riversideAK (6048) - 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.
Kinz (3709) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can courtesy of Secret Santa, thanks! Medium very slightly hazy gold, slight head. Aroma of black pepper and a bit of honey, pepper and spice notes heading but not quite getting towards pungent. Flavor wa surprisingly complex, with the black pepper and honey from the nose evident, but quickly moving into a yeast and hop dominated finish that included some spiciness, apricot, and a hint of tropical fruit. At the very end, the faintest hint of musky sweat. I was initially afraid that the pepper would overwhelm things, but it was just kept in check. Nicely done, one of the better American saisons Iíve had.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can shared by artusory. Slightly hazy straw body, thin off-white head. Bready nose, earthy and chalky, with light floral spice. Potent, punchy spice body, floral, with fennel and bitter notes, potpourri, and light bready malt. No soft, sweet, flabby malt heaviness here. Robust, aggressive, and spartan.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Brilliant gold with a coarse white head. Bold spicy yeast aroma with a hint of fruit and old books found in the basement. Citrusy sweet flavor that fades to a dry peppery spiciness with some coriander and then a little sweetness comes back at the end. Seems as if it should be so drinkable and yet I donít find that to be true. Oh well, a beer can be well made and still not be for everyone.
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy golden amber with some nice tan head that disappears with little to no lacing. Smells of citrus, earthy undertones, tea, little hop and many different nice spices. Smells like a tasty saison! A burst of spicy malt, citrus, butterscotch, molasses and lemon. Everything shows up quite nicely and nothing is overdone. Very light in the mouth, little carbonation and a very subtle bite at the end that sits on the tongue. I think this brew is underrated since itís so different from the hop filled siblings from Surly but to be honest itís still a one of kind brew. Could drink this for days. Well done Surly, after tasting your three mainstays Iím considering moving to Minnesota.
heemer77 (5283) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks for sharing, milkmandan. The body is coppery gold with a white head. The aroma was tropical with pineapple and ginger bread notes. The taste was bitter bread crust with some mango and almonds. Interesting brew overall that continues with a long lingering aftertaste. Lots of cinnamon in the finish.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Homebrew Mystery Swap. Thanks! Slightly cloudy gold, ice cream white head. Nose is saison yeast and fruitiness, some spice. Very reminiscent of the easier to come by Southampton Saison. Flavor is more of the fruity yeast, bitter pith, nice smooth maltiness. On the better side of straightforward US saisons.
BBB63 (6524) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can: Golden hue with a fizzy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of clove, cardamom, grainy and biscuity malts, pear esters, hint of honey, and a tad medicinal. The taste starts with sweet grainy malt, acidic fruit background, spicy and grassy hops finish. Hint of cobweb here and there too. The mouth feel is sprite and medium-bodied with a dry chalky finish. Not bad but I would have liked to see better attenuation.