Pailhead (4413) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2010 Courtesy of Styles
Bottle: Big peppery and floral aroma with a hint of orange peel. It pours a cloudy dull golden-orange with a small white head. The flavor starts with yeasty with some citrus. The finish has light-moderate floral notes with a hint of lemon. Light-medium bodied with lively soft carbonation.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright golden yellow, big rocky head, tiny carb bottles. Love the aroma, i guess it’s sage, but it rocks, spicy, earthy, hoppy, really dig it. Flavor on par with aroma, nice spice/earth. Big hoppy character, spice and citrus. Well attenuated. Spritzy carbonation, mouthfeel. Very well done.
bluejacket74 (1204) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a couple inch frothy white head. Head retention is pretty good, with a small amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is citrus (lemon peel, tropical fruit), and peppery and herbal spice, which I assume is partly from the white sage in this beer. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s the addition of some lime and a bit of wheat. Overall taste is citrusy and herbal. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it’s crisp and has high carbonation. Drinkability is good, the soft carbonation helps make this brew smooth and easy to drink. I liked this brew a lot, I’d definitely buy this again.
17thfloor (2428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a rich straw yellow with fizzy white head and bubbles. Smells similar to other Stillwater, smooth sweetness, effervescent, light citrus, herbal, pleasant. Flavor follows, the sage is a nice touch that works. Still slightly awkward next to a dupont, highly carbonated. A very commendable saison, but too similar to other Stillwater products.
HonkeyBra (3108) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden orange with a thick, white, fluffy head. Aroma of yeast, heavy citrus, some spice. Some peach, some banana. A bit of wet hay. More spice comes out in the flavor, but still fruity and yeasty . . . quite quaffable. Nice carbonation, medium bodied. Pretty interesting.
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Top 5 artwork of any beer ever. So fucking cool. A straw yellow pour with a slight haze and lively carbonation. The head is massive white and boisterous despite the diminutive hiss of opening the bottle. The aroma holds doughy fruitcake tons of lemon acidity, banana, clove, perfume, angelfood cake dough, cheesecake, tangerine, nectarine, and grapefruit. A light spice carries on in the background, but is barely noticeable. The flavor holds a very interesting balance of herbal dough, perfume, acidity, and bitterness. Sage and rosemary and prominent with yummy dough providing an excellent yeast character. Lemon, nectar fruit, and more perfume like herbals follow. The palate is medium bodied- perfect for the style with pillowy fine bubbled carbonation and a clean finish. Excellent example of the style.
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, no date from Julio’s for like $9 or so. Hazy effervescent straw gold with a two finger frothy white head, good retention due to the high carbonation. The spicy sage doesn’t try to hide, here--coupled with some citrus hops and moderate wheat, farmhouse saison yeast in the backend with some cracker malt. Not getting much sweetness so far. Flavor has stronger herbal leafy sage up front in the aroma, and takes away from the hoppy notes. The yeast is still present, but really--where’d the hops go? Still spicy with some cracker malt, still minimal sweetness. Bone dry spicy finish, bitterness peaked at a 2-3. High carbonation with a light to medium body. Not bad, but was hoping for more with the Sterling and Citra--could’ve done without the sage. Not that the sage was bad, I just don’t think it added much in the overall complexity, and was just a tad too heavy-handed in the flavor.
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at bad apple and poured in a snifter... Pours a mostly transparent light cider brown with an at first thin white head and then receding quickly... Aroma is a bit of sage or Rosemary upfront then ventures between tangerines and a lighter yeast profile. Herbs and spices play a predominant role... Won’t waste too much time here. A clone of what the aroma provides but where the spicey nature lay a lesser role more banana and tangerine. Semi-prickly carbonation, adequate body. Spices a bit too much for me.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle (killer artwork) from grape & gourmet and once upon a vine southside. pours a gorgeous, hazy, gold with a massive, rocky, bright white head leaving long legs and sticky lacing. aroma is fantastic with huge floral notes of dantalion and hibiscus, white grapefruit, lemon zest, pear, and a touch of peach skin backed by spicy, herbal sage, wet grass, belgian yeast, and white pepper. flavor is wonderful as well with elegant notes of tangerine citrus, apricot, and lemon zest blending with spicy, fresh, herbal notes of sage and thyme with light, pale malts, belgian yeast, and soapy, sweet florals on the back end. palate is medium bodied, wonderfully crisp and refreshing, with brisk carbonation and a long, bittersweet, dry, herbal finish. overall, hands-down one of the best saisons i’ve ever tasted. bravo.
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml. Pours a hazy golden with a exploding frothy white head. Great nose of citrus esthers, yeast, and some peppery notes. Amazing mouthfeel both crisp and creamy. Rich malty sweetness balanced with a nice belgian-like spiciness. Awesome bright tangerine citrus, creamy sweet honeyish notes, and an awesome peppery spice. Wicked on the palate, just perfectly matched with the flavor. Possibly my favorite saison so far. Badass.