pineypower (3093) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, much thanks to Ed. Pours out a somewhat cloudy orangy golden color with a well carbonated white head. Aroma is of spices, definitely rosemary, grass and some earthy notes in there too. Taste is very complex, I taste the rosemary and parsley as suggested, there is also some grassy notes, slight yeast, and a lingering pepery/spicy earthy note. Definitely awesome. Initially I had no idea what to think of this one, but Iím now definitely a fan.
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a clear yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of sage, pepper, grass, rosemary, florals, and parsley. Flavor of citrus, pepper, rosemary, parsley, and grass. Nicely balanced and spicy. Excellent use of herbs.
mar (5256) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. poured yellow with a white head. nose is sage, oregano, earth, more spices. nice on the palate, very spicy and herbally, clean finish.
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Poured golden/yellow/orange with a thick, foamy white head. Rosemary and parsley screamed in the aroma. Lettuce, leafy, with yeast tartness. Also notes of basil, italian seasoning. It felt refreshing, but a little unbalanced and over the top with the spices.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
nose smells floral, sweet, spicy, perfumed, soapy, fruity like orange/apricot, but mostly soapy from a combination of the yeast Iím predicting Iím about to hate and all those herbs added to the beer, though the nose did not have any indications of any of particular herb, per se. Pours a see-through yellow color with thin, bright-white head. Yep, yeast and spice-dominated flavors and spicy, but not necessary any one of the particular herbs added... more perfumed soapy characteristics and some hints of orange and apricot, maybe even kumquat (because it kind of tastes like a kumquat saison iceman and I brewed back in the day...it was a failure of a homebrew in my opinion)...whether this beer is a failure is up to you...the more I think about it, the more I realize that although i donít like overly estery belgian/saison yeast profiles nor do I like spices in beer...this beer, as strong as it is in both of those components, is surprisingly less offensive than it should be. Itís very homebrew-esque though as I have found a lot of stoneís belgian-style attempts to be...but really, itís not all that bad and I should really hate this, but I donít know if i do.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a clear, golden colored body with a steady rise of carbonation. Big, fluffy, cloud-like, white head that collapses slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is softly spiced with a pleasant hopping. Some fresh herbal and floral citrus, lemon-grass, soft rosemary, and other spices. Some lightly sweetened, pale cereal malts and honey. Flavor is similar with a little more emphasis on the herbal, spicy hops. Lots of floral citrus and lemon-grass again with a light honey and cereal malt graininess. Still a good amount of soft spices, yet they take a bit of a backseat to the hops. Finishes dry and lightly bitter with some grass, florals, spices, and a light grainy malt sweetness that lingers for a medium duration. Light to medium body, very soft and smooth, and a moderate, creamy, lively carbonation. Overall, a pretty cool beer and a nice saison. Very soft on the palate with a pleasant floral and grassy hoppiness and mixture of spices. I liked this one a lot.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pale hazes yellow and orange with thin bubbly but lacy white lasting head. Aroma is honey, lemon maybe halls cough drops, with a touch of lighter spice. Something about it is very medicinal about the aroma but oddly in a very good way. Flavor is also spiced, wheat, still honey, still lightly acidic, all lightly bitter throughout but pretty wet feeling on tongue. A really fine brew!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz. bottle. Pours a lightly hazy, medium golden hue with a small, smooth head of off-white to cream colored foam. The cap settles to a thin but well retained blanket, and it leaves solid sheets of lacing with a saw tooth edge at the top. The aroma is quite obviously heavily spiced, showing a massive herbal overtone of fresh thyme and sage. Dry, cracker-like malts and hints of cereal grain show in the malt base, while notes of grassy hops, lemon, and coriander all foreshadow the bitterness that is to come. As suspected, the first sip is extremely bitter and herbacious, assaulting the palate with sage and thyme oils, pithy lemon rind, earhty coriander, and minerals. The attack continues with aggressive, bitter grassy and sprucy hops, which, combined with the aforementioned herbs, crushes any malt complexity that might live beneath. The palate is medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and dry, leaving the tongue more and more parche as each sip goes by. This is not my kind of beer at all. I appreciate a dry, spicy saison, but the intensity of the bitter herbs is just too much for me, and thereís way too much going on here.
HonusWagner (2127) - Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2010 Cheers to these three wonderful, fascinating breweries for making a beer that really captures the spirit of collaborative brewing as well as anything Iíve tasted in months. A ridiculous concept of a beer, the spices and herbs dominate pretty much all phases, from the nose and initial sip to the lingering finish that made me feel like Iíd just eaten a handful of leaves. A little surprised thereís no basil in the ingredients list, but the grassy overall flavor of the beer jives well with my thoughts on saison as being a style open to wide interpretation and with some of the most surprising flavors in the beer world. Iíve got to hand it to BUFF, because I want to buy more bottles and share this one with the world.
lamas (1573) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. A slightly hazy gold pour with a thick and fluffy off-white head. The herbal aroma is dominated by rosemary and thyme. Sage and parsley are present in the background along with some grapefruits, rinds, and a bit of lemon. Goes down thin to medium-bodied, fairly crisp, and refreshing. Semi-sweet bready qualities upfront taste-wise. A yeasty middle with hints of that rock hard bubblegum you find in old packs of baseball cards. Finishes kinda tart with grapefruits, zesty orange peels, and some lemon. Very herbaceous throughout with all the aforementioned ingredients present here and there. THIS is what itís all about. Creativity and quality like this always makes me wanna start brewing up my own shit.