iowaherkeye (2696) - 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 (3366) - 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.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft, pours hazed golden with white head. Nose is floral, herbal, light honey. Flavors are same healthy grapefruit bitterness and citrus. Clean and easy drinking. Good stuff.
marcus (6785) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Monument Wine. Pours yellow gold with a massive off-white head and a marvelous fruity aroma. It took a while for the foam to settle, but once the liquid could be reached, it was worth the wait. There is a delicious pale malt flavor that is fruity, mostly citrus, and grassy. There is a lingering yeast presence that leaves a dry bitter taste on the palate. A very nice brew.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light citrus with tons of flowers and fresh herbs in the nose. Medium to light sweetness, moderately bitter, with grapefruit, cotton candy, honey, flowers and fresh herbs. Medium body is very soft with gentle carbonation.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Pours a hazy orange golden body with a white head and decent retention. Hoppy Belgian fruit toned esters, spicy yeast tones pepper and sage. Lemon and pear notes. Dry floral hop tones fruity with a sweet and dry hoppy body. Herbal and earthy body with a subdued citrus finish. Nice. 3.9
Second go enjoyed even more. A tropical fruit tone with fruit snack sweetness and underlying citrus tones. Excellent. 4.3
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked a bottle of this up in DC.
Hard pour into my tulip brings a five-finger head that eventually recedes down into a fairly constant single-finger layer, although it only leaves the tiniest bit of lacing behind. Nose brings forth a tiny amount of earth and hay along with a nice lemon presence. A little bit hoppy. Taste is quite the same with a bit of lemony grass and some slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is quite light and a bit undercarbonated. Drinks pretty well but is lacking the type of depth I expect for saisons.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-01-2010
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Wheat and perfumy citrusy hops contribute a lot of freshness to this bubbly Saison, until a symbiosis of sage and herbal, spicy hop bitterness settles in on the tongue.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A lot of foam is produced early on, but cannot seem to leave lacing atop the misty golden.
-Mouthfeel is quite dry and effervescent. Could be a tad softer for my tastes.
-The chosen hops and herbs are perfectly harmonious and thus hard to dissociate.
-Can’t wait to try more from this new brewery!