Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep orange color with a fantastic, 1/2 inch white, frothy head. Aroma of cherry and deep smoke hits you as soon as its poured. A modest amount of saison fruitiness hits later with a touch of grassy hops. Flavor starts off a strong saison, tart fruitiness with light notes of grassy hops and later the light smoke flavor filters into the mix. The smokiness is perfect as it doesnít overpower the other flavors. A light alcohol kick does come once the flavors have subsided but the beer is a extremely heavy so this takes a bit to occur. There is a light sharpness from the carbonation but not as much as you generally see in a saison as the body is pretty dense. It does get a of help from the tartness imparted by the yeast strain. Overall a good brew for a very good cause.
J_man (919) - Tustin, California, USA - FEB 10, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Tustin Brewing. Strong farmhouse saison aroma from a clear medium yellow body with a white head. Excellent saison flavors with hay and coriander standing out. Dry with just a bit of sweetness. Thereís some smokiness in there thatís perfectly balanced with the malt so it doesnít turn into a Rauchbier. Obviously stronger than a standard saison but thereís not a sharp bite to it either. A great beer, but sorry it came about because of an unfortunate tragedy.
Nuffield (4056) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Solidly composed with a few key dimensions working together. Smoke and wood rise up as it warms, the sweetness contributes to its mouthfeel, and some fruit strikes a gentler note. Nothing is massive but it is easy enough to sip and enjoy. Bottle.
EithCubes (5553) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Liked this enough from a draft sample to give the bomber ago. Nose is sweet and very woody (Iíd buy cherrywood, sure; itís definitely different from oak or the normal beech), sweet and lightly fruity with a meaty element -- not ham or campfire so much as BBQ sauce. Associatons are weird, I know. Pours a transparent golden that is richly orange in the right lighting, medium carbonation and soapy off-white head with very light legs. In the mouth light smoke with lavender and other floral notes, faint peppercorn, touch of lemongrass, and wonderful slow-burn alcohol warmth. Lemon and orange peel, touch of wheat perhaps but more likely Iím picking up the Belgian yeast. Cherry, honey, peach, leather, and just a subtle thread of smoke throughout. Others seem to want to pick up on the smokier aspects but this one screams nothing but saison to me. Body is medium-full and very richly (incredibly) oily, almost gummy at times, with low bitterness and faint tartness, dry. Fruitiness is almost candyish at times, and the citrus tweaks me to a semi-pucker; bright malt but thatís kept to something of a minimum, and even the typical Stone hops are not overdone here. Fresh and refreshing until the masterfully-controlled etoh starts to weigh the body down, this is about as good of a tribute beer as one could hope to have made in their honor!
hfmejias (1266) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured clear, golden with a huge white head that leaves lots of lacing. Aroma of smoke, fruit and spices. Taste is quite complex and quite good too; fruity, light smoke, herbal notes a bit of hops towards the end. Very nice saison, very enjoyable but overall very unique.
Patrickctenchi (5947) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bubbly, honey-amber with a large, cascading vanilla head.
Aroma is light smoke, cherry, black pepper.
Flavour is sweet, cherry malt, honey,....wood smoke, yeast, fruit.
Alcohol is well hidden, but imparts a slight bitter.
malrubius (2554) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Heinens. Bright gold with flat head and some lace. Mild smoke flowers citrus wood alcohol glue aroma. Sweet honey peach with bitter herbal woody smokey finish and lingering smoke and a little burn. Medium full body. Effervescent. Too much of a good thing.
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Uno. Pours clear yellow with nice white head. Aroma is smoke, floral, yeast. Taste is sour - that unique smoked cherry wood offers a complexity here that I havenít seen in a saison (new to the style). Not off-putting, but an acquired taste. Mellows out as it warms. Some stone fruit here too. Havenít quite worked my head around this one completely but I would try it again.
maxwelldeux (4343) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a moderate light tan head on it. Nose has quite a bit of smoke in there, with some nice fruitiness underneath and a little farm funk to it. Taste is a little sour up front with a sweet finish, and some subtle smoke throughout. Great beer. Cheers, Matt!
dalekliz (908) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear gold-amber with a small white head that fades to a ring. Aroma is sweet, spicy, with a hint of smoke: saison spices dominate, but there a nice sweet-smoky berry and smoke underneath. Taste is complex, with baking spices, toasted malt, sweet berries and citrus, and a hint of smoky meat. Hides the alcohol well. Lingering lightly smoked spice. Different, but well-balanced.