smith4498 (2629) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark golden color with white head. Aromas of yeast and funk. Spicy flavor with doughy yeast and some funkiness. Light to medium body with lively carbonation.
changeup45 (1557) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2011 Just read up a little on Britteny Fox Watts. Sad story; nice gesture by Terrapin and Heavy Seas. The beer pours a murky orange-gold color with a modest off-white head on top. The aroma shows a tropical peach scent, a bit of a wild character, flowers, lavender, vanilla, and yeast. It smells pretty good but it gave me the thought that this might be a bit on the heavy and cloying side. Not the case. It’s a bit more crisp than I thought it would be and easy going down. There’s plenty of tropical fruit sweetness but the addition of a light spice and dry herbal notes do a pretty good job of offsetting that. Some orange peel too. There’s a touch of funky yeast but this isn’t very funky at all. Honestly, even one percent higher abv and I’m not sure I would have liked this that much. But as is, everything glides along nicely. Good beer. Kudos to the brewers.
ChainGangGuy (4116) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
11 ounce goblet - $7.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia. Brewed to honor the memory of Brittney Fox Watts, which is a good thing, but the label and tap handle features a furry, which is a bit alarming.
Appearance: Arrived to the luncheon table a hazy, amber-gold body with a scant, though sustained white head.
Smell: Sweetish smelling malts, a bit bready, not quite a bit toasty, but delivering a fair amount of honey. Moderately floral and tiny pinch of lemon zest.
Taste: Honeyed, sweet, bready and rather smooth. Light flowery aspect slides in carrying with it some mild citrus hints and a nibble of sweet apple. Low herbal tone, equally light bitterness. The beer remains fairly honeyish on the rear. Drops a hint of finely ground black pepper and dries out at the last possible moment before the finish, though still a bit heavy-ish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.
Overall: I always prefer my saisons to be light, crisp, and reasonably dry, like a Saison Dupont. Oftentimes, the American renditions just end up heavier, heartier, and sweeter, which, for me, kills the whole refreshment factor. I’m more interested in the use of sunflower seeds in brewing, it raises a few questions: how did they contend with the oils, did they go sans husks, etc.?
unclemattie (3703) - Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, Dipped in yellow wax. Golden color, white foam. Aroma of sunflower seeds and flowers. Light flavor, nice malt, bread, cereal, and a hint of lemon.
redlight (2289) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft @ redlight redlight. Its an honor to have this beer on draft. Fruity spicy aroma with a hint of must in the aroma. Pours golden blonde with a thin white head. Refreshing and crisp, with hints of citrus with a floral note. Very nice saison with a nice dry finish.
aracauna (2855) - Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark gold. This is a fairly sweet beer and a little heavy for the style, but there’s a nice fruitiness.
paultheguru (650) - Parker, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden in color, light white head. Very light funk aroma, lightly sweet. Solid and great saison.
Shag (2439) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark golden color with a white head. Aroma is citrus, brown sugar, spices. Flavor is a bit dry with caramel, citrus, yams, brown sugar. Finish is clean with some alcohol and spices. Overall nice beer.
Westmeister (923) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours cloudy golden yellow/orange, little head and no lacing. Smell was a tad tart and yeast, slight berry citrus. Taste is also just a tad tart, very muted yeast funk, some hop and berry citrus. Interesting, but somewhat muted Saison.