bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle, 2011 vintage) Pours a golden body with a tall foamy white head. Aroma of florals, grass, lemon zest, and mustiness. Flavor of grass, florals, pepper, and earth with a dry finish.
jcwattsrugger (11215) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I brought to RBWG-750-thanks hbmason for the trade–pours a tight off white head and yellow/gold color. Aroma is yeast, bready-light malt, some grassy/lemon. Taste is yeast/wood, bready-light malt, some grassy/lemon.
Lubiere (10438) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazey blonde golden saison with a thin white head. In aroma, sweet pears with light orange peels, light peppery notes, nice. In mouth, a nice smooth saison with sweet notes, orange pulp. light coriander, quite nice. Bottle at Mondial 2011, June 9 2011.
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice goldenish pour. Aroma is lightly spicy, yeasty, wheat, earthy. Flavor is fruity, dry, crisp, yeasty, earthy. Good stuff. Really nice.
jtclockwork (8897) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Paul’s and Ryan’s tasting. Pours cloudy yellow. Nose of wheat and yeast, some citrus and grains. Taste of grains, wheat, yeast and peppercorn.
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Exuberant yeast showcases banana esters and dough within buoyant floral, herbal hops and comfortable cereals for a delicious American Saison.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the misty golden.
-The fluffy natural carbonation made this quite drinkable.
-The flavor profile is perhaps more intense than your average Saison.
-The yeast signature was quite loud throughout, but it never felt out of place.
-Citrus fruit emerged once in a while.
deyholla (6954) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured an extremely cloudy orangish gold with a white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of doughy funk with a bit of sweet grains, flora and citrus backing. Flavor was similarly funky with earthy and doughy notes with flora and sweet grains mixing in as well.
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the double 5k tasting. Pours a hazed gold with a medium sized white head. Big fuzzy musk, citrus and toast. Spicy yeast, musky. Medium bodied, huge carbonation. Toasty wheat, and a big musky phenolic yeast filled finish.
douglas88 (6308) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RBWG, thanks! Pours a murky golden hue with a medium white head. A smooth dry nose of citrus and grains, some spices. A refreshing, and I needed to be refreshed at that point in the day, spicy smooth flavor, lots of citrus and grains. I think the rye adds a nice element to the spiciness. A smooth dry quaffable brew. Very nice.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A rustic, tasty, fruity and slighlty tart blond Saison. Very good.
How: From a bottle at Mondial de la Bière 2011
The look: Almost clear light blond body topped by a small white head
In long: Nose is quite rustic with notes of sweet bananas and mangos. Nice full body with a fluffy mouthfeel and a lively carbonation. Taste showcases the rustic character of the beer with both a dusty attic and a barnyard sensation. Plenty of fruity flavors including bananas, mangos and lemon zest. Light hops presence that feels a bit herbal, a bit flower petals. Finish is quite dry A nice tartness. A friend told me that I have to like this beer if I like Saison. He was right but don’t you hate people that let other people tell them what to think? Of course you do.