pineypower (2306) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Dmac. Pours out a mostly cloudy golden color with a big white head. Aroma is of citrus hops, some spices, yeast and an earthy pepper note. Taste is complex, notes of yeast, pepper, earth, slight fruit and some spice, all the while having a little citrus hop bite. Well done.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 2 March 2009; Sampled February 2010
This beer pours into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip with a four-finger thick, pale colored head that sits on top of a honey colored beer. When held up to the light the body show a hazed, orange-gold hue and the head, as it subsides, leave a wispy lacing pattern on the side of my glass. The aroma is spicy up front, but then a hit of American hop character hits me with notes of tropical fruit, kumquat, lychee and super sweet tangelo. There is a background note of earthy spice and dusty malt, as well as a cracker like grain character. Quite a bit of yeast character lurks just beneath the hops; slightly musty, note of clove and other base phenolics make for a rustic yeast character that I expect to find in a Saison. The mix of American hops and Saison characteristics mixes quite well and I am really enjoying the nose on this beer.
The flavor is not as dominated by the American hop notes as the aroma was; instead it is quite a bit more herbal, which mixes with a touch of medicinal phenolics in the finish and with the earthy grain and yeast character quite well. Still some supporting notes of lychee, tangelo zest and even some mango / passion fruit like character is noticeable. I really like the earthy, musty, phenolic yeast character; it serves as a sort of substitute bitterness to the hops and up front fruitiness. There is a nice hop bitterness here though and the up front fruitiness reminds me of pear and a touch of plum, plus just a nice floral character that perfumes the flavor of this beer. This is exceedingly quaffable; it is not as light bodied as it could be perhaps, but the residual body that is here helps carry the hop flavor quite well. A lot of texture is also contributed by the zippy carbonation. As the beer warms the soft fruitiness in the flavor becomes more apparent; with more of those characteristic, hop fruit notes coming to the fore.
This is a fantastic Americanized Farmhouse Ale; eminently quaffable, full of flavor, but not over-whelming in any way; simply fantastic. I am definitely a sucker for a beer constructed like this.
cgarvieuk (12238) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2011 American Bar in Amsterdam ...amber ... big big foam head... think this was keg ... spicy yeasty lemon ... soft citrus ... mellow with a slight herbal lilt... quite nice
bottle at home ... golden hazy amberr ... white head ... big bitter spiced ... soft lemon ... nice ... but really bitter for a saison 3.6
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle thanks to photomike. Hazy gold-orange with a huge lasting head. This sucker was pretty damn carbonated for a bomber. The aroma is a nice mix of fresh hops and spicy yeast with spiced orange and lemon character. There is also an underlying cracker-like maltiness that leans on a bready base, but doesn’t fully get there. The mouthfeel is big on this one (in an importance sense) with lots of carbonation aiding in a very dry feel, with the bubbles scraping any residual sugar right off of your tongue. Peppery yeast notes and lemon peel fruitiness. Medium bitterness with a good amount of hop flavor. Light in body and obviously airy but after awhile, the carbonation mellows out, leaving a smother feel and an actual dryness from a nice low finishing gravity, carbonation notwithstanding. A nice beer, and quite drinkable.
Sammy (7719) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Rattle ’N’ Hum. Strong aromas, with white pepper. Cloudy white head and white lace. Good bitterness edge to it. Unique saison, very American and bold spice.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. bottle, Oct 2009, batch 9, with thanks to Beastiefan2k. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a moderate white head. Aroma is peppery, with more spice and a nice citrus bite. Flavor is also peppery, with more spice a less citrus. A nice saison, thanks for sharing Eugene.
Haslinger (805) - Orange, California, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours a nice hazy orange with a frothy head. The nose is a nice spicy citrus mix with a hint of hops. Very mild spice in the initial taste. This beer is very easy to drink. I could drink this all afternoon
RobChase (7) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2010 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color is a honey-gold hue. Nose is subtle, laden with spicy ginger, and a touch of banana. Subtle toasty notes as well. Mouthfeel is gorgeous, with a surprisingly rich and creamy body. It drops off a bit sooner than I would like however. Gingerbread, clove and a bit of spice on the palate, with a nice dry finish. Though the creamy body tapers off early, the flavors linger substantially longer.
BrooHa (120) - New York, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
(from notebook. drank 1/21/2010)
Rich, copper hue with big, pillowy head. Creamy-looking. Yeasty, mildly peppery smell. A litle funky and barnyardy but nice. Sharp on tongue and drier than I expected. Finishes very dry, almost astringent.
Paired with pan-seared scallops. Not earth-shattering but a very nice saison. Worth stocking up on.
nbutler11 (1262) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Rattle-N-Hum in NYC. Pours golden in color with a dusty white head. Smells of white pepper and yeast. tastes of each with added notes of bitter hops and lemon zest. Nice.