Drake (8563) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
C&C 750 mL bottle from Whole Foods Wexford, PA. Pours a golden color with a slight haze. Large frothy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of bready malts, stone fruits, caramel, mild spice. The taste is tart stone fruits, bready malts, mild hops, spicy finish. Medium bodied, well balanced.
GT2 (8440) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at CK thanks to craftycarl21! Good foam. Sweet pear nose. Estery, bright, mild diaper phenols. Taste is juicy, clean pear. Nice dough and honey bread. Very good. Sweeter saison, could use more hop balance. Still, pretty nice.
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy bright golden colour with a thick pillowy white head. Sweet spicy/yeasty aroma with a touch of sweatiness underneath it. Earthy and dusty. Coriander spiciness, orange peel and apple skins all make an appearance here. Spicy wheatiness that is particularly appealing. Flavour is fantastically dry with a spicy yeastiness underlying a soft flowery and wheaty flavour. A bit of lingering hop flavour makes its presence known as the temperature comes up a bit. Light lime citrus and green peppercorns all contribute to making this one of the tastiest saisons I’ve come across. Gorgeous brew.
3fourths (8036) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample from a bottle. Light yellow in color and cloudy in appearance with a soft white head. Weird nose of grain and spice, a but floral, but not really peppery or exciting at all, more of a herb-like spice note. Oily texture up front, lightly drying in the back, which is nice enough, but flavor-wise it comes across perfume-heavy and green, with a distinct oily vegetable note throughout. Okay overall, but a little weird and a little too green.
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A complex, well balanced saison. Flavors of yeast, coriander, citrus, and wheat. Finished fairly smooth.
gnoff (7844) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at GABF on Saturday October 13, second session
Hazy copper color, tan head. Sweet, fruity, apple scent. Alcohol, sugary, Belgian yeast taste. Warming alcohol. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy yellow with a big billowy white head. Spicy, lightly peppery aroma with very minute notes of lemon and yeast. Dry peppery flavour with a healthy does of pale malts and warming alcohol. Average but effervescent palate. 7/4/6+/3/15
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2007 On tap at the brewpub:
This appears to be filtered? If so, I really don’t understand why. Oranges and coriander are abundant but don’t leave any room for more perfumes to show up. This will be a straightforward, spicy, and clean malt example.
Peaches and oranges trample the honeyed malt back. Low carbonation and hefty malts point to an American heritage rather than Belgian, which isn’t what I was looking for in this beer. Toasted malts fall into hop bitterness, but there isn’t much mop flavor to link them.
Imitating the greats is a daunting task. 3.4/5
Now this is much better. I don’t know if this is all the work of bottle conditioning, but whatever. The farmhouse character is authentic, the lively carbonation fits the style, the wet haystack and fruity esters (banana bubblegum) admirably merge with the herbal, spicy hops and the yeast just works. A very good Saison, better than some Belgian examples. 3.8/5
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled in May 2006: Pours a clear golden bronze with a nicely-lacing frothy white head. Nice, fresh authentic, earthy, spiced and Belgian yeasty aroma. Body starts lightly biscuity and sweet with good earthy bitter and spiced balance along with a touch of citrus tartness. A very authentic and flavorful American made saison.
deyholla (6644) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Kyle at the Winter Solstice. Poured a pale gold with a white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of floral and fruit with a backing yeast and grain note. Flavor was similar with floral, fruit and sweet grain coming through with a bit of soap in the finish.