Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - FEB 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good, extremely refreshing and nice if you mix it with a slight drop of orange juice. Very enjoyable and aftertaste too
Ernest (6142) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, husks), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of banana, dish rag, pepper, fusel alcohol.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, unclean, husky.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Ridiculously husky and dirty tasting. Saison? Hahaha. It’s vaguely Belgian-styled, I suppose, but come on...
ronaldtheriot (1177) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - FEB 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shiner FM 966 has a thick, fluffy, off-white head, a hazy, golden appearance, some streaming bubbles, and some lacing left behind. The aroma is very bursting- spicy pepper, cracker, subtle citrus, and some other indistinguishable smells. Taste is of spicy, yeasty malt, some hops, maybe coriander, white bread, and sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Shiner FM 966 finishes mostly dry, easy drinking, and delicious. Overall, this is nice and well made. I think it’s one that needs to be checked out. RJT
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Shiner, keeping it real....ly bad. They make so many below mediocre beers. This one is slightly hazy with a tiny white head. Smells like a crappy sweet lager with a bit of saison yeast. Blech.
rangerred (891) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear medium gold with a fizzy one finger white head that is quick to fade into some wispy lacing on top and on the sides of the glass.
Aroma is very Saison-like with hints of coriander and orange peel with a little underlying caramel. The yeasty citrus is quite nice and better than I was expecting.
The flavor, however, is a bit of a let-down. Citrus and coriander up front but it is very dialed back and weak. A tiny bit of acidity before the abundant carbonation washes away nearly all hints of flavor. Mouthfeel is extremely dry which is nice but it nearly goes too far and becomes chalky. Absolutely no lingering finish which is really a shame.
Overall, there is a lot of potential with this beer but it just falls short. I feel like Spoetzl was trying to play it safe and appeal to the masses but it is a little too safe. While this is not something I would pick up on a regular basis, it could be a good introduction to the style.
TwoSipDip (8880) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle @ home picked up at Wilburs Foco. Pours a fairly clear, golden orange appearance with an off white head. Slight skunk/cat pee, a bit spicy yeasty, mild citrusy, dirty aroma that is really not pleasant. A bit herbal, quite spicy yeasty, tangerine/orange fruity, herbal, fairly bitter flavor. This is really not good, but would be an excellent beer for Ernest to rate.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle - Pours a clear golden color with a one finger thick white head. light lacing. Aroma is esters, light spice with a hint of soap. Flavor is fruity esters with a dose of light herbal hops. Light to medium body. A decent drinking beer. Not your typical Saison though.
crossovert (6927) - Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tastes more like a witbier than a saison which is why most people complain about it.
Ratman197 (9440) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a hazy gold with a lasting creamy white head. Aromas of straw, spice, light yeast and light earthiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of straw, spice and light earthiness with a smooth dry lingering spiced straw finish.
degbert (1060) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Some brett, some phenols, some funk going on on the nose. Pour is hazy gold with a light head. Flavor is all right, but has an odd apple-cider overtone to it. It got better with food (Schnitzel Holstein) -- but most saisons do that anyway. Finished clean enough. All right, I suppose.