alobar (2715) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy orange yellow color with white head and good lacing. Aroma of yeast, fruit, and maple syrup. Sweet flavor with maple syrup and fruit with yeast, spice, and alcohol warmth. Very nice.
wxman (1387) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear golden with a nominal white head. Fruit and spice aroma. Taste is sweet malts, some fruitiness and a little sourness, but the sweetness is nearly cloying. Some hop bitterness and alcohol warmth as well. Darn good, but sweet.
Chad9976 (1126) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I split a 750ml bottle with a friend. We each poured it in into tulip glasses. It was bottled on 12/4/13 and cost $9.99 ($0.39 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark gold/light orange hue. Fairly hazy, but translucent with visible carbonation. Pours to a large, white, frothy head which mostly settles but never dissipates and leaves lacing on the glass.
Smell: Strong citrus aroma, especially lemon peel. Some dry pepper and distinct Belgian yeast esters.
Taste: Southern Tier is a brewery known for making American-style beers, so itís interesting to see them taking on a traditional Belgian/French style in the form of a saison. Though ďGrand ArborĒ is a little bigger than most, plus itís brewed with locally-sourced maple syrup to give it distinctiveness.
Up front thereís a light sweetness akin to orange sherbet. Lemon pith also seems to be quite noticeable, imparting some fruit flavor and a hint of candy. At the apex, it turns on a dime into something much drier as a surge of spiciness comes rushing in. Crushed black pepper, tart orange juice and a familiar Belgian yeast character all create for a strong drying sensation which absorbs all the moisture from the mouth. The maple syrup isnít really present in the taste, which is understandable since the yeast eats most of it, though there is a subtle brown or caramelized sugar note if you really pay attention. Thereís some citrusy hop taste and minor bitterness as it finishes and finishes off the palette in the only logical way possible. Personally, I prefer juicier saison, but this is one of the best of the dry spectrum Iíve had.
Drinkability: I was expecting a beastly brew considering this weighs in at 8% ABV, but Southern Tier Grand Arbor was quite light on its feet. Certainly robust with a full body, though thereís no alcohol warmth or taste anywhere to be found. The mouthfeel is, not surprisingly, quite bubbly with a dry aftertaste; though itís actually quite refreshing while crossing the tongue. Strange that this was released in the winter as it works much better as a summer seasonal.
fiulijn (14290) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Alibi Room, Vancouver, courtesy of Gerry
Hazy golden color with medium head. Nice aroma, spicy malt with delicate esters. Moderately sweet, it has enough malt flavor, strong spicy character, medium fruity touch, and strong bitterness; traces of maple. Some hop resins in the final, and warming alcohol.
It has the American taste, not truly Belgian, but itís nice.
DialSquare (2498) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Luekens in Oldsmar. Spicy aroma - clove. Tastes salty, barnyard, straw, lemon, yeast, little funky bandaid vibe, dry yeast. Pretty good. - 7.2
5000 (6180) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Spicy and yeasty nose, bright, a little fruity.   Seems almost more like a Belgian Blonde as its not too floral.   A little warming on the backside.   Some breadiness.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Yeasty and doughy finish, a touch of fruitness, a little dank and basement like, but not bright and floral.   This is one different bird, but decent.
nealblind (660) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy orange pour big white head. Aroma of Saison yeast slight tang. Tastes maple strong herbal bitter slight pepper. Creamy yeast palate. Maple seems out of place. I didnít like this as much as their Sonnet.
60minuteman (694) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2014 Clear gold with orange hue. Aroma of yeast, alcohol, spices, wheat, citrus, cinnamon, clove, bread. Flavor is sweet and slightly bitter. A bit dry on the end. Bitterness is present throughout. The sweet comes from either the light lemon tang or the sugar residue from the alcohol. More banana on the end before the bitter takes over. Good saison!
EithCubes (4701) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Nose sweet with heavy spice, seems like coriander and orange peel with white grape must and light black pepper, some phenolic development. Pours cloudy golden with strong carbonation and a tight, dense rocky beige head. Taste sweet with light-medium bitterness and strong spice. All of the above plus very faint rose hips and good yeasty character, some very light astringency and mineral character, alcohol minimized. Lemon and vanilla. Medium-full body. Tasty, but very heavy!
zvikar (3370) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Pours yellow hazy with a huge head, aroma of yeast, banana, apple and wheat, flavor of yeast, banana, apple, coriander and other spices, medium bodied.