Taverner (1076) - San Ramon, California, USA - JUL 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from BevMo P-town. Pours a cloudy golden with fluffy pillow like head. Nose is brett, but other than just farmhouse thereís also grass and a little fennel in there. Finishes clean. Good stuff!
georgebrassin (176) - Montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear yellow with medium white head. Bubbles are a bit too big. Aroma is resin, citrus, caramel. Taste is hops (herbsl), with a bit of bitterness, medium sweetness and malt. Spices (parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme) they use are not very present here, but is better less than to much. Overall is well balance, a saison with a lot of hops, reminds me "Saison Station 55" from Hopfenstark.
Riotbeard (107) - Birmingham, USA - JUL 28, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I am enjoying the hell out of this beer. I suppose it counts broadly as a saison but who really cares. There are hints of the rustic barny scents of the yeast, but it is dominated by the fresh herbal nose from the parsley, sage, etc. Color is very pale with a thin white head. Taste is incredibly refreshing with a punch in the tounge from the parsley and sage and a little citrus hint on the back end. Palate is very clean and dry. Great beer.
CamdenD (1056) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very nice floral nose and cloudy character make this seem like a saison, until you drink it. Overly hopped, this beer loses character like a wine with too much time spent in barrique. Good beer, just not classy.
hapjydeuce (922) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at OBriens in San Diego. Clear dark golden color with a small, frothy white head. Moderate lacing. Aroma is of clove, pear, orange zest and sage spice. Bitter-sweet flavor of more sage, dill with lemon and grainy hay. FInishes clean with the palate a bit lacking. Flavor fades quickly.
drowland (5958) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
7/25/10. 12oz bottle (Stone version) courtesy phaleslu! Cloudy golden pour with a huge fluffy white head that sticks and laces a ton. Huge spicy Belgian yeast/saison aroma with a certain earthy/herby aroma, but nothing specific... and a hint of vinegar. The same goes for the flavor... nice saison flavors, but not getting much of the herbs. Mostly they linger hesitantly after the flavor. Nice, though.
LinusStick (2757) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice interpretation of the style. Painfully American in flavor (as opposed to true saisons) but thatís OK This is probably the first American saison that I liked. Aroma was decent. Mostly ginger(?), spices and hops. Pour was a nice cloudy light gold with lots of swirling bubbles and a thin white ring for a head. Taste was refreshing and crisp. Strong spiciness in the front and a heavily hoppy aftertaste. Very peppery as it warms Too hoppy for what I consider a saison, but good nonetheless. Good carbonation round out this beer. Nice one.
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 (10349) - 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 (329) - 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.