swoopjones (7013) - 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 (4234) - 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.
BeerGolem (757) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille partagée par Tom10101, merci! Robe orange claire. Arôme: impressionant bouquet floral, mandarine, poivre, lavende, herbes, levures et malt. Le tout est original. Caractère malté. Bien équilibrée. Ronde en bouche.
arminjewell (8842) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of 375 mL bottle, clear dark orange pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of orange, sweet fruit, lots of pepper, hints of white fruit, more spice, caramel, biscuit, slight grass. Taste is a mix of sweet orange, slight lemon, hints of caramel, toffee, touch of earth, lots of pepper in there as well, finishing with some herbal notes as well. Not bad, a bit heavy on the orange.
argo0 (12509) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft. Clear amber body with small white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some flower, light spicy. Taste is moderately sweet, orange/flower. Medium body, light stickiness, acidity.
Zymurgeist2 (1427) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 21, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery/restaurant. I really enjoyed this beer. Lots of spice and the mandarin was moderate and played nicely. I did not get much from the peppers here, but still highly enjoyable.
Terminus (3408) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased at jubilation in albuquerque nm.
Pours hasy orange with a small fizzy white head. Nose is spicy pepper oranges lite husky notes some lite hops. Some astringent peppery notes come I about mid palate. body is lite crisp and somewhat watery. Long peppery finish that lasts long into the sip. A very nice beer I like it however its not overly complex and interesting. Glad I found it though.
poisoneddwarf (2022) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JUL 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12.7 oz corked and caged bottle. Pours hazy orange with a medium off-white creamy head with decent retention; falls into a skiff of foam. Aroma is cloyingly sweet, smells like those nasty orange circus peanuts. Taste is candy sweet with maybe a hint of citrus--it does finish with a little tartness. There is a bit of a pepper burn in the finish, but it’s not all that prominent. Doesn’t even taste like a saison, at least not one like I’ve ever had. More of a Belgian Strong Ale, I think. Mouthfeel is creamy, carbonation fine, body medium. What went wrong here? If there was more mandarin and peppercorn character and they dialed the sweetness way down, this could have been something I’d appreciate. I’m glad I didn’t buy a whole four-pack now. I was disappointed with the last Ovila, also--the sugarplum one. What’s going on with this series?
Pailhead (6024) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate orange/orange peel, light lemon, and very faint floral notes. It pours a transparent golden-amber with a one finger white head that quickly fades to a thin film. The flavor starts with moderate orange and Belgian yeast. The finish has orange peel, light lemon, and a touch of pepper. It’s light-medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel.