JoeinDahlem (1362) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I do love me some Spalt. An ale that is spicy from the hops and yeast rather than kitchen-cabinet nonsense. Spicy hop aroma and flavor, going quite dry with a light malty sweetness for balance. Nice stuff. Unnecessarily strong, perhaps.
Strykzone (5337) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the brewpub. Cloudy gold. No head. Grass and yeast aroma. This is also a bit buttery as well as the above. This is quite malty and has some nice fruit. A bit of spice puts this over the top. Nice.
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours completely hazy yellow-orange with a small head that fades to a lace. Aroma is farts, pear, white pepper. Taste is spice, white pepper, pear, some tartness. Body is medium with active carbonation and a long boozy finish. Overall, this just really didntí do it for me. I love saisons, but I didnít even finish a glass of this.
Theis (14087) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Revolution, Chicago. Cloudy golden/amber - white head. Spicy. Fruity. Banana. Bitterness. Zesty. Candlewax. Peppery. Citrus. Wheaty. Light alcoholic.
crossovert (8633) - Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one was feakin good. Amazing hop flavors, great spiciness, nicely dry and subtly bitter, a well crafted brew.
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap flight at the brewery. Clear, dark golden pour, minimal head. Aroma of spice, yeast, and hops. Flavorful brew. Spice drops mixed with a mild hop background. Slippery mouthfeel. Nice .
Newk (299) - - MAR 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2012 poured from tap at revolution. Poured into a tulip with a slightly hazy yellow/gold color and a nice head.
Very good aromas of spice, lemon peels, and citrus notes. Well balanced, but lacking a bit of depth.
Well balanced with a smooth medium feel. Flavorful with notes of citrus, spices and some navel oranges.
This version is at 8.1% and itís not really noticeable. A more citrusy take on a saison. The feel is a bit lighter than Iíd personally like, but this is a very good and enjoyable beer.
madvike (3045) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at GTMW - Hazy yellow pour with a white head. Light spice on the nose, with some funk and a bit of fruit, most notably apricot. Taste is light fruit, yeasty goodness, and a light malt base. Smooth and well-carbonated.
wmubronco1992 (657) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Revolution brewpub. Pours a honey color. Very mild aroma. Flavor is sweet fruit and spicy, but something didnít work for me. I love a good saison, but this one was missing something for me. Good mouthfeel. Overall this one was just ok. Based on the other ratings I hope to get another sample next time Iím in Chicago.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at their brewpub. This was a nicely hopped-up saison, with herbals and peppery spice standing out. The pour was too close to the top of the glass, leaving nothing more than a thin layer of wispy white head. The body was fairly translucent and burnt orange in color in the darker lighting. A full, hazy cloud of an aroma here, with some decent notes. Bananas, peppery spice, lots of herb, some caramel, and nutty cereal grains. The mouthfeel was peppery and bitter. This bitterness made this saison unique for sure. Mixed fruity notes up front, and peppery citrus. More of a herbal and light floral finish. Really not too bad here. Good profile, buts things didnít quite come together for me in all the right ways.