michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml Bottle: Aroma of Belgian yeast, chamomile, lavender, herbs, cardamom, and a hint of cinnamon. Poured amber/copper in color with a small, loose, off-white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of spices, herbs, chamomile, lavender, coriander, cardamom, flowers, slight lime, and slight Belgian yeast. Medium body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, chamomile, lavender, slight spice, light herb, and flower finish is slightly dry and a tad sticky.
popery (1215) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting saison-esque beer. My only qualm is that the aroma gets rather perfumey. There’s a fair bit of spiciness and a lot of floral flavor. The beer tastes less perfumey and more yeasty. It’s a good earthy, funky yeast. The mouthfeel is a smooth and relatively low on bubbles. The beer pours a rich amber with an off-white head. It’s a good beer, but I was a bit thrown by the floral notes of the aroma.
brokensail (9128) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The pour is a fairly dark orange color with some golden influence and a big white head.
S: An incredibly intense herbal and floral aroma. Lots of rose and hibiscus in the floral department with a bit of a rosemary, sage, chamomile, and ginger, perhaps, and plenty of green peppercorns. Not really my thing.
T: The flavor is, thankfully, less pungent in terms of the herbs than the nose. The hibiscus and rose character is still pretty dominant, but actually somewhat enjoyable. Quite a bit of yeast and a slight funk, along with some sweet malt and candi sugar and hints of citrus.
M: The body is fairly full for a saison with a nice, lively carbonation.
D: The nose was just far too much for me. The flavor was an improvement, but not really my style.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from State Line. Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a thin light tan head. Lots of flowers on the nose. Herbal with a bit of rosemary perhaps. Similar flavor. Very dry and earthy. Hints of pineapple. Nice hoppy finish. Another excellent Stillwater brew.
GMCC2181 (1479) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle picked up at SL... cool label... Pours a rusty red, with a thin head that faded quickly... Nice aroma of some flowers, lavender with some light spice. Taste is very enjoyable.. First thing that comes to my taste buds is the lavender. Followed by some light spices, and dandelion. The comercial description says "like a fresh spring meadow" and that what it reminds me of. Texture is light, refreshing with lots of carbonation. Easy drinker. Good beer
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the Hawai’i Admission Day tasting from a bottle shared by me. Brown-yellow, whitish cover. Big spicy, ginger, estery aroma. Taste is more spicy, ginger, light fruit, sweetness, gingery finish.
TomDecapolis (4332) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a hazy deep amber with golden notes and a larger foamy/bubbly off white lacing head. Aroma of the spring botanicals up front, citrus, floral notes, lightly spicy and fruity yeast esters, bready malt and bubblegum. Flavor of lightly sweet bready malt, mixed citrus notes, floral hops, again the botanicals are there, kind of up front but pleasant.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pouring from their booth at BCTC. Pours an almost clear gold with a medium sized white head, very delicate. Soft heather, lavender, chamomille on the nose. Spicy black pepper. Medium bodied, spicy and gently herbal. So soft and creamy, light and subtle. Smooth spicy finish. Awesome stuff.
Suttree (4739) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange, thin head. Smells sweet and funky (like me!), with a touch of citrus. Flavor is nicely dry, with some grape, some funk, some dry white wine. Pretty tasty stuff.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the Hawai’i Admission Day tasting. Pours brassy orange with offwhite head. The aroma is very gingery with a little bit of lemon and distant grapefruit. The flavor is fresh fruit, slight pepper, ginger, and a semi-sweet finish. Spicy aftertaste. Not bad, but maybe a bit overdone.