deekyn (1170) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at SARA's 1st anniversary party
A - pours clear darker yellow with low white head tight bubbled head. S - aromas are reminiscent of a simple Belgian beer rather than a saison. Notes of honey, Belgian yeasts, butterscotch. Also floral notes and subtle fruity esters. M - med dry body with a crisp mf. lingering malty dry ending. T - the tastes follow the nose well. Tastes of honey, Belgian yeast, bready yeast, with hop notes on the end. Grasses and citrus. mineral water bready malts, soap throughout O - good Belgian skewed saison malty honey heavy 3.8
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
birdmachine (165) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - MAY 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2013 Half pour at the brewery poured into an extra clean snifter glass. Nice hazy golden color with deeper orange colors shining through the sunlight. Good 2 finger sized head that sticks around for a majority of the drink. Nice nose of biscuit, clove, banana like esters, pepper and yeast Very faint hints of zesty hops and some stone fruit (pears?). Flavor follows the aroma with a nice full body and soft carbonation. Very flavorful, with a touch of pudding like sweetness. A hefty and simple beer, a little dry but not like most fully attenuated Saisons. I still enjoyed it, but I tend to prefer Saisons with a more dry finish and more bitterness. Great house beer and it very much improves with the addition of bugs (Saison Bernice) and barrel treatments (barrel aged Anais).
Zymurgeist2 (988) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the brewery. Moderate (balanced) spice on the nose with lemon and cracker. Pours a hazy yellow-gold with full true white head of small bubbles that lingers and leaves great lacing. Strong spice and lemon continue in flavor with a chewy yeast and quick semi-dry finish. Sweet grain lingers long on he lips. Outstanding!
bytemesis (3099) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours hazy golden amber with a small white head and nice lacing. Aroma is lemon, yeast, banana, spices. Flavor is the same, very hefeweizenlike, actually, lightly sweet with a light zesty astringence. Light body, fine bubbly carbonation. Good, but not great.
joeneugs (3193) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the brewery. It pours a very light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is pleasant with hay, coriander, a touch of orange and light notes of sweet vanilla. The flavor is the same. Coriander and pepper spice with light orangina. Light bodied and very sessionable. Not too spicy or estery. I was surprised this one weighed in at a rather hefty 6.5%.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewery. Hazy golden with a fluffy white head. Nice sweet floral, grainy, apple and pear aroma and taste with a crisp earthy finish and lingering citrus notes on the far back end. Good creamy medium bodied palate. Nice.
ineedbeer (712) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery.
Aroma is a nice proportionate blend of esters and phenolics with the esters driving. Some overripe pear, citrus, banana, a hint of apple and tropical fruit. Light peppercorn note to balance the fruitiness. A touch of honey hits you upfront.
Pours a, cloudy, pale yellow gold with a white head that recedes very quickly leaving a film on the edges.
Flavor has a nice fruity character. Lots of citrus and overripe tropical fruit. A hint of honey. A touch of banana. Moderate bitterness, but assertive. Some pepper flavor mid to late palate. Some light malt character - a touch of pilsner character.
Mouthfeel is medium light bodied and a touch silky but finishes nice and dry. Moderate alcohol warmth. Light hop astringency.
A nice beer an one of my favorite styles, but not my favorite from this brewery. The esters and phenolics are appropriately balanced, but I prefer the esters to be less banana and tropical fruit and more citrus.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled this a bunch of times now, this review from a growler. Pours a vibrant orange color with a fine-bubbled, constantly replenishing white head; really nice looking pour. Aroma shows white pepper at the front of things with a dryish presentation that doesn’t exclude notes of caramelized bananas and honey; everything right where it should be (WLP568?). Lively, fine bubbles in a medium-bodied presentation; mouthwatering and precise on the tongue. A bit of white pepper and clove hit the front of the tongue first, followed by those honeyed notes that, while not overtly sweet, serve to round out the mouthfeel and keep this from being too lean. Layered, luscious saison right here. Drying finish of white pepper, clove + emergent breadiness and toast. These folks are brewing some great stuff.
illidurit (2137) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours an opaque apricot color with a fine white head. Aroma is pale malty with a strange rye-ish character, I guess that’s what spelt is like. Some banana pith on the nose as well, a touch of fruit salad. Flavor is lovely soft fruits -- peaches, bananas -- with a glorious malt balance and a smooth dry finish. Very much like Odonata Saison (RIP) but I’m inclined to say this is better.
HughConway (792) - Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glass at the tasting room. Golden yellow, thin light yellow head. Aroma of esthers, taste is belgian, tasty.