czar (6211) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap @ novare, portland. cloudy pale yellow, almost white loaded with yeast due to end of keg, some retention. grainy character, rustic, lemon peel, hint of sweet grains, very yeasty and earthy, some spices and quite intense flower bouquet. moderate carbonation, light body - oily, nice herbal-spicy finish. nice.
jstraw (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy yellow-gold with huge, fine-bubble, flotsam head, fine legs / Delicate, acidic nose of orchard fruit, citrus, spice, grain, chrysanthemum / Light to medium body, acidic, lightly fruit with great balance, a hint of sweetness but otherwise very dry with fine, bitter finish / Elegant, earthy, complex flavors of lemon, apple, pear, banana, straw, spelt, coriander, hint of clove / On the lighter side, but this is a terrific summer porch quaffer.
VsXsV (3117) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy murky amber liquid with medium to big white head. Aroma of white pepper, lemon peel, bread, earth, grains and flowers. Taste is dry and light to medium bitter with notes of white pepper, grain and flowers. Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Nice but not mind blowing.
rumproasts (4290) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Amber with three finger head. Medium funk, but not too out there. Very pleasant flavor and easy to drink. Would be a great beer to introduce someone to the Saison style.
Steve_0 (3587) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from City Beer enjoyed in Santa Rosa. Pour is hazy orange/amber with a huge white head and great lacing. Biscuity, lemony, spelt, wheaty, bready, lightly grassy, somewhat smoky, lightly spicy, and fruity aroma. Taste is tangy, biscuity, straw, white pepper, wheat, lemon peel, light orange, bread, and clove with a lightly spicy bite on the finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Tasty stuff and highly refreshing here in wine country.
bartlebier (2820) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - APR 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml cork bottle - Pours an agreeable citrus hay gold, medium fizz. Somewhat unspectacular but natural tasting light, florally hopped ale with some funk, providing character. Nothing disagreeable about this, would like to taste again when less thirsty. Sampled this basically as a grain saison with subtle citrus aroma, a transatlantic cooperation that is tasty enough, but somehow loses character mid-way.
jcartamdg (2573) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours bright gold with a thick white head. Aroma of tropical fruit, musty funk, sweet notes. Taste is slightly sweet, fruity and funky, finishes dry and slightly tart. Lots of carbonation. Really nice overall.
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drowland (7112) - Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
3/20/13. 375mL bottle from Grassroots. Hazed orange pour with a thick, creamy head that sticks and laces a ton. Faint maltiness in the aroma with fruity esters and a phenolic kick. Big fruity and phenolic flavor with bits of tangy citrus. Somewhat laid back by Stillwater?s standards, but tasty.
blklab2007 (2108) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a deep golden color with a one finger white head that slowly fell back to a coating. Aroma has dusty grains, wet herbs, yeast, and some hops. Mouth feel is medium light and there is higher side carbonation. Flavor has grains, funky sharp hops, yeast, and some lingering bitterness.
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A steady pour into my Teku glass produces a four finger thick, and rising, pale tan colored head that would have overflowed my glass if I didn’t choose to eat it instead. The beer is a metallic seeming gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright yellow gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of bright fruit and dried hay; specific notes of pear, floral apple, hibiscus, nutty pale malt, pale wheat cracker, and some melon like notes.
Effervescent, which pairs well with the light body, dry, which still can’t suppress the bright fruit notes, and quite complex, with a mélange of flavors, this beer is my idea of a Saison. The grain character has a nice, dried straw like character to it, a soft cracker like malt note, and this mixes with a light herbal character, perhaps a touch of lemon zest, or citrus character, and grassy hop notes. The yeast character contributes a soft clove character, a slight mustiness, some woody black pepper, a touch of ginger character.
This is quite nice, not the most complex Saison, but it definitely hits the spot.