WisconsinBeer (695) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Accidentally cracked this one open from the back of the fridge thinking it was an Oktoberfest. Fuggit. Was saving it to rate it anyway. Pours a bright yellowish orange color, slightly hazy. Lively carbonation and a foamy head that quickly dissipates. Initially comes across as very light on the palate but is quickly overcome by vigorous fruitiness. Pears, tart apples, a hint of honey. Finish is dry with a bit of pepper and a clean hop hit. Not too bad.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2011 Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.
Appearance: Hazy burnished gold with moderate fluffy white head.
Aroma: Very fruity and citrusy (tart grapefruit, lemon, apple) with nice notes of bread and honey. Not quite the aroma I expected, with almost a Lagunitas IPA quality to it.
Taste: Strong malt backbone of bread and cracker, but the hops really shine, with grapefruit and lemon taking center stage. Toward the end, it becomes more floral and spicy with some nice cracked pepper lingering. A lot hoppier than I expected.
Palate: Moderately high carbonation, light body (probably made even lighter by the honey). Finish is somewhat dry and tart.
Overall: Very refreshing. Not really a traditional Saison (especially with the Nelson Sauvin hops), but nice stuff.
pete4999 (938) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, as pictured. Surprised to see it with such low scores, I thought it was pretty good. Defintely a bit spiced, peppery, but with the honey sweetness. Not too much of the traditional earthy taste. Bubbly and crisp, easy to drink.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Whole Foods Devon- Aroma of fruit, citrus, tangerine, pear, flowers, spice, grains, Saison yeast, and pepper. Poured amber in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, white head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Slightly hazy. Slightly sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, and spicy. Tastes of grains, Saison yeast, spice, pepper, slight fruit, hops, and clove. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Fruit, pepper, clove, Saison yeast finish is dry.
Strykzone (4219) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. A cloud of haze floats freely. Golden orange with a white head that is one finger. Belgian yeast and candi sugar with light spices are smelled. The flavor is funky and sour. Like the aroma, it offers some light spices that include pepper. There is some light barnyard funk to it but only a bit. This is generally sour and the honey is not tasted. This is not a great Saison.
fidelis83 (1739) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a lightly hazy orange with a 1 finger, fluffy eggshell head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is citrus, spice, stone fruit, floral and citrus hops, black pepper, sweet tree fruit and some crusty white bread. Flavor is huge on gravel dust stone fruit, tree fruit and pepper, usually I like a little dusty character in a saison, but this is a little over the top, light citrus and big spicy hops. Palate is light dry, and chalky, increasingly dry and chalky to the finish. Decent, but I think somebody threw some limestone in this beer.
BucannonXC5 (666) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 Poured from a tap into a pint at Bryant-Lake Bowl in Minneapolis, Minn. Color was honey reddish with about ľ-inch of head.
Lots of flavors in the nose. Some fruit (pear, peach combination) to start and spices (slight pepper) to end. Also a light honey odor in there. Somehow it works together.
First taste was honey, but all the smells (pears, peach, etc.) and spices (slight pepper, etc.) came together nicely. Fairly smooth.
Average to moderate carbonation. Refreshing mouthfeel that really grew on me.
Really liked the beer. You canít knock a beer where the worst part is the first sip.
bth122 (1035) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a clear golden color, small head. Aroma of fresh fruits and some belgium yeast notes. Med lite sweetness, lite bitter. Med lite body, ave carbonation with a little overfizzy. Fruit flavors like apple and pear in taste. Some tartness there. Not bad
islay (775) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Strong, dry yet floral and fruity aroma features honey and melon scents. Pours a hazy, effervescent gold with a large amount of creamy, uneven, cream-colored head. Produces good, thick lacing. My score of 4 for appearance is due to the surprisingly impressive head and lacing. Dry, sharp, lightly sour flavor features an apricot element. The flavor is weaker than it should be, but the dry finish and aftertaste are strong and good. Light to medium body. Soft in the plate. Honeymoon saison is pleasant but too simple to be outstanding.
nuplastikk (3832) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Filtered orange-tan. Thin, creamy off white head. Sweet honeydew aroma, some faint orange soda. Sweet fruit tones, almost tropical, quite pleasantly balanced by the honey, which really gives the golden malt backbone some depth. A really great Saison, this is fresh and true to style, while being sort of unique at the same time. Quite peppery and bitter, very hop forward.