blklab2007 (2070) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from the ris release poured brown in color with a huge frothy off white head. aroma is yeasty, peppery spice, light bitterness, and dark sugar. mouth feel is really frothed up by the carbonation. flavor kicks up the rye, nice yeast flavors, dark sugar, spices, and some fruit. Very nice saison with loads of flavor and lots of interest.
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the East End ’09 Gratitude release. Abbreviated notes from my Droid : Pours a red/brown,small tan head. Aroma is spice, sugar and malt. Malts, fruit, chocolate, yeast, spices and a touch of rye and pepper towards the finish. Finishes somewhat dry.
tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yeasty aroma, bread, rye, wheat, spicy, some fruity esters. The color is brown (duh) reddish, off-white head. The flavor is molasses, candi sugar, rye, spicy, banana, and anote of chocolate. The finish is mild hops, and spices like coriander, slight bit of chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium, fairly high carbonation. I’ve wanted to try the brown saion for a while, but now that i have, it isn’t substantially different than the regular saison, maybe a slight chocolate note not seen in a regular saison.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma very earthy and even basement-funky with oddly elegant clove notes and restrained candi sugar, some pleasant alcohol. Flavor has sweet elements from the candy sugar along with dry, earthy notes, and is richer than the aroma would indicate with a chocolate character. Strong peppery notes appear at the end as well. Pretty highly carbonated. I quite like this and can find nothing to complain about.
LilBeerDoctor (3509) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased at the SPH release. Pours a deep brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, grainy malts, bready malt, light spices. Flavor brings out more of the rye and other bready malts, still plenty of yeast and spices (esp. in the finish). Super drinkable and super tasty. I really enjoyed this one.
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at SPH for the 2010 RIS release. This was among the goodies available on tap and in bottles. Pours a muddy brown colour with very little, if any head. Aroma of malts, rye, sweet raisins. Flavour of plenty of rye, malts. Not good enough to purchase a $14 bottle after tasting it but it was pretty good.
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at the Publick House and from a growler filled at Big Z and consumed the same day. Pours a very hazy deep brown, almost the color of prune juice actually, with a thin linen white head that lasted through the first two sips and left very little lace. Very pleasant and pungent fruity aroma along with Belgian yeast, bread, brown sugar and some alcohol vapors. This is a party for the nostrils! The flavor falls off a bit from the aroma. There is a good measure of fruit, along with Belgian yeast, bread, and wheat malt, however the flavors seem a bit muddied. The finish falls off considerably and is somewhat thin in body. Noticeable alcohol as well. A lingering dryness emerges at the swallow and lingers briefly afterwards.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at SHPH. Pours a murky brune body with a white head. Floral fruit notes, lots of esters slip through the wheat and rye like body. Pears, apples skins, some light citrus and Belgian yeast tones. A light citrus apple rind body with a hint of cinnamon. A nice young saison.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at SHPH. Pours a very hazy (some more muddled than others) light woody brown - mahogany- thin mostly fading head. Aroma is earthy, yeasty, dough, wheat malts, light rye bread, toast, phenols and esters are somewhat restrained- light raisin character. Flavor is earthy, yeasty, a bit muddled, phenolic some fruits, rye, doughy wheat- some leather, with a muddled mouthfeel- yeasty and a bit prickly- not that great, but I have high hopes for this in bottle, which I will re-rate when I get around to.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ SPH. Pours a hazy brown with a thin white head. Aroma is Belgian yeast, caramel, a bit of malt, and some dark fruit detectable as well. The taste is a sublime amalgam of yeast, banana, clove, and caramel, with a wonderful dark fruit and malt finish. Beer is smooth and holds up very well to the best this brewery has ever done. I loved it, and I’m even happier I left with 2 bombers. This is a very welcome addition to the lineup of this fantastic brewery.