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.
nealblind (466) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
mid orange pour. aroma of wheat, sage, yeast tang. tastes barnyard yeast, herbs. nice dry finish
VT (1298) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
600 ml bottle. Pours a very cloudy pale golden with an orangeish tint and a thick, resilient white head. Aroma is very spicy, as well as citrusy and earthy. Flavor is very spicy, peach, nectarine and pear. Finish is earthy and lemoney. Lingering earthy, biscuit and banana flavors. Light body, creamy mouthfeel, average to strong carbonation.
annunz123 (797) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Citrus, banana, and clove in the aroma. Flavor is fruity and spicy, with a little citrus bitterness and peppery spice in the finish. Certainly good, but not as good as some of the other big beers from Smuttynose.
DuffMan (6079) - 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 (1868) - 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 (4522) - 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 (2943) - 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 (1582) - , 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 (392) - 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 (4150) - 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.