BeerandBlues2 (10785) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Max’s. Pours clear gold with a medium, fizzy white head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is apple and pear fruity esters, mango and floral hops and biscuit malt. Flavor is tart and funky hops and yeast with light malt, medium hops and bitterness and a dry finish. Light body and medium carbonation.
sonnycheeba (4251) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours clear gold with average, fizzy white head; decent retention and lacing. Aroma is cookie and cereal malts, sour fruit, floral hops, and grassy notes. Flavor is sweet, bready malts forward qith supporting light fruit esters, grassy notes, straw, and a touch of sour; crisp, dry finish. Light body and low carbonation.
Travlr (15915) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Brewvival. Cloudy golden yellow color, large white head. Aroma of funky citrus. Taste has barnyard straw, summer fruit. Nice.
Drake (10518) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Near fatal hangover, eh? That could be the slogan for the day after Brewvival. Brewvival Trip Beer 109. Draft at Brewvival. Pours a hazy orange color with a medium sized frothy off-white head. Good head retention. Aroma of bread, citrus, mango, spice, honey. The taste is bread, honey, spice, stone fruits. Medium bodied.
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at O’briens. Pours with a hazed golden hued body with a small white head that fades to nothing. Aromas are floral, tangerine, medium phenol and light isoamyl acetate. Flavors are of nectarines, medium-dry stone fruit, light citrus, some apricot, medium-low malt, light phenol. Lively carbonation, and dry. Medium bodied for a saison.
MadRobin (2392) - Silver Spring, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap 5 oz. sample at Encinitas Ale House in Encinitas, CA. Clear with slight haze, straw gold with white head and excellent lacing. Aroma of lemon, banana, yeast, straw and cloves. Taste of straw, yeast, caramel and spice. Medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Sledutah (6046) - Utah, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery
Appearance: Clear golden with a medium sized white head and good lacing
Aroma: Light malts, citrus and herbal
Taste: Malts, citrus and grainy
Nice and clean
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Straw beer with a whitish head. Yeast and light malt aroma. yeast and light orange flavor with light grain. medium bodied. Yeast and light orange lingers with light spice and light grain.
FlacoAlto (3850) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on tap at the Brewpub; July 2012
The beer is a hazy gold color and is topped by a thin, pale head. The aroma has hay like grain notes to it, as well as a spicy pepper character and phenolic notes. Light fruit aromatics are joined by an earthy, lightly musty character. This is actually fairly yeasty smelling and even has a hint of baby puke to it (though this last description is mostly good).
Up front there is a fruity character, that might be somewhat from hop contributions, but is definitely from the yeast character; mostly I taste flavors reminiscent of pears and melon. There is a touch of bitterness in the finish and there are also some medicinal phenolic notes that help to add a bit to this beer. There is a peppery spice character to this beer and it even has a light tartness to it. The beer is lightly sweet tasting, but this is mostly from the fruit esters rather than from residual sugars. The actual body is quite dry and light, but there is enough of it to keep it from being watery.
This is quite nice, I would of course love to see this bottle conditioned, as is true of any Saison that I have. Still the major components I look for in a Saison are here; this is dry, spicy, lightly funky, and has some light, balancing fruit character to it. A more than solid brew that I am happy to be drinking.
brokensail (13270) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is a hazy like golden straw with a white head. Very light aroma, some lemon, banana, straw, and mild spice. Mild bread as well. The flavor is quite light. A bit of bready malt, straw, lemon zest, banana, and yeast. Light herbal and grass notes on the finish.