NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Great Taste. Still pissed that I havenít had the Half Acre version. Pours a very attractive and hazy gold with bit frothy white head. Nose is nice and fresh, do get some pear and a then white pepper. Really nice nose. Fruity, bit of spice. On tasting, has a nice tart kick from the pear and then those nice yeast esters lending more fruitiness. Finishes nice and dry. Solid beer.
jkwalking05 (3393) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rated in April 2012 (Backlog) - Gold in color with a small white head. Aroma is sweet with malt and honey. Taste is of malt.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy straw-orange body with sediment, thick puffy, clumping off-white head. Hoppy nose, catty and vegetal with pear and peppery spices. Bitter, estery body with lemon and peppery, catty, herbal, almost woody hops. Dry, bitter finish with a citrus kiss and notes of pineapple. Creamy body with soft, dense carbonation. Not quite my bag but itís interesting.
hayduke (3130) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Strykzone. This poured a cloudy gold with a big white head and a lot of lacing. Nose is earthy and spicy. Medium body and nice mouthfeel. Flavor is loaded with floral hops. Finish shows some bitterness and cloves. Nails the style perfectly and is easy drinking and enjoyable.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle. Thanks for sharing Sean! Iíve had this twice now, once side-by-side with the Half Acre version and now by itself. I hate to say, but this just isnít as good as the Half Acre version. Itís muddier, the hops are less clearly pronounced, and the pear is somehow more cooked tasting. Mostly, itís the lack of clarity and cleanliness. This has that very distinct bready Shorts house yeast flavor and it gets in the way of the pear and the Saison and the hops. Otherwise, this is a fun idea.
HonkeyBra (3063) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at GTMW. Hazy golden pour with a white head. Aroma of pear, belgian yeast, typical notes of grass and bread. Nice pear and grape note peak out though. Flavor is pear, bread, and peach with herbal and grassy hop notes. I prefer this to the Half Acre version as well. Some pepper comes out in the finish. I would like to spend a lot more time with this beer.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle thanks to George. Rating #22. Clear golden pour with a big white head. Light aroma, not much fruit, but it did have a soft hoppiness to it tge was pleasant. Interesting flavor, gwtting a nice bit of hops, but also getting the pear fruitiness ever so slightly. Pretty nice beer. (2022)
Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle
Deciding to finally try these side by side I opened both the Half Acre and Shorts versions in order. This, the first, was not quite as good. I canít put a finger on why. On its own it stands as a fine saison and I would have had no problem finishing it if tastybeer werenít splitting the bottle.
Aroma / Appearance - The glowing carbonated base and minimal white head do not set it up for great things. Somehow though it works. The pears and peaches provide this nice tartness and hops that linger in the air like pollen.
Flavor / Palate - Pears and peaches sweeten the mouth. The transition carries into a dry yeasty finish that has a nice tang. Tropical in nature this was not the sort of thing I was expecting. For that I give it high marks even though the Half Acre version works better.
JanLaursen (2660) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Hazy light golden with a frothy white head. Enticing aroma, citric, light buttery hops, light toasted malts, yeast, pepper. Flavor is even better, fresh citruc, very clean, very tasteful, zesty, slightly sweet with a nice bitter finish. Nice one.
BOLTZ7555 (2656) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via trade with Chargedgs...thanks Chris! Honey-colored pour with a small eggshell head. Aroma is aggressive citrus, pungent pepper, crisp pear, and pine. Flavor is significantly more soapy and muddled. Nothing really pops or distinguishes itself. Canít imagine drinking a couple of these...just a bit much.