TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2014 Rating (Denver, CO). Pours a pale yellow lemon hue, decent haziness, frothy bright white creamy head as a thicker film, nice lacing and retention. Aromas are spicy and yeasty, some gentle fruit, bitter earth and florals. Some firm yeast, estery fruit shows banana, apple and pear. Gentle citrus, a bit floral. Initial is a bit soapy, fruity, faint bubblegum, pear and apple. Touches of dry and spicy yeast, straw, mellow fruit. Stillk a smaller body leads. Itself to a more dry and spicy, gently bitter backend. Wjole some nice fruit jabs come in the nose and front, the beer itself finishes dry, clean with just a mellow spiciness. Touches of gentle tropical fruit, citrus. Tasty stuff.
ineedbeer (1369) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery.
Aroma has a slight grain note with a bit of a brad and biscuit character. Light hop character, floral and citrus. Moderate ester notes of red apple and pear with some medium light pepper phenolic character.
Pours a slightly cloudy, pale, yellow gold with a small, white head that recedes to the edges where it lingers. Moderate lacing and faint legs.
Flavor had a faint sweetness with some light grain and biscuit notes and a hint of light caramel. Medium notes of past and over ripe stone fruit with some light red apple character. Medium peppery phenolic character. Light floral and grassy hop notes with a bit of wood. Moderately high bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, an alright Saison but definitely not anything special. I am not a fan of the year character which feels a bit rough on the edges to me.
slowrunner77 (7885) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
.this was the only non-ipa or sour we bothered with at RR last week, and i thought it was great. textbook saison...floral, fruity, with enough barnyard funk in the aroma and flavor to go around. i’d get it if it were ever bottled."
PhillyCraft (4541) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub, pours hazy orange with medium tiny bubbled white head, lasting with lots of lace. Aromas and flavor are Belgian yeast, pepper, wit fruit/spice, light hop flavor but bitterness is present. Aftertaste is malty and filled with some bread.
orangesol (984) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler via nickd717. Thanks again buddy. Shared with quite a few local BA’s.
A - Pours straw yellow with a dense two finger tall head leaving small streaks of lacing down the glass.
S - Smells like damp earth. Plenty of barnyard funk from the brett mixed with some light spice, most notably clove. I was expecting a bit more citrus in this one.
T - Lots of brett funk up front slowly giving way to a mix of bready yeast and light spice, mostly clove and a dash of pepper. Finish is chewy with a bit of lingering funk. I liked this one but it really needed that citric note to round it out. I hope to have this again one day.
M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice, soft, feel on the pallet. This was extremely easy to drink, I went back for more quite a few times.
O - I really enjoyed this one quite a bit. The flavors were simple, all be it a little dull, but it was very easy to drink. Thanks for the chance nick.
htzpah (105) - - SEP 2, 2014
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
My favorite of the hoppy ales Russian River makes. A double edged hoppiness, not too overpowering, good for enjoying with cheese or food.
yiannnos (1195) - , CYPRUS - AUG 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampler @ RR. Golden colour. Citrus aroma. Citrus, spicy saison flavour. an average saison.
Tide (2442) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Russian River. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, earthy notes, floral hops, peach, spices, flowers and grass. Bitter finish with citrus, floral hops, peach and grass. Exquisite saison.
Nische (1416) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden color with slight white head. Earthy aroma with some citrus and slight spiciness. A little bit of pepper and lemon in taste. Very fresh.
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice saison smooth loved this beer light on tap in Santa Rosa and part of sampler ftw babe