ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet.
A: Pours a reddish copper color. I like the head on this one: one fingers high, offwhite shade, and superbly creamy. Retention isnít amazing, though, nor is the body itself that attractive.
S: Ridiculously herbal. I wonít go into detail identifying all of the notes, so Iíll just say it smells like some utopian spring day. Allowing it to open up will reveal slight brett touches, as well.
T: Itís not as dry as I expected. Wheat malt sweetness (similar to a good dunkel) both opens and closes things - with the herbal qualities sandwiching themselves into the middle. Itís fairly piny, but not in a hop-derived manner. Also sneaking into the back end are some subtle brett notes. Thereís a good balance between the spice profile and the malts.
If the aroma made me think of spring, the flavor makes me think Christmas for whatever reason. Ah well, good brew.
M: The initial sweetness is cleaned up nicely on the finish, replaced by a prickly, lively sensation. I like the sweet/dry balance here: the sweetness simply balances out some of the potential harshness an overly dry finish could have created. Carbonation is very high, but thatís expected from a saison.
O: This one doesnít blow me away, however itís an easily drinkable brew thatís also mildly complex. Iíd gladly drink this again.
jstraw (1837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky orange-amber with modest, off-white head, no legs / Fruity, herbaceous nose of citrus & orchard fruit, green herb, caramel, licorice / Medium body, acidic, sweet with some chew, good balance with very light bitterness on the finish / Complex, rich flavors of fresh caramel, orange, herbs (borrowing from above: heather, chamomile, lavender, dandelion), licorice (redundant) / Body seems to cry out for a little more oomph, but really good.
rumproasts (1842) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. amber with small head. Very nice spice and complexity to this. Mild funk, but big flavor.
dogfishho (557) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I've never had anything that I would consider a winter or Christmas saison, but this is about as close as it can get. The aroma is bready and sweet with a tinge of saison dryness. On the palate the flavor is capped off really nicely with a rye bread and nutmeg/ginger spice. Warming and delicious.
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conway (896) - - JUN 12, 2013
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a thin white head. Nose is ginger and floral hand soap. Taste also has ginger but follows it up with apple pie. Apple, brown sugar and cinnamon. Mouthfeel is average with a dry finish. No clue what makes this a saison, but more importantly just don't enjoy it.
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mpersinger (327) - , California, USA - JUN 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2013 Complex aroma gushing with lavender (stuck with me, and took me several days to identify) interplays with sparkly, warming sweet ginger and apricot flavors, also with slight peppery note like grains of paradise or from the yeast. Carbonating is moderately high and thereís a mineral softness (like a hint of mud or tin, but with finesse) that brings it all to a lush finish. Ready for next sip.
Steve_0 (1912) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from City Beer. Pour is hazy amber with a small cream head and good lacing. Huge lavender, vanilla, hibiscus, somewhat grassy, straw, herbal, peppery, and flower petals in the aroma. Taste is lilac, more lavender, coriander, lacto, bready, biscuit, somewhat fruity, herbal, and yeasty with a lightly spicy bite on the finish. Medium mouthfeel with high carbonation. Not bad, but a bit overpowered by spices and herbs.
ads135 (2330) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer from a great brewer. Has your Belgian backbone, the full effervescence and tangyness. Fruits in the aroma, some lemon and grass.
Gription79 (1895) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Floral, citrusy, stone fruit, slight graininess. Very fruity. I really dig this beer.
MikeJslc (628) - USA - APR 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium gold, light haze, thin off-white head. Aroma is floral (roses), perfumy, bready/biscuity malt, very light orange note. Flavor of dry, biscuity malt, light earthy cellar character, lightly spicy, clean dry finish.