BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber and served in Pipeworks sniffy thingy: Pours a slightly hazy coppery golden sunset hue with a lasting frothy head and very good lace. The first thingy you notice when evaluation of the nose is the pronounce PMW hops esters of pink grapefruit, crabapple and pineapple along with a slight hit of pine needles and pine sap resin. Oh yeah this be an ’Merican styled Saison foshizzle. Wheat husks and pils malt round the aroma into happy clouds.
The taste is bright clean citrus bitterness over a layer of biscuity and wheaty malts. Slap of some hop spices and dusty dry yeast notes (methinks fermented with an ’Mercian yeast if not for the slight bubblegum note). The mouth feel is sprite and lively, dry but not overly dry. Yes... this is a SIPA (Saison India Pale Ale) and I LOVE IT!
JoePeesie (853) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz pour into a mason jar. Fluffy white head. Great lemon grass nose. Great dry crisp earthy slightly hoppy slightly spicy. Well balanced. Everything I was looking for and more in a beer tonight!
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jstraw (1880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mostly clear orange with big, foamy, flotsam off-white head, strong legs / Mellow, floral nose of orchard fruit, citrus, spice, soap / Light to medium body, very lively carbonation, dry with astringency and fruit somewhat lacking, and bitter finish / Stylish, dry flavors of grain, straw, chrysanthemum, marigold, orange peel, apple, coriander / A bit unduly dry and bitter, without enough fruit for support, but all in all an elegant and complex brew.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Binny’s. Pours a hazy gold with a huge white head that falls slowly. Nose is moderately citrus but not over the top hops. Floral with a fruity slant and white pepper. Still, the best of all of their saisons thus far. On tasting, moderately high bitterness that is balanced by a good amount of malt. Light pepper notes again and fruity. Drying finish. Some sweet malt does come across with the finish as well. Really nice beer here.
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz picked up at wlv... bottle opens with a fairly loud hiss yielding a hazy moderately transparent dried apricot hue and topped with a thin to medium soapy white head that retreats slowly leaving a thin frothy film... mild belgian yeast nose upfront, not too distracting as some can be, with layers of fruit bundled underneath-coinciding with the yeast. tangerine citrus and almost a sorachi type of hop presence present throughout. a modicum of citrus rind bitterness surfaces late to go along with a bready doughiness. a little bit of herbal sweettart/smarty candiness to boot... flavors offer a semi-sweet rendition of the aroma with pear and tangerine citrusy notes that intermingle with the aforementioned belgian yeast profile. a touch of sweetness on the finish that gently fades into a faint pithy citrus rind bitterness. medium bodied or just there shy of which adds a sense of drinkability that goes along with the semi-lively bursts of tingly sensation on the tongue. appreciate the abv on this one as it certainly drinks pretty easy.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from Binny’s Lincoln Park. Batch #46. Pours a cloudy, golden-orange colored body with an inch thick, dense, frothy and foamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is pretty solid. Lots of florals, pears, citrus rinds, a soft Belgian yeast, touches of pine, a light spice, and a lightly sweetened bready pils malt backing. Flavor is solid with a bit more bitterness from the hops, but still maintains the nice florals and bready pils maltiness. Pears, citrus rinds, a nice Belgian yeastiness with a light pepper, lots of florals, a light pine, and a soft, bready pils malt backing. Finishes dry and fairly bitter from the citrus pines and Belgian yeast spice, but has a nice, light sweetness from the pils malts and floral pears. Lengthy aftertaste following a soft, lighter side of medium body and a somewhat lively, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really cool saison. Fairly bitter and citrusy, but a nice pils malt backing offers a light sweetness to go with the florals while the Belgian yeast adds a bit of a spicy touch. Very easy drinking and enjoyable.
TheAlum (5108) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Pours a dulled orange amber hue, darker dulled middle with some mellow yet firm haziness. A frothy loose whitish head sits atop, dies to a small film and laces small. Some hazy amber glow on the edges shows some pretty light. Aromas are gentle kisses of fruit, doughy malts, dry florals and citrusy hops. Some apple, kiss of pear, grapefruit and lemon hops meet florals, gentle grass. Mellow yeasty spice couples into the dryness. Touches of melon, peach, and some light orange. Delicate fruity bouquet as it warms. Initial is a lighter end of the fold in body, some delicate peach fuzz, dry floral and grassy hops provide some bitterness up front. Some apple, gentle bready malts, kiss of dough. Dry and lighter overall as some grapefruit and lemon come in. Delicate melon, bready malts. Kiss of yeastiness gives some chase into the middle. Beer gives some nice dryness, touches of tropical fruit hops, grapefruit, gentle white grape. Kiss of white pepper, orange. Some bready malts, gentle dough, pear. Into the backend, the beer gets a touch more dry again, lingering hops, grapefruit, florals, some tropical fruit, kiss of bubblegum. Lighter, nice and dry, the yeast element stays at bay. Fairly fresh and not overhopped/hopped to death so as to lose the Saison element. A touch of abv, bread, bit of paper. More mellow finish as it trails out. I really like the nose, the front, the middle. The backend and finish leave a bit more to be desired for me. Still, it’s quite nice and not just of the mindset "we made a Saison but just covered up everything about it with hops". Nice beer, guys. Nose really grows on me, especially as it warms and settles a bit.. Not about intensity, but depth which is quite nice here.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle served in a FFF teku glass. Batch #46
A: Pours a clear amber color with a bubbly white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a foamy ring that leaves sticky splotches of lace down the glass.
S: A nice citric hop note is present up front with a spicy Belgian yeast body. Peppery with some fruity esters, the yeast is
T: Slightly bitter and piney, the dry hopping adds another layer of flavor that compliments the dry and yeasty body. Nice fruity esters and a light peppery spice make up the majority of the body of the beer. There is a subtle, underlying sweetness on the finish.
M: Medium high carbonation with a little prickly mouthfeel. Medium-light body with a smooth finish.
O: A definitely liked the extra bitterness and light citrus aromas the dry hopping added to this beer. A unique take on the saison style and it’s easily drinkable as well.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-11-2012
holdenn (2077) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The most recent bottle release. Pours a yellow gold with a thin head. The aroma is light on the Belgian spicy yeast and heavier on the herbal, citrus, and pine hops. The yeast is pretty mellow in the flavor as well. Not too much of that barnyard, hay, or earthiness flavors that you might be expecting. But the pale malts have both a nice bitterness and spiciness near the finish. Especially as this warms those herbal pepper spices from the hops and yeast are not overpowering but really good. Tasty.
madmitch76 (13079) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
3rd January 2013
Very hazy amber beer, big fluffy off white head. Palate is soft and airy with fine carbonation. Semi dry. Very nice tangy orange with touches of mango and apricot. Mild seltzer minerals. Light finish with whispers of flowers and lime. Nicely hopped Saison.