drfabulous (3901) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 from HyVee. Strong fruity presence. Apricot and orange zest. Yeasty aroma. Nice orange body. Living up to the hype. Very tasty saison.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first Stillwater beer, not going to be my last. Hazy pale golden pour with an active fizzy, fluffy, huge white head. Effervescent, lively, maybe a little overcarbonated. Yeasty aroma with a presence of hops moreso than most saisons, some spice/pepper, lemon citrus. Begins bready malty, little bit sweet, then the hops and beautiful saison flavors emerge, lemon, grass, straw, herbal, etc,etc. This is one of the better American brewed saisons that I have tried. I can’t wait to try some more of Stillwater’s beers.
KornDogg (528) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Peppery Yeast aroma. Golden body with tall fluffy head. Flavor starts off with sweet malts, subtle hops with a peppery / citrus body. Dry finish. Great Saison
blankboy (6007) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at The Blue Monk, Buffalo, NY. Pours a clear bubbly orange with a small lasting white head. Mild but nice aroma of yeast along with spices, herbs and some citrus fruit. Flavour of yeast, light spices & herbs, caramel malt and some light hops. Average bodied. Very good, not world class but still a pleasure to drink.
Rastacouere (6125) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful cloudy, almost opaque dark golden pour veering toward orange covered by a Belgian stunningly rocky head, constantly fed by whirlwinds of bubbliness underneath. Complex and charming nose: bursting phenolic, peppery yeast climbs over vigorous lemon while floral, tropical fruity hops abandon themselves to the hay-like, earthy countryside aromas. In mouth, its texture is authentic where tighter than average bubbles bite the tongue and accentuate the peppery character while juicy citrus fruits (tangerine, lemon rind) are its dominant aspect. Less impressive on the palate than in the nose, but nevertheless a most competent example, one of the best in the USA I suppose though not quite as likeable as Odonata to me. Pretty good attenuation. Perhaps a touch more estery than I prefer with its unripe passionfruit/banana notes combining with the herbal side into a generally green character.
jgb9348 (4692) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very hazy golden orange coloured body with a thick, fast-dying off-white head and a very cloudy appearance - nice! Great aroma of honey, pine, hay, grass, yeast, wheat and a touch of coriander seed. Light to Medium-bodied; Sweet honey flavour at first that fades to a bright and assertive hay and grass flavour with some large yeast tastes and potent alcohol kick at the end. Aftertaste shows a good fresh barnyardie type flavour with some hay, coriander seed, wheat and honey all thrown in. Overall, a good saison - not amazing, but pretty good from an American brewer and definitely nice to have locally. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Washington (Logan Circle), DC on 29-October-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 14-January-2011.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Date: 8/15/2010 Source:Other Spicy yeast phenolics in aroma with moderate citrusy fruitiness. Golden with a fluffy white head that persists. Floral fruity hop flavor with moderate bitterness. Tends more toward American hop flavor. Peppery but not a lot of spice flavor.
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Winooski.
Appearance : Hazy orange with a huge foamy head. Lots of lacing. Long head retention.
Aroma : Nice yeast with nice citrusy hops. Light herbal notes. Rustic with a subtle tartness.
Taste : Yeasty spicy and rustic. Nice malt. Finish yeasty, spicy with nice notes of herbal and citrusy hops. Carbonation quite fizzy.
Overall : Awesome nose and taste. Very tasty and well balanced. Nice hops. Great rustic character. Awesome stuff.
anders37 (16539) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask gravity @GBBF 2010. Pours a golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity spicy yeasty aroma. Slightly sweetish malty spicy yeasty flavor with some citrus hints. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty finish.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 Bottle. Hazed orange beer sporting very large, rocky and soapy off-white head. pungent nose of straw, pineapple, baked apple, and unripe berry with a buttery element underneath. Spritzy and effervescent mouthfeel. Full body of juicy flavors...some sweetness but rounded out by the straw-like character of the yeast profile. Some orange zest flavors in the finish as well. I mean, if you’re going to do a saison, this is surely the way to do it...would be nice to have a touch of brett or something funky in there as well as this seems to be the perfect beer for it...but it’s still damn good without it. Very clean...a bit overcarbonated and gas-inducing, but i suppose it goes well with the bright, refreshing flavor profile, so is all goood.