scarletfire65 (735) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked and caged 750, into a saison glass. Murky but bright golden, with huge live head. Aroma is very complex - fresh mown grass, peaches, pears, Brett funk, and spicy yeast. The mouth feel is medium bodied and very high, lively carbonation. Further examination reveals a steady stream of lively bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. A very yeasty bottle conditioned beer - very much alive. The flavors are equally complex, sweet juicy orange, a palate of spices including pepper and clove, tangerine, banana, and some savory barnyard funk, though it is not as pronounced as I like in a saison. There is also some pronounced lemon. The finish is dry, crisp, and refreshing, with the spice and funk aspects coming to the forefront. Overall, very rustic and rural, and has a somewhat authentic Belgian feel, pretty good for an American saison. Not a Dupont or Fantome, but I enjoyed it.
tastybeer (1313) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thx GT2. Pours yellow with a gigantic white head with excellent lacing. Aroma is floral/citrus hops, fruity saison yeast. Flavor is sweet, fruity yeast, spices. Finish is slightly bitter, mostly sweet, a bit boozy.
GT2 (5664) - Riverslime, California, USA - MAY 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL. The pour is a cloudy, glowing light orange to gold with a towering, massive, sheen, rocky, ice cream head that is about five inches high and rockets out of the oversized Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Huge retention and gobs of lace. Nose is soft vanilla, tangerine, sweet pineapple, peach ice cream with medium saison yeast esters akin to rain and petrichor. Very fresh, fruity, sweet in the nose. Taste is malty, doughy, oatmeal rich, lots of alcohol coming through with vanilla, spiced rum, lemon, tangerine. Very nice stuff albeit not as refreshing as Saison Dupont or even peppery/spicy. This is a bit sweeter, more boozy, lots more body, but retains tons of tropical fruit.
sepia5 (230) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very solid, unassuming saison that pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a big frothy head and is reminiscent, in many ways, of Ommegang’s Hennepin, although not quite as good. You get a bit of lemon and belgian yeast on the nose, and those flavors are predominate upon tasting. The hops come through, but not on the same level as with Hennepin. I like it, but I’d prefer a 4-pack of Hennepin for about the same price as a 750 of this.
ngeunit1 (1550) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 12, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a big two fingers of super frothy white head. The head has excellent retention and leaves behind a lot of lace as it slowly fades.
S - Aroma is a mix of lemon peel and other citrus smells and some yeast. There is some light spices and some pepper alongside some straw. Touch of slight tart fruits and some funk also.
T - Starts off with some tart and slightly sour lemon and some Belgian yeast flavors. There is a bit of wheat in the background. Through the middle, some spices and pepper come out with a touch of tart fruit. The finish is a mix of lemon and some light spices and a touch of funk that lingers.
M - Medium to medium-light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Feels really smooth and crisp. Has a nice dry mouthfeel to it throughout.
D - Very drinkable. Lots of complex flavors mix together for a really great beer. The spices and the yeast are really nicely incorporated into the other flavors for a really pleasant flavor profile.
ApisAles (1402) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy yellow pour with a big white head. Aroma is lemon peel, spicy funk, hay, maybe a bit of biscuit? Flavor is lemon and yeasty spice but the mouthfeel is amazingly smooth. This was a good beer.
SudsMcDuff (4710) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 27, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
mmm, saison .. . Pours a hazy yellow pear, good head and super sticky lacing .. . light funk, touch of sweet corn, 1 gram of aspirin, hay and pear .. . quaffable and enjoyable while being a bit refreshing- nice stuff .. . On the other hand, you have different fingers.
MrBunn (2227) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Corked and caged 750. Pours a dingy and light gold with a pretty massive frothy head that slowly recedes and leaves the sides of the glass covered in a thick layer of white foam. Aromas are pretty pungent… lots of lemony fruitiness with a little farmyard and a light spiciness. I’m enticed, but first sip is pretty betraying. It has suddenly morphed into something nearly cloying… like Lemon Drop candy or over-sweetened lemonade. The mouthfeel is kind of sticky and it sits heavily on the palate. If I pay real close attention, I can pick up a little of that funk that came through so strongly in the nose, but for the most part this seems like a miss. Way to sweet and not nearly dry enough for my tastes.
Dfonorow (716) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours light orange to amber in color with a thick white head. Aroma is heavy on the citrus and very sweet. Flavor is filled with fruit such as oranges, bananas, pears. Touch of bitterness and hops in the finish.
rajendra82 (872) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The pour was pale amber in color, and the body underneath the four finger thick foamy head was very cloudy. The smell was biscuit like, citric, and floral, all characteristic of a rustic character. The taste was lemon juice, saltine cracker crust, and coriander. From the start to finish, this beer was extremely dry. This was basically summer sunshine liquefied, and packaged for consumption. The airy body was like a stiff sea breeze in my face. What a joyful expression of the art of brewing. Seemingly simple as you taste it, but that is because it is so meticulously crafted to hide artificiality.