3fourths (8462) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
this is not how you do saison. saison needs a belgian yeast strain that produces vibrant spiced fruit esters and phenols, not a bath soap mess of a strain that smells and tastes like perfumed milk. saison needs proper bottle conditioning. saison does not requires a rough malt texture. and for damn sure saison does not need parsley, thyme, rosemary or sage. what a god damn shame.
mcberko (8402) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle, pours cloudy yellow with a big white head. Big barnyard funk, citrus and hay on the nose. Flavour is full of both citrus fruits and plenty of coriander, with a noticeable funkiness that kicks in later and a slightly sour, yeasty and citrusy finish. Crisp, clean, refreshing palate. Very solid.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Citrusy herbs and spicy hops evolve into a surprisingly biting finish in this über-clean and polished New World Saison.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the misty golden.
-The mouthfeel is too slick and clean to be an authentic Saison; there is no rusticity to be found. Then again, I don’t think this was an objective for them.
-The herbal spiciness is multifaceted and could also impersonate coriander, lemongrass, etc.
-The body is relatively light and the flavours are well organized throughout.
-This is redolent of Del Ducato’s New Morning Saison, but even that Italian brew has more rusticity to it. This Stone/Victory/DFH collaboration is extremely clean and almost spells out stainless steel, which is awkward for the style.
On tap at Toronado San Diego.
DocLock (8331) - 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.
Scopey (8308) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Brewdog Bar, Aberdeen. It pours cloudy straw yellow with high carbonation and a large foamy white head. The nose is hay, pepper, nut, lemon sherbet and wood polish. The taste is citrus fruits (grapefruit, lemon and lime zest, peach and pear), lots of green herbs (thyme and sage), yeast, pine, grass and hay. It all culminates in a very herbal, bitter finish. It’s an interesting and enjoyable saison.
jercraigs (8288) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012-12-08. Crisp dark yellow, small beige head that fades. Flavour is oddly tangy/spicey, lots of coriander or similar. Hints at lemon and minerality, mild malt and fruit character. Aroma has a lot of the same thing that registers as coriander for me but I am not entirely sure that that is what it is. Lightly floral, muted malt. Fairly bitter, grassy hops come out as it warms up. Average plus bodied palate is under carbonated. Okay. [Edit: I completely misidentified the herbs and spices which is interesting.] On tap at Coles, Buffalo
JorisPPattyn (8228) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught Huge fine & dense, yellowish head over orange-metallic beer. Spicy - flowery (I get chamomille, or a bit of aniseed, rather than the Scarborough herbs), but nothing exaggerated, and hints @ dry hop. BBQ fish herbs. More spicy overtones in the mouth, maybe a touch too much - very American. Some grains, less hops than the nose suggests. Again dry herbs - fennel sticks? Light body, but creamy & slick. Interesting, but not quite my idea of "saison".
gnoff (8150) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Moeder Lambic, Brussels, for the Stone beer festival. Sampled on September 16, 2011
Hazy yellow color, dense white head. Sweet, spicy, acidic, fresh scent, some apricots. Sweet, spicy, minty, herbal taste. Some alcohol notes. Moussy mouthfeel, medium low bitterness.
When warmed up gives more floral, herbal, citrus smell.
Fin (8097) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Craig’s, Edinburgh tasting, big thanks to Craig for this beer I think he got this one. Shared in company of Craig, Stella, Jan, Charlotte, Fritz and Loz 30.10.10 This was a bit perfumey on the nose, some lavender, its says parsley, sage rosemary and thyme and I think I do get this a little. Bit like drinking a bottle of perfume but there is a nice dryness. A6 A4 T7 P4 Ov13 3.4
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally able to try the last of the series. Clear yellow-orange pour with thin white head, aroma has notes of big pizza spice, some thyme, oregano, cilantro and rosemary, some slight biscuit, white fruit, hints of grain and spice. Taste is a mix of rosemary, some slight mint, touch of grain, biscuit, some slight white fruit, hints of parsley, finishing fairly herbal and bitter.