milewide (1538) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Too much alcohol. Too sweet. Little smoke. A mishmash of too many styles. Copper colored with thick body.
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Whole Foods. Aroma is smoke, with a touch of cherry fruit. Typically, I don’t get that from cherrywood, but I do get that here, surprisingly. Bits of yeast, and straw hit my nostrils, but it’s quite muted. This has a solid aroma. Taste is much the same as the aroma - smoky, with a touch of fruity sweetness. A tad dry, and hoppy, with straw, and yeast coming through. As it warms, the yeast intrudes on the smoky flavor, which is a little disappointing. Nice texture, but nothing too great. Decent stuff here, but pales in comparison to other smoked beers.
EtTuCthulhu (1077) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color of the beer is a clear golden with a medium white head, and the aroma blends Belgian yeast with smoke and a hint of sour cherries. The taste has a mild sourness, mild sweetness, and a slight level of umami, and the palate fuses a medium body, slightly smoky finish, average carbonation, and a slick texture.
b3shine (5577) - Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft to taster at Dutch’s. Looks good for the style; a transparent light golden orange with white head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; saison spices and smoke with a bit of tartness. Tastes like it smells, but more bretty than tart. Solid on the palate. Enjoyable.
rangerred (938) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a tulip out of a 22oz bottle. A smoked Saison, two of my favorite styles paired together. Can’t wait!
Pours a crystal clear dark gold with a fizzy one finger white head. Head retention and lacing are not all that great but that can almost be expected of a beer of this strength.
There is a pleasant smokiness on the aroma married with spicy pear and apple along with just the slightest bit of funk. I really like that the smoke is not overdone here.
A good deal of smoke with the flavor but not enough to mask the definite Saison character underneath. Lots of fruity spice along with just the slightest bit of barnyard funk. Dry finish with just some extra bit of dryness on the back of the throat.
Overall, Stone did a very good job with this brew. A love the marriage of styles here and it works so well. I will probably pick up another bottle of this.
StefanSD (2156) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml bottle from bevmo. Pours a translucent new penny copper color with a small white head that slowly recedes to a fine ring. The aroma is mild and unremarkable with faint yeast and smoke. The flavor is that of a fruity saison with a apples and pears and a hint of smoke on the back end. The palate is full and silky smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry. Overall: Decent quaff, but I prefer a bigger smoke presence.
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from BevMo. Medium golden in color. Nose is sweet and yeasty with a bit of fruitiness. Sweet up front with a good smoked quality to balance it out. Decent hop bitterness in the back end. Pretty tasty.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clean, clear straw colored pour with thin white head. Aroma of saison spice, lager yeast. Light but lively mouthfeel. Floral and fruit notes with a dry, woody, and slightly bitter finish.
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma - has that farmhouse funk, some floral action as well, and cherry is present as well
Appearance - is a golden color with not much head to speak of.
Taste - is typical of a saison, whit that funk you associate with the style there is some cherry, a little smoke, and some citrus
Feel - is light, and has a smoky finish that sticks with you for a while. As well as an alcohol burn
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Homer321 (1971) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Nose full of phenols that are almost medicinal. Slightly hazy light golden color with small white head. No medicinal flavor at all. Moderate smokiness. Quite pleasant actually.