bluemooner (573) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear golden with a medium white head. Aroma is hoppy and earthy with hints of grain and citrus. Flavor is bitter hops, earthy, mineral notes, grain, citrus, fruit, honey, and some spices. Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Decent but nothing special.
Nuffield (3535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is at least the second in their series that has hit a really wrong note for me, which is too bad--this should be a showcase. The honey is weakly noted, and the most prominent flavor here is a metallic edge that overwhelms the fruitiness the brewers claim. As a saison (setting aside the non-impact of the honey) it doesnít provide as much life and funk as it should. Bottle.
CLevar (375) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle pour to a glass, leaving behind a fair layer of sediment. Clear light copper gold, with a white head, lasting, leafing behind nice lacing. Even as I finish the last sip, a nice skim of white head remains. Aroma is bready caramel, floral and earthy, quite a bit of yeast and wheat character. Perhaps a touch of lemon tartness. Taste is much the same, with floral hops and sweet malt in the middle giving way to a dry, astringent finish. Very slightly spicy. Quite nice, though the astringency gets me a bit at the end...a spicy and more citrus bitter would have blended better with the sweet malt IMO. Not bad though. Actually one of my favorites of the series.
zeke626 (411) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours a hazy, yellow-orange body with white foam head. Aroma of light barnyard funk, honey, floral hops, spices/clove. Flavor is similar with a grapefruit/orange peel bitterness. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Bitter grapefruit hop finish. A bit on the hoppy side for a saison, but not too bad.
undsioux7 (789) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours deep yellow with a medium white head. Aroma of faint belgian yeast, grass, lemon, biscuit malt. Taste is the same with a touch of honey. Meh
Trev (1768) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On Tap @ The Maxx (Hotel Minneapolis)
Pour is dark gold with a medium head.
Aroma is crackery , hints of caramel, fruity lemon and wheat? Some honey sweetness as well on the nose.
Flavour is light earthy funk, tart lemon and mown hay with some biscuity malt. Not as sweet as expected.
portableparty (1872) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours clear golden amber with a white foamy head that fades to a thin film. Aroma has a honey tobacco scent with pepper as well. Taste is bready and herbal with a little funk. Palate is thin and chaulky that finishes dry.
wlajwl (3317) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Spicy and yeasty in the aroma, the appearance is bronze-gold. The flavor has a slightly muted spiciness to it, probably due to the honey. Not bad, could do without the added honey, it made a slight sweetness and syrup inflection i didnít care for.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold color with a large head. Yeasty aroma, plenty of spice and bread. Very light lemon. Light wheat flavor and more spicy yeast. Very light and dry honey, but could just be the label as I donít think I would have noticed it otherwise. Seemed to turn metallic towards the finish.
CanIHave4Beers (2756) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy golden color with a small tight white head that leaves good lace on the glass. The aroma is floral and lightly lemony with some earthy and mineral notes. The brilliance of the aroma fades a bit as the beer warms.
The flavor is doughy and very spicy with lots of mineral character. The beer is bitter and lightly astringent. There are some earthy hoppy notes throughout & the beer is lightly lemony and moderately dry.
Much like the aroma the more brilliant flavors in this beer become muted as it warms making it taste a little dull and watery before Iíve finished the bottle, Itís a weird reaction to temperature change, and not something Iím used to at all with Saison. Although the harsh bitterness fades as well as it warms so thatís a positive.
Itís a good beer.