hopscotch (9388) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours hazy and yellow with a mid-sized, frothy, white head. Good retention. The nose is lemon-like and citric. Medium-bodied and abrasive with vibrant carbonation. The flavor is tart and fruity - citrus. Crisp, raspy, Mojave-dry finish. Bottle courtesy of 50belair!
PhillyCraft (3393) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Al and Mark, pours clearish golden with lots of head and carbonation. Notes of bubblegum grape candy, champagne yeast, Brett, traditional saison with a lemon or orange finish. A little too bubbly and spicy for me. Somewhat Fantome like. Drinkable but lacking as far as these guys are concerned
brokensail (11332) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Pat’s. Thanks, Rich. Slightly hazed but bright golden pour with white foam. The nose is super tropical. Tons of pineapple, mango, and guava. Some lemon zest, yeast, and a whole lot of citrus juice. The flavor is much more sour than I had anticipated. Big time grapefruit and lemon juice. Some pineapple and mango give a bit of sweetness. Hints of peach, yeast, and crackers. Very dry on the finish.
Bacterial (1678) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy light yellow pour with a slight white head. Really interesting nose on this one, some citrus and pineapple funk. Light body, bright and refreshing with some slight bitterness in the finish - clean and crisp.
BoBoChamp (5672) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl, new exclusive American brew Anno 2013, with Brettanomyces, thx alot to John for bringing this over!, complex brew, fruity/woody and slightly spicy/sour/bitter, easy to drink, very balanced, cloudy, good head, good brew
larryLSB (438) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 750, into a Rasta Teknu glass. Semi-clear light yellow golden with a small white head. Nose is fruity, peachy sweet, taste is a blend of lemon and brett, just a tad funky. This is good stuff, with a nice dry finish.
AdamJackson (2802) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. I think this is batch 1...no label saying otherwise. enjoyed at 44F in HFS stemware.
A - Hazy really muted golden yellow 2 finger head, faded to a small lacing. really nice pour.
S - Nose is interesting. A hard boiled egg / egg yolk, oak, lemon graham cracker and angel food cake. slight fecal aroma but very faint.
T - A lot of doughy lemon zest, bread and yeasty brett funk with lemon and cool whip
M - Excellent body! Full bodied, insanely dry, great bottle conditioning so delicate.
O - This is a really good saison! I love the mouthfeel. wish I could have more.
VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared with the Quebec City crew. Pours a veiled pale straw with a resilient white head. Aroma is white wine, spices, pear, coconut. Flavor is grains, oldish, dusty, woody, pale malt. Finish is lemon, citrus...skynky? Medium body, average carbonation.
Huhzubendah (2637) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by mendvicdog. Thanks Pat!
The beer is straw yellow and mildly hazy with a white head. Aromas include lemon, hay, grass, floral notes. Easy drinking and tangy with notes of citrus and Meyer lemons. Mild tartness. Light in body, but not thin. Tasty.
ineedbeer (839) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 750 mL bottle. Batch 2.
Aroma is fruity and floral with some background phenolics and a light graininess. Light over ripe stone fruit and tropical fruit with faint red apple notes. Light coriander and pepper. Moderate floral notes of rose, yarrow and fruit tree blossoms.
Pours a pale straw, yellow with a hint of gold and a fluffy, white head with decent retention. Light lacing and faint legs.
Flavor has a faint sweetness with a light graininess. Medium light bitterness and a medium mineral character. Light acidity with medium citrus notes. Moderate notes of over ripe stone fruit with some tropical fruit including pineapple. Hints of cherry pie and barnyard funk. Light pepper notes. Has a hint of salinity in the finish?
Mouthfeel is light bodied and dry with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, another great saison from SARA. They definitely make some of the best saisons out there right now and this one seems to be overlooked sometimes. I think I prefer batch 2 to batch 1 for those keeping score.