tectactoe (1857) - Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2014 Growler: Muddled, woody brown color, completely opaque and very akin to swamp water with a gray tinted, billowing and volatile head. Ugly duckling. Moderate lacing. Aroma is perfumey and fruity with lots of Belgian esters; bubblegum, apple, banana, lots of sweet honey, cake-like yeast, and a mash-up of spices like clove, coriander, and perhaps even cinnamon. Taste is full of more heavy esters, as well as a backdrop of spicy and fruity notes. Bananas, pear, apple, cinnamon, clove, mint. Lots and lots of honey results in a very sweet beer, along with mild Candi sugar and toffee notes. Graham cracker perhaps. Bordering on "too sweet". Thick, sticky mouth feel. Labeled by Pizza Boy as a "Super Saison" but this seems more like an overdone BSPA. Pretty mediocre, a little too much sweetness and collision of flavors.
blipp (6111) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours amber orange with a thin white head. Sweet malts, yeasty and flowery notes, and some peachy fruity notes. Feels big for the sake of being big. A bit boozy, and lacks the dry finish that makes a good saison great. Decent, but not their best.
Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Al's of Hampden in Enola, PA. This beer is stupid good. Labelled as a "Super Saison" at the brewpub, this beer was dangerously drinkable for 10%. By far my best beer of this outing.
Beerathon (1161) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hot damn this good. No carbonation, but not a big deal. Deep flavors run through this beer. Yum!
GT2 (8432) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours Muddy, dark brownish orange. Weak to no foam. Nose is quite sticky. Taste is sticky with big licorice, figs, mint. A tad overwhelming. Seems to have more than desired fermentable sugars in suspension. Palate is honey and syrupy.
Pailhead (4809) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler: The aroma consists of moderate apple, honey, light fruit, and a touch of spice. It pours hazy brownish-orange with a small white head that quickly fades to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate honey and apple. There’s some other light fruitiness in the background. The finish has some brown sugar, more apple, and a touch of spice. Overall...I was told this was supposed to be a strong Saison. It’s definitely more along the lines of the RateBeer listing of Belgian Strong. It’s a little on the sweet side for my preferences.
orangesol (853) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2013 Served on-tap at Al’s of Hampden.
A - Pours murky brown with a small film of white head, dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving no lace at all down the glass.
S - Smells of lightly funky saison yeast, granny smith apples, honey sweetness, fresh fruit and some light spice. Rather sweet for a saison, I was expecting more funk in the nose.
T - Starts off with plenty of honey sweetness mixed with granny smith apple skins. Hints of fruit, light spice and a bit of saison funk help round things out but this one is dominated by the sweetness. Finish is like the start, sweet apples, lingering on the palate for quite awhile after the finish.
M - Slick, sweet feel with moderate carbonation. The added sweetness really shows itself in this one, threatening to overpower the entire beer.
O - I was expecting more from this one. I don’t get a ton of the typical funk from the yeast thanks to all that sweetness. If the sweetness could be toned down I think this one could be really nice. Either way it is worth a shot but nothing earth shattering here.