Tmoney99 (11698) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by mean B3C. Poured clear golden color with a large frothy off-white head that was lasting with good lacing. Medium to heavy complex hop and yeast aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy blalanced bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet candy finish of moderate duration. Solid complex drinkable beer.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Date: November 01, 2011
Source: Tower, Atlanta
Appearance: hazy gold, fine off white head
Aroma: sweet spicy aroma, malty sweetness, hint of malt candy, light musty spicyness, light pepperyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, light breadyness, nice spicyness, light balancing earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
alexsdad06 (6733) - Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by brew3crew. Pours a hazy orange golden color with a small white head. The aroma had herbal and grassy hops, candy sweetness, sweet malts, juicy citrus. The flavor had much of the same; sweet, herbal, grass, some bready malt. The flavor kind of fell off toward the finish.
AmEricanbrew (6239) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden and orange color with ivory sheen. Dusty pale malt, spicy hop, light berry fruit aromas. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice herbal, spicy coriander flavors with dusty pale malt, and a light berry sweetness--tasty saison.
ChainGangGuy (4494) - 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.?
burg326 (4439) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle shared with Preismj, poured a golden yellow color with a decent amount of carbonation. Aromas of some spicy yeast, pepper, and earth. Flavors are much the same, light on the palate, very drinkable saison overall.
unclemattie (4350) - 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.
TURDFERGUSON (4010) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Tyler’s. Straw golden small white head. Nose is pepper, yeast, phenolic, hoppy. Flavor is lightly astringent and bitter, typical many American incarnations of the style.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Tyler’s, Durham. Fairly attractive pour, a semi-cloudy medium gold that was well carbonated and had decent lacing. Nose was mildly herbal, quite bready for the most part. Mouthfeel moderately playful, not much of a yeasty, herbal bite on the palate like I enjoy with the style. Flavors were very indistinct, bready and malt-forward without much other character.
Butters (3946) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from a bomber at the end of the evening shared by an great guy at RRVF2013. Pours a clear golden hue with a ring of offwhite head. Primary notes of honeysuckle, and grass. But it also had a distinct aroma note that is identical to the way that Oscar the Grouch smelled in the Seasame Street Scratch-n-Sniff picture book I had when I was 6 years old. Funny, the things you remember from childhood... Anyways, the beer was quite tasty, but hearing the tragic story behind it is even more moving. My thoughts go out to the families.