jcr (2220) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Golden body with a frothy white head, rapidly diminishing. Aroma of spice, toasted grain, maple syrup, alcohol. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter and lightly to moderately acidic. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation. Heavy mouthfeel for a saison. Lots of spice. Tastes more like a spiced Belgian golden ale, kind of. Still, drinkable for what it is.
Darkmagus82 (1729) - - OCT 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-20-14-
Poured from bottle into a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer pours a nice lightly hazed orange amber color with a big billowy head of a just off white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a grainy smell along with a very nice lot of a yeastiness. The yeastiness brings with it aromas of a grassy nature as well as a nice lot of a banana sweetness. Along with these smells are some sweet aromas of bubblegum, maple syrup, and candied sugar with a bit of a tangerine sweetness present as well, which with the rest, create a very sweet and pleasantly “funked” aroma.
Taste – It begins with a sweet candied sugar taste along with a nice bready flavor. The bready flavor is of a smooth doughty flavor along with a moderately strong yeasty taste. Along with these tastes there is a decent sweetness to the brew as fruity flavors of both banana and tangerine are present right from the start. While starting out very smooth, the taste ends up becoming more grainy and a bit more chewy as the taste advances. This is largely due to a more grainy wheat flavor replacing the doughy flavor with other tastes of a grassy nature also meeting the tongue. While this occurs however, so too comes even more sweet flavors with tons of maple syrup and with a bit of light bubblegum and candied sugar taste, going with the tangerine and banana nicely but actually heavily outpacing them. With a bit more grassy and hay-like funk coming to the tongue at the end of the taste, along with a lighter spice flavor of coriander and clove, one is left with a very pleasantly sweet and enjoyable flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side overall, but gets a bit more chew in nature as the taste advances from the start to the finish. With a rather higher carbonation, the overall lighter body, which transitions at the end, is very nice for the mix of yeast, dough, grain, sugary sweet, and grassy flavors of the brew and with a very modest alcohol flavor (well at least for a brew of 8% abv.) it creates a very easy drinking Belgian style farmhouse ale.
Overall – A very enjoyable and quite drinkable brew. On the sweeter side, but very enjoyable and balanced. Not sure if it is quite worth the $10 per bottle price tag in comparison to their backwater and imperial series (usually ~ $7-8) but regardless it is quite nice and is well worth the try.
outlawskies (962) - - OCT 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Julie says it interesting hoppy on the front she gives a 2.2. Interesting on the back
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
williamherbert (1308) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy, flat golden yellow color, big puffy head. Lots of sediment floating. Glows like a lava lamp.
Aroma is mild phenolic plastics, but not "off" aromas. There are hints of perfumes from citrus. Some bar soap.
Flavor is Belgian funk/spice, mild candi sugars, perfume, and yes, a hint of that maple syrup. The maple is very mild, not at all intrusive. Some Lemon Pledge (not that I’ve ever actually drank that, wink-wink). The horseblanket is VERY strong with this one.
The feel is prickly and smooth at the swallow. Somehow Saisons are both fresh and musty at the same time. This is a pretty nice example of one.
Gachupines (910) - USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden color with a touch of amber. Light white head. Aroma is slight clove with a touch of maple sugar. Flavor is light and crisp. Light spices with a bit of heaviness from the maple sugar. Still fairly balanced if a touch sweet at the end.
shadey (1904) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Bright orange pour with a nice fluffy white head that diminishes to a nice layer. Grassy, grainy, tart, aroma. Nice fresh, bright flavor. A little alcohol in the finish, but enjoyable.
SHIG (3602) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a coppery orange with a huge two and half finger off white fluffy head. Loads of Belgian yeast in the nose. Taste is light yeast soap suds, carbonated, and dry tartness.
crossovert (7565) - Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Hazed golden pour, nice foamy white head, some decent lacing. Smell is spicy and some esters, some sugar. Flavor is sweet saison, spices/fruit. Imperial saison but a deent one as the saison yeast is heavy but not over the top.
bluejacket74 (1341) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle, bottled on 12/04/13. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy dark gold color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there’s a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like citrus peel, straw, peppery spice, apple, and a bit of maple. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some wheat/grainy malt, pears, earthiness and a bit of bubblegum. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s creamy and has soft carbonation which helps make this easy to drink. I think it’s a good overall brew, definitely worth a try. $8.99 a bottle.
KornDogg (532) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Fruity, yeast aroma. Hazy golden body with medium lasting head. Flavor begins sweet, with hints of clove, fruit and slight earthy bitterness. Sweet maple, candy, citrus finish. Overall a lighter taste than expected.