ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Pours a bright cloudy orange-gold color with a big two-fingers of frothy white head. The head fades down slowly to a sizeable layer leaving behind lots of lace on the glass.
S - Aroma is a nice mix of lemon and wheat notes. There is also some spices and yeast, as well as some breadiness mixed in.
T - Starts off with a hit of lemon and wheat flavor. There is a bit of tartness and spice in the background. Through the middle, some stronger yeast and spice flavors come out with a touch of bready flavor. The beer finishes with some orange and grain flavors with some yeast and spices that linger.
M - Medium bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Could have used a bit more here. Other than that the beer feels really crisp and refreshing with a nice lingering mouthfeel and some dryness.
T - Very drinkable. The flavors all mix together very nicely and feel balanced. Minus the minor complaint about the carbonation, everything else feels great about the beer. A solid saion.
ChainGangGuy (4370) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled May 2010.
Appearance: Pours out a clearish, flaxen-hued body with a thin, short-lived, white head.
Smell: It smells bready and rustic, like migrant worker-gathered grains left raw and unprocessed. Splash of orange and melon juices. Lightly spicy. Moderately yeasty. Underlying floral, herbal tones.
Taste: Sweetish, grainy taste of pale malted barley, crunchy rolled oats, and wheat berries with a rustic bready character. Lightly citrusy fruitiness, with a background hint of cantaloupe. Hints of ground pepper and even coriander. Floral, herbed hop character with a mild mannered bitterness. Lightly spicy, robustly grainy on the drying finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Some noted creaminess to the mouthfeel.
Drinkability: I’d prefer a skosh less alcohol and body, but, it’s still another nice, unique saison from Pretty Things. Pain de campagne in a glass!
BrewBoxer (1989) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at beer table. Pours a nice copper tan color with slight lacing. Taste is mild sweet with a rye and grainy body. Smells like fruit and hay. Very good saison. Might like this better then the jack d’or.
Glouglouburp (6007) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: An original full body doughy/bready and flowery Saison
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed 6 months after bottling date (bottle date May 2010)
The look: Cloudy dark blonde body topped by a very small white head
In long: Nose is moderately rustic, some tangerines and a bit of bubble-gum. Taste is very bready with a nice freshly baked bread character (crusty baguette, rye bread, banana bread) and straw. Strong yeast presence that has a moderately rustic character. Hops add flavors that are between tangerines and countryside flowers. A little spiciness. Finish is medium dry and the after-taste has a fruit skin and a coriander-like sensation that seems to come from the yeast/fermentation and not an added spice. More residual sugar than I like to get from a Saison but I guess that’s the price to pay for that full bready/doughy body. Very nice mouthfeel with an enjoyable full lively body. Not the most authentic Saison I’ve ever had (far from it) but this is an original take on the style. Saison is clearly my favorite style. I like Saisons so much that I think that 70% of Saison are above average Saison.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this on-tap at American Craft in Brookline a couple days ago. Review from notes.
4.0 A: Dark yellow/orange color (hard to tell since it’s dark outside). One finger of off-white head, decent retention, and tons of lacing.
4.5 S: Lots of barnyard funk going on here. Horsey, dank hay, and lots of yeastiness.
4.0 T: Lots of yeastiness again, hay, moldy grass. Very nice.
4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, very smooth.
4.0 D: I would buy this again if I ever came across it.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 06-29-2010 16:26:25
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy orange yellow.. almost no head . Slightly funky, strong yeast aroma. Flavours are nice slighty funky some vanilla. Very malty though with very grassy vegital hops. Good but not great.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks to fata2683. Pours hazy gold, thin white head, lacing is spotty to poor. Nose is tight and citric, with oats, wheat, and light earth, soft florals, no funk readily apparent. Flavours are clean and earthy, nice lemon and tangerine. Very pleasant, a "classic" Saison, not exceptional in any way, but not lacking anywhere either. Right down the middle and solid, in a style I really enjoy.
auerbrau (3166) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz Bottle. Orange peel, whole grains, and Saison yeast nose. Pours a translucent gold-orange, with wisp of white at the rim. Flavors are chewy and textured. There’s a glassy, sugary texture that seems to dominate and the yeast seems a bit flabby, unfortunately. Some bit-stale hops push though on the flavor and fight with a wet grain flavor. This one seems a little messy to me and light on the things about a Saison (bubbly, crisp, crackery, with a nice spicy yeast compliment). The hop or spice bitterness that comes quickly stays and muddles the whole thing. I wish I loved this, but Jack D’or is much, much better.
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
tasting on 11/20/10. hazy yellow pour with a slim white head. Belgian yeast nose with some banana and citrus notes. medium body with more banana, candi sugar, apricot and orange peel. sweet finish with a citrus bitterness and some light fruit.
Lubiere (9939) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A hazed amber saison with a thick receeding off white head, creamy and translucent. In aroma, pleasant herbaceous hops with light catnip, coriander, spices. In mouth, a creamy smooth saison with coriander, curacao, silky and well balanced, very old world indeed. Spot on. Bottled in May 2010.