dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a slight opaque straw yellow with thick white head, decent lacing. Aroma of bubble gum, yeast, straw, citrus, spices, and slight herbal hops. Flavor matches well and makes for a nice enjoyable brew, especially considering the source.
ben4321 (5250) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft at Hotel Victor...
The nose is skunk/funk, stale malts, grains, cat pee, and a bit of fruit...
The pour is a clear golden orange color with a small white head and light lace...
The taste is also kinda skunky, some funky note, yeast, fruit, and no hop...
It has a fairly light body, feels kinda watery, with average carbonation...
Definitely not a winner.
AnalogReigns (1) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An excellent true farmhouse/saison, first one I’ve had by a major craft-brewery. Slightly (very slightly) sour, tastes a lot like a homebrew Kolsch, as it just has that sort of rough taste you find in non-commercial beer. Compares favorably, imho with Belgian "authentic" farmhouse ales.
jcos (1778) - Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location/Date:Bottle on February 23, 2013.
Appearance: Pours a clear gold.
Aroma: Aroma of sweet light malt.
Taste: Sweet, faint spice, yeasty.
Palate:LIght, slightly fizzy
Summary: ot a great saison by any means, but where this one really fails is appearance and palate.
wlajwl (5057) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is bubble gum, spicy yeast and bananas, all very light in intensity. The flavor is spicy yeast, bubble gum and mildly sweet in the finish.
Nekronos (3849) - 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 (7032) - 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 (1632) - 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 (989) - 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.