Brandman (2831) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light hazy golden body, white head. Aroma of sour cherries, funky berries, malt, wheat. Flavour has some alcohol,, sourness, cherry. Lighter than aroma. Excellent brew.
PhillyCraft (5609) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours wheat golden with a slight amber tint. Huge, frothy white head which clears out rather quickly. Aroma of oak, hops, cherry, wheat, malts, and slight bready hints. Body is mild with a pleasingly crisp tartness, especially in the finish. The cherry is not too evident in the flavor; much more earthy and wood taste. Overall a bit of a disappointment, as I excpect a lot from Southern Tier, but still a very enjoyable, drinkable saison.
rosenbergh (10206) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. Finland.
Cloudy amber colour with tiny white head.
Caramel, fruit, malt, toffee, butterscotch, sour cherries and strawberries gone off in aroma. Sour flavour is cherries, strawberries and berries in general but all gone bad. Even though the berries are gone bad it works brilliantly here. Just perfect combination of sourness and sweet butterscotch. Just excellent Saison. Well, to be honest this ain’t that Saison-y after all.
thirdeye11 (6044) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bomber thanks to Exiled) clear bright orange-yellow with a few fine white bubbles. Nose of cherry, spices, candied fruit, Belgian yeast. Taste of candied oranges, bitter orange peel, light alcohol, wheat, and some lightly sweet cherry in the background. Oily medium body, well carbonated. Rhubarb and artificial cough syrup type linger on this one.
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Found some old ratings on paper that I never posted. pour is a hazy dark orange with little head and no sediment. Aroma is mild cherry, less than expected, and some hints of wheat. flavor is mild cherry and bitter hops. Some oats too. smooth and sweet.
Threepwood (107) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice & clear, gold with little to no head. Cherry aroma is there in the background and in not dominant (good thing). Some sweetness with some spicy tastes but flavours over-ridden by to much alcohol. Sour, thin finish.
blutt59 (6502) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, thanks to exiled,.golden color with sudsy foam, grainy cherrylike aroma, flavor of oaky cherry, leathery caramel
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: shimmering gold with little to no head. A thin collar does linger but she doesn’t exactly demand my attention. Swirls with a temporary thick white head…then poof! Gone.
Nose: subtle cherry notes, mostly of frozen cherries beginning their defrost process. Did I mention subtle? Back cherries and bready underneath, almost doughy as in pie crust. Very subtle spice character; cinnamon sticks and brown sugar.
Palate: much more spice than the nose with cinnamon sticks, wood, and faint nutmeg. Black cherries of the canned variety but thankfully lacking the syrupy sweet nectar they are usually swimming in. sweetness continues underneath and into the back. Bread crust and crusty at the same time; subtle dryness. I did mention subtle, right? Overall very mild and subdued to a fault; lacks saison punch and cherry punch. Dry spice and dry wood in the back and breath. Cherry sweetness remains on top.
Final Thoughts: of all the Southern Tier beers I have supped over the years this one has been the least impressive. Rather weak on all fronts, I’d recommend a revisit to the brewing drawing board if it were me.
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle@Schouskjelleren Mikrobryggeri. Hazy, bright pale amber. Beige top. Spicy and woody aroma. Sour notes and tart cherry. More cherries in the flavor. Both sweet and tart. Restrained malts. Lots of spicyness and herbs. Medium full. Finishes dry fruity and spicy. An exciting fruit beer/saison hybrid.
Maria (10214) - Thisted, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It’s warm golden with an aroma of cherries and cherry pits. The flavour is moderately sweet and has berry-acidity, notes of cherries, but IMO just as much other kinds of berries. The finish is sourish and slightly dry.