thirdeye11 (5958) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle thanks to dickinsonbeer, party downstairs at Falling Rock) clearish gold/yellow with soapy bubbles. Nose of citrus, sage, mild funky, herbal and oranges. Taste is dry, unsweet, herbal, sage, mushrooms and grassy. Well carbonated, oily but dry finish.
ClubGonzo (5226) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared among the attendees of VANØ Bergen’s Påskekro ("Easter Pub"), Easter 2011. Another big bottle from Stillwater, wrapped in mystique and exquisite labeling. I was not impressed by the last bottle I had from this brewery, but let’s give ’em another go. :-) Pours a clear orange body with a medium white head. Nose is saison yeast (which reminds me a lot of champagne yeast) grapes and citric hints. Taste is pale malts, citric tones, hay, chalk, sour grapes and a slight grassy touch. Nice blend, and complex enough, but this beer still ultimately fails to impress me utterly. I’m not giving up Stillwater yet, though.
Palme (3639) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.75l bottle shared @ Henrik VANØ-Bergen session. Pours a deep hazy honey-orange body with a small lasting white head. Aroma is citric-hopy, yeast, apples, some spices and straw. Body is medium and quite slick on the palate. Carbonation is medium. Flavors are grapes, non-sugared sweet rhubarb(if that exist) and some thin spices. The whole thing finishes in a acidic and citric lime- and spicy ending, leaving a dry sweetness and actually some warming alcohol in the aftertaste. Really balanced and nice american saison.
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - APR 17, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle, courtesy of Dickinsonbeer, thank you very much! A hazy medium to dark blonde beer, with a large, frothy, fully lasting white head. The aroma is moderately malty, moderately hoppy, moderately yeasty. There are notes of toasted bread, flowers, herbs, grass, grapefruit, barnyard, earth, citric fruits, pepper and sage, with perhaps a hint of banana. The flavour is moderately sweet, moderately sour, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, dry and long finish with medium bitterness. Fantastic beer, a new aroma at every sniff, very complex, good hoppiness, excellent harmony. Simultaneously deep and hugely drinkable. I wish someone will import it to Italy sooner or later.
Beer5000 (5727) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle (my says 6,8% ABV). Golden body with a diminishing white head. Aroma is slightly funky, tropical fruit and perfume (in a positive way). Flavor is refreshing tropical fruit, citric fruit and spicy. No strong flavor, but very balanced and delicious. My definition of an American saison.
madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2011
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
5th March 2011
ACBF. Cloudy gold beer, residual white head. Herby and tropical fruit nose. Soapy tasting, chalky dry beer with some tropical fruit lost in there somewhere! Way too dry! Really not getting these Stillwater beers!
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 750 ml. Merci beaucoup à Dany et Marie-France. Arômes herbacés et rustiques, légère touche citronnée et de céréales. Magnifique robe blonde et trouble, effervescence active et très belle mousse. En bouche, on retrouve une belle complexité herbacée, épicée et fruitée, résultat d’un bel équilibre entre la sauge, le houblon et la levure. Le malt moelleux montre de belles notes de blé. Finale bien sèche montrant une pointe d’acidité et une délicate amertume. Une originale et excellente saison !
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy deep golden colour. Small white head. Ok lacing. Soft tart fruity aroma. The flavour is tart, fruity, some yeast, bit sweet, pleasant.
SrSilliGose (3327) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Huge foam. Big carbonation. Soapy, rustic air freshener and perfume. Earthy flowery hibiscus. A bit orvalesque. Pretty good. Tasty. Enjoyable to drink.
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to mansquito. Pours cloudy orange gold, with big, fluffy off white head. From the looks and first whiff it is already enjoyable. Aroma is bright and fresh, with plenty of spicy notes, soft rosemary, sage, which with the yeast presence lends a subtle tartness, also very floral. Incredibly smooth, rich mouthfeel, which is abruptly finished with little bit of sweet fruitiness, on to a lingering spiciness. Flavor is very complex, but somehow manages to also be refreshing. There are sweet fruity notes, an undercurrent of tart yeast, plenty of flowery spices which add both sweet and subtly bitter aspects. This saison is big in flavor as is typical of american versions but also is very nuanced and delicate like belgian renditions tend to be. Ultimately it is one of the better saison’s I’ve had, and is one of those which remind me the potential depth and possibilities for this style. This would be great any time of the year, at any time, and is highly recommended.