juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from the Publick House. Pours a mostly clear, dark reddish brown color and topped by a thick, smooth head of beige colored foam that shows great retention. Thick sheets of lace coat the glass. The aroma has a really nice malt base of toasted caramel, dark grains, and rye. There is a nice mix of spices that follows with allspice, tea, candied sugar, rye grains, and some earthy hops. The flavor follows and is again based in the toasted caramel, grains, and dark toasted bread. The candied sugar comes through as well along with the spicy rye notes, and a good dose of earthy hop bitterness. The beer shows a nice balance between alll the different flavors. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate and a nice drying finish from the yeast. Great beer from the winter time, and a really nice dark saison.
hopscotch (9892) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Pours murky and brown with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Good retention. The bouquet is of moderately roasted grains, spice and herb phenols and mild chocolate. Medium-bodied and very creamy with relaxed carbonation. The flavor is lightly acidic and herbal. Finishes herbal and lightly bitter. Bottle shared by Maltzilla!
TomDecapolis (4590) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing. Pours a brownish amber with a bubbly creamy off white head. Aroma of traditional saison spiciness along with nuts and toasted malt. Flavor was also nutty, some peppery and tropical fruit notes.
egajdzis (5481) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of spices, citrus fruits, some cocoa, and dark fruits. Taste of dark fruitiness, light cocoa, spices, tart citrus, and a dry finish.
hopdog (9453) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle - thanks Andy for sending this one my way. Poured a medium to deeper brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of spices, some earthiness, cocoa, and bananas. Tastes follow suit with some caramel.
Damico (2764) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is very light, a bit malty and light brown sugar with a tad of funkl. The color is cloudy mud brown. The flavor is funky, wild, sweet, but all of these flavors are light notes.
adrian910ss (2387) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at the brewpub. Pours a muddy brown with a small beige head. Aroma of malt and rye. Taste of rye, malt and tangy citrus.
neepsntatties (1276) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this recently thanks to "hannont". Colour...ruddy-amber with a thick head. Nose... fruity and acetic. Palate... quite yeasty, bittersweet (but not too much), some grain but refreshing nonetheless and a quick finish.
notalush (5165) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Bill for this one - hazy reddish brown with a huge, foamy, lasting head - very nice-looking beer - a bit of yeasty doughiness in the nose, but mostly dry cocoa, herbs, toasty grains, earthy/dusty qualities - quite a yeasty beer, with a lot of toasted grain flavor, a touch of semi-sour rye - a bit of cocoa and nutty character - semi-earthy - much more like a dark biere de garde, but a decent one.
beastiefan2k (2693) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2011 750mL shared by Brandon through Bill, thanks LI crew. Bottle pops loud but doesn’t foam out of the bottle. Pours with a large, foamy head, Carbonation is way too strong but settles down eventually. Beautiful beer from the large head, has a brown body that I cannot see through. Aroma is a very nice and earthiness and very airy. Airy grainy buckwheat is what I get. Flavor is lighter, light bark-like earthiness, and more watery, this easy drinking. Ends lightly bitter bark. A nice beer, maybe good for aging, definitely a strong yeast. A bit more like a Biere de Garde and Saison mix. 8/4/7/3/16
Bottle is aging nicely, really lost that BdG aspect and coming into its own as an airy, dark, Saison. Its lively and the yeast has eaten away some of the heavier aspects and the Saison yeast is coming strong. 8/4/8/4/16