hirigalzkar (2635) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear golden with an enormous white head. Light citrus hopiness, light sourness, light spicienss. Fresh. Something about it reminds me of a pilsener. A laid back beer that still has got some character.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of MatSciGuy. Thanks, Levi! Awesome extra. Definitely my most wanted beer from this brewery. Pours an effervescent, medium-golden color; huge, textured, medium-bubbled, off-white head with great retention and lacing that sticks; awesome approach. Pleasant dusty and doughy yeastiness in the aroma; appropriately nonchalant malt core, nicely charismatic yeast character, and well-integrated lime and citrus hoppiness; very pleasant aroma. Medium-full body; lively carbonation, moderate acidity, and certainly very much alive in the mouth; slightly more prevalent core maltiness than the aroma suggests (hay, honey, light sugar) along with those same lovely yeast notes (dust, dough, hints of earthiness) and lime / citrus hops; a touch (just a touch, honestly) sweeter than I’d like, but this is still very much on the dry / well-attenuated side of things; nice balance between the dusty yeastiness and the American / New Zealand hops (hard to say at first, but the interwebs tells me Cascade, Nugget, etc.; very much on the citrus side of things, but multi-dimensional hop flavor); the presence of the yeast here really hits the right notes for me; slightly juicier hops and a touch drier at the core are all that I’m really missing here; a great saison example. Lasting, lovely finish; yeast dust, lime, very solidly dry.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2010 Plenty of pineapple and mango fruitiness with some sharp citrus icing sugar in the nose. Hazy dark golden body is topped by a decent white head that recedes to a lasting cover with lacing. Quite dry with plenty of mango/pineapple fruitiness and a surprisingly sour undertone that the aroma did not suggest. Even more surprising since sweetness re-appears in the aftertaste. Bitterness is notable without overwhelming. Medium full body is somewhat syrupy with moderate carbonation. Interesting take on a saison. The "American" designation lead me to expect more hops but this was interesting and enjoyable and definitely has some characteristics of the style. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle (Batch 10 November 2009) purchased at Brewery Creek in Mar-10.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2010 Pleasant aroma of pepper and hops. Cloudy golden pour with a thin white head. Flavor of hops and pepper with a good dose of dryness and bitterness. The body is light to medium with an oily texture and gentle carbonation. Well-done and enjoyable.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Footy. Cloudy gold with a foamy head. Loaded with yeast, citrus, floral-grassy hops, and grain. A very nice saison. Thanks Rudy!
allendodd (116) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Damn it. I’m pretty sure that I wiped up more of this bottle from the top of my desk than I drank. Carbonation. Nose is light and fruity. Carbonation. Initial taste is fruit and spices followed quickly by a quick hoppy bitterness. Carbonation. Mouth feel is Carbonated, yet smooth, not quite creamy, but carbonated. The tail end of this one is slightly bitter and plesantly dry with the spicy character making for a nice, long, dry finish. I’d do this again on a summer afternoon, ready to take a nap after fishing through the morning and eating lunch, waiting for the evening rise....
ben4321 (5087) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Whole Foods - Bowery, 3/12/10
Aroma: The nose is somewhat floral, some spice, yeast, light funk, and a drop of citrus
Appearance: Cloudy golden-orange color with a thick foamy white head that leaves lots of lace
Flavor: Flavor of yeasty malt flavor, solid amount of funk, pepper/spice, mildly sour, floral and earthy hops
Palate: Medium body with a bubbly/tingly mouthfeel and a nice drinkability
My first Pretty Things beer, this stuff is pretty enjoyable. Pretty much what I’d like to see in saison. The funk here is present in both the nose and the flavor (more so in the flavor), but it is the right amount for my tastebuds. Really just a well-made saison, good stuff.
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
22oz bottle from Peekskill Bev. NY- pours deep golden color with a nice fluffy head. Lots of carbonation. Tart bitter yeasty spicy crisp lemon zest dry. Very dry, with a coppery pallet. Go for it.
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle via trade on another site. Pours a hazy orange-gold color with a massive, rocky, off-white head. Aroma of yeast, spices, hops, lemon and orange citrus, wheat, bready malts, straw, and honey. Flavor is also bready, malty, and citrusy (more lemon than orange this time), with notes of pepper, hops, sugar, and yeast. Light-medium bodied, with a bready mouthfeel and a dry, citrus finish. High carbonation, but doesn’t have a lot of bite- more soft. Nice saison.
OldMrCrow (2215) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Stag’s Head in NYC.
This is a big-flavored Saison in the Avec Les Bon Vieux tradition; I was definitely thinking it was packing more like 8+%. Somewhat sweet, dry-snap close, lovely balance of yeasty esters. I’m a saison whore but this is a great Saison to be drinking in a basement bar in New York at the start of March.