Ernest (7036) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is light to medium amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (herbs), lightly yeasty (basement), with notes of bubble gum, cotton candy, pepper, applesauce, decaying banana peel.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
This is really just a generic Belgian strong ale...with all this sugar, alcohol, applesauce, and cartoony bubble gum, it’s hard to imagine anyone calling it a saison. There are some nice aromatics underneath the sugar and cooked fruit mess, like nice hops and peppery phenolics, but unfortunately the artificial-candyish odor just drowns those out. Too syrupy sweet in the mouth to drink much of, and it doesn’t look very Belgian either. Not quite terrible, but very clunky and misguided.
ajnepple (4394) - Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery. Dark orange and cloudy appearance with a dissipating white head. Aroma of fruits, earthy hops, Belgian yeast, spices and caramel malts. Similar flavor, fruity, spicy and lightly malty. Medium bodied and easy to drink. Pretty tasty.
HIGHB4LL (837) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Festival. Appearance: light white head, cloudy, amber color. Aroma: Belgian yeast, leaves, light fruit. Palate: lively carbonation, light body, light texture. Taste: slight bitt on end, slight tarty sweetness up front. Overall, unique with bitterness, but nothing really special in my opinion.
jtclockwork (12142) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours clear orange with white head. Nose and taste of malt, saison, lemongrass and Belgian yeast. Lighter medium body.
beerguy101 (5344) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on 10/13/2012 at GABF. This saison pours a light gold color from the tap. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, a touch earthy. A medium bodied saison. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are earthy and slightly spicy. Mild carbonation. It’s a touch on the sweet side, but it a very drinkable beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
onceblind (6381) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear golden with a thin white rocky head. Funky earthy aroma of soil, pale cereal grain, hay, and a light herbal hop presence. Flavor is pretty bready yeasty with a sweet bright undertone of pale grains and earthy hay, with a funky earthy undertone of dusty hop bitterness.
Steve_0 (3662) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Foam Fest ’12. Deep copper in appearance with a one-finger, off-white head. Fruity esters, citrus, light diacetyl, corn, biscuit, and spice in the aroma. Taste is orange peel, clove, pepper, light banana, esters, and yeast. The taste is mich better than the smell. Light body with soft carbonation. Nice.
pnesbit (96) - Marietta, South Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler pour of a yellowish burnt orange with a light white head. Aroma of caramel malt with a hint of earthy hops. Taste of the carmel hops that leads into a herbal possibly of thyme dry hoppy finish. Its a med to light boddied beer that has low carbonation. Over all slightly off balanced beer that almost dominated the tongue with the lingering hops character but I would have it again.
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a lightly hazy golden body with a moderate white head. Aroma of florals, mustiness, celery, earth, and fruit. Flavor of citrus, herbs, pear skin, apricot, and caramel with a dry finish.
3fourths (8888) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft. carbonation is soft and yeast imparts a black pepper phenol prickliness. it’s a bit dirty and crunchy and toasty and a bit too sweet, but the velvety malt and soft draft carbonation present the beer well. honey / fruit / toasted cereal grains with a tart finish. surprisingly good for Strange, and I think this is the first beer of theirs that isn’t a disaster. smells more of a sweet gelatin chew honey / apricot / orange deal, but it’s nicely tart instead and it seems to work. maybe there’s hope for these guys yet. or maybe we have here one of their infrequent successes. and kept and served by people trained to handle beer. just a thought.