papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml Bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Hazy pale peach color with a medium, fading egg shell white head. Aroma is spice, fruit and a hint of sour brett. Flavor is fruity (ripe apricot, some citrus and pear) with a peppery bite, lightly tart with a rather dry grapefruit finish. Medium body is smooth with lively carbonation.
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2008 750ml bottle brought by theisti. Served in a Chimy chalice. Aroma is spicy rye, light fruit (apple), spice (black pepper), light yeast and vanilla. The brett funkiness is pretty reserved, so much so that you might not pick it out of the aroma if you were not told. Taste is lightly kilned malt, light funk, apple/pear, peppery spice, yeast and vanilla. I gave the beer a swirl and got a huge amount of spearmint.
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs. A strong deliverance of true authentic Belgian yeast with a tons of spice being smelled. Appearance is a cloudy golden hue with a fat fizzy layer of head that strives to overflow out the bottle and even over the glass. The flavor is tart and sour with a perfume taste. There are a lot of spice and wild yeast flavors but taste is a little off balance and a peppery aftertaste.
BOLTZ7555 (2799) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy lemon yellow pour with a HUGE dense off-white head. Aroma of belgian yeast, brett, and citrus. Flavor is grapefruit, spices, and biscuit. The brett has yet to make its presence known...at least not aggressively. Not too thin or thick...a decent beer that would get better over time.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating 15 of this beer. 750 from Holiday Wine Cellar shared with my girlfriend Cyn. Pours a light orange with a 2 finger off white head. Nose is very nice and fragrant. Taste is really nice, I can taste the rye, some nice spiced citrus, but I canít really taste the bret. so Iím interested in if the brett will come out more over time. This is a really nice beer. Iíve been on a little bit of a saison kick recently, so why not.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle purchased at Hi Time in Costa Mesa.
Congrats to Patrick!
For those of us behind the Orange Curtain, itís great to see a new brewery.
This saison pour hazy apricot in color with a huge, rocky white head. Very very tasty with a nice aroma. Lots of complex flavors. Iíll be buying this one again.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUN 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ML bottle purchased at Beverages for Less in Santee. Wow!!! What a surprise to find this little gem. I think this will be great with some age. But for now it is pretty darn good. Thanks to stefanje for the advice on the sediment because on the second pint pour I swirled the sediment and it brought out a little bit of the sourness and made this beer wonderful. A nice surprise and worth the $12 chance on this one.
StefanSD (2136) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a slightly cloudy orange-gold color with an ample white head that had good retention. The aroma is rich with Belgian yeasts, red fruits, bananas and spices. The flavor is complex with white pepper, sour candy, biter walnuts, orange peel and Brett. The mouthfeel is full and malty--rather heavy for a saison. The finish is long with lingering biter walnuts, pepper and brett. Overall: One of the better US brewed saison style beers that I have tried. Recommended. (Re-rate note: the sediment at the bottom of this bottle is absolutely yummy, perhaps you should shake this one vigorously before opening to evenly distribute the lees through the beer.)
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2010 Another gusher, this time I am a bit more careful & I pour a little less into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. It starts out about three fingers in height, but grows to eight fingers thick (including a structural mass that is a full two fingers above the rim of the glass), light tan colored head that easily crests the top of my glass. The head leaves a thick lacing and forms a very varied surface as it slowly subsides. The beer is a hazy amber color that shows an orangish tinge when held up to the light. As I am inspecting the beer I get an aroma that is a mix of spice and grain. Fruit aromatics join in once I actually smell the aroma, this is very earthy smelling as well. Aromas of pear, plums, earthy grain, a rye spiciness, aromas of orange blossom and a rich, whole grain bread character that is quite lush. Spice aromatic notes make me think of clove, ginger, white pepper, earthy coriander and some green, herbal notes that sort of round out the finish. This has a really nice mix of complex aromatic notes; I really like the various fruit, spice and malt driven aromatics found here.
Quite sweet tasting, but it is quite spicy as well with lots of peppery spice and ginger notes that do a good job of tempering the sweetness. Thick and full feeling for a Saison, with a viscousness, both of which I am sure are influenced by the use of Rye. While I hadnít realized it in the aroma (despite noticing citrus), this is actually quite hoppy; citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange zest and pine are noticed just before an ample, biting bitterness dominates the finish with a menthol / pine driven flavor. The hop bitterness is accentuated by the spicy, peppery, phenolic character from the fermentation character. Lots of chewy, rustic grain character provides a mix of earthy, dusty, grain, crushed malt, a whole grain bread crumb flavor and a touch of fruity, caramelized malt.
My second pour allows / requires me to chew on some foam (lest my cup runneth over) and the foam is exceedingly bitter and hoppy. And wow, the ample carbonation adds a huge, up front peppery note to this beer that accentuates the ample hop bitterness.
This could be a bit drier as I tend to like my Saisons with less sweetness. If this wasnít so excessively carbonated already I would hold on to a couple bottles as the Brettanomyces should dry this out over time. As it is though I can only strongly recommend to not hold on to these bottles, drink up the bottle bombs as soon as you can. Hopefully things will have calmed down by batch 2, cause I really do want to age a couple of these to see what the Brett can do. Having said all this, the beer is still quite tasty and definitely a hit with me; rustic, spicy, nicely grain influenced and even a touch hoppy, I am really digging the mix of flavors profiled in this beer.
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 13, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at the REal Ale VIP Session. Hazy orange with a fizzy white head. Sweet caramel, sage, and barn yard aroma. Caramel and sage taste with a sweet floral finish.