corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Rembrandt’s
Pours a clear, dark golden orange color with golden apricot hues and a 1.5 finger frothy white head. Good retention, slowly fading into a ring. Streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind.
Slightly earthy aroma with funky saison yeast, brett, grass and straw. Subtle bread/yeast as well as some light fruit, mostly apple.
Medium bodied but on the fuller end for the style. Dry up front with some zesty, peppery spice that lingers throughout into the dry finish. Funky saison yeast that gives off hints of hay, grass and straw. Possibly some faint brett dryness. Bready yeast presence adds to the palate and there is a slight light fruit/alcohol phenol character. Hints of apple and pear in the aftertaste. Decent but not the best example of the style.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Whole Foods, Bowery. Man, this is about as good as I’ve had from Pretty Things, a delectable amalgam of fruity and dry in a superbly rendered saison. Bright orange pour with a medium head that leaves a prickly ring of bubbles and some good legs. Soft floral nose initially, with bright apple and apricot, with a dry, faintly herbal finish. Mouthfeel is medium, with a nice prickle to it and a pleasant metholated touch. Flavors are really terrific, with enough breadiness to give the beer a good solid foundation but not so much that it overwhelms the delish interplay of grain, bright quirky hops, spice, funk, and spring fruits. Great stuff, wish I had a case more.
wedgie9 (1737) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 6/26/11 from a 22oz bomber bottle, bottled in May 2001, Batch 2, thanks to Ryan. Pours hazy light golden with an average white head that slowly recedes to a spotty layer of lace with a decent collar. The nose is lightly sweet candi sugar up front, along with a little more bread and caramel malt than your average Saison, along with some spicy yeast, and bitter, and orange peel hops. The flavor is very light and delicate up front with a bit of hay and cereal, moving to spicy signature Saison yeast, slightly soapy, and a ton of orange peel and lightly bitter hops. The body is medium with an oily texture, average but stinging carbonation and a long spicy yeast and bitter orange peel hops finish.
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on 6/25/2011. This saison pours a slightly cloudy orange gold color from a 22 oz bottle. Medium sized thick rocky foamy head, with nice lacing and good retention. The aroma is spicy, fruity, citrusy and sweet. A medium to full bodied saison. The malts are fruity and sweet, orange and orange peel. The hops are herbal and slightly spicy. All the grains in this beer give it a very full and round mouthfeel, its almost like the chewyness of an oatmeal stout. Nice carbonation. A touch sweet and perhaps a little funky. Very nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and a touch spicy.
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour hazy golden white head decent lace. Aroma fruit yeast, cereal grain, clove, pepper, fruity. Taste quite bitter, spicy, pepper, cereal grain, abv well hidden, wheat, clove, grassy. MF medium body fizzy fine carb. Wow great super thirst quenching spicy and bitter very well done have been enjoying everything to come out of this brewery.
pineypower (2359) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours out a well carbonated golden color with a small white head. Aroma is of some strange herbal notes and some fruity yeast. Taste is of some herbs, rye, lemon zest, odd herbs and some bready notes. Not a bad saison, but its tough to follow right after Carnival.
dmac (3688) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by pineypower, thanks Dean. This was drank immediately after Lost Abbey Carnivale so perhaps that explains the lowe rating a bit. Poured an orange body with a slight touch of haze, a foamy average sized white head with a short duration for lasting power. Aroma of herbal tea, bread, brett and a hint of mint. Medium to fuller bodied with strong carbonation and a lingering aftertaste. Flavor of bread, hint of rye and some spice. Meh, it’s okay but it’s no Carnivale.
Strykzone (4383) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle bought near Boston. A cloudy effervescent orange brown beer. A thick three finger head fades leaving nice lacing. The aroma offers fruit and yeast with a bit of funkiness. I love a saison because they are always so interesting. This one is more so than most. Flavor begins with fruit, caramel, and cereal grain. Hops begin to sneak in after a few sips and they are floral. A bit of pine, too. There is a bit of honey that, that along with the malt, adds some nice sweetness. Some sticky bread. This is quite nice. A varied style and this beer adds some different aspects.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
20110616 Bomber from Capones, bottled May 2011, batch 2. Dark gold, deeply hazy, tall, creamy off-white head. Aroma reminds me of the coast along the eastern beaches when beach plum flowers are in bloom and there’s a soft, warm Southerly breeze. I’m not entirely sure why that is, other than a pleasant sense of peace that is coming over me as I breathe it in. It’s softly flowery with strong bready notes, nice fruity phenols, banana, plum. Body is lush, hefe-like, with a noticeable but mild finishing bitterness. Complex but easily quaffable and refreshing. Very much enjoyed this one.
iowaherkeye (2684) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottled May 2011, batch 2. $8.99 a couple weeks ago from Whole Foods Bowery. Hazy golden orange with a one finger light beige head, fading to a thick ring and tattered film after thirty seconds or so. Belgian yeast up front with some banana notes followed by a bit of white pepper. A fair amount of malt is also present, and the rye and wheat dominate with some moderately sweet grain and honey filling it out. Just getting a little herbals from the hops. Flavor follows suit pretty well, though has more sweetness than I’m used to (malts and banana notes blend well) with a saison. Does finish semi-dry with some wheat and bitterness peaking at a 3 that does intensify in the back corners of my tongue (to a 4-5). No trace of the alcohol. Surprisingly full-bodied with low carbonation, further heavying the beer.