DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Awesome on tap at Library alehouse in santa monica, good saison but with the nice orange and peppercorn flavor
BVery (8691) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Slightly murky orange pour with a smaller head. Lemon, black pepper, orange, and yeast. Very drinkable. Fairly crisp. Nice.
GothGargoyle (1888) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber with a small pale head. Aroma is honey, mandarin, apricot, peach, caramel. Slightly slick mouthfeel, medium bodied, sweet and fruity on the palate with only the vaguest hint of peppercorn on the aftertaste. Taste is apricot, peach, mandarin, clover honey, Belgian candi sugar, hint of kaffir lime and green peppercorn. Nice but a little off balance - slightly too sweet and the peppercorn/saison yeast spiciness just doesn't come through.
pras (548) - Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I was hoping for more. This is not a classic Saison. Aroma is barnyardy. Flavor has some of that barnyardiness, but the mandarin shines through more. Peppercorns leave a little spiciness at the end. Was hoping for more.
jkwalking05 (4370) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375mL bottle. Amber in color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of black pepper, yeast, juicy oranges. Taste is of heavy pepper, yeast, earth, citrus.
travita (4577) - Frisco, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The look is very clear, off white head, and copper colored. The smell is fruity, pepper, spice, yeasty, and more fruits. The taste is fruits, spiced, yeasty, and pepper.
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7 oz. bottle. Pours clear amber color with a short tan head. Aromas of fruit, spice, yeast. Lots of caramel flavors with orange. Medium carbonation. A little too buttery.
lamas (1494) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7 oz. corked & caged bottle. A cloudy amber/rust pour with a thick and creamy beige head. The yeasty aroma features quite a bit of bananas, candi sugar, caramel, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, cantaloupe, lemons, oranges, citrus rinds, and some musty funk. An excellent toasted graininess becomes apparent with a little warmth. Medium-bodied and relatively creamy on the way down. The taste starts with some caramel and candi sugar. Just a tad bready. Bananas and vanilla in the middle. Oranges, lemons, and zesty citrus rinds finish things off. A big dash of pepper adds a decent kick at the end. Yeasty and spicy with some warming alcohol throughout. Pretty good, but I was expecting even more from this one.
rumproasts (4290) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Golden orange with small head. Fruity Saison with excellent flavor. Light funk. Really dig the mandarin oranges in this.
cduncan14 (138) - Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a tulip glass. Tons of mandarin oranges on the nose, with some yeast and a trace of candi sugar. Itís a blush, almost pinkish orange color, with a pillowy, cream-colored head that stays around. The farmhouse funky flavor is the best feature of the taste. The orange is almost too sweet, and the higher ABV is more evident in the taste than the nose, where itís almost imperceptible. Itís a super-complex beer with tons of fun stuff going on, and I feel like I should like it more than I do. Overall, itís just a tad sweet for me, but itís a really impressive example of a Belgian-style saison done by a California brewery.