Fatalstrike (129) - Cerritos, California, USA - MAY 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2010 12 oz. bottle from BevMo Long Beach.
Aroma is very spicy and herbal. My first thought was opening up a spice drawer in the kitchen. Hops are also very present. Color is a gold yellow with a white foam head that quickly dissipates. Taste is very herbal upfront with a solid hop bitterness in the finish. The interplay of the spices and hops is very interesting. Solid body as well, feels like a mouthful. Overall a very unique and enjoyable brew. Very refreshing for the alcohol content, which is masked very well. Will definitely buy again.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAY 5, 2010
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2010 12 oz bottle from BevMo Mira Mesa: Hazy pale golden color with a medium white head. Aroma is herbal, grassy and flowery. Flavor starts grassy bitter and finishes dry and bitter with lots of parsley. Medium bodied with prickly carbonation. Sorry , but this one just didn’t do it for me. All vegetal bitterness and no fruity or citrusy flavors.
keidjxz (183) - Fullerton, California, USA - MAY 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz Bottle. Pours clear golden yellow with a thick foamy white head that leaves plenty of lacing in its wake. The aroma is a herbaceous and slightly spicy it combines elements of rosemary and a strong sage and lavender aspect. The taste is initially sweet that turns into a crisp sourness which becomes slightly bitter as it the rest fades away. It all combines into a well balanced highly drinkable and refreshing beer that cuts through the summer heat.
J_man (619) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 4, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The herbaceous odor hits you before you even get close to it! A wild mix of sage and thyme and a light flowery scent of carnations. Nice pale yellow color with a foamy white, quickly dissipating head. The sage and thyme follow into the first sip and a slightly sour/bitter flavor grips the tongue and hangs on. Citrusy and a little grassy flavor follow. Excellent food beer (I had it with a chicken stir fry). This is definitely one of the only fruit/herb beers I’ve ever finished and wanted another right away!
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - MAY 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brilliant gilden color/ white head. Big ass freshly harvested ganja bud, parsley, evergreen sage brush aromas. Medium body with soft carbonation. Semi dry hop sub flavors of dried sage brush, dusty herbs and pale malts. Like many sage infused brews, the sage takes center stage.... but thats not a bad thing, really.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - MAY 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle...Pours a light golden with a fluffy white head...Aroma is slightly sweet with some spice and belgian yeast...Flavor is spicy with a lingering bitterness, belgian yeast..Very drinkable!
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2010 12 oz. bottle
Appearance: Pours a vibrant cloudy yellow gold. Within the body you can see sparse rising carbonation, and sitting atop is a frothy white 1/4 cap of foam. After sipping, the beer leaves behind spotty lacing.
Aroma: Strong herbal presence: sage, thyme and rosemary, corriandor, lemon zest, lavender.
Taste: While I couldn’t pick out the parsley in the nose, it was the first thing I tasted on my first sip. Big time spicy dry yeast, and a huge mouthful of savory herbs, metallic hop notes. If Double IPAs and West Coast IPAs lead the imagination to some danky weed, this beer would certainly remind you of very herbal tasting bud. As the beer gets warmer, I would also say there are flavors of cologne or perfume. I don’t purposely ingest either, but have had some in my mouth by accident, and this really reminds me of that.
Mouthfeel: Crisp with prickly carbonation.
Overall: Even with the overpowering herbs, this Saison is on the mark for awesome dry spicy summer time drinking ale.