hayduke (4755) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The 12 bottle was courtesy of strykzone. Poured a cloudy orange with a white head. Nose of candy and yeast. Medium body. OK mouthfeel but a bit acrid. Flavor is barnyard but mild with some sourness in the finish. This is a bit of a muddle for the style, but was drinkable and refreshing in spite of all the comments above.
bu11zeye (12684) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) Pours a lightly hazy yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of mustiness, herbs, florals, and grass. Flavor of grass, earth, honey, yeast, and florals with a moderately dry finish.
JMerritt (1940) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, yellow-golden with a large, frothy bright-white head that leaves sticky, uneven lacing. Aroma is extremely floral - clover honey, lavender, orange blossom, white grapes - very pleasant. Moderately sweet flavor with some brief, sharp black pepper spiciness and a husky grain finish. Lingering finish turns a little sour and cardboardy. Still, overall, I thoroughly enjoyed.
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours pale golden with a slight haze and a huge white head. Light tangy aroma, nice peppery spice to the flavor with a touch of fruity sweetness. Finishes clean and dry. Very nice.
Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clean, deep golden color with a tall pillowy white head. Aroma has a light pepper spice to it with lots of floral nose and a light wheat malt-like sourness. Flavor is very different from the nose. Fruity notes really come through with notes of apple, grape early and then move to a light fresh hop leaf bitterness with some mild citrus notes imparted from the hops. A solid acidic dry bite ends the beer. Body is light, crisp and has the perfect amount of carbonation for the style. Overall an enjoyable beer.
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle to glass. Had some floral and citrus notes on the nose. Seemed a little harsh midway through the drink. Maybe almost a bit grainy. It had some nice spiciness to it though. As well as some pepper notes. It didnít have as An interesting take on a Saison. Not near my favorite though.
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line :
This Saisonís spicy hop bite, doughy yeast and tropical fruitiness evolve in a comfortable mouthfeel yet canít seem to gel with a roaming tartness.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A pillowy head of foam dwindles into the cloudy beige.
-Tartness and an unbalanced spicy hop bitterness tend to clash in the aftertaste.
-Malt flavors are quite coarse, a bit like some Frontenac malts in Quebec.
-Mild banana esters undermine citrusy edges.
-This has a lot of flavor, but the whole is not as united as it could be.
Finhead (1600) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A cloudy, yellow-orange pour with a large, frothy white head that stays till the end. The aroma is a little buttery with some honey and spicy hops. The light body has a somewhat slick texture with lively carbonation. The taste is a little sweet initially, but bitterness arrives quickly and stays for a long finish.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
WARNING: This bottle literally exploded when I opened the first one, as in half the neck came off with the cap. 12oz bottle from Pickís poured into a shaker. Pours a very cloudy dark gold with about 2 fingers of thick white head. Aroma of honey and a little peppery spice and some Muscat grapes. Taste is light bitter and very light sour. Sour green grapes with some pepper and a good bit of honey. Medium bodied with a somewhat light texture. Lively carbonation and an oddly sour finish. Overall, not bad. Probably not something I would drink again but Iíll finish the 6-pack eventually.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This had a clear light bronze body with a tall rocky head and thick lace. The aroma had a floral sweetness with an undertone of zest. Very livefly, spritzy mouthfeel. The flavor had a soft grainy sweetness outbalanced by a floral/peppery/zesty bitterness. The finish was dry with a prolonged moderate bitterness. Very drinkable and refreshing and should be put in Summittís regular line-up.