dmschefke (570) - 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 (3600) - 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.
jredmond (5908) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled in Buffalo as BQ2010 was nearing its end. Bottle. Pours a golden hazy body. Aroma has some fruitiness, ester, and wheat. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of farmhouse funk, fruity esters, wheat, yeast and a bizarre finish of tomatoes.
boomer0813 (100) - denton, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Poured a hazy yellow. Aroma was of ginger and cherry. Flavor was of ginger, lemon, and cherry. Good beer.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, purchased at City Beer Store. Pours a clear, dulled light-copper color; golden edges; fluffy, textured, medium-bubbled off-white head with solid retention and mixed-bubbled lacing; attractive pour, generally. The aroma shows a lot of tropical fruit, passion fruit, and strongly suggests dry-hopping to me; significantly aromatic hop aroma, honeyed malts and fruity sweetness surrounding it; if the Belgian sugar here was turned down just a touch, and all drier, the aroma would be incredible. Medium body: creamy texture in the mouth, fluffy carbonation, and medium-light acidity; there’s a persistent, oily honey character that permeates every part of this beer, but thankfully the similarly oily tropical and passion fruit (I know that passion fruit is a tropical fruit, but it’s most prevalent here) hop bitterness carries through as well; there are some lovely vanilla notes and pleasant esters present here (bananas, most certainly; hints of clove phenols and other things), but the sweetness is just, again, a touch too much for the style and for my palate. That’s really the only detracting point here: lovely honeyed and estery maltiness, the hop character is gorgeous, dry hopping hugely appropriate, and creamy texture throughout. Greater attenuation, por favor. Lasting finish of honey and vanilla-tinged esters, tropical fruits; a pleasantly balanced ending.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: An authentic feeling saison with a rustic and citrusy character
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed about 9 months after the beer was released. This bottle sent to me by kegbear. Thanks a whole lot Craig.
The look: Cloudy golden orange body topped by a medium off-white head with medium retention
In long: Nose has some floral notes, some fruity (orange, citru) notes but it mostly is very rustic and bright. Not really wild/barnyard and certainly not funky, just dusty attic rustic with rusty notes. My first glass was too sharp and disappointing but the beer really took off from the second glass when I started to get some yeast. I recommend mixing the yeast before pouring. Some sweetness in the malts upfront with 2/3 honey and 1/3 sweet dessert fruity like kiwi or something like that. Taste is also rather citrusy, strong Saison yeast character, light coriander note, wild flowers, a tiny spicy/peppery note in the hops. Finish is mildly dry, mildly bitter. Carbonation is body is very lively and feels authentic Belgian. Overall sensation of drinking an improved version of Fantôme Dalmatienne. Excellent beer yet strangely I was hoping for a little more from this top-rated American Saison. And a noble cause too with part of the proceeds going to a college fund for the surviving daughter of Dave Levonian. Brew it more regularly and sell it in my neighbourhood and she will be driving to college in a Porche.
LilBeerDoctor (3509) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to TheCheeseman. Pours a cloudy light orange with a small white head. Aroma of brett, lemon, citrus, light fruits, dry hops. Flavor of brett, citrus, sweet malt, light spices with a dry finish. Easy drinking saison, very nice! Great beer!
TheAlum (6146) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from South Bay Drugs (San Diego, CA). Pours a pretty hazy golden orange, fiery, a huge beige bubbly head that cakes and laces well, well carbonated and good liveliness. Aromas are a wonderful tangerine rind, fruity and tart, with some nice grainy malts, a touch of dusty farmhouse, hay, and grass. A touch of Belgian spicey yeast, with some decent fruity esters, some delicate florals, but not a major factor. Initial is a fairly good bitterness from the rind, fruity and citric tangerine, a touch tart, with some light pepper and Belgian yeast working onto the palate, slight spice, grainy malts and hay edge in with some decent fruity esters. The tangerine rind is very prominent, tart and bitter with a big element from the rind oils. This beer is very nice, tasty and good balance on the palate, light spice and heavy tangerine rind influence, as the malts come in and provide a base. Tasty!
BOLTZ7555 (2927) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Lost Abbey tasting room. Vibrant 14 karat pour with a foamy white head that left a bit of lacing. Aroma is filled with fruit and bright citrus, accompanied by peppery spice and glass per the style. Almost got a crisp Granny Smith hint with grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon zest. Mild pepper bite and very little funk here but there is a bitterness in the finish. Medium to light mouthfeel. Really good brew.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to smokepot23!
Hazy gold with a moderate, fizzy white head. Nose is surprisingly sweet with heavy fruit in tangerine and lemon, but there is also strong yeast and hints of pepper. A long finish highlights the rounded, yeasty flavor, which is framed by orange, pepper, and floral accents. The palate is world class, somewhat dry and decently thick but still light and vibrant thanks to the controlled carbonation. The only complaint is that it misses on the complex farmhouse element. Despite this, it is balanced on all accounts and is a supremely-crafted Saison.