DuffMan (6462) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, shared at the Boxing Day tasting at TimEís place in Calgary. Hazy golden body with a thick white head. Esters of soft banana, spices, sweet candyish malt. Belgian blonde yes, Saison no. Disappointing.
Ferris (2939) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - Apricot, grass and and some light citrus with some spice. Cloudy yellow and a thin white head. Banana esters, grass and a bit if coriander. More like a German Hefeweizen.
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark yellow. Funky pear scent. Flat, dry. Pear juice without sugar. Sad. Good tasting. Good friends. Not so good beer.
TimE (3092) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden color. White head. Sage, soap, wheaty nose, malty, but too sweet for the style. Really not that impressive but ok, though not to style.
BroSpud (1666) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Pours a hazy light yellow with a thin white head. Clove aroma. Predominant lemon and pepper flavors. Not very complex but pretty solid saison overall.
Jethro6191 (418) - Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light gold with a white head. Earthy, musty aroma. Spicy flavor with lemon and citrus notes. Light body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.
nimbleprop (4543) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle pours a hazy yellow with some creamy white head. Nose is mostly yeast, straw, cheese rind, light cracker, grass, perfume. Flavor is nice, sweet, perfume, a little booze, some tropical fruit, honey, straw, yeast. Medium bodied, dry finish.
JulienHuxley (2852) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Hazy gold pour, white head. Juicy aroma, banana, lemon, fruity hops, really estery, quite a bit of banana. Flavor is fruity, quite sweet, way too sweet for the style, a tad boozy. Palate is sweet, balanced by good carbonation at least. Flawed american interpretation of the style, but still enjoyable.
jfb (3680) - GERMANY - SEP 22, 2013
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
(bottle) pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a frothy white head. aroma of peaches, powdered sugar, light bubble gum, marzipan and brown sugar. flavour is mostly just heavy cooked vegetables and alcohol, with a light hint of starchy pale malts, powdered sugar and herbal hops. heavy-bodied with average carbonation.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle into a tulip.
A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head isnít as towering as some saisons, but it is a one finger white shade. Retention isnít great, however.
S: This actually has a nice whiff of funk to it. It takes a while for it to really hit the nose, though - upon opening, itís mostly comprised of white wine with a spicy undertone. There are also some candied sugar notes buried in there. Aside from being a little sweet for my style preferences, it hits upon the major aspects well. Swirling it, in particular, will really allow all that stank-ass cheesiness to hit the nose.
T: It starts off with a wave of spiciness. Earthiness is also prevalent - especially around the middle - but some of the funk notes are a bit subdued next to the aroma. When sufficiently warmed up, swirling the glass will cause some of the funkiness to reappear more vividly - not just on the aroma, but on the flavor as well. The finish is bready and (perhaps) slightly too sugary. Definitely a good saison thatís only let down by occasional overt sweetness.
M: An initial fizz helps to lift the (rather dense) body off of the tongue fairly well. After the swallow, though, it leaves a bit too much sweetness on the back palate. Even worse, it also leaves a bit too much astringency on the front of the palate, making it slightly harsh. Thatís never good. Otherwise, itís easy to drink.
O: This oneís nice, but not my ideal saison. With a little less sweetness, this could have been killer. Still solid, still worth a try.