ClarkVV (3734) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 14, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Too many draught samples at Sunset Grill, freshly tapped and all between June and July 2008.
Pours fine, though somewhat dark. Clear....Very little aroma, with light caramel and rich honey.
Saison??? Not that I expected much from these guys, but come on! This is pathetic. The cherry flavor is muted, and at least isnít candyish or overdone, but thereís no barrel-aging apparent (or very little, gotta love that it is aged with "oak staves"....). Mouthfeel is just sticky and completely opposite from crisp and refreshing. Sweet, absolutely uncomplex and boring.
They call this Southern Tier Cherry Ale, and it gets a 3.6 or something like that. Put the word "Saison" on the label? I donít think so.
boto (1788) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 19, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz. bomber: This one was hiding at the back of the fridge, where it has been since I got it. It pours a fairly clear, golden color. There was very little head on it, and left no lacing. Interesting aroma. Hint of sour cherries, some oak, faint spices. Earthy, a bit funky, but doesnít smell infected. Taste is interesting. Some tart cherry, bready, some candi sugar. Itís not very sweet, but there seems to be an underlying subtle sickly sweetness to it. It should probably stay retired.
UDBeernut (1402) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
First bottle at the ba tasting. Light cherry nose, sourness, blue cheese, earthy acidic. Chewy body. I remeber having fresh, it was bad then. It improved slightly.
hops99 (60) - Montana, USA - OCT 3, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In bottle. Pours a golden color with a thin white head. Saison yeasty aroma, musty hay and honey. Tastes of lemon rind, cherry, and a little metallic quality. Mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. One of the better cherry beers iíve had
daje (1795) - NORWAY - SEP 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy golden body, medium white head. Aroma of fresh hops, cherries, spicy and some sourness. Taste is fruity with oak, cherries (and other berries I think), bread and yeast. Dry finish sweetened by berries.
MPA (774) - Amager (form. NÝrrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - JUL 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy golden with off white head. Spicy aroma with notes of cherries, yeast and dirt. Slightly salty flavour with some sweetness and a decent punch of bitterness. Very flowery and fruity flavour with caramel and syrup notes and palate. Nice and complex beer.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thanks to Ralph for sharing this at Woodshop 2012. A cherry saison is an interesting idea; however, the cherry flavor in this beer was barely present and it was a medicanal (cough drop?) cherry flavor.
Jethro6191 (390) - Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy gold with a thin wispy white head. Cherry, banana, and barnyard aromas. Sweet spicy flavor with cherry, lemon, orange, and barnyard notes. Light and refreshing with high carbonation and a dry finish.
ESBob (312) - Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. This beer is apparently retired, so not sure how old the bottle is. Pours a hazy amber orange with finger width white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is an acidic frutiness. Taste is initially tart, then sweet. Fruit notes abound, but the alcohol is apparent as well. Interesting, most likely better in the summer months.
dogfishho (583) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I think the 2 score is generous. This stuff was disgustingly sweet. The cherry flavor was chemically and it felt as if they took a nearly flavorless saison and dumped in some artificial syrup or something. Yuck
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2011
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
25oz bottle. What an awful idea. This is from notes, I donít dare try this one now. Aromas were very light, some earth, but a chalky cherry note. Looks decent enough, which was probably the best part, medium golden hue. A tingling carbonation through the palate that is thin, the cherry is musty up front, like cherry soda aftertaste. There is no funk or anything that makes this a saison. Even the ABV is too high and cloys the palate with boozy syrupy finish. Retire please.