elihapa (1547) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUN 11, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, victory label on back. Appearance is crystal clear, big fluffy white head. Aroma has a pungent minty-herbal backbone, with some lemon, ginger, tropical fruits and pepper thrown in. Very exotic. Mouthfeel is medium, heftier than expected probably due to the alcohol. Finish is long. Flavor starts with heavy-handed mintiness, then dives towards lemon-lime, overripe pear, tangerine. Finishes with a snap of hoppy bitterness, jockeying for position against all that peppery, herbal notes. Pretty interesting stuff, but from sip one I kept thinking that something is just not right here. Honestly I think the herbs are overdone, and the yeast esters are so strong that it all just comes off too overpowering.
delirium11 (28) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Just had the Stone batch. Great head retention with a nice golden color that was slightly hazy. Had a strong sage smell to it, but not too spicy going down, very smooth and dry. I finished my glass without even realizing it; the hallmark of a great beer.
thornecb (5543) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep gold into a tulip. Bright white head with excellent retention recedes leaving spider lacing to coat surface. Candi, yeast and floral Garfunkel aromas. Dry with front to back rosemary and thyme with a lasting bitter sage finish. Didn’t pick-up on the parsley...
heemer77 (5297) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Slightly hazy medium gold with a quickly fading eggshell white head. The nose is sweet and sugary with a little hay and glazed donuts. There is also some yeasty funkiness that brings notes of clove and celery. The taste is fairly subtle with some dry hay and apples. The finish is pear cores along side some black pepper spice. I also got some interesting herbal and medicinal notes after drinking a little more of this one. The body is lightly carbonated and that helps to make this a smooth drinker. Nicely done.
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a medium sized white head. Spicy aroma of sage, rosemary, parsley and thyme along with lemon citrus and light ginger. Taste of sage, rosemary, lemon, ginger, hops and light bubble gum.
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 (14172) - 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. I’m beginning to believe there’s rosemary in here. It’s pretty tasty stuff.
marcus (9231) - 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 (2614) - 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.