Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewpub, Bellaire. Hazy dark/medium orange-brown body, medium clumping off-white head. Spicy, dark fruit nose, like a pie right out of the oven, spicy with caramel and clove notes. Lots of tart kiwi in the body, in addition to clove, bubblegum, crackers, and hints of apple skin. Nice interplay of fruit and spice. Not particularly sweet. Very good beer.
bwa5879 (443) - Portage, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brown mostly cloudy pour with some white lacing on top. Smells like bubblegum and cherries. Average mouthfeel and carbonation, finish a bit sour but clean. Sour and bitter saison flavor with cherries, very full bodied and a bit smokey.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft on tap at The Beer Spot GTMW Eve Event at Brickhouse (Madison, WI). Pours a richer deep well hazed amber pour, some frothy offwhite head dies to a filmy layer, decent lacing. Aromas are gentle sweetness, bread, a bit of citrus, mellow kiwi. Mellow earthy floral hops. Initial Is dry, a bit of tartness. Kiwi, mellow bready and gentle sweeter malts. Some decent hop presence, gentle dryness. Middle is more fruit and kiwi, tart and fruity. Some decent dryness, tart and bitter qualities. Backend is a redeemer, tart and dry. Some dryness. A touch of malty hang a long with decent dryness, tart kiwi to finish. Dry, a touch plastic. Ok.
jbrana (244) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Really unique and very spicy. Strong flavors of fresh cracked pepper, bubblegum, banana bread, and cloves... Maybe a slight tartness from the kiwi. Good, but maybe not as much kiwi as I would like.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
bpar73 (287) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
.On tap at the brewpub. Nice dark amber pour. Saison type flavor with a bit of a twist. Fruitiness throughout. Interesting brew.
OldMrCrow (1618) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at the brewpub. Delicious-looking cloudy pour of dark amber.
The bubblegum aroma of the base saison just about ruins this one for me. Very much of the American vein saison rather than Dupont style. Sweet and sour kiwi fruit is prominent in the flavor but -- while adding interest -- is not able to overcome the underlying character of the beer. I appreciate the experimentation but am not a fan of the outcome.