finol (3040) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear golden with a firm white head.
Hops, grass, hay, yeast and oranges.
Good but simple.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 9 bottle from miketd, thanks Mike! Poured a clear golden-orange color with a dense, billowing off-white head that slowly receded to a coarse layer and left some spots of lacing. Aroma of wheat, lightly spicy (peppery) yeast, soft peach skin, orange, and some floral hops. Smooth, lightly sweet entry with a soft fruitiness (apricot and peach) offsetting the crisp wheat maltiness before giving way to a dry, earthy yeastiness with notes of the same floral hops and pepper found in the nose lingering into the finish. Moderate carbonation and crisp, balanced mouth feel. Overall, it isn’t quite as delicate and layered as some of the more traditional examples of the style, but it is one of the better American made saisons I have tried. Solid, subtle beer that grows on you as you drink it. Thanks again Mike.
mcberko (14077) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled at Firefly, pours a hazy golden. Aroma of fruit, citrus and orange peel. Flavour is complex - tart bitterness, fruit, citrus, light malt sweetness and well-balanced with hops. Really great saison.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
orange gold pour with a thick pillowy white head.
aroma is fruity, grassy, apricot and light lemon-orange.
Flavour is tart and crisp, fruity bitterness, light malt sweetness. softer floral bitterness towards the finish.
hirigalzkar (2896) - 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 (4544) - 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 (3487) - 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....