CanIHave4Beers (3505) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lushawn asked that I pick out a beer, thanks Shawn!
Pours a golden color with a huge white head and good lace. The aroma is apricot with a nice dosing of earthy hoppiness. The bouquet displays a restrained funkiness. The beer is dry and fruity with some mild bubble gum and apricot. Spicy flavors and pepperiness are abound and the beer has a nice bready character. Just a very nice Saison all together.
phaleslu (7173) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. Pours a light, cloudy yellow-gold color with a big foamy white head. Aroma of bready malts, peppery spice, lemon citrus, farmhouse funk, grass, and straw. The flavor runs a little sweeter than earthy, with notes of lemon citrus, sweet and bready malts, sugar, pears, grass, and pepper. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a dry, funky mouthfee. Very good saison.
mixmasterob (932) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draught @ Cypress Street. Dark orange pour with a small white head. Big fruity, yeast aroma. Some bready malts too. A real delight in the world of Saisons. Flavors were full of big fruits, all of the traditional saison flavors amped up to a fruity, almost hop driven goodness. So drinkable, refreshing. Slightly sweet finish. Well brewed on all counts. A top Saison in my book...
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Amber with vivid white foam and small, fine bubbles. Lovely detained but spicy aroma that slowly opens up - yeast, wheat, citrus, a little sulfur and basement shaft. Fresh and lively beer. Great mouthfeel, depth of flavor - it is bitter, malty, semi-sweet, tart, herbal and peppery at once. Good American saison.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL Bottle. Fluffy light pour. Aroma, cold, is restrained, lightly bready, but with distinct Saison spiciness. Flavors are complex and rich, lots of honey, bread, pale fruits and mediterranean spices. Low on the herbal qualities and not soapy. Palate is explosively carbonated, fluffy, and airy. Nice body. I do feel that the Saison yeast notes get a little sticky, clammy, and almost rubbery, maybe pushed a nip too much. Otherwise, this is a damn fine Saison.
Linnet (1200) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yeast, spices, coriander, lemon, wheat, alcohol, earthy hops (nelson sauvin) barnyard, winelike. Hazy orange colour, small white head, thin lid. Full bodied, yeasty, acidic, spices, wheat, lemon, alcohol, earthy hops, peppery, warming finish. Full bodied mouthfeel, small bubbles. Very good American saison!
presario (4778) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark amber with a giant lasting meringue head. Not just a dirty funky spicy aroma but one that seems crouched ready to spring. Light flavor rides in the clouds above the tongue almost out of reach. A lot of cedar flavor, bit of lemon and gentle spice pepper and flowers that seems to disappear at the finish leaving only a memory which is sad, very sad, really sad, what a sad way to end a nice story...
JDBaker11058 (1442) - Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: bright gold with a ridiculous white head that is huge, fluffy, and the exact texture of meringue and lasts forever leaving lots of lace. Aroma: funk up front (but not overpowering), with definite notes of spices and light fruit, and a strong herb garden presence. Taste: all the traditional saison flavors are there: spice, must, a light funk, some sweetish peach; however, this is more bitter than the European take, with assertive hops. Finish: spices and funk fading to a lingering herbal bitterness. Notes: Great American take on the style. Absolutely beautiful beer, with a nose full of big flavors that are pretty complimentary. Palate was perfect. While I appreciated the hoppy American influence, it was just a whisper too bitter to rate perfection. I’d still drink this any time.
Beer4000 (4913) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Hazy orange body with a small white head. Aroma of ripe mango, banana, peaches and perfume. Flavor is sweet, ripe fruit, peaches, mango, citric with spices and yeast. Balanced bitterness and body feels almost fat. Interesting and nice beer, very American interpretation of saison.
hopscotch (9952) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle… Murky peach-colored ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The spicy, fruity bouquet provides spicy coriander and baked apples with clove and cinnamon sprinkled on. Medium-bodied with spritzy, airy carbonation. The overall flavor is balanced and spicy with moderate bitterness. Short, crisp, spicy finish.