changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Batch 152. A glowing golden-orange color pours out of the bottle with a nice thick fluffy white head. A firm layer sticks around for the long haul. Really enjoy the aroma here; soft yeast and straw pair well with fruity notes of apple, pear, and strawberry. Light pepper mixes in as well as floral notes, that’s initially restraint until this breathes a bit and a stronger rose scent comes out. Lively in the mouth with cracker, yeasty, and floral sweetness. A light touch of fruity esters, yeast, straw, and rose peddles provide this with some good depth. Dry and peppery finish with plenty of floral sweetness hanging around. Refreshingly light despite the abv with a really good balance of sweetness from flowers, fruit, and crackers and dry, spicy notes from the Peppercorns. Yep, good one.
ryecatcher (1348) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber, pours a hazy medium gold with an immense white head and outstanding retention and lacing. Biscuit, banana, clove with peppercorn spiciness underneath. I’m not a huge fan of Saisons, but this one is decent, pairs nice with Thia Curry. Bravo, Pipeworks.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 21. Pours light yellow with light banana yeast notes. Very deep spice notes of clove and peppercorn which break into a very long finish while deflecting the higher ABV.
kbudd19 (984) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Tom10101. Nice cloudy yellow pour with plenty of white head and lacing. Aroma is citrus, spices, fruity esters and a bit of sticky sweetness. Taste is sweet fruit up front, followed by honey, middle is slightly bitter, medium mouthfeel, semi dry finish with a mild hint if pepper. Not bad, not typical of the style, it’s a bit on the sweet side and I don’t really get any pepper, but it’s for sure interesting.
JoePeesie (924) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clean crisp golden brown with 3 fingers of fizzy head that fade quickly leaving no lace. Nose and taste are crisp, grassy, a bit of apricot sweetness with a big peppercorn spiciness on the finish. I personally would like to see the spice scaled back in the next run. Do that and I’d probably adjust my rating to the 4.2-4.4 range.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle served in a Founders tulip. Batch 21.
A: Pour a semi hazy golden amber color with a fluffy white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring and some light bubbly wisps.
S: Light citrus fruit flesh, some lemon rind, grass make up the initial part of the nose. There is light peppery notes and some mild funk with a little bit of must. Mild cheese is in the background.
T: The initial sip has great yeasty flavor profiles. Mild wet hay, some cheese, and phenolic notes as well. Peppery spice, Lemon pith bitterness and with a creamy malt body.
M: Medium to light bodied with an above average prickly carbonation that carries the flavors away a little to quickly. It is really drinkable though.
O: Very easy drinking and flavors are pretty balanced. I would have like a touch more spice from the peppercorns as I thought they were somewhat lost.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-17-2012
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours apricot with half inch of white foamy head which clears out after the first sip. smell and taste of yeast, dough which leaves a pepper after note that stays on your tongue. Not spicy, but the pepper is prominent. surprisingly refreshing
nsquishee (638) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Straw colored pour with a lingering white head. Aromas of flowers, caramel, butterscotch, and honey. Very smooth, yet fizzy palate with flavors of caramel, hops, orange peel, and a pepper-spiced finish. Tart, sweet, and bitter taste. Nice saison. Pipeworks is good. Check them out!
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle poured into a Pipeworks small tulip.
Pours a hazy straw colored gold with a two finger bright white head. Bready yeast, flora and grass, and dried fruit with citrus highlights on the nose. Very light citrus, apricot, maybe a touch of peach, bready, earthy yeast with just a touch of funk and peppery spice in the midpalate, and finishes dry with the spice added by the peppercorns. Light to medium body with a touch of creaminess and adequate carbonation adds to an enjoyable mouthfeel. A solid and very easy drinking saison, perfect for this pleasant summer night.
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, golden orange pour, thick white head. Some citrus, earth, and banana aroma. Fruity and earth taste, didn’t really have the spice I expected. Solid brew, but not what I was expecting.