wchesser (994) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark gold orange w/ fading head. Decent saison qualities. Good but nothing too special especially at the price.
That1Guy (1857) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bomber. Pours golden, slightly hazy with no head to speak of. Aroma is basically all yeast and fruity esters. Earthy, grassy flavors, with some pear and more yeast thrown in. More tripel characteristics than a saison.
Ernest (6015) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing.
Body is medium to dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly yeasty (cement, cobwebs), with notes of bubble gum, banana candy, pepper.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Not very good...candyish, banana/gum-heavy aroma, and too sweet in the mouth. A pretty typical Americanized rendition.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2012 Draught snifter at Vine Street Pub: Toasted orange. Fragmented eggshell foam. Horrendously off-putting and artificial-smelling odors of gummy candy, applesauce, custard, butterscotch, bath soap, grape bubblegum. Light-bodied with edgy carbonation. Semi-dry and firm with an early crackery malt surge swirled with a tarnishing applesauce flab. Underattenuated yeasty rancidity imparts mucky notes of dirty dish rag and circus peanuts. Discordant flavors of buttery dandelion and a gummy candy slickness muddle the center. Sugary sweetness steadily heightens as the pear syrup and Red Delicious apple gain steam. Poorly masked alcohol combines with the malt to create a honey-soaked poundcake effect. Malt is on the haylike/toasty/biscuity side, but also is quite husky and grainy. Finishes puttylike in its yeastiness with an overemphasized spicy fervency from excessive adjuncts. A very unclean and aimless rendition. Calling this a saison makes my heart hurt. But regardless of stylistic guidelines, this is just plain foul.
arminjewell (5589) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, hazy orange pour with thin white head, aroma brought slight biscuit, grain, unrefined sugary vanilla, hints of slight grass and a hint of funk but not much. Taste is a mix of sweet grainy vanilla, touch of biscuit, bread, touch of yeast but not much. Finishes fairly sweet.
onceblind (3575) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly hazy gold with a short but laceful white head. Delightful mix of aromas, like molasses, apricot syrup, toffee, and marmalade toast. Taste was much the same. Complex, sweet, and yeasty. Starts with some dark fruit tones, a little syrupy or some molasses, and then some light fruit times come in, like apricot and peach with some smooth saison yeast and a little doughy tone before the sweet pale malt and toffee tones come in to finish.
NielsenRatings (8110) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap @ River North. Pours a bit hazy, golden orange appearance with a white head. Somewhat citrusy fruity, somewhat peppery, yeasty, sweet malty aroma. I got a ton of apricot/peach fruitiness in the flavor along with some spiciness, though this really didnít jump out at me as a saison- much more like a belgian ale. Ok but may need some tweaks (like using an actual saison yeast).
3fourths (7772) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
draft. lightly hazed orange body with a small off-white head. little retention. sweet and juicy fruit nose is made up of candy sugar, pear / apricot / orange / general fruit cocktail syrup... that sort o "fruit" character. which may be ester-driven, but thereís so little yeast at play here that Iím unsure. the yeast is dull and lifeless, and sadly the body and texture of this one is just as dull and lifeless. itís a somewhat goopy / chewy / sweet mess of sharp candy sugar. doesnít fall in with whatís expected of the name saison, and really doesnít fall in with what would be expected of something like "belgian golden" or "belgian ale".
Camons (4838) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap @ River North Brewery, Denver. Pours slightly hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, sweet fruit, straw. Taste is yeast, dry straw, peach, grassy,dusty. Medium body, soft carbonation. Rather messy brew. 030312
notalush (4586) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy straw pour - flavors and aromas of tangy citrus and mango - a little sweet, but with a lot of dusty, earthy notes and some very unclean, messy, spicy phenols - kind of peppery and harsh - spicy and slightly bitter finish - rough - needs a lot of work.