changeup45 (1713) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Knightly. Pours a hazy golden color with a booming white fluffy head. The head takes plenty of time to settle down but still leaves a thick layer. The aroma is an assortment of grass, herbs, lemon, citrus, wheat, and yeast. Smells like Spring Training baseball! The flavor follows, offering a nice blend of elegant and assertive flavors. Medium to light-bodied, dry, with a crisp spiciness. Grassy hop bill, a light tang from the citrus, sweet melon, pils malt, with funky yeast, that only gets stronger as this warms. Not incredibly complex but I don’t see that as a bad thing. This is just a flat out, clean, and tasty Saison from the folks at Southampton.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber thanks to aliendan. Pours floaty, bubbly opaque gold, thick white head. Aroma is super tangy and funky and musty. Flavor is tangy, sour, bitter, and salty. Very yeasty, but not overpowering. I think this saison is more hoppy bitter than other saisons.
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Shared with my girlfriend. Pours a clear, pale gold with a large white head. Loads of carbonation. Nose is of yeast, lemon, hay, barnyard. Taste is lemon and spice. Mouthfeel is dry.
PapaSkeetSkeet (806) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at McGrath’s. Pours simple yellow/gold with white head. Aroma is fruity. Flavor is moderate fruity banana with some yeasty funk and very little tartness. Less bitterness than I expected; a clean drinking saison, but not that interesting.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a huge head, smooth, dough, a little more bitter than I’d like in a saison. Nice wild brett characteristics, quite sessionable.
Slipstream (1974) - USA - DEC 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty gold pour with a HUGE frothy head. Tangy floral aroma with an undercurrent of yeasty funk. It tastes very rich and festive for the style, almost like a wit. Otakuden wrote a great review of this btw, she points out the meringue-like head and the addition of rose petals and citrus zest. I noticed confectioner’s sugar, orangey esters, and wheat malt (I think). This stuff is very bright, a superfine brew. It is not cheap at $14 for a 25 oz bottle, but it is a treat.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: freshly bottle with a best-by date of 2014, it shows in her massively vivacious pour. About ¼ beer and the rest foam which takes her sweet time fading. Aside from being overly rambunctious she was a lovely hazy orange and gold hue with a soft meringue like head which left layer upon layer of lace along the sides of my glass.
Nose: floral, dry herbs, dry straw, baled hay, lemon and orange pith, lemon grass, dewdropped blades of green grass, and spices. Take, shake, smell, and enjoy.
Palate: despite her still rather vivacious carbonation thanks to her living and very active yeast, she provided a full rich and chewy mouthfeel. Dry underneath with spice in the finish and lingering in the breath. Contributing to her zesty dryness are orange and lemon skin, rose petals for a floral touch, and dry herbs. While not a greenhouse in bloom, the rose and lavender is a gentle essence of spring and the bounty she brings us. Dewy grass blades bring to mind a sunrise of greenery while chewy breads moist emerge from the town baker’s oven. Orangey sweet in the middle then dry; like sucking the meats and juices off the inside of a sliced orange. soft and imposing at the same time.
Final Thoughts: having had a bottle of this recently, her vivacity has settled down some and her palate has changed a bit but she has a ways to go. I can tell that she has only begun the magical mythical transformations that bottle-conditioning with life yeast blesses brews such as the Saison with. Suffice to say, I’m looking forward to future tastings; similar and different all at once.<
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Vas Foremost. Nothing like another Southampton and another saison to try. Pours a reasonably clear pale yellow with a huge, billowy head. Nose is very nice. Floral, spicy, citrus and bread. Some CO2 is in the nose as well. Musty and yeasty. White pepper as well. On taste, a fair amount of alcohol warms you, more white pepper, a lot of pils malt as well. Sweet and citrusy, light melon notes as well. Pretty great Saison.
Damico (2452) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is sweet and spicy both softly in the nose. The color is deep orange with a creamy decent head on top. The flavor of a bit of sweet citrus with some funk to round out the palate.
Elwood (3009) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving: Bottle from State Line Liquors.
Aroma: The nose has bits of perfume, green grass, and light florals. A bit of yeastiness as well. Quite nice.
Appearance: It pours a pale, yellow-green color with a foamy, white head. Great head retention.
Flavor: The taste has some biscuity yeast, a light honeysuckle note, and some lemon meringue.
Palate: Light in body with a coating mouthfeel. There is abundant soft carbonation leading to a lingering honey-floral finish.
Overall: A great example of the style and highly recommended.