JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Neighborhood. Very pale golden pour. The nose is very floral. Lots of lavender and elderflower. Bright and lightly lemony with some other bright spicy aromatics. Light wheatiness in addition to the other pale malt. Very fresh and bone dry. A touch of light black peppery spiciness. Some lightly prickly ethanol on the back but it accents the dryness of the finish. Lingering spiciness on the finish. Very floral and spicy Ė which I happen to like a lot.
VertBaconStrips (2309) - Blerkablerka, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Brad. Reviewed out on my deck and lo and behold a pileated woodpecker has landed 10 feet away, the sun is shining through the willow tree.. hazy yellow brew, off white cap that lasts for a very long time. Holy fuck, this smells awesome! The herbs are incredible mixed in with the hops. Man, what a crazy aroma. Rosemary and parsley can be found with the rosemary being more dominant. Massive herbal herbiness. Citrus as well. A face full of nectarine, lychee, almost ginger, floral as well. A good swirl brings out more of the harder/spicy side of the herbs. The malts keep this from being a total mess. Tasty! Colossal herbs almost hurt. If it wasnít for all the hops this would be brutal. Rosemary and thyme, lemon, some light Halls cough drop (not the mental one though - that shit is death!), nectarines. It seems like the roast pork was just removed from my beer. Lightly herbal, some malt of some taste or another. Fairly smooth, hard bitter finish - I have lovely potpourri breath! Great aroma doesnít translate into the same level of love for taste.
MosesMendoza (30) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was just ok. Lacked the effervesence and kick I look for in a saison. Also, instead of farmhouse funk I got herbs. Not bad, but i donít really get it.
CheersMate (1339) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - AUG 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from 99 Bottles in Federal Way. Fluffy head sits on-top of a nice hazy yellow brew. Sage, rosemary, and thyme are all quite pungent, and give this a nice spicy kick, aroma wise. Itís very pungent and fresh smelling; I must say, I am rather impressed with the aroma. Lively texture, that is - itís nice and fizzy, but not overly carbonated. Very nice lingering sage and rosemary flavor. Itís quite the spicy brew. A little sweetness is coming through, probably contribution from the yeast. This beer has been quite pleasing, and wasnít an absurd price-wise.
Nate (4171) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle, courtesy of Naka. Huge herbal aroma on this. Orange peel, ginger, rosemary, lemon grass. Yeasty notes and some candi sugar. Sage. canít smell thyme or parsely. Hazy golden amber with white foamy lacing head. Medium body with vigorous carbonation. Starts fairly dry with light orange and sugar sweetness. Nice spice notes, yeast, and rosemary bite. Big herbal finish with fairly aggressive bitterness at the end. Tasty saison, though I couldnít drink a lot of these at once.
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy orange. Aroma is Rosemary and almost nothing but. Nice but sort of one note. Flavor is all Rosemary all the time too. Wares to cook with it more than I wanted to drink it.
Goodgrief (1992) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated this one a couple pts lower than the DFH version, but I actually favor it. Really spicy with parsley, sage rosemary and thyme all noticeable. The DFH version tasted strongly of parsley, this one reeks of sage. Itís a bit more drinkable all you can also taste fruit malt, while the DFH version was drier. Still not really my thing...but interesting enough to split a bottle with someone.
bigbish (684) - California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy yellow/gold, thin head but lots of carbonation. The nose is powerful! Yeast, honey, citrus... lots of stuff going on. The flavor is slightly bitter, some spices and herbs. A touch of sweetness on the finish. The finish is very short and clean. Very good beer.
robforbes (2173) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a clear yellow with a medium size white head, above average carbonation, and some lacing.
smell is of citrus, spice, some malt, a little yeast, and rosemary.
taste is somewhat tart, yeast, malt, a little sweetness in the back, grass, some crisp citrus, and spice.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Super fruity nose, tons of citrus, mostly grapefruit, some mango, and light honey. Taste is light to moderately sweet, lots of honey, a ton of grapefruit juice, moderately bitter. Not too bad.