jredmond (5947) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 29, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2014 Backlog. Bottle. Pours a golden body with soft white lacing. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with lively carbonation and notes of earthy yeast, soft grassy hop, grain, malt and a strong clove / spice character that kind of distracts.
northropfrye (2457) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brick and barley grand forks. Yellow light body. Vanilla biscuit aroma. Taste is nicely balance and sweet. A really enjoyable and flavourful saison.
John25 (939) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Bright shiny gold with a huge soapy white head. Aroma is sweet juicy fruit, yeast, banana, and a touch of funk. The taste follows closely with the maple syrup sugars coming in on the long finish. High carb, slick feel. Earthy. Complex, unique, very good but, not my favorite. --- via Beer Buddy for iPhone
andrewje41 (1095) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle poured and shared by Maxwell. Thanks! Pours a super hazy yellow color with a big white foam head. Huge lingering yeast flavor thoughout, and well into the late palate. Slightly sour, and has a definite maple and spice flavor background. Really enjoyed this one. Fun beer.
maxwelldeux (4095) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark golden color with a small white head on there. Nose has some nice Belgian yeast notes with some funk coming through, though it’s a bit muted. Taste is very slightly sour and a bit yeasty, and some funk to it here as well. OK.
commonmac (541) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big bottle with commonshawn and rosskyle. Snifter glass pour. Vibrant light orange. Quarter finger white frothy head. Aroma is also very bright with citrus characteristics and syrupy undertone. Maybe banana.Taste has more funk than expected almost in the vein of a Belgian tripel. Slight floral bouquet comes to mind. Fruity bitterness comes through especially in a powerful punch at the end. Lasting citrus peel overwhelms the aftertaste.
commonshawn (541) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big bottle from Haskells with commonmac and rosskyle. Hazy gold with white head. Spicy and some citrus nose. Resin syrup spice. Sharp and spicy, with a spike of sugar. First sip was kind of surprising but gets better when you get used to it.
rosskyle (47) - - MAR 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden color. A lot of lacing. Fruity citrus aroma. Odd tart/bitter taste along with the citrus flavor.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
tillmac62 (361) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear amber, slightly darker than golden. World Class head volume, normal retention and poor lacing.
Light nose of banana, clove and a hint of funk.
Light medium body with a smooth texture. Below normal carbonation, with little effervescence in the finish.
The flavor profile is intense, complex and reasonably balanced other than for the phenolics. It begins with a blend of flavors that never really separate. It comes across as a muddled blend of citrus, spice, sweetness and a slight funk. This carries to the middle where the phenolics take over and produce a medicinal quality. As this flaw fades, a sweet background is evident (but has no characteristic identifiable as maple). The finish is a lingering medicinal phenolic aftertaste that is less than pleasant.
jgb9348 (4985) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Crystal clear golden coloured body with a thick, three centimetre tall pure white head - how is this bottle conditioned, there is no sediment at all!?! Aroma of yeast, funk, grass, hay, earth, flowers, alcohol and a bit of pure caster sugar. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong floral and grassy yeast up front with a large malt presence of wheat and crystal malt along with some alcohol, sugars, grass and a good deal of yeast. Aftertaste shows a slightly bitter funk at the end with a large yeast and alcohol note and only a touch of of the sugars with not much grassy and herbal elements. Overall, a decent saison at best and almost completely missing the elements that made me buy this - maple syrup and any aspect of a Belgian-themed beer, minus the style. Not really worth buying, but this won’t stop people, because it’s a Southern Tier beer, but if I could do it again, I’d pass on this. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Total Wine in Chantilly, Virginia on 31-January-2015 for US$9,49 when the store got the bottle on 13-January-2015 sampled at home in Washington on 14-March-2015.