ilovedarkbeer (2363) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Notes of meadowsweet, lemon grass, ammonia, and dry grains. Somewhat unexciting.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to nerd for bringing this among about a billion other things. Served in a SAVOR snifter.
Pours a nice clean golden color with a good white head with nice retention. Sticks around for a bit before falling down. The nose carries a nice bit of light grain plus a good amount of funk, though in a restrained way. Some floral hops and light citrus character as well. The taste combines the fruity elements of the beer with the slightly-spicy saison yeast quite well. Impressive, to say the least. Really nice carbonation and a crisp finish, just as a saison should be. As is always expected from Russian River, a very well made beer.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 05-11-2011
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Russian River. Listed at 7.15%, 32 IBUs. Pours a bright, slightly hazy honey-golden color; significant, creamy, fine-bubbled white head with solid retention and lacing. Some juicy lemons and tropical fruit in the nose, along with a yeasty, vanilla-tinged note and some white pepper; modestly sweet, and slightly dull at the core. Medium-full body; lively carbonation. Lots of white pepper and creamy yeastiness at the front, along with a prominent mineral / citrus bitterness; chewy, hoppy, slightly coarse saison. Medium-length finish: white pepper, minerals, and a modest biscuity crispness; reasonably bitter ending.
nickd717 (3587) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewpub. Hazy golden orange in color with a one finger white head and good lacing. Nice saison aroma, medium funkiness with a good floral and citrusy hop presence with some pepper. Great taste, very yeasty and barnyardy, with good white pepper notes, pale malt base, and higher end hop bitterness. Medium-bodied for the style and 7.15% ABV. Rather crisp. Really good American saison, which coming from Vinnie is not surprising at all.
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice hazy gold with a big white head, great carbonation from a growler... the nose is light brett with floral hops... taste is more of the same but more brett forward... had brouwers 2008 around the same time and this one was much better
badlizard (5536) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark yellow with a fizzy white head. Sweet earthy straw aroma. Dry taste of pear straw and hops with a dry earthy finish.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at the Toronado RR -tion night. thick creamy white head, body is hazy yellow gold. aroma is heavy brett, a little moldy & funky. flavor is band aids, grassy dry malt, light dry white wine, brett, and vinyl. very full flavored saison.
marcus (6861) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Toronado. This blonde ale poured with a massive fluffy white head, eliciting an acidic aroma. The brett is noticeable, but not overwhelming, lending a unique sour characteristic to the otherwise traditional saison flavor.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very un-saison like saison. Much more delicate than is typical. Reminded me of a big Wit. Lots of banana and pear notes with a citrus and spice follow on.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JUL 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Pour is hazy and very Belgian Wit looking with a frothy white head. Yeasty aroma with banana notes. Spicy flavor with a bready maltiness. Lingering banana aftertatse. Enjoyed with mussels in a garlic broth. This was a meal I’ll rememeber for some time to come.