crossovert (7561) - Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2014 A big, spicy saison that not only lets the yeast sing with the clove but the peppercorns add a nice throat burn. Awesome.
Scopey (7052) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to Ken at THE sours & saisons tasting (part 1). It pours cloudy golden-amber, with a massive white head. The nose is rather spicy, lots of freshly cracked black pepper, underlying sweetness, earth and floral notes. The taste is rather dry, peppercorn, creamy, dough, sugary sweetness and weird tanginess, with a dry, peppery finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Canít say I like pepper in my beer. I really didnít enjoy this at all. Challenging to drink.....
Ibrew2or3 (6985) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of markwise. It pours gold with thin white head. The aroma is sugar sweet then orange creamsicle, black licorice and ginger. Interesting mix. The taste begins with modest white pepper heat and then moves into a blend of mild saison like yeasty spice, apricot and a touch of citrus. This is certainly an interest mix of flavors and aromas. For me it works OK.
deyholla (6702) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has light spice with sweet grain and a hint of light red fruits. Flavor begins with sweet grains, light spice, peppercorn and light fruits with Belgian yeast and slightly bitter grass.
DrSilverworm (6571) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, shared by beerpig317. Hazy golden-orange color. Good thin white head. Nice lace. Nice estery peppercorn flavor. Soft, smooth, bright carbonation. Medium - plus body. Very dry. Some rosewater in the aroma, definite floral, somewhat perfume, peppercorns, belgian yeast, some coriander, orange-peel. Solid, dry, peppery saison.
BBB63 (6083) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and served in my now trusty Pipeworks snifter: Slightly hazy golden hue with a huge fluffy head and excellent lacework. The aroma has notes of wet pale biscuity grains, flowers and heather fields, LIGHT pepper, banana and peach like vapours. Slightly cardboardy but not intrusive, I found almost no diacetyl as a someone else I know did (perhaps they got a bad bottle?).
The taste is rather smoother than I expected, really was prepared for a spice attack but that is not the case. More earthy, yeast driven, pale malt atypical saison with a tad more fruity notes and final bitterness than what you would normally find in the genre. The finish could still be cleaner despite the FG being so low, that cardboardy character does seem more a issue on the finish. It is very easy to drink and is properly carbonated. I like this and would buy again, makes me interested what the next saison will be like.
swoopjones (5980) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. slightly hazed witish yellow pour. sweet notes, not overly peppery, floral fruity notes. nice saison
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from Printerís Row (Chicago, IL). A cap to a great weekend in which I didnít embarrass myself too much (Wisco, GTMW, Wedding/Errand Recovery Day). Been falling behind on these lately. Pours a richer golden hue, decent haze, some orange deeper glow comes through in the body and edges. Striking sunfire glow, with small cakey whitish head atop. Stays as an ok layer, laces small. Aromas are pretty potent, preaching bready and doughy malts, straw, some gentle yeasty spice, fruity pear and apple. Pink peppercorn, gentle spice, and mellow fruit. Touches of lemon, melon, and fresh dry yeast. Initial is lighter end of the fold, offering dry yeast, straw, and grass. Cereal and dry bready grains, soap. Gentle spice grows, the middle shows some touches of fruit, apple, some citrus, with a dryness really coming on strong. Earthy hops, grass, florals. Gentle pink mellow peppercorns, some yeasty spice, straw, and more grass. Crisp and refreshing, fruit in the middle, the backend is dry and a bit spicy. I dig this, it keeps away from much if any real sweetness, fruity elements at all. Remaining crisp, dry, and gently spiced (so itís not just a yeast bomb) throughout. Light fun summery Saison. Pretty dry overall, a more fruity nose than the beer letís on, some more jabs of citrus up front as it warms, but a dry gently spiced fairly clean and crisp Saison into the backend. My jam.
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a deep hazy golden hay color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of rustic malt with light sweet notes and some light peppery ester. Taste is also dominated by solid rustic malt with balanced sweetness level and light peppery notes with some good floral ester. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid offering and Iím glad the pink pepper notes were not overly dominant as it would have been a shame to hide some of the nice characteristics of this beer.
jackl (4671) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ THE Sour and Saison Tasting. Thanks to Ken for bringing this ! The pourís deep golden amber with a tiny head. The nose is peppery hop, floral countryside. Notes of dried grass and wood, light sweet raspberry. The taste is much the same - quite peppery with notes of raspberry and wood. Lightly herbal and grassy. The bodyís light, smooth. Overall, I found this to be a strange collection of flavors. Too peppery to be legitimately enjoyable. OK.