kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, purchased back in DC. I sampled this numerous times on tap while we were visiting the East Coast (plus a growler we shipped home), but this bottle absolutely nails the presentation of this beer, in terms of mouthfeel, appearance, and vibrancy of the hop character; great stuff here. Pours a bright, hazy, golden-yellow color that approaches orange; tall and creamy, fine-bubbled white head with great retention and lacing; the head on this lasts forever; beautiful pour. Vibrant and zesty aroma, showing core notes of hay, soft doughiness, mild white pepper, and quiet honey (the malt core, while layered alongside the yeastiness, remains subtle and appropriately dry), plus the excellent hop aromatics: lime especially, citrus and tropical fruits, a mineral character... while I don’t think there’s any brett in here, the combination of the pepperiness and the lime-like hop character is reminiscent of a mild strain; yeasty, hoppy, spicy nose; really nice approach. Medium body (perhaps slightly fuller); lively carbonation; reasonably creamy, with no alcohol apparent; the peppery and spicy character of the yeast hits the tongue first and foremost, then the warming doughiness and breadiness and hay and honey hits; the perimeter is zesty hops: minerals, lime, citrus, tropical fruits (follows the aroma closely); nicely dry core, impressively zesty in the mouth, and just an excellent, vibrant, hoppy saison with a perfect mouthfeel. Great stuff. Lengthy finish, with the New Zealand hop character seeming to really pop at the far end: lime, tropical fruits dominate; not overly bitter, but just a nice lingering hop flavor alongside quiet hay and doughy notes; beautifully dry.
BMan1113VR (7880) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to someone at Sourfest. Pours with a fading tan head and a hazed golden body. Aroma is very grainy and dry, light herbs. Taste is bitter, herbal, candi sugar and dry. Fizzy and dry mouthfeel. Good Saison.
gsmitty80 (1858) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at Churchkey. This was a very nice saison offering. Not too spicy but it has a good bit of flavor too it. Enjoyable!
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Turdferguson, I think. Thanks, Sam. Dark golden, almost orange pour. Nose shows classic saison characteristics.... yeast and white pepper and a little more malt than expected, which really shows in the taste. Much too sweet for the style. Not bad, but not what I hoped for.
callmemickey (3115) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Hazy golden-orange body. One finger white fluffy head quickly receded before forming a frothy skim. Not much in the way of lacing.
S: Dominated by a light tart-funkyness. Juicy notes of orange, lemon and honey are present as well as some light pepper and yeast.
T: Somewhat different from the nose... the juicy and funky notes really took a back seat to a dry hoppy bitterness. Lemon zest, pepper and yeast were most prominant ... smelled more like a fantome style beer, tasted more like hennepin.
M: Moderate carbonation keeps the beer moving on the tongue... light-medium bodied with a nice crisp, refreshingly dry finish.
O: All said, a very nice effort from Stillwater... impressive for a first release and one I hope to be able to enjoy for some time to come.
jcwattsrugger (11284) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@PilsnerPeters-750ml bottle-pours a dissipating white head and yellow color. Aroma is lemon/tangerine, yeast, spice-coriander. Taste is lemon/tangerine, yeast, spice-coriander, bready-light malt.
dmac (4274) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from willblake, thanks Jon. Poured a clear rusty orange body with lots of rising carbonation and a large frothy bright white head. Aroma of grains, yeast, light spice, and a hint of funk. Fuller body then I was expecting with lots of large bubly carbonation and a dry finish. Flavors of grains, yeast, fruity funkiness, and hops on the finish. Very solid first effort and I’m looking forward to supporting Brian and his brewing journey for many years to come.
madmitch76 (16335) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22nd May 2010. ChrisOs ’Blue Ridge Mountains Of Virginia’ tasting! Hazy gold beer. Good frothy white head. Light dry palate. Nice tangy fruit - a little orange and some dried fruit, noticeably apricots. Very slightly sour. A little soft and dry in the finish. Has a little hop bitterness in the aftertaste.
ben4321 (4260) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: Bottle at Max and Andy’s Fantasy Tasting, 5/1/10
Aroma: The nose has some notes of grain/yeast, earth, and some citrus too
Appearance: It pours into the glass a hazy golden-orange color
Flavor: The flavor is citrusy, some sweetness, and a good hoppiness to it as well
Palate: Relatively full bodied, with a nice feel to it, and a dry finish
This was a very solid saison overall. A beer I enjoyed drinking, and something I would drink again. It is kind of funny that I had to move away from MD before I tried this one, but hey, it works that way sometimes.
blipp (6433) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Dickinsonbeer’s Saison tasting. Pours bright gold with a white head. Hoppy fruity aroma with some spicy/yeasty saison-esque notes. The flavor has a solid hop presence, fruity and a bit floral, some lighter earthy notes, and some spicy, lightly funky yeasty notes. Really good.