Ernest (6573) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is light yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (grain, corn starch), trace hops (herbs), lightly yeasty (sweatsocks), with light notes of banana/gum, lemon taffy, DMS, rubber, insecticide.
Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly unclean.
Light body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
An amazingly bland rendition. Imagine blending a light Belgian blond ale 50/50 with water...no exaggeration. I mean, I realize saisons were originally a safe alternative to water and all, but...wow...it doesnít mean the beer canít be interesting and enjoyable (see Dupont Avril for a much lower ABV example thatís still jumping with character). It starts off with nary a head whatsoever, even when poured from a height...crystal clear as well. So, thereís nothing remotely Belgian about the appearance, it honestly looks like Coors and that ilk. I canít imagine thatís what they wanted. Beyond the near lack of an aroma, there are some off notes as well...some cooked veggie and rubber/plastic, dirty yeast, and maybe even some fusels...so not only is there not much to entice you, there are some things to repel. Incredibly light and watery mouthfeel completes the picture. All in all an impossible beer to like. I strongly suspect the 3.8+ ratings here are from friends of the brewers, or were otherwise bribed in some way to give a good rating...there is just nothing in this beer to enjoy (and I love light, delicate beers more than most). Sure hope this company makes some changes, for their sake.
Ratman197 (10820) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Sanitas poured a clear pale yellow with a small lingering white head. Aromas of straw, pepper and light citrus. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, pepper and light citrus with a crisp dry lingering peppery finish.
That1Guy (2030) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz can pours clear golden with a white head. Nice looking can. A bubblegum bomb. Pretty much smells like Bazooka Joeís in a can. A hint of phenols and a bit spicy, but very one-dimensional. Donít find this as offensive as some people obviously.
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2013
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
On tap @ Sanitas. Pours a fairly clear yellow appearance with a white head. Apple, lemon, banana, a bit salty, chemical aroma. Tangy, metallic, banana, green apple, cheese, garbage flavor. Hard to finish more than a couple sips.
3fourths (8494) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2013
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Draft. Filtered clear. Dish soap and laundry detergent with banana-flavored salt water taffy, hair spray, saccharine, etc. Horribly dirty aroma, I really donít even want to taste it. I saw TARís review a couple of weeks ago and Iím not trying to find the same things in this, Iím being open to it, but it really is one of the worst-smelling Belgian / saison-like beers Iíve smelled. 2 for aroma and Iím not sure why it isnít a 1. Fizzy, sour, sweet saccharin-flavored gummy candies and laffy taffy. Light body, sweet, low bitterness, chalky yeast. Godawful.
brokensail (12479) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 8, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
On tap @ Sanitas. Golden pour with a white head. Banana candy, sugar, and metal. Apple juice, pepper, and water. Maybe some paper. Gets more and more sugary. Flavor is banana candy, metal, and paper. Bitter pepper, tart, a bit solventy, and green apple skin. Really astringent.
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
Iím 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 iíve ever had, but if iím looking for an easy drinking, everyday Saison, this is my new go-to.
TAR (2518) - 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 couldnít 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. Itís 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!