oOJUXEOo (303) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good example of a saison. Smooth and light. Great summer beer. On tap at Iron Abbey.
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wasnt as great as I had hoped for from some of the three top micro brewers in the US. Sorry having said that i now feel like a dick. It was great! Saison great? No. It wasnt what i was expecting. It had none of the normal great saison sourness. It barely had that normall saison sweetness, but what it did have was a basil and sage wafting aroma. I think the basil smell came from the hops and parsley. The taste had the earthiness of a great saison. Then I got hit with all the herb flavorings. Rosemary stuck out first. Then sage with that nice xmasy feel. Then a lingering hoppy bitter flavor and a strange great weird Italian seasoning pack flavor. Once again saiason? great beer? Yes!
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium bodied. All the herbs this beer is brewed with you can tell in the aroma and on the palate. I smell rosemary and thyme mostly along with sage. Decent amount of head that seems to stay around rather nicely. There is nice lacing on the glass too. I taste all the herbs mixing together on the palate. The hops and malts are hidden by them but it’s all good. Excellent, different beer.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly cloudy, dark straw colored with a frothy white head. The aroma is sweet with hints of mint and sage. A lot going on in the nose. The herbs really come through on the palate. The sage and rosemary are very apparent. Sweet on the mid-palate and finishes with a slight herbal aftertaste and nice bitterness. A whole lot going on in this bottle of beer but I actually wouldn’t expect anything less from these breweries.
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - JUL 22, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
06.23.10 - (12 oz. bottle) Pours a medium white head. Lots of crazy aromatics going on - almost as if there are a few sprigs of thyme, rosemary, and maybe some sage in my glass. These same flavors are all over the palate as well in this medium-bodied saison - flavors that keep on giving and changing, becoming more and more complex as the glass warms. Quite good, a beer as unique as the brewers themselves.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Floral, herb-infused aroma. Saison inspired, to be sure. Pushes the limits with the herbs, but not overboard. Fantastic with a plate of mussels.
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
07-11-10: Très belle mousse blanche, abondante, riche et très épicée. De couleur jaune avec reflets dorés, limpide, mais avec de millions de minuscules particules la rendant légèrement trouble. Effervescence normale. Arômes complexes d’épices en premier lieu: thym, rosemary, poivre. Suivent des aromes d’houblon frais et de fruits jaune, style poire. Beaucoup d’épices en bouche et en finale en percevant les memes saveurs que selon les aromes. Amertume moyenne également apparente. Semble également salée. Astringence plutôt élevée. Sympathique, mais un peu trop d’épices la rendant débalancée.
RyanK (274) - Rhode Island, USA - MAY 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2012 I like these breweries plenty but I wouldn’t normally drink a saison, I do like the lighter ones, not a huge spice fan. This particular distinction is distributed by Victory in a 12oz. bottle. Pours a light gold with a little carbonation. Beer strongly floral, spice and clove on the nose they all combine and almost smell minty to me, yes I’m serious, in that cough drop cooling way. Translates to the taste but lighter and not strong. Floral with the cloves and spices being lighter backdrops, carbonation on tounge. This pretty easy to drink but I thought I’d be more wowed.
Update: Had the Dogfishhead version. More aggressive with hops and carbonation but I like the lighter, easier mouth-feel of the Victory.
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle.Pours a light yellow with a fast fading white head.Nose is rosemary and lemon pee,very vibrant!Taste is exploding with flavor!Rosemary,sage,lemon peel with mouthwatering almost stinging hops!This is a very nice beer that has obviously been made with care!!
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden orange color aroma is herbal and i can pick up the rosemary thyme and sage for sure...with notes of pinneapple. Flavor is fantastic. Herbs and hops work well together. Perfect dry finish and perfect body palate feel for a saison well done beer !