ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2008
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Yeasty with little to no cherry aroma. Gold hazy body with thorough carbonation. Excellent, white artistic lace. Flavor is funky brett; wonderful. Cherry is subtle to the point of not noticeable at all. This is one of the best American representations of the Saison style I’ve had; perhaps THE best. Shockingly grossly underrated. Apparently still a lot of us that don’t understand the Saison style.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A beautiful golden pour with fain white head. Sweet wheat aroma with a little funk and faint hints of cherry. A thick body with faint yeast bit and a surprisingly thick mouthfeel. The earthy flavor is balanced by a faint cherry flavor on the finish and a distinct yeasty bite as the beer fades. On tap at Stub & Herbs.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Southern Tier Cherry Saison is a pretty clear, sparkling and golden with a bubbly white head that fades to a bubbly white film. The aroma is of cherry and oak. It smells lively and fresh. It is very smooth; medium bodied with a slightly syrupy finish. There is lots of oak in the flavor, with notes of black pepper, orange peel, curacao and leather. It is very complex and well balanced. The aftertaste is all oak-- amost like bourbon. It’s very satisfying. The cherry is very subtle. It’s a very wooden taste. It’s more like cherry furniture. It’s bold and unique, as I’ve come to expect from Southern Tier. I really like this beer.
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - JUL 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Am I drinking the same beer as you guys? My expectationse were nil after reading some reviews but I figured I better get this clunker out of my fridge before my July 4th guests arrived. I love this beer. Great cherry nose, beautiful oak bite on the back of your tongue, just a hint of sweetness. I love Southern Tier Stouts but for me this extends their range.
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of my top Saisons. 650ml bottle. Could actually taste no alcohol in this, i was very surprised to see its 8%. Nice blend of cherry (which i don’t normally like) and spices. Very natural tasting. Delicious. Another great brew from Southern Tier.
tennisjoel (1182) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy orange yellow pour. White head. Typical saison spices, oak, biscuit, and a slight tart flavor. The cherry part is minimal, but it does start to show itself after this warms up a bit. The cherry aspect might be the only letdown of this beer. A very well made american saison, and I guess I just don’t understand the low scores given here. As this is a good priced beer for the money, I will be buying again. I’m going against the grain in rating this one.
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle from a group consignment order, because the LCBO sucks way too much and is too pathetically incompetent of a system to ever stop and think maybe some people would be interested in a saison of any sort. Those jerks. Anyways, pours a hazy gold with very fine carbonation. The aroma is pretty nice, a hint of oak with Brett characteristics shining through, maybe a subtle touch of cherry, alcohol and the obligatory indistinct Southern Tier sweetness. Smells really good actually. Flavour is nice and somewhat complex. Musty Brett is definitely there leaving a dry feeling on the palate after a hit of booze and malty sweetness. Very yeasty which is something I enjoy greatly. Again, if you really stretch your imagination there’s a bit of cherry but really not much, as well as some sublte spice, consistent with what you’d expect out of a good Belgian Wit. Very sweet but not cloyingly so, and the alcohol is noticeable but I still find this one very drinkable. The more I drink the more I notice the Belgian candi sugar, as well as some honey. I’m starting to really appreciate Brett funk so this is a nice one to have. Everything seems to blend nicely together without anything over-powering the other elements, and I can appreciate that.
rosenbergh (7361) - 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.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden to orange in color with a thin white head. The nose shows off aromas of yeast, orange and just the slightest amount of cherries. In the mouth it is medium-bodied, smooth and well-balanced with a soft but lingering finish. Overall, this lacks the cherries that I expected but is a supple and well-rounded beer that is enjoyable to drink.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A hazy yellow gold. Decent, creamy head, lacing. Aroma of wheat, pale malt mixed in with light cherry, some spice (were any used?) belgium sugar evident. Medium bodied, smooth pale malt base, carbonation pricks a bit, cherry is there but fades in and out, eventually becomes difficult to detect on palate due to the spicy alcohol and hops but this helps balance the sweetness of the brew. The oak priovides very nice hits of vanilla. Its a complex brew, I like it, seems things could mesh better, maybe laying a bottle down will help meld it. Alcohol a bit of a sore thumb but an interesting beer. Interestingly, long after beer is swallowed, cherry does linger a bit.