rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
SD trip: Cask temperature, very hazy light orange with white head. Nose had cooking spices and banana over wheat and malts. Flavor was mostly similar whet malts with obvious rosemary and sage and some citrus fruit (hops?), a bit like roasted chicken (a beer can chicken with this might just work). I guess I expected much more out of a collaboration between these 3 brewers.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured clear yellowish golden, complex spice(mostly rosemary), lemon, piney & floral hops, little caramel, crisp finish.
bhensonb (11389) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beverages4Less. Pours slightly hazy orange gold with a 4 fingers foamy whitge head. Has a rather spicey/gingery aroma. Medium body with mild carbonation. Very mild funk with a good dose that suggests ginger to me. Quite a flavor range. Maybe it just averages to gingerlikeness. Nah. Iím beginning to believe thereís rosemary in here. Itís pretty tasty stuff.
marcus (6696) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by bhensonb. Pours hazyy yellow with a massive white head and a strong fruit and yeast aroma There is a hearty caramel malt flavor that is heavily laced with various spices, creating a hot bitter trail. The rosemary is especially prominent. This brew is very refreshing and more interesting than many other saisons.
malrubius (1821) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at 4th Ave Pub. Served in a semi-clean ice cream sundae goblet. Clear golden with small white head. Lemon pastry and herbal aroma. Apricot fruity sweetness with yeasty doughy lemony hops and underlying lingering dry herbal bitterness. Nice effervescence. The lingering herbs which were fairly subtle at first got to be a bit much by the end. Still, better than expected and quite good overall.
Bartzilla (549) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As a salad, potpourri, incense stick or dry rub Iíd probably question this. But as a beer, it was pretty delicious. In fact, I bet a pork tenderloin marinated in this would be pretty delicious on the smoker. Smelled great, looked great and the first taste hits you with the herbal garden that rolls into that delicious saison happy ending. Not something I could drink on bender terms, but a treat all the same.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from grape & gourmet. pours a bright, clear, yellow-gold with a two-finger, bubbly, white head leaving nice rings of lace on the glass. aroma is amazing and refreshing with big, bright, citrus and floral hops in harmony with the fresh, spicy, herbal notes of parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme (and yes, you can actually pick out each one individually!) backed by light notes of honey, oily spruce, wheat grass, and crackery, caramel malts. flavor is delicious as well with the bitter citrus and pine hops being more up with the floral, spicy, and fresh herbal notes blending nicely into the background of sweet malts and dry grass. palate is medium bodied with high carbonation very refreshing with a nice prickly feeling on the tongue due to the spicy herbs and bitter hops. overall, a deliciously different beer and another great collaboration.
Nikiel (878) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Simon & Garfunkel reference makes for an interesting idea for a beer. All the extra bitterness from the herbs gives the beer many levels of bitterness and flavor many of which separate out in the aftertaste. The initial smell and taste is partially overwhelming with the herbs co-mingling with the hops. Light and fresh, but supremely flavorful and bitter! The malty flavors seem to take a back seat though.
nickd717 (3563) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from K&L Redwood City. Pours clear golden with a white head that leaves some foam in the beer. Aroma is really interesting. It struck me as hoppy at first, but I soon realized it was more floral and spicy. The thyme really comes through. Maybe some hops as well. The flavor is sweet malt and lots of spices, although the spices donít really get overwhelming. All four of the "Scarborough Faire" spices they brewed this with are noticeable, as well as hops. Medium body with a fairly dry yet spicy mouthfeel. Overall this was an interesting and successful experiment. I wouldnít want to have too much of this beer, but I enjoyed the 12 ounces.
TheBeerGod (5315) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber pour with a tall white head. Aroma is strong herbs/spices. You can definitely smell the rosemary and thyme. The sage is present as well. Soft malt comes through in the background. Taste is mainly herbs/spices int he foreground and soft lemon, malt and floral hops in the background. Body is light-medium and rather bubbly with regards to carbonation. The finish elicits more of the herbs/spices, soft lemony notes, malt, flowers, light grains and mild hoppiness. Very different saison.