JDBaker11058 (1790) - Maryland, USA - JUL 28, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance: clear bright orangey bronze with a smattering of soapy bubbles quickly vanishing. Aroma: typical saison citrus funk, with perhaps a bit more orange notes than usual. Taste: tart and mineral up front, with pronounced citrus bitterness and slowly building heat from the peppercorns. Finish: lingering tart bitter citrus and some funky spice; dry palate and very dry on the back end. Notes: On tap at Birch and Barley. I really like the regular Ovila Saison, but didn’t care for this one overmuch. A little too bitter and mineral, although I appreciated the additions of the oranges and peppercorns for complexity. Could have used a bit more sweet funk to balance.
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
My 8th Sierra Nevada rating this week, and the only one not bought locally. C&C 375 mL bottle from Bestway. Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a thin white head. Fair head retention. Aroma of bubblegum, citrus, floral notes. The taste is bright, tart citrus, spice, including a bit of pepper, stone fruits. Medium bodied, dry. Solid beer.
TheBeerGod (5920) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 375mL corked and caged. Rusty amber with a short, fizzy tan head. Aroma is grainy with light pepper notes, sweet fruit, oranges, yeast and straw. Taste is fruity with sweet malt, grains, straw, yeast, oranges, light spices/pepper and flowers. Body is medium but slightly chewy with a moderate, dense, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more oranges, toasted malt, grains, straw, light earthy notes, peppery spices, ripe fruits and flowers.
Errl (2440) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle..Pour is golden with a medium white head..Nose is nice citrus, spice,honey, musty yeast...Taste is nice citrus, sweet,smooth, slight pepper, soft and balanced..Not getting much peppercorn
MaBeer1972 (1713) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 26, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Doherty’s. Served in a tulip glass. Comes in a medium clear amber - not like any saison I’ve ever seen! Nice frothy head. Very smooth, slightly fruity and peppery. Goes down nicely. Very, very good! Not your typical saison.
Nuffield (4020) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a huge or typical saison. There’s a noticeable fruity character that is typical of a hop profile, only that it doesn’t finish with an especially strong hop bite or bitterness. Some spice in my tasting. The mandarin isn’t really there, and the orange is somewhat marginal. (on tap, Church Key, Washington DC)
DocLock (9504) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
300 cL bottle from Capone’s. Pours hazy orangy copper with 3-finger off-white head and spare lace. Nose is resiny hops, yeasty malt, orange zest, black and white peppercorns. Tastes of yeasty malt, orange zest, bready, and peppery. The finish has a bit of an odd flavor note, so that is a minor deduction. Overall good but not great, as the ingredients don;t seem to meld well together.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Blue Monk. Orange golden pour. Floral heavy flavor, mandarin orange hits tip of tongue. Passion fruits, light peppercorn. Fruit and floral forward beer. Fuller mouthfeel . Nice
tom10101 (5001) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (375 ml). From dresden, thanks! Slightly hazy golden/orange with a small white head and some lacing. Aroma is floral with citrus (mandarin Orange), peppery notes and Saison yeast. Unique and interesting. Taste is slightly sweet with pepper, yeast, floral notes, citrus and malt. It doesn’t get together as much as aroma. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry. Original take on a Saison. Quite complex, but lacking drinkability/quenching qualities for the style.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper color with an eggshell head. Aroma is banana, clove and a touch of citrus. Taste is sweet with the peppercorns adding a great, spicy kick going on with the clove and banana. Sweet with a medium mouthfeel. Good beer, but definitely not a traditional saison.