JorisPPattyn (7796) - Antwerpen, 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".
DocLock (7703) - 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.
MartinT (7677) - 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.
gnoff (7664) - 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.
Dogbrick (7586) - 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.
jercraigs (7456) - 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
Fin (7257) - 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
Benzai (7226) - 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.
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.
Ughsmash (7092) - 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.