zizzybalubba (1547) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at GABF 2011. Hazy yellow pour with a bright white head. Light, funky aroma with a hint of lemon zest. Good well-balanced flavor with little bitterness. An easy drinking saison.
scarletfire65 (1046) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep clear golden yellow, huge fluffy white head. Aroma is bubble gum and green apple, some barnyard, and spicy yeast. Body is medium + with high, spritzy carbonation. Flavors are biscuity yeast, sour apple, and a crisp, dry pilsner like finish with a lactic acidity. Also some creamy lemon. Kind of high ABV for a saison, there is noticeable alcohol on the finish. Not sure if the German Pils malt and East Kent Goldings hops are the best choice for a traditional rustic Belgian Farmhouse ale. Nicely balanced beer and well made, just not a very authentic feeling saison.
mansquito (3874) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big Top Beer Distro, PA variety pack: Pours a light and hazy golden color with a big frothed up white head. Aroma is of pepper, some other spices, mild hops, and a note of kielbasa (according to my brother). The taste and body are equally light. In a sense, this beer fulfills the refreshing function of a saison beautifully. It doesn’t try to be pretentious or experimental, instead it delivers an extremely well-balanced ale with a mildly spice character. If looked at from a normative perspective, there are no flaws in this beer.
smith4498 (3172) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a trade with Steeeve. Pours cloudy golden color with white head. Doughy and spicy aromas with some earthy hops. Yeasty flavor with some spices. Medium body with lively carbonation. A nice saison. Thanks Steve.
bobman006 (326) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy, bottle-conditioned golden color. Aroma of malt, spice, flower, herb, licorice, white wine, hay. Flavors of grain, wine white, spice, pepper, herb, licorice. Earthy with spice and bright fruit notes. Balanced finish with carbonic edge. Medium body with springy mouthfeel and moderate-high carbonation.
Beerman6686 (4999) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This poured a darker yellow/orange color with an off white head. Aroma was a good amount of spices, some yeasty notes too. Flavor was a bit sweet for a saison, light light flowery funk, and yeast. OK.
decaturstevo (5340) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yellow pour with white head and lace. Corriander and Belgian yeast aroma. Corriander, brown sugar, and Belgian yeast. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Nice beer.
yespr (33597) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From tap at the brewpub. Pours clear and golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma is peppery and slight phenolic. Dry and phenolic. slight yeasty. Bitter and dry finish.
probstblueribbon (3182) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from BOTW (Rochester), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. 14MA11.
App.: Hazy golden with a large fluffy white head.
Aroma: Strong fruity yeast and wet bread dough, earthy citrus and coriander, biscuit, honey, floral notes, bread crust, some bitter green herbs, spicy, spice cake, a bit of alcohol, refreshing and inviting.
Palate: Medium+ body, full effervescence, syrupy.
Flav.: Rich, fruity, yeasty malts, earthy and lemony, wet bread dough, minerals, green bitter herbs, a touch of funk, floral honey, quite approachable.
Yeah, good. I’m jaded.
DiarmaidBHK (3610) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Saison is not my favorite style but this was pretty drinkable. Big bubble gum notes on the nose. Taste is very dry with thin mouthfeel and medium carbo. Finishes clean.