pete4999 (1295) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle, as pictured. Pours a very hazy golden yellow. Smells very flowery and citrusy. Taste has a bit of pepper and spice, but the citrus flavor comes through. Easy to drink though. Very good.
dayth (16) - - SEP 24, 2015
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bland saison with weak body and no discernable chamomile flavor or aroma. Inoffensive but unexciting.
FlacoAlto (4000) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled March 2015
A soft pour into my IPA glass produces a two finger thick, pale, just tanned head; the head is dense, sort of creamy, and clings quite well to the sides of my glass. The beer is a bright, pale amber color that shows a bright, yellow golden hue when held up to the light. Even as i pour this I get scents of chamomile, and a more focused smell of the aroma yields an even stronger, floral note of the same. This is backed by honey-leaning pale malt, dry, pale cracker like grain notes, some sunbaked straw grain character, and a yeast derived fruitiness that smells of honeydew melon, pears, and floral apples.
Bubbly, effervescent, dry, and light bodied, this embodies the texture of a Saison quite well. The finish has a spicy, sort of herbal, sort of astringent character to it that offsets the chamomile and yeast influenced, honey like notes up front. This is definitely evocative of honey, but it does this without being sweet at all. Floral apple notes, touches of pear, honeydew melon, and lots of floral nectar character form the backbone of this beer.
This could use a touch more hop bitterness, or spiciness to balance out the chamomile and fruit notes, but is still quite tasty as is; that extra bit of balance would push this to another level though. If I had to guess I would say this was brewed with the French, Thiriez derived yeast strain, which I find to be a touch bland, though it is certainly a workhorse, which is why brewers love it.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5658) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a hazy golden color with a large creamy yellow-white head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was strong bubblegum, chalk, and vague citrus Pez. The flavor was strong bubblegum, chalk, tart citrus, dust and strong perfume. The bubblegum and perfume completely overwhelm. Long bubblegum, chalk and perfume finish. Moderately full bodied. Meh.
oldrtybastrd (3261) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rec’d in a trade with gregwilsonstl. Musty hay aromas with a dry slightly fruity taste.
neepsntatties (1458) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Colour...light hazy gold with a thin white head. Nose...chamomile galore and loads of white peach aromas. Palate...bitter up front and then delightful hits of chamomile buds and chamomile tea. There’s yeasty bits and slight funk to go with the dry palate, and the finish is long with more tea like notes.
beertholomeus (1288) - California, USA - AUG 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy pale gold color with a white head. Yeast, funk, fruit and spice aroma. Yeast, funk, pear, peach, apple, apricot, spice and biscuit flavors. Medium body and carbonation with a fruit and yeast finish.
JK (5123) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was the best new (to me) saison I have had in a long time, on tap at Brasserie V, Madison on Friday night before the Great Taste. Hazy, yellow color. aroma with cinnamon and yeast. Soft flavors of ripe pear, cinnamon, and flower tea, which is where the chamomile comes through. Very good.
jaymobrown (1768) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Could really taste the chamomile in the flavor and other light fruity flavors. Light color. Delicious.
onceblind (5882) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light gold, slightly hazy, with a thin foamy white ring around the top. Light barn/Belgian aroma, little else. The flavor is crisp and blonde and saison estery with a crisp herbal hop bitterness and a touch of blonde estery Belgian crispness.
AirForceHops (4802) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle thanks to Willrunforbeer! Aroma is nice botanicals, chamomile, yeast that is lightly fruity (bubblegum?), dusty. The body has a nice chewy texture, mildly lingering chamomile. The yeast presence is very well integrated throughout giving decent balance between flowers and fruit. I really like this.