pras (537) - 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 (4331) - 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 (4532) - 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 (1468) - 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 (4238) - 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.
bluejacket74 (1584) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7 ounce caged and corked bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours an amber/orange color with an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like peppercorns, bready malt, oranges, peaches, sweet spices, and some wheat/bready malt. I think the taste is just like the aroma. However, I think the peppery spice and wheat flavors are the strongest. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit slick and creamy, and is also well carbonated. I think itís a solid overall brew. $12.99 a 4-pack.
phaleslu (7825) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml bottle via local trade. Pours a mostly clear tea color with a small off-white head that immediately settles into a ring with some light wisps of film. Aroma of caramel malts, leaves, mandarin oranges, minor spice, rye toast, and some wet cardboard. Flavor of mandarin, pepper, rye, lemon, tea, toffee, and sweet malts. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation that becomes sneakily crisp in the middle and finishes smooth and dry. Lingering malt sweetness. Really odd. My least favorite of the overall excellent Ovila lineup so far, but not bad.
Sammy (9823) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Coleís. Cloudy peach coloured with a minimal head. Medium mouthfeel. Peachy taste throughout, with tangerine flavour building up through the pint. Some pepper in the finish. Better as it warms.