hopscotch (9853) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Lightly hazy golden ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head that never fully dissipates. The nose is big-time herbal – rosemary, sage, fresh basil and white pepper… smells like my wife’s herb garden. Medium-bodied with a mildly oily mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. The flavor offers sweet pale malts, freshly boiled herbs and ballsy hop bitterness. Herbal, bitter, drying finish. Refreshing and unique. Kick ass saison. Bottle courtesy of giarcsr!
daknole (9797) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
thanks to Dionysus! Gold pour. small head. Aroma of parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme! Mostly parsley. Flavor is lemons, parsley and sage. Interesting beer and would be a great food beer.
adnielsen (9629) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2011 Bottle @ home. Light yellow-orange body with a medium off-white head. Huge floral, lightly piney, slightly soapy hoppy, light belgian yeasty, lemon aroma. Floral, lemon, belgian yeasty flavor with a tangy, soapy finish. The first time I had this series, I really didn’t like the idea of over hopping a saison but it’s truly not as bad as I rated it.
Drake (9607) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a large frothy white head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel, candi sugar, pineapple, peach and lots of other fruit notes, and lots of spiciness including primarily sage and rosemary. The taste is bitter spicy notes, primarily thyme, caramel, pineapple and peach. Medium bodied. Interesting beer.
hopdog (9421) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Poured a medium golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of spices, citrus, and all around herbal. Tastes of spices, citrus, grains, and herbal.
Benzai (9359) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas during the three day Stone Event, 16-18 september 2011. Clear yellow / golden color, white head. Smell spices and bitter. Taste bitter, spices and grassy, but mainly spices. Don’t like it in a beer personally. Average carbonation, average body.
Sammy (9145) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Cole’s, Mike’s private collection. Great lace on light body. The aromas are a delightful, funky and fresh. More complex as I drink it, and that has to be done sip by sip. The herbs lead to a soup of tastes, still lemony and bitter, with white paper and the rosmary and sage. Above average mouthfeel and approachable by averge
GT2 (9000) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355mL courtesy of PeteinSD. Pours a clear yellow with a very rocky, lively, off-white head with excellent sheety lace. Aroma is outstanding: fresh citrus hops, potpourri, orange juice, lively summer herbs, the sage really dominates. Taste is very herbal, some medicinal qualities, almost like mint toothpaste (no- I did not brush my teeth before trying this). Dry on the palate. Pretty good. The nose is really the best part and everything else is a little disappointing.
Dogbrick (8907) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2011 On draught at Mellow Mushroom. This beer is a hazy golden color with a medium thin off-white head that recedes steadily. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of herbal hops and spices along with some malt. Medium body with flavors of citrus, bready malt, herbs and hops. The finish is hoppy and fruity with a lightly spiced aftertaste. Good beer overall.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Neighborhood. Very pale golden pour. The nose is very floral. Lots of lavender and elderflower. Bright and lightly lemony with some other bright spicy aromatics. Light wheatiness in addition to the other pale malt. Very fresh and bone dry. A touch of light black peppery spiciness. Some lightly prickly ethanol on the back but it accents the dryness of the finish. Lingering spiciness on the finish. Very floral and spicy – which I happen to like a lot.