BeerAltitude (5) - Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m excited about this one. Served in long tulip glass, I was welcomed by a beautiful golden, clear beer with a nice frothy, white head. The hops gave this beer an extremely inviting, fruity aroma with a subtle bubblegum undertone. As for taste, this was a nice rendition of the classic Farmhouse Ale. Discreet clove flavors complimented an apparent citrus finish. Overall, this beer was extremely refreshing and crisp. Apparently, Sanitas will be canning this beer year-round and I welcome the opportunity to be able to have a drinkable saison in the mid-winter months.
thebeerbitch (5) - - SEP 9, 2013 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft in Taproom. Pour a glistening gold with a two finger stark white head. Aroma of sweet apricot and a light belgian-esque bubble gum. Flavor caught me off guard. A little tart, but nice! Fruits in the flavor, a touch of grassy hops, very crisp and drinkable. Interesting yeast here, i wonder what it is. Light body. Not the most complex Saison i’ve ever had, but if i’m looking for an easy drinking, everyday Saison, this is my new go-to.
TAR (2435) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pristine golden. Sustained collar of white foam. Putrid nose of applesauce, vanilla taffy/paint (dirty yeast), gummy candy and detergent. Light note of flowers and gum. Off-putting from the start, with a severely unrefined green apple twang which imparts coarse acids akin to unripe fruit. Husky pils malt exhibits a tinge of dry firmness, but is predominantly raspy with a hint of popcorn and wet paper exuding beneath the prevalent burnt wood astringency. Remarkably sloppy malt is threadbare and with zero definition or vividness. No pepper or phenols to speak of, either. Hops poke through with a subdued herbal bitterness, but can do little to combat the profoundly dirty character that pervades. Soapy and muddled beyond belief. Curiously flabby and muddled finish displays rotting peach and apples, as an ongoing soapiness abounds alongside old and wet grass clippings. Well, doggonit, I was excited, albeit cautiously so, to see an adjunct-free, lowish ABV saison as one of their flagships, but this is poor to the point of being truly difficult to swallow. An incredibly horrid, lifeless example, seemingly brewed without care and with a striking lack of direction or attention to detail. They can toss around hyperbolic buzzwords like "rustic" and "farmhouse" all they want, but this couldn’t come off as less genuine if it tried. Makes me wonder what these folks not only think of saison, but beer in general as the two beers I tried during this visit ("Trainer Beer", which was husky, underattenuated and riddled with numerous off notes like burnt popcorn, etc.) were totally clumsy and seemingly uninspired. It’s disheartening enough that my favorite style of beer has been butchered and bastardized, but more so that this is being served to the public (who no doubt will love it!). The size of this brewery is rather huge, which presumably means that rather than honing in on their recipes for many, many years, they plan to follow the model of Upslope and grow quickly regardless of quality. Upslope is atrocious enough. Do we need another? I do wish them the best and hope they improve!