Ratman197 (11766) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Falling Rock poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of toffee, spice, light fruittiness and a hint of spice. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, earthiness, light fruittiness and a hint of spice with a smooth lingering malty finish.
desurfer (1262) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Delaney’s in New Haven, CT. Pours a deep amber with little head. Aroma is sweet and nutty. Lots of estery farmhouse character mixed with some brown ale type flavors. Alcohol not all that noticeable. Interesting and tasty.
Nickls (2064) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Old BA rate - tap)
Almost clear coppery-brown color; with a very light tan half-finger of head. Tart, a little citric; touch yeasty. Fairly muted overall aroma. Sour and tart at first like unripened dark fruits; decent enough and fairly tight package. Thinner; prickly carbonation. Nice enough and refreshing, even if it does take some liberties with what I would associate with the style. Not bad at all, and a nice summer brew.
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at the Whole Foods / CCB Cask Event. It pours clear deep copper brown with off white head. The aroma is spicy – coriander – yeastiness to go along with spicy crystallized malts. The taste is similar with fairly bright notes of assorted spices like coriander mixing with a yeasty spiciness and an herbal sensation. It also has ample amounts of sweetness from prunes and ripe plums.
LinusStick (3052) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bocktown. Not a bad beer but kind of takes away from what a saison is (a light colored beer). Aroma was decent. Very alcoholic with moments of earth and yeast. Pour was a nice light brown with a one finger off white head.Taste was pretty good. Caramel malt, yeast and this weird rubbing alcohol flavor. Hard to explain why it was drinkable but it was and I enjoyed it. There was a light fruitiness in there as well. Not what I would consider a saison by any means, but a decent beer.
anders37 (20445) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Three Floyds, Munster, IN. Pours a dark amber color with a longlasting off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy finish with some yeasty hints in the aftertaste.
GregClow (3027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from Consumer’s Beverage in Buffalo. Reddish-brown with thick tan head. Lovely and complex aroma with notes of banana, cocoa, yeast, orange peel, clove & brown sugar with a slightly tart edge. Soft mouthfeel with fairly low carbonation - I had the growler for close to a week before opening it, so I suspect it might’ve been a bit more lively when first pulled. Nice flavour with many of the elements suggested by the aroma, and a moderately boozy finish. I was feeling a bit of buyers remorse when I first read the ratings here, but it ended up being a pretty good purchase after all.
ChainGangGuy (4600) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Served up a clear, dark mahogany-hued body with a thin, wispy, off-white head.
Smell: Fairly spicy, herbaceous aroma with notes of everything from cloves to peppercorns leading the way. Lesser background hints of brown sugar, toasted malts, and banana.
Taste: Dry malt character with darkened toasty tones and light touches of brown sugar and nuts. Mild banana fruitiness. Then, the tongue gets a blitz of zesty herbaceousness and pops of black pepper and cracked cloves. Modest hop bitterness. Furthering of spice flavors, a touch of alcohol, and some crackling crispness (it’s like Pop Rocks in my mouth!) on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, sharp carbonation, giving this one a really snappy carbonic bite to it.
Drinkability: I was curious to sample this blending of styles, but this was a beer that, well, I just didn’t care for from sip one. I fought my way through to the bottom of the sixteen ounces, through all the aggressive carbonation and felt totally exhausted.
italarican (1527) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a slightly dark tan with a bit of offwhite head. Aroma of brown sugar, banana taffy, and some sort of sweet spice. The flavor is subdued with faint notes of bread, brown sugar, and a pinch of cinnamon. A bit watery and flat. This was weak and fairly boring.
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber brown with a lightly tan head. Aroma is a blend of spices and fruits, with clove and banana coming through. Flavor is a blend of caramel malt, banana, light fruits and spice. Pretty good.