Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My bottle said Ale Brewed with White Sage. I don’t know if this is the beer or not. Pours hazy amber with a white head. Smells of citrus, hay, pronounced sage. Tastes of sweet citrus, some sage notes, peppery, lemony, earthy. Enjoyable.
drpimento (2023) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! Fabulous beer! Look out Belgium!! This is right up there with the best. Poured with a foamy, frothy, off white head that lasts and good lace. Color is a hazy amber. Aroma is a pungent blend of yeast, malt, fruit, grass, earth, and fresh cut hay. Flavor is similar with the carbonic acid, yeast bitterness, and malty sweetness prominant. Body is perfect for this beer. Finish has the more extreme qualities dropping off quick and the more balanced and milder qualities with a slower taper to a medium length.
joeneugs (2576) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours bright orange with a huge white head. It has a very sharp wheaty aroma with some pilsner-like maltiness and a little soap. The flavor is very spicy and prickly on the tongue. Very dry and crisp with wheat flavors and hints of soap, sage, and noble hop in the finish. Very nice beer.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on 10/29/2010. This Saison pours a slightly hazy medium orange gold color from a 750ml bottle. Medium to large sized white foamy head, with decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is fruity, sweet, spicy and herbal. A medium bodied saison. The malts are fruity and sweet, predominately orange, apricot and peach. The hops are herbal and spicy. Lively carbonation. The sage flavors are fairly noticeable, more in the taste than in the aroma. Very drinkable saison. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
swoopjones (4902) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo. Medicinal, herbal nose. Floral, herbal, flavor. Citrusy, light yeastiness. Balanced & delicious
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served on draft at Mekong during Richmond, VA Beer Week. Pours a hazy peach color with a medium sized frothy white head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of peach, pear, bready notes, peppery notes, yeast, candi sugar, earthy hops and a bit of a pine/sage note. The taste is bitter, piney and peppery, plum, pear, peach and a bit of bread and spice. Medium-full bodied. Sweet and spicy, well balanced. This is a very nicely made beer.
thehoplocal (10) - Sykesville, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750mL Bottle / Tulip Glass
Aroma - Was very complex. With an earthy smell, musty wood, hay, and subtle hints of sage and citrus. Maybe the name tainted me, but it really smelled like I opened the door to a root cellar and was walking in.
Appearance - Pale amber with a hazy appearance. Thick frothy head just a tad off-white. Very pretty pour. Significant lacing and head retention
Taste - Surprising light and crisp. The aromas while strong did not taint the flavors. A lot of citrus, grass, and sage. All flavors present were very subtle, and yet stirring.
Palate - Light and thing, with lively and fine carbonation. Felt somewhere between pop rocks and champagne on the tongue. Very dry as well. If I didn’t know better I would have thought it was a dry champagne.
Overall - This was something that is a must have. Each category of tasting is very pronounced and different. And while everything is pronounced it retains a certain subtlety that is hard to match. While the beer is easy to describe the experience is not. Excellent brew. Way to go b.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Carefully poured, with much anticipation, the liquid turns up a cloudy, glowing, bright orange-amber color, strewn with tiny streams of effervescing bubbles. Fed from below, a tall, billowing head of smooth, off-white foam is very well retained, slowly reducing down to a staunch blanket with pronounced edging, where it remains for the duration of the drink. Tall flares of hard drying lace branch out horizontally, resembling the profile of a long-branched live oak tree. It’s simply a stunning looker overall.
The aroma is gorgeous, displaying a excellent balance between fresh, lightly sweet wheat grain, doughy pils malt, drier grass, and perfumy floral hop character. There’s a unique fruitiness to the yeast, suggesting notes of pineapple and pear, as spicy, dried citrus peel and clean, almost minty sage brighten things up considerably. The floral character is impressive, yet subtle. It’s almost like being down wind of a mixed wildflower patch. Dry, bright, crisp, and complex, with just a touch of clean grain sweetness, there’s nothing bad I can say about the nose. It simply smells awesome, and it has my mouth watering in short order.
The taste is just as impressive. The clean, herbacious sage really stands out, cutting right through the candied wheat malt and doughy, fruity yeast. Dehydrated pineapple and pear work with candied tangerine rind to lend a bright, concentrated fruitiness. Floral hops are dry, lightly bitter, and softly peppery, keeping things well balanced. It’s just a damn tasty beer.
The palate is appropriately moderate in body, sporting a relatively dry consistency with a lively effervescence that tickles the tongue. There’s a bit of creaminess to the mouthfeel, giving an almost "whipped" or aerated sort of sensation. Those delicious spices are concentrated on the long, clean finish. Excellent stuff!
Overall, this second encounter with Stillwater product (the first was Stateside Saison) confirms that Brian is one of the best up and coming American brewers on the scene. Together with Upright Brewing, Stillwater Artisanal Ales is giving the Belgian saison masters a serious run for their money. 2010 has been a great year for the advancement of craft beer in America. Bravo to bstill for another excellent brew.
lamas (1280) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle. A hazy amber pour with a big light-tan head. A funky aroma of wheat bread, peaches, pears, apricots, sage, straw, and some spiciness. Thin to medium-bodied, crisp, and refreshing. The taste starts with some caramel and orange juice. A drying, wheaty middle. Finishes kinda sour and bitter with quite a bit of lemon/lime and some citrus rinds. Some wheaty, floral qualities throughout. Only a hint of alcohol. Solid brew.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pleasant enough hybrid. Looks like a saison, slightly hazy, head smaller than I expected. Not a yeasty bready as a traditional saison, not as hoppy or obviously American hopped as I expected either. Very, very nice, but just not as remarkable as some of the Belgian (Hop-it) or American (Hoppin’ Frog) hybrid offerings.