Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Bruery. Rating #7. Hazy dark yellowish pour. Lightly tart aroma, a bit of sweetness and some fruit. Flavor was similar, dry fruitiness, apple and oear with a hint of funk. (2317)
JohnnyJ (5354) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden pour on draft at the brewery, large white head. Grain, apple, light fruit, slightly tart, and a bit spicy. Very clean, light, and refreshing. I was surprised by how dry this was.
beerguy101 (5355) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 3/2/2012 at the Bruery Tasting Room. This saison pours a clear orange gold color from the tap. Medium to large sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet and slightly spicy. None of the dryness and hoppiness of the bretted version. A medium bodied saison. The malts are fruity and sweet, with a hint of orange,. The hops are herbal and earthy. Lively carbonation. Definitely less dry and spicy that the regular breted version of this beer/ Its more fruity and less spicy with hardly any dryness. Still has a nice saison character, but seems less yeasty as well. Its closer to a Belgian Ale or a triple than a saison. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and slightly sweet.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled (4) different versions of the yearly saison and maybe I should have had this first instead of going with 2010 and 2011 before. This came up short in comparison to the regular 2011 version. The sparkle wasn’t there for me and it was still pretty powerful in comparison to the 2010 and 2011.
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at The Bruery. Pours a golden yellow with thich white head. A nice musty saison. Hay, grass and bread. While a nice saison, I prefer the regular version afer it has had 6-12 months of age on it.
brokensail (15600) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The pour is a hazy golden straw color with a finger of white head.
S: Fairly sweet malt and bread with a bit of bread. There seems to be some corn in there too. I get a fair amount of yeast and some spice notes as well as floral hops. Pears, apples, and orange peels add some fruit character.
T: The flavor is a bit watery. There is still the same sweetness of bread and malt along with a decent amount of fruit. The spices are just as prominent as they were on the nose. There is a bit of grass and a mild hop bitterness.
M: The body is light to medium with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: It’s amazing how much the Brett really adds to this beer. I’d much rather have the regular or even 100% Brett version.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Bruery for the 2011 Saison de Lente release. Pours with a ever so lightly hazed golden body and a lasting white head. A nice aroma that is spicy with clove, pear, spiced apple and white pepper. Flavors are light, dry, spicy, wheat, bitter with some light, dried fruits. Lively and dry. A very estery and spicy saison without any brett character. Very nice to drink but I think I prefer either the partially bretted or the fully brett version better.