Arayaga2 (2080) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Perfectly opaque lemon-drop color with huge soapy sudsy white head. Aroma has peary esters with some effervescent lemon. Taste is edgy... spicy, relatively acidic, almost lemony like a berliner mixed with a golden strong. The spice and the vigorous carbonation prick the tongue and make it hard to read at first. $12/750
AmEricanbrew (6656) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear light golden color/ frothy white head. Dry hay, dry spice aromas. medium bodied with soft co2. Nice dusty pale malt, dry spice, earthy hop flavors.
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at O’Brien’s in San Diego. Hazy golden yellow with effervescent head. All the proper things a Belgian/Saison should be. Iam actually suprised to see it listed as a Belgian strong. Lots of lovely light spiciness, high citrus, and hay. Bright clean finish, with citrus/lemon and almost a white pepper effect. Lovely.
mcberko (13023) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on tap at Bottleworks, pours golden with a white head. Aroma of yeast, grains, straw, pear, a little citrus and spice. Flavour of sour apples, pear, licorice, yeast and bready malt. Very solid.
Ratman197 (12830) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle poured a clear yellow with a lasting white head. Aromas of straw, pear, citrus, light earthiness and light spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, pear, pineapple and citrus with a crisp dry lingering citrus finish.
BelgianBeerGal (3708) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Waldo Pizza. Light, hazy straw-yellow color with a white head. Earthy aroma with some sweetness, yeast and banana. Similar flavor but added a little spiciness; also a creamy, silky mouthfeel. Very nice.
adnielsen (10427) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted from a 750 mL bottle purchased in Fort Collins, Colorado. Pours a hazy, yellow-orange appearance. Yeasty, strong Belgian, and alcoholic aroma. Creamy, Belgian strong flavor with a semi-strong Belgian flavor. Yeasty and somewhat thick flavor.
popery (1879) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, City Beer Store. Very nice Belgian-style ale with an American twist. The beer pours a light yellow-gold with a big white head. The aroma is honeyed malt, sugar cane, earthy/spicy yeast notes and a floral/lemony/citric hop note. It’s not as hoppy as most Belgian IPAs, but it’s somewhere between that and a good, big tripel/light BSA. The taste is lightly and pleasantly sweet with gentle touches of hop bitterness around the edges. There’s even more of an herbaceous/floral angle in the taste. It’s easy to drink and sits much more lightly on the palate than the 9.5% abv would suggest. Having tried this from a tap, I’m quite pleased to have a bottle in my cellar.
bhensonb (13737) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 c&c from South Bay Drug. Cork ejected with a bang. Pours dishwater gold with a 4 finger frothy/foamy off-white head. Smells like a tripel; kandi, yeast/spice. Medium body; frothy carb. There’s a strong spice/herb/hop flavor that is dominant. Or maybe that’s rye. It’s incredibly floral/herbal, and it’s even bitter. So lots of complex flavor. It’s strongly flavored. Finishes like a dry hopped tripel. Excellent.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, Lot 2699, best by 04/22/2012 and consumed November 2010. The body is a cloudy, glowing, medium orange-amber color. A billowing, spongy head of off-white froth settles very slowly and never fully fades, leaving sticky, jagged flares and ribbons of hard lacing behind. The nose is based in lightly sweet cereal malt, showing some candied citrus rind sweetness, lightly sugary dough, and bright-bitter spice. Coriander comes to mind, but it doesn’t get overwhelming, while hints of clove and white pepper lend further earthen spice. Hops are prominent for the style, very floral, peppery, and lemon driven, as distinctly Belgian yeast brings it’s signature fruity esters and bready dough. Flavors follow suit, very well balanced between the candied cereal and lemon peel malt notes, and the spicy, pithy, grassy-citrus hop notes. Dry spices cut through the maltiness and enhance the bitterness of the hops, especially on the drying, lively finish. There’s definitely a nod to farmhouse ale here, as the yeast profile resembles that of a strong golden saison. The palate, as mentioned, sports active carbonation and a spritzy consistency, while the relative heft of the body begs for slow, prolonged sipping. Overall, I found this to be a very successful meeting of Belgian and American styles. The influence of each brewery is clear....fruity Belgian yeast and candied malts provided by St. Feuillien, and peppery, citrus driven hops from Green Flash. Part Belgian style IPA, part saison, and perhPs even part hoppy tripel, I found this hybrid brew to be quite enjoyable.