Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle enjoyed at Lost Abbey.
Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Aroma is esthers, coriander, spices, wheat, saison-y yeasts. Flavors of spices, coriander, grass, grapefruit zest, bananas, esthers, cloves, saison yeasts all come through brilliantly in this beer. Delicious Saison.
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2010
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light orange, white foam, meh retention, decent lace. Tart fruits on the nose, slight medicinal note. Dry, peppery, long lingering bitterness, fairly astringent.
cpetrone84 (1372) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!
A-pours a dark cloudy amber color with a light tan colored head.
S-the nose is pretty nice, light saison yeast aromas, plenty of citrus hops in there, apricot, mango, floral aromas, a nice light peppery spice to it in the finish.
T-the taste follows the nose, a lot of citrus and floral hops, mango, apricot, peach, typicall saison yeast flavors, with a hint of peppery spice to balance.
M-a medium body with a syrupy texture, slightly grainy on the palate with a nice carbonation to balance out the syrupy texture.
D-this is quite nice, plenty of citrus flavors to make it quite enjoyable with the nice saison farmhouse yeast and enough light peppery spice to balance.
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber with a medium off white head. Malty aroma with yeasty and fruity notes. Flavour had malt, yeast, hops and spicy notes. Finished slightly dry and bitter.
callmemickey (2696) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Massive white cap sits atop a hazy golden body with some solid lacing as the head slowly receded.
S: Zesty lemon-orange-pear fruit base. Nice pepper spice, some bitterness. Not too much in the way of farmhouse funk.
T: Super clean flavors. The light, bright citrus notes play off the spicy pepper tone nicely. Light hop note in the back-end. Again, not particularly funky. Which is quite alright from time to time.
M: Light-medium body. Some zip in the finish. Massively crisp and refreshing. Alcohol isn’t noticeable.
O: By the end of the bottle the two-dimensional assault of citrus and spice left me a bit weary. Here is where the addition of some funk would have kept things perhaps a bit more interesting and balanced.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
grownfool’s Even the postman knows what’s in those packages tasting. Bottle shared by grownfool. Hazy orange, white fine cover. Aroma is earthy, light spicy. Taste is light caramel, spicy esters.
decaturstevo (5002) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy brown pour with white head and lace. Light brown sugar, a bit of yeast aroma. Sour brown sugar, and a medium bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Suttree (5132) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At grownfools tasting - Orange and slightly cloudy. Nice loose foamy head. Smells sweet, with some floral and winey notes. Flavor is a nice mix of fruity sweet, some white wine and some toasty, bready notes. Also some candyish flavors, too. Nice mix of flavors, leans toward the sweet end of the saison spectrum.
dmschefke (568) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an expected straw yellow with thick white head, lots of lacing and retention with a bit of a gush upon popping the cork. Aroma obvious of that wheaty belgian yeast, grass, hay, and citrus. Flavor matches well, but only makes for a refreshing, actually pretty boring, saison.
nickd717 (3480) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from City Beer in SF.
Pours hazy golden with a large lasting white head and good lacing.
Aroma is bready malt, Belgian yeast, spice, and green apple. Pretty good smelling.
Fairly flavorful with sweet bready pale malt, green apple, spices, funk, and yeast. A good but not great tasting saison.
Somewhat dry on the palate with medium body and lively carbonation.
Enjoyable overall but not a standout. Fairly drinkable beer.