Jado (517) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 341 ml bottle. Pours a mostly clear straw-yellow with a pillowy white head that settles to about one-finger height. Aromas of funk, lemon, cloves, pepper, apple juice and orange zest. Taste starts out with a fruity note with apple and orange before a big lemon zest and pepper bitterness washes through. That lasts right through the back end, giving a sharp spicy finish. Marked spicy aftertaste. Huge flavours. Impressive.
stevoj (2100) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slick and tasty saison, light and airy, but substantial head. Lots of hay and grass elements, light peppery spiciness Pale hazy golden, light aroma, some citrus, Taste is light and smooth, citrus, honey. Very nice, enjoyable.
wvhoran (203) - Tasmania, - MAY 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Saint John. Hazy golden yellow with a white head. Aroma is of apricot, yeast, lemons, and light malt. Taste is lightly hoppy, super refreshing citrus and yeast, lively carbonation, clean and refined. Finish is lightly spicy and dry. Very enjoyable.
stoutnick (505) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy piss colour. Aroma is lemony and spice. Flavour is very reminiscent of a Belgian witbier - cloves and fruit. Bitter yeasty finish. Overall, nice saison.
Temptation (220) - - MAY 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love saison, I love these refreshing, crispy, tasty beers with a wild and rural touch. This one is a perfect example, adding a complexity which is usually hard to find in the style. Yeasty aroma, orange peel and herbs like anisette too. Mouthfeel with crispy notes to yeast and spices. Great overall. An extraordinary saison, delicious.
islay (1100) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 5-11-14. "Bottled 01/07/14." Dry, herbal aroma features scents of champagne, peach, apricot, "Christmas," pine, salt, lemon, tonic water, and seltzer. Quite good and complex saison smell. Poured in two halves. First half is a clear, effervescent gold with a small to moderate amount of beige head. Bright but rather ordinary in appearance. Second half is a hazy tannish brass with longer-lasting and more substantial looking head. Pleasant appearance but not outstanding. Herbal, dry flavor features touches of honey and cream. Lemon and lemon peel elements. Slightly floral and spicily dry. Juicy yeastiness. Dry finish. Good, enjoyable flavor. Light, dull, dry aftertaste. Medium body. Lively, soft, and filling in the palate. Perhaps excessively filling. Nice palate but not great. Stillwater Artisinal Stateside Saison is a good beer overall and strong across the board. It is aromatic, tasty, complex, substantial, and well made. Quite enjoyable.
Strykzone (4913) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at esbls. Clear honey gold wifh a big soapy off white head. Smells like a saison with yeast and malts. Those flavors with a bit of spice. Hops are Noble and are just right. Some honey.
jonas (5622) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAY 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy yellow, offwhite head. Perfumed, farm, flowers, sweet spice. Medium mellow body . Good balance citric spicy finish.
3fourths (7979) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Gold, lightly effervescent with a short white head. Honey-ish melanoidin-like malt in the nose is overrun by fruity apple / pear / grape juice esters and offending plastic, dried banana and corn whiskey notes. The body is light and the quickly-effervescing carbonation suits well the up-front sweetness, though it seems too sweet across the middle and too bitter in the finish. The quenching effect is nice, but that sweet-bitter play along with the ambient pear / grape juice / paint thinner quality limits this one for me.
agl108 (786) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle at Mellow Mushroom, Charleston. Poured a dark gold with off white head. Nice lacing. Yeasty, peppery, citrusy. Spicy finish.