ineedbeer (426) - 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.
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kmweaver (3200) - 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 (1962) - Sonora, 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 (677) - 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.