JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml shared by Turdferguson - thanks, Sam! Pour was nice, an inviting deep gold with modest sediment and a thick rocky head. Nose was a bit more malty than expected, which was initially disconcerting. The impression deepened with a fairly uninspiring flavor that had hints of tartness, and was at times even too sugary. Something wasnít coming together. Subsequently tried a second time - bottle from Samís in Durham - and was much happier, as the brew was far more dry and Dupont-like. Bottom line: above average American saison (but pricey).
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. hazy orange with a heavy classic saison head. very nice. i really enjoyed this one. crisp and clean and refreshing.
JoeinDahlem (1440) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden amber, toasty, malty, crisply hopped. But of sweetness and alcohol heat, but overall dryish, drinkable and tasty. Fruity yeasty esters are relatively restrained, compared to other US-made Belgian-inspired beers, but could be more so. Appreciated the beer more when paired with corn tortellini at Birch & Barley. Among the better US-made saisons Iíve had. Iím afraid thatís not saying much.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at the Hawaiíi Admission Day tasting from a bottle shared by me. Clear orange-yellow, whitish cover. Aroma is spicy, funky. Taste is more spicy, pear, apple, funk.
OldMrCrow (2359) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My friend Ben brought three of these back from Baltimore for me -- heís the man. Golden orange pour, full off-white head. Aggressive nose of clementine orange peel and coriander, also biscuit and very subtle hints of mustiness. Somewhat sticky, clearly in the >6 ABV domain rather than lower and in more traditional saison territory. The flavor brings out the biscuity malts which are excellent, again that mandarin peel and coriander. Pretty strong hop close pushing rich hop oils late. I see this as one of the better American saisons Iíve had, though not my favorite interpretation of saison. A lot rests on how this one will age, Iíd say. If it mellows and brings out the dusty character, itíll be a winner. As it stands now, I feel that Iím being generous with a 3.8.
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask Stillage at the GBBF, Earlís Court 03/08/2010
Floral aroma. Golden coloured and hazy in appearance with a fruity banana flavour. A hint of dryness in a spicy malt finish.
Radek Kliber (7086) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at R&H NY
Aroma mild , flowery , floral , citrus with alcohol. Good.
Appearance visible carbonation, clear golden brew. Medium fine top.
Flavor and Palate : medium bodied with soft base. Light bitterness with some dryness to it. Herbal top with citrusy finishing. Late touch of mint. Very nicely composed.
bhensonb (13823) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours dark amber gold with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is light earthy and citric sour. Medium body with foamy carbonation. Flavor is earthy/barnyard, tannic, yeast and citrus sour. Nice flavor combos.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Hawaiíi Admission Day tasting. Pours a brass color with big whitish head. The aroma is spicy with white pepper, lemongrass, and a subtle honeyish floral note. The flavor is slight sweet earthiness, black pepper, sage, and a hint of cumin. It leaves a very floral aftertaste. Quite good.
marcus (8894) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark golden with a rich white head and a sharp citrus aroma. There is a carbonated barnyard flavor that starts sweet and finishes bitter and sour.