sharkydodson (204) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - FEB 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
caramel and fruity aroma...taste of caramel malt, dark fruits and some spices with shades of banana in dry aftertaste... good beer, but it doesn’t smell like real saison...
thatgumyoulike (32) - Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2014
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An odd one. Looks great, a deep red with a nice, thick head. Smells like a bland lager. Taste is completely unique. Very dry, very sharp, my first sip felt like drinking paper. The more you drink, the more you get used to it but it really is a strange beer. There’s a slight fruity hint in there but not enough to make it truly drinkable. Hard to rate.
Tobiasoe (55) - NORWAY - JAN 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent thick beige head over dark (surprisingly) golden clear beer . Fruity (surprisingly) nose offering banana and vanilla. Spritzy fresh and dry on the palate, a little rough, medium minus bodied, medium plus hopped, still a little hollow on the midpalate. Tastes hold at medium minus intensity, some dried fruit, barnyard tastes and bread. OK balance, and it improves with time, still not all that I hope for in this style.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
2010 bottle drunk on 1/19/14
Uh oh, didnt look when buying it, but the bottle is a 2010. Guess this didn’t exactly fly off the shelves...Any respectable Belgian bottle should be fine after three years, but consider me a little worried about Silly. Anyways, here goes....
Deep amber with dark oak tints. Off-white head is gigantic and well-retained. Clear, with fine carbonation rising and sediment left behind.
Initially metallic and vegetal, with powdery sugar notes and lots of vinousness (prunes, raisins). Special b malts and maybe just a touch of hop spiciness (not that I would expect any after three years). Medium strength of aroma. With some breathing and warming, the off-notes have mostly vanished, but what’s left behind is just more of the (moderately) sweet maltiness and finally some banana esters.
Sweet (very) cookie dough, raisins soaked in brandy, vanilla and light vegetal notes open up the flavor. No hop flavor or bitterness, but just a light acetic character (from the malt or yeast?). More celery and rhubarb on the end. Powdered sugar, underattenuated malts. Did they put dark candi sugar in this??? Geeze. I dont know what happened here. It’s not even showing oxidation, it just seems pretty poorly made/bottled. Way too many artificial flavors going on and much too sweet. Not sure what they think of when they imagine a saison, but I certainly don’t think of this. Torn between pouring this one down the drain. I mean it’s not horribly offensive, but there’s just very little to enjoy here.
Mothroy (80) - - JAN 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small 25cl. bottle at home. Rich brown ale. Very malty and toasty with a balanced bitter hoppiness. Not as assertive as some Saison styles. A little sourness is present throughout.
ThirstyBird (1564) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - DEC 29, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a clear deep amber color with a tan head. The smell is caramel, spice, fruit. Taste is caramel, fruit, some spice, quite sweet with a dry ending. Medium body with average carbonation. A sweet sticky mess of a saison.
StuffWine (128) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pourd red-tinged clear brown with creamy off white head, remnants remaining well. Aroma sweet funky and fresh, light honey, touch of pine resin, enticing but low intensity. Flavour long and sweet brown sugar but lifted by saison sourness. Light bodied on liquid but brought heavier by soft and thick carbonation, long dry sour finish. Great for a standalone refresher on a hot day.
Moravius (479) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flasche (25 cl). - Rotbraun wie Assamtee. Kräftiges Röstmalz, Karamel, dazu herausstechende Noten von Apfel u.a. herber Frucht, herb-frische Hopfenfruchtigkeit, leicht säuerlich. Nachtrunk ordentlich bitter mit erdigem Hopfen. - Sehr schönes, obwohl untypisches Saison. Bittere, Röstmalz und Frucht in nicht ganz spannungsloser Eintracht.
CanIHave4Beers (3260) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 22, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from John’s Grocery shelf, so it’s a shelf beer.
The beer it’s self pours a deep brown color with a decent head and good lacing on the glass.
The aroma is sweet & malty, s’got some metallic character... perhaps some black pepper... real odd.
The flavor is sweet, and spicy, and tart... it’s got that odd unfermented candi sugar flavor that you get from some of the darker colored faros. It’s got some sherry character, that I would normally count as a strike against a beer, but it just sort of works with everything else here.
Such a strange interpretation of the style.
Cousin_Larry (327) - - NOV 1, 2013
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2013 Now I see why this style isn’t popular. Has a brown sugar quality but it’s not good. Really a disappointment.