jgb9348 (5613) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Crisp hazy golden coloured body with a soapy large white head, about three centimetres tall. Aroma of hay, grass, limes, rice and stale malt. Medium-bodied; Assertive grassy flavour at first gives way to a herbal and medicinal flavour that doesn’t show the style at all, but leaves the mouth pungent and a bit obtuse. Aftertaste shows some lighter grassy elements coupled with a touch of light hops with low alpha acids, some grain and more of the funky stale malt that was noticeable way up front. Overall, not such a great beer for the style and not really a good beer overall - not showing any depth or complexity and what is around is rather funky and not really a saison at all. I sampled this 50 cL bottle purchased from Ted’s Package Store in Charlton, Massachussets yesterday on 28-July-2016 sampled a few hours later in my hotel room here in Portland, Maine on 28-July-2016.
Duchammer (186) - Eagle river, Alaska, USA - MAY 6, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: poured hazy gold with a whispering head. Aroma was pear cidery apricot with mild spice. Taste had mild spice with light stone fruit.
thornecb (5457) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy gold into a tulip. Off-white head with medium retention recedes to mottle surface. Banana and bubblegum aromas. Soft with sweet (aspartame-like) bubblegum and caramel upfront. Turning to banana in the lasting finish. More hefe-like than saison or wit like...
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cruchon de 32 oz achetée directement à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur de céréales avec une pointe florale. Apparence: La couleur est blonde légèrement voilée avec une faible densité de bulle. Saveur: Goût floral avec une pointe de gomme baloune. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fruité. (Rating #5906)
MaBeer1972 (1792) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mini-growler from Leary’s in Newburyport. Pours out a slightly hazy light golden color. White head quickly fades to a thin lace. Bright aromas of wheat, bread, citrus and spice. Flavor is excellent! Clean and easy drinking. Good bitterness too. Love the yeast profile with this one. A very well made Saison!
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
This Belgian-style Ale’s deep aromatics reveal flowers, bubblegum and fruit surrounded by soft honeyed cereals and lightened by tartness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the clear pale gold.
-This is very perfumy.
-The one thing which doesn’t work for me in this brew is the mouthfeel. Undercarbonated for this type of brew and a tad too sweet for my liking.
-Mouthfeel is lean and geared towards drinkability.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler thank you ti hammerslammer! A bit big for a farmhouse ale if your askin. Would prefer dryer lower boost version. Spiced up yeast. Sweet pear fruit. A bit earthy. Touch of lemongrass. Okay. Not dry enough. Too big. Though booze is well hidden.
ClarkVV (5704) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught at American Flatbread, 3/17/14
Moderately hazy yellow beer has a small white head, poorly retained.
Straightforward esters in the nose showcase banana, light peach, apple, etc...while a light hop acidity lingers in the background but certainly allows for the Belgian nature to be front and center. Some dry, spicy white pepper-like phenols and perhaps a touch of the alcohol dry the end, while very little malt sweetness is seen from the nose (very little malt period).
Spicy phenols and fruity esters combine in the flavor, giving a very Belgian feel to it, certainly. Clove and white pepper phenols add quite a bit of dryness and there is some sharp acidity on the end, whether from the hops, alcohol or yeast, I dont know. Well-attenuated, no problems there. Not much finesse though. Just a mouthful of esters and phenols, really, with some bready malt notes and an unwanted acidity that flags the palate. I could live with that, but the carbonation is very fizzy and loose giving the beer a very watery texture. The other Riverwalks have been loose and watery too...
WillRunForBeer (2252) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster at the source. Pours pale yellow gold with a white head. nose is nice with wheat, peppery spice, wet hay. Taste is white grape, pepper spice, wheat and yeast. Grapefuit peel bitterness in the finish.
AirForceHops (6085) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ Amesbury Ale House. Bright yellow in color, light retention. Nice aroma of orange and light Belgian yeast. Taste is average overall, orange zest and a mild yeast in the finish. Light funky note. Earthy herbal note as well. Low carbonation and easy to drink.