jstraw (1938) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle at Jerry’s. Light, hazy orange with big, foamy, white head , / Curious but cool & complex nose of bologna, weed, citrus, spice / Medium body, lively carbonation, some initial sweetness but dry in the middle then good, bitter finish, all in all lovely balance / Elegant, understated flavors of bologna, lemon, passion fruit, orange peel, coriander, clove / Dry and bitter, but one of the best basic saisons that I’ve had.
obguthr (4084) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Strong pear and funk aroma with grass and peach accents. Hazy amber, effervescent, thick yellowish lacing head. Funky and herbal on the front end with pear at midpalate. Rosemary, thistle, and cedar notes are prevalent throughout. Finishes with pale malt. Alcohol is detectable but nicely complimentary. This is certainly a different kind of saison, but IMVHO, one of the absolute best. Nearly perfect!
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
draft-blue monk buffalo, ny- complex would be an understatement. from tart, almost sour like initial acidity, to fresh, bold citric hoppyness, this one pretty much covered every base- and then some- quite a treat.
77ships (4303) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 10, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2012 draft@Delirium Hoppy Loft: hazy light orange/yellow with a white head, very hoppy especially for the style, lots of sweet American/apricot hops, grapefruit, creamy peach, slight yeast, light pepper in the finish & some mildly tart apricots in here, minor funk, nice bitterness combined with the sweet fruitiness, slightly dry finish, great stuff ////// 75 cl. bottle sampled @ RBWG 2012 – thx to Bart – much less impressive in bottle than on top, the delicious fruity hop explosion of the tap version is missed here, instead basic bitterness mixed saison yeast, ok
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle poured into my large crazy french snifter.
Thanks Michael for introducing this and sending it my way!
A- Body is a pretty translucent medium amber hue. Fogginess is somewhat dynamic. Pours with a large 2+ finger foamy white head. Head has great retention at 1-2 fingers or so. Lots of lacing left behind in the glass. What is keeping me from the 5 is the amber hue-as this style is traditionally more blond-though there is nothing wrong with the amber.
S- Smell is prominently fruity. Peach, apple, pear, apricot, a hint of pineapple and mango. There is also a good amount of floral hops in the nose accenting it as well as a slight bready yeast backbone.
T- Taste is slightly more complex and balanced than the nose. The fruitiness (as described above) is there initially but there is a huge floral accent as well as a lot of peppery spice and prominent bready yeast backbone. The finish is surprisingly dry but the spiciness and floral hop bitterness are kicked up a notch. What lingers is a very mild floral hop bitterness and peppery spice flavor.
P- Body is light to medium weight and drinkable-yet not thin-with a high tingly carbonation.
O- This is an awesome local saison. Much like a hoppy belgian, amber ale. There could be more funk present to make this better for the style-but the beer as is is really good. Saison is one of my favorite styles-I’ve had the good, the bad, and the ugly... this is a VERY good brew...though a bit of a different example of the style.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-13-2010 06:11:59
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My Bottom Line:
This wise Saison provides a stupefying mélange of spicy, doughy yeast, slender cereals and a tropical hoppy twist, all in a well dried out and very drinkable mouthfeel. Wow.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thick head of foam bobs atop the misty golden.
-The fluffy effervescence and dry body make for a superbly authentic mouthfeel.
-The spicy, herbal hop bitterness is levelled with the rest of the flavor profile’s medium intensity.
-This is as accomplished as Odonata’s own Saison, for example.
bluejacket74 (1394) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with a couple inch frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Aroma is lemon peel, bready/grainy malt, peppery spice, and a bit of clove and grassy hops. I pick up a strong herbal flavor in this brew, along with some lemon peel, peppery spice, grain/bready malt, bananas, and some grassy hops. Very tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s dry and well carbonated. The soft carbonation makes this easy to drink, and quite refreshing. I think this is a good overall brew, I’d definitely buy this again.
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle. First pour is a slightly hazy golden color with a huge frothy white head. Very strong and spicy aromas. Lots of fruit aromas; lemons and apricots. Citrusy, and floral hops. There’s a lot going on there.
Onto the taste: At first you get the sweet fruity flavors. Lemons, citrus, and apricot with a mix of the hop for a little bittering effect. The finish is more spicy and peppery with a touch of the hops lingering through out. Quite complex and QUITE tasty Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Just overall a truly fantastic beer. Would def. purchase again.
eyes_wide_shut (107) - Haifa, ISRAEL - OCT 27, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At a tasting in "Sar Hamashkaot" in Ramat Gan, thanks DSG, bottle, pours unfiltered orange color with a nice head, sparkling, lemon and very hoppy aroma, sweetish and very lemony taste, medium body, bitter and sour aftertaste, lively carbonated, overall an outstanding beer with an extraordinary aroma.
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - NOV 10, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle. A hazy medium to dark blonde beer, with a huge, frothy, lacing, fully lasting white head. The aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain/bread), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs, grass), lightly to moderately yeasty (earth, must/mold), with notes of pepper, lemon, orange, grape, perhaps a touch of mint and coriander. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, very long finish with moderate bitterness. Excellent stuff, complex. drinkable, quaffable, not over the top example, it feels almost completely Belgian, not overly spicy, Rustic and satisfying.