NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Binny’s Marcey. Guess I’ll be the first... Pours an attractive and hazy orangey gold with a huge rocky head, white, that persists to the end. The nose presents as quite fruity with a light white pepper slant, citrus and a vanilla thing. Some banana comes through as well. On tasting, it is again very fruity. The bitterness is really high here, perhaps a touch too much, particularly with the pepper and spices. Nice citrus and banana. Earthy black pepper brings some complexity. A bit sweet and bigger body than expected which kind of pulls it out of saison and into a just plain good Belgian beer. I can dig it.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Batch 21 - the one and only ao far of course... Pours a
medium hazy yellowish brown hue and topped with a creamy pure white
head. Looks great and highly enticing. After time, the head diminishes
leaving a thin wispy film... Aroma of Belgian yeast and light banana.
Peppercorns more abundant in the flavor than the nose but definetely
becomes apparent late with a light but noticeable spicy tinge...
Flavors are more of the same with the peppercorn getting a headstart
while meshing well with the Belgian yeast profile. A light bitter
finish also comes into play. Body is light and fluffy with the abv
held in check.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Pours a cloudy, golden-orange colored body with a two finger-width, dense, frothy and foamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma has some soft tea notes, florals, and a bit of a lemon zest with a lightly sweetened, grainy, bready pils maltiness. A light pepper note with a bit of a Belgian yeast, banana ester. Flavor is similar. Florals and a fruitiness up front with some lemon and yeasty esters giving off a slight banana note. A bit more of a peppercorn note in the middle with with a lightly sweetened, bready maltiness. A slight herbal tea note before this finishes dry with a nice peppercorn, earthy floral and light grassy bitterness alongside a light, balancing malt sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste following a light-medium body and a crisp, pillowy, lively carbonation. Overall, I liked the Poivre du Sichuan better, but this was a nice Saison. A bit more fruity and slightly sweeter than the Poivre du Sichuan, but the peppercorn provides a nice spiciness and floral essence. Good beer.
madvike (3201) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Pours hazy yellow with a thin white head. Nose is white pepper, dry dusty yeast, lemongrass and real dry malt. Taste is the same. Pepper isn’t overly spicy, but it makes it a bit angular. Super dry, with the yeast peeking its head out. Long, spicy, dry finish. Thinnish body with fluffy carbonation. A little too dry for my tastes.
DrnkMcDermott (3003) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample from bottle at the FoBAB documentary party. Very nicely malty with a little bit of spice, although I totally missed the peppercorns. Instead, I thought the taste was very savory like a good Belgian beer. Touch of funk. A lot of yeast swirled up from the bottom.
rxeight (2579) - Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch 151. Aroma is a very zesty lemony farmhouse. Touch or Belgian yeast. Taste starts golden Belgian single and finishes with a lemon and pepper burst. Lots of carbonation.
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Binny’s Lincoln Park. Pours hazy golden with orange tints with white head. Aromas of biscuity malts, earthy spices, pepper, banana, and clove. Flavors of peppery spices, banana, clove, and some yeast. Not the lightest saison, but a tasty one.
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Mash Tun Festival 2013. Hazy golden with a white head. Nose is of pepper spice, flowers, pale malts, and earth. Flavor is a bit spicy as well with notes of wood, herbal hops, grass, earth, and peppercorn. A pepper saison? No thanks.
jjgmd (1985) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours a cloudy yellow golden pour with a large white light head. Nose is yeasty and champagne like, and spicy. Taste is fruity and sweet with a peppery ending/. Finishes is moderately long, spicy with a peppery ending/ A very tasteful saison, via Archer Liquors, Chicago. Quaff Score 8 / 10
zgaier (1889) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy golden orange with a white head and sweet aroma of peppercorns and spices. Taste is sweet, nice spice and fruit notes with a touch of peppercorn and lemon zest leading to a dry finish. Very drinkable, nice saison