DocLock (7182) - 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.
jercraigs (7182) - 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
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a transparent bright golden with a spotty-lacing froth of white head. Aroma of fresh floral hops and spices with a touch of biscuity pale malt. Starts with pretty good fullness and light sweet malty body well-balanced with fresh citrusy hops and rosemary spice finishing drier and crisp with a touch of warmth. Very true to style and enjoyable.
Drake (7123) - 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.
gnoff (7030) - 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.
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, 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.
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured fairly clear straw golden with a fluffy cap of white head.. looked good. The aroma picked up a huge dose of spices (sage led, with rosemary and earthy character behind) over pale and bready notes.. sweeter, fruity notes joined on the back.. fairly assertive and interesting. The flavor surprisingly opened with sweetness, with bready notes, honey, and pale malts showing.. sage, rosemary, and thyme joined shortly after, and were spiced up by some lemon zest.. a little warmer on the back-end, carrying lots more spicage and complementary sweetness. Medium-bodied and well carbonated on the palate.. the spices were a bit heavy at times, but overall the balance was very good.. I enjoyed it, but 12oz was a lot to drink.
Dogbrick (6824) - 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.
Fin (6627) - 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
bb (6481) - 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.