Travlr (9945) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the source. Hazy pale yellow, white head, solid lacing. Aroma of dusty lemon. Taste is softly sour peppery graefruit. Decent but boozy.
anders37 (14818) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ GABF 2013. Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty citrus aroma. Fruity spicy yeasty citrus flavor. Has a fruity spicy yeasty finish.
Gerbeer (1252) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours a hazy yellow with light head. Aromas of lemon furniture polish and white pepper. Flavours of lemons, bananas, coriander, white pepper and sharp resin. Carbonated and hot, though quite nice.
pdx77 (797) - Oregon, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at pFriem. Clear full golden color, with plenty of foamy head. Aroma of tart citrus, tropical fruit, and light yeast. Taste is intense pineapple, passion fruit, sweet yeast. Finished floral and tart, with a little syrup mouthfeel.
Theydon_Bois (5486) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at pFriem, Hood River, 24/05/13.
Hazed pale yellow with a thin white head.
Nose is tarte lemon, grass, herbal notes, bitter orange, spice, sweet notes.
Taste comprises lemon rind, sugars, touch of booze, bitter orange, pinch of spice, grass, earthy, farmyard.
Full in body with fine carbonation, a little on the cloying side.
Ok stuff, the booze is well integrated for 9% but leaves a slightly warming finish - not what I want from a saison. Drinkable but saison US’d up in the ABV stake - too strong and not delivering the crisp finish the style craves.
troopie (2293) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Like their regular saison, only more so. Cloudy pour with thin head. A little lacing. Aroma is spice and grass. Looks something like juice
after4ever (5740) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at uber. Pours a cloudy pale gold with a loose fizzy whitish head. Big bright floral and lemony nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Bright lemon and floral notes on the mid palate. Moderate tart and sweet finish.
mcberko (4863) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2013 On tap at Urban Family Public House, pours a cloudy golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma of dry barnyard, grassy hops, floral hops and rustic notes – quite potent. Flavour is exquisite; featuring potent dry grassy hops, some barnyard notes, floral hops and super dry biscuity malts. Leaves a very dry hoppy grassiness to it. So much depth to the flavour profile. At 9.5%, this is dangerously highly drinkable. A fucking amazing saison – the best I’ve come across at the time of this review.
EDIT: While the first batch was phenomenal, I’ve had several subsequent glasses of this from the second batch and it was quite off the mark. Still a solid saison, but in no way seems like the same beer. What happened? I’ll keep my rating a reflection of the first beer.