Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle picked up a State Line in Maryland. Currently the #6 saison. Served in a Mikasa tulip.
Pours a mostly-clear golden color with a thick white head that lasts for a long, long time and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose carries some light bread and a mild earthy presence. Some floral character as well. The flavor brings saison yeast to the forefront, though it isn’t overpowering. Some light bready malt behind that. Mild bitterness and dryness in the finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Really nice overall.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-15-2011
JulienHuxley (5417) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
4 oz pour from bottle at Mondial 2011. Clear pale gold pour with abundant white head. Aroma is yeasty, lots of belgian spicyness, american hops and fresh bread. Taste is also quite spicey, crisp grain flavors, bitter finish. Tasty very american saison.
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Verre de dégustation, d’une bouteille, au Mondial 2011. Arômes de levure phénolique et d’épices. Robe blonde et trouble, belle mousse et effervescence assez active. En bouche, la levure montre un caractère très phénolique et épicé (poivre). On note également une présence de blé. Finale relativement sèche, combinée à une petite pointe d’alcool et à une légère amertume. Un peu trop phénolique pour être vraiment agréable et rafraîchissante.
Diogène (1142) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled at Mondial de la bière 2011. Hazy straw with a thin white head with great retention. Aroma is sweet malt, slightly acidic notes, alcohol, yeast, floral and herbal notes. Flavor is alcohol, sweet pale malt, sugar (a bit cloying) yeast (mushroom), floral notes and a moderately bitter finish. Medium body with a sticky mouthfeel. Could use a tad more attenuation. A good saison but the Saison Faucille is much better.
decaturstevo (5743) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Straw gold with frothy white head and lace. Aroma of straw, light brown sugar, and yeast. Flavor is light brown sugar, hay, yeastiness, and bread. Medium body with nice fizzy carbonation. Very nice.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 bottle into a tulip. Aromas are lemon, coriander, bread, and some fruit. Pours a cloudy medium yellow with a thick white pillowy head with large bubbles. A beautiful beer for sure. Tastes are sweet bready yeasts up front, with hops on the back end. The spice is there but not dominant, and there is a boozy note that is surprising. Body is light to medium and the carbonation is high, perhaps a little over the top on that note. Overall, this is a very good and interesting saison, great for a summer evening.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:Smells like coriander, lemon zest, yeast, soap. Pretty much like I would expect a good saison to smell like.
Appearance:Clear golden colored beer with enormous head filled with white fluffy bubbles.
Taste:It’s rather sweet for a saison. There’s some coriander, clove, ginger, and soap. Tons of complexity, and no off flavors.
Palate:Light to medium body. It tingles my tongue somewhat, more so than just the carbonation, which is also good.
Overall:This is a wonderful saison with lots of great flavors and complexity.
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is strong citrus, lemon and orange, some wheat malts, bready yeast, pepper and spices, touch of alcohol. Pours a slightly hazy light golden, massive rocky white head, very good retention (several minutes) and lots of lacing. Very fruity flavor; lemon and orange, some banana, pepper, fairly strong alcohol note, some sweet malts and bread, slightly tart. Better attenuation than most state-side saisons, light-medium body, very high carbonation, very effervescent. Really a great saison.
scarletfire65 (1272) - Chicago, Illinois, 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 (1853) - 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.