TheBeerGod (5496) - 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 (7323) - 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 don’t remember if this one was from Keller’s 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 (1420) - 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 doesn’t always work.
Tmoney99 (11683) - 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 (7305) - 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 (1876) - 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 it’s an interesting offering from a rock-solid group of breweries.
jstraw (1943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hazy gold with big, foamy, white head / Nose of fruit, herb, and spice / Medium body, malty and creamy but with excellent, bitter, finish / Flavors of banana, orange peel, resin, dry hops, and subtle herb (parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme) / Superb, a surprisingly effective combination.
concretebeer (17) - Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2010
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Definitely not my kind of beer. Pours a pale wheat and is very appealing visually. However, the additional spices used in this brew are overpowering. They would complement a beer with more malt or slightly more hoppiness. I like to drink beer not drink part of my spice rack.
DocLock (8376) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours clear gold w 2f white head. Nose is huge black pepper, hopcit, spicy floral. I question the olfactory prowess of anyone giving this nose less than a 9. This nose kicks your nose up the ass with tons of spice, orange zesty spice, hops, and florals. Tastes pale malty, spicy, floral, on the dry side, extremely complex. No funk here, but tons of spice, hops, citrus, and florals. A very good and one of the most extreme examples of this style I have yet quaffed, although purists are going to bitch that this isn’t a saison at all, and they may be right, but I can’t say I give a shit either way. All I know is that I’d drink this any day of the week.