great Pac NW Hwy 101 Family/Beer Trip 2009 – Astoria Brewing Co. Astoria, OR
Aroma: Great malt and hops aroma with a fantastic fruit aroma coming off.
Appearance: Golden yellow in color, Clear with a light head.
Flavor: Awesome malty and hops flavor the spices and candy flavors from the sugars are awesome. There is a sweet fruit like quality to this beer.
Palate: Dry Sweet Finish, with a Great Mouthfeel.
Overall: A super saison. Darron and the boys know how to brew.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Despite the breweries namesake, Pelican Brewery is not located in Florida, but instead they can be found in Pacific City, OR. At this particular tasting, there were quite a few Pelican Brewing beers, but out of them all, I was only able to taste their 2008 Saison. I am not complaining in the least, though from the rave reviews I heard afterwards, I missed out on a great barleywine by the name The Perfect Storm. But, there is no use in sulking over that which is said and done. Instead, I am going to focus on their Saison, yet another fine Belgian-style beer which always brings a smile to my face and a spring to my step.
The skies are the limit, but this Pelican has decided to settle in my glass and forsake the freedom of the blue horizon all in the name of my supping pleasure. He preened his feathers in soft cloudy hues of orange and yellow speckled with small flakes. A small head scatters into tufts of white while a gentle spring breeze carries his nose straight to mine. Coriander, oranges, pineapple, and freshly mulled wheat soothe while my mouth waters in anticipation. My first quaff is clean and frothy with a chewy mouthfeel, if not a bit on the weak side overall. Freshly picked oranges are peeled before my very tastebuds which revel in the contrast of their succulent inner meat and subsequently dry, lightly acidic skin. Coriander abounds while some lemon peel helps to dry the top of my tongue. As I delve deeper into my 2008 Pelican Saison, I am having doubts as to whether or not this is truly a Saison. As I sup the last drop in my glass, I am pleased and underwhelmed at the same time.
Saisons were originally an agricultural beverage brewed to non-exacting standards with whatever ingredients were most handy and available on the farm at that time. A rustic drink which varied from batch to batch with a few common threads tying them all together. This is why I feel I am presented with a bit of a conundrum concerning the 2008 Pelican Saison. It was very tasty, but was it a Saison in the modern sense? Or is it a Saison in the more traditional sense which, at its heart, is rustic and simple? Neither is wrong, so I shall leave it up to you, the beer drinker with a thirsty palate and open mind to taste the Pelican Saison for yourself and decide.