Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazed deep golden with a nice fluffy big off white head with a decent lace. Aroma is very herbal mixed with a fruity saison yeast- no parsley but there is a pretty good balance between the sage, rosemary and thyme- is slightly minty, grassy, the 3 big herbs are very big in this beer- but they blend well and almost give a slight lavender kick as well- fruity and spicy yeast strain, phenolic and almost tangerine and mint like and almost straight citrus hop character but is probably just mimicked by the spicy herbs and fruity yeast. Flavor is even more citrusy, orange oils and pine sap, resinous, phenolic and moderate herbs and spices, minty and lemon blend from the thyme which also almost gives it a fruit loop character, firm raw grassy bitterness that isnít out of control or too harsh, but stands up very well, the malt is clean and fresh, and stays out of the way to let lots of oils, herbs, phenolics, and fruity esters blend well together- fairly dry in the end with a grassy herbal kick and a touch of oil resin in the back of the throat. Definitely big on the spices, but they made it work very well- nice use of saison yeast and fermentation- I liked this more than I thought I would actually.
KimJohansen (10341) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear golden with a medium off white head. Fruity nose with malt, yeast and hoppy notes. Flavour had malt, lemons, ginger, yeast and spicy notes. Finished dry and slightly bitter.
naivepegasus (324) - USA - JUL 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear orange with a whole lot of off-white slowly dissipating head. A lot of sweet spices to the aroma, some banana, clove, sage, rosemary, etc. The odor is terrific, it smells warm and comforting. The taste is a little harsher than I expected, the bite in the aftertaste is almost a surprise given the initial flavor. Itís a bitter spiced taste, with some citrus notes in there, and a bit more bite than your average saison. Itís pretty refreshing, and an interesting beer.
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a lightly hazed yellow with a sticky soapy white head. Aroma is grass, sage, parsley, rosemary, thyme and herbal hops. (yes I can pick them out since I know they are in there........an upgrade from the usual spices statement in the rating). Flavor is bitter grassy hops, parsley, rosemary, and other spices which bitter the entire tongue, saison(y) yeasts, mostly dry but a touch of sweetness lingers somewhere in the finish. A really enjoyable brew.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle served in a Tank 7 tulip. Poured a clear pale gold with two fingers of rocky white head. Very fragrant herbal aroma with the rosemary talking the lead. Also citrus from hops. Light bodied and crisp. Rosemary is again upfront in the flavor. Citrus in the middle. Some Belgian yeast spice in the finish. Also some hop bitterness in the finish.
Successful experiment. I donít think I would want more than one in a night, but I would buy it again, if it was available in my area.
Kinz (3105) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting. Back in my early days of Ratebeer, these were the "big three," the ones that drove people crazy with high ratings and trade want lists. Pours a pretty gold with a nice head, clear. Citrus aroma with some herbs in the background, sage and rosemary coming in a touch. Flavor is decidedly hoppy, over a light malt backbone. Pineapple and grapefruit. Herbal finish where none of the particular herbs stand out. Nice. More like a pale ale than a saison in some ways, but an enjoyable brew from 3 of my old favorites.
TOSG55 (215) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a straw yellow, with a fine, moderate-volume head. Aroma of citrus and slightly skunky hops. The flavor is more hoppy than herbal - I can see it as a saison, but it also has some pilsener character. I can vaguely pick up the rosemary and maybe some parsley, but not sage or thyme (hey, just like the song!). Somewhat too bitter for my tastes, with an astringent mouthfeel. Not crazy about it, but itís an interesting offering from a rock-solid group of breweries.
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle purchased at Central Market in Mill, Creek, WA. Pours a hazy orange color with a beautiful thick white head. Aroma: Spice and citrus. Flavor: Same as the aroma, with just the right amount of hops and Italian spices.
drjay44 (2344) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a lasting white head, over a cloudy yellow gold (SRM 5) body.....nose is heavy grapefruit, bit of lemon, ginger, bit of sage.....taste is grapefruit citrus, with a pineapple tinge, then multiple spices with a lingering hop bitterness.....mouth feel is light, carbonation adds a lightness to the overall sensation. This is most definitely a Saison. The spices are very interesting as a group, and I can only pick out the sage from the nose. The heavy grapefruit in both the nose and flavor make me wonder if they used Citra as the hop. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7
AxlLives (281) - Maryland, USA - JUL 22, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
06.23.10 - (12 oz. bottle) Pours a medium white head. Lots of crazy aromatics going on - almost as if there are a few sprigs of thyme, rosemary, and maybe some sage in my glass. These same flavors are all over the palate as well in this medium-bodied saison - flavors that keep on giving and changing, becoming more and more complex as the glass warms. Quite good, a beer as unique as the brewers themselves.