GL2814 (356) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
As farmhouse ales go this is a pretty solid one. Pours a cloudy pale gold with mild off-white head. A complex aroma of spice (pepper & coriander), with a hint of citrus.
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/4/2013. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 3 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, tangerine, orange peel, pear, apple, black pepper, clove, straw, grass, herbal, floral, light bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester, hops, and light-moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, tangerine, orange peel, pear, apple, black pepper, clove, straw, grass, herbal, floral, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, tangerine, orange peel, pear, apple, black pepper, clove, straw, grass, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester, hops, and moderate malt flavors; with a great yeast/hop flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, hops, and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
Minderbinder (1583) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours blond with very high frothy white head. Lots of bubbles. Good lacing. Aroma is of citrus, grain, saison yeast. Taste is of saison yeast, citrus, malt, sugar, fruits, slight alcohol. Palate: Quite heavy carbonation. Light-medium body (hard to say with all that carbonation). Good balance. Overall: Nice yeast action. Pretty nice beer. Only flaw is the heavy carbonation. Don’t think it’s supposed to be like this. Very belgian.
rumproasts (2549) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Slightly hazy golden with small head. It’s a fine saison, but it does hit me as a bit dull on the palate. There’s a nice funky yeastiness, but just a hint of some tartness would really help this be outstanding.
joshwoodward (485) - - APR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. It may have been a little long in the tooth, but it’s still tasty. Good peppery taste, round but refreshing
Oakes (11786) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blonde, hazy thin head. Yeasty, fruity (apple, apricot). Complex and dry, spicy, clean pale malt with a touch of biscuity notes, really good saison, balanced, authentic.
hockeybeerguy (909) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 31, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance was a hazy yet clear yellow/golden body with some noticeable carbonation seen rising, two finger white foamy head rises and then falls leaving some nice foamy clingy lacing gracing the sides of the glass.
The smell was a sour yet funky but also muted musty maltiness combined with some citrus, light hops.
The taste was a spicy yet sour yet funky through the esters, clove, and hops, sweet yeasty aftertaste, sticky finish.
On the palate, it sat at/about a light, mostly sessionable, carbonation is spot on.
Overall, what another nicely done saison that I would gladly have again if I could.
tmongoose (1085) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle shared. Pours a medium hazy yellow with a big white head. Aroma is mild funk and citrus. Lots if carbonation. Some spice notes as well. The flavor is about the same. I get some fruit notes like apples in this. Very good all the way around.
ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Three Penny Taproom, 3/16/14
Deep golden yellow body has a small but fairly well-retained white head. Clarity is medium high to high.
Restrained alpha hoppiness in the nose has only moderate citrus character and allows the saison yeast to shine pretty well, adding plentiful yellow fruit-like esters that mix with the hops to produce the pretty standard tropical fruit nose we’ve all come to know and love from this style. Fresh, floral and clean with snappy phenols keeping things quite dry and malt adding only a light honey-vanilla suggestion.
Very fluffy in the mouth with tons of carbonation giving a very airy palate. The malt, though nicely attenuated, does do its best to add a supple body/texture. Hop flavors swim about on the tongue ranging from lemon and orange rind to some grassy/herbal bitterness. Ends crisp, somewhat bitter and with no flaws or alcohol. Really nice, easy drinking, clean, not over-hopped Belgian here.
Rustyham (1711) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very active bubbles, slight pinkish hue. Slight fruity corny aroma. Some flora laity. A VERY champagne like flavor. Sweet and dry at the same time. Warm aftertaste
jjgmd (1224) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a lemony burnt orange color with a beautiful textbook white head. Nose is earthy, with cloves, floral spices and yeast. Taste is spicy, and floral with predominant yeast. Finish is spicy with cloves and lingering yeast. A nice farmhouse ale. Quaff Score 8 / 10