dmac (5167) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 oz can of pure joy thanks to artusory, thanks Ryan. This is one grat beer but a saison, where’s the driness?? I like it hte way it is so keeo that boring dry shit away from one of the best canned beers ever! Pours a super hazy orange with a small white foamy head. Aroma is(insert Borat voice) NICE!! Candied sugar, fruity(aprocot, peach, apple), bread and yeast. Flavor starts off bready and dry then a nice fruitiness kicks in along with some caramel, toffee maltiness. This is one nice tall boy, unlike Shaq, he might be tall but his table manners are applorable, NO ELBOWS ON THE TABLE SHAQ-A-HACK!!
Pailhead (6249) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of artusory
Can: The aroma is yeasty, floral, fruity, herbal, and light pepper. It pours a transparent golden-orange with a small white head that fades quickly to a thin film. The flavor start very floral with some light yeastiness in the background. It finishes herbal with some light pepper. Light bodied with soft carbonation.
Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks great, pours a big head and there’s some lacing. Color is golden. Smell is just you would think a saison would taste like with the farmhouse smells, but then there’s also floral aroma hops that make a big hop character. Funky farmhouse with huge hop floral notes that remind me of perfume, then leaves a bitterness on my tongue my lasts a while. Yeah, the hops are very perfumatic with their almost grassy fruity flavors. Mouthfeel is full and smooth, very good medium-full bodied beer. Overall I like it, but something in the hop character makes it a once in a while beer instead of a "drink many of them" beer. I think I just have to get used to grassier hops...especially since it’s paired with a Belgian beer profile, I haven’t had many of the grassy hop profile beers. Just read Surly’s website and they imported some new hops for fruity character, so that’s the perfume hops I must be smelling.
papat444 (24) - Mercier, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2008 Big thanks to oakbluff for this one!
Poured from a 16oz. can.
Paired it with pizza.
Aroma: Nice floral & light fruit aroma
Appearance: Hazy, amber body with good carbonation. Medium-sized head that grows bigger as i near the end of the pour. Nice & thick.
Flavor: Hits you with a bouquet of dried fruit flavor (apricot?) with a slightly mild bitter taste.
Palate: The alcohol is nicely blended with the feel, bitter taste recedes & spicy flavor comes to the fore.
Overall: It goes down very well & i love the taste! I wouldn’t necessarily have one right after this one though, but would definitely have it again for sure. It gives a sense that i’m not sure how to describe. Like i should be in a nice cottage in the country in front on a fireplace instead of a city. Definitely a go-to winter snowstorm brew.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz can, thanks to iowaherkeye! Pours a cloudy bright orange with a lively carbonation and a nice tight sticky white head and good lace. Aroma is spicy floral and moderately fruity- typical belgain saison yeast, but slghtly skewed on the fruity ester side with some ogange zest- tons of green fresh styrian hops as well. flavor is smooth, fresh bready malts, green herbal hops- good earthy character to the styrians, more orange and mango fruits, some black peppery yeasty spiciness and tons of green earthy styrians in the end for a good bitterness. Seriously smooth and easy to drink. Nice Saison.
pepperford (115) - robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy light orange color with a good carbinated head. Lots of good spice and hops, with a citrus crispness to it. A very good summer on the porch beer.
MiP (14738) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can, 6.5%. Thanks, yespr. Weak caramelly aroma with a little rag. Hazy greyish copper colour. Small head. The flavour has a little cardboard and some roughness from either the alcohol or the hops. Gets more fruity as it warms. Good mouthfeel. Tastes of more than its ABV.
riversideAK (6016) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from Ughsmash. Belgian yeast, clove, a touch of peach and melon round out the aroma. Pours a hazy orange golden with a nice 1 finger thick head. Soft fruit flavors and spices are finished with a nice peppery bitterness to create a crisp and highly sessionable, not to mention, flavorful ale. Body seems rather light, while carbonation is medium to high. A good beer.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from Decaturstevo. Pours a hazy golden with a white head. Very nice belgian funk aroma, with some peach and melon sweetness blending in. Medium bodied with a soft and slightly spritzy belgian texture. Flavor of belgian pale malts, honey, and a hint of lemon. Mid palate is dry with a decent european herbal bitterness (almost like a hoppy czech pilsner) that carries into the finish. Finish gets thinner in texture with some chalkiness. An interesting take on a Saison, and enjoyable.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Little hazy golden colour with a nice head. Aroma of hops, yeast and spices. Flavour of yeast, wheat and little bitter. Ends up quite dry at the end.