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 (879) - 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 (3730) - 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 (5639) - 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.
phaleslu (7831) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle, I have a few and donít remember if this one was from Kellerís IGA or Ludlow Wines. Pours a semi-cloudy honey gold with a two-finger thick eggshell white head. Aroma of the four spices- parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme (clever)- jumps right out, followed by citrus zest, honey, floral hops, and pale malts. Flavor of floral hops, caramel and pale malts, honey, pepper, orange citrus, the same spices as above- tons of floral, hoppy, spicy, and sweet notes, and the florals and spices especially linger. Medium-bodied, with active carbonation and a dry, sticky mouthfeel. Cool beer and an interesting take on a saison.
Beaver (1488) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is spices, floral, some fruits with a touch of weird sourness.
The flavor is a little sweet fruitiness followed by a pretty strong weird bitterness and slight sourness from the spices. Tastes a bit like a gruit I made but not as harsh (we added wormwood too). The mouthfeel is medium bodied with full carbonation.
Overall, interesting to try, but the spices kind of killed it. Experimenting is fun, but doesnít always work.
Tmoney99 (12234) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. poured clear yellow color with an average to large frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate herbs, citrus and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Medium to heavy spice sweet flavor with a medium spice sweet finish of moderate duration. I would recommend this to a friend to drink one.
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Golden amber beer with a nice off-white head. Yeast and spice aroma. Spice and yeast flavor with citrus and an herbal note. Medium bodied. Citrus and spice lingers with yeast and backing hops. A bit fuller than many saisons.
Arayaga2 (1931) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Even toned gold with a substantial dimpled white head with great lacing. Very pronounced herbal aroma is very unusual with bubble gum and... dank. All this is in the taste, but takes a backseat to the grainy malt components, and finishes with a bit of sulfur. $3.5/12oz
TOSG (1) - USA - JUN 3, 2010 does not count
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.