nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I haven’t rated in a long time, but this was worth rating. On tap at the Bristol in Chicago. Looked great, smelled great, tasted great. Much hoppier than your average saison, not as refreshing but still damn good. Excellent carbonation, smooth drinking, boozy. Floral, no wet hay.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from Binny’s Lakeview. Pours a cloudy, orange-gold colored body with a finger-width, dense, frothy and creamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is pretty fruity up front with lots of tangerines and orange florals as well as a bit of a candied pineapple and grapefruit. Bready pale malts with a light sweetness, some straw, and just a touch of spicing. Flavor is similar. Creamy tangerines and oranges up front with candied pineapples and grapefruits. A light yeasty spicing with a bready, medium sweet malt backing. Sweeter resins, florals, and pines grow a bit towards the end as well as some yeasty spice before this finishes a bit sweet and really fruity with a light spicing and a dry, moderate bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a creamy, medium-full body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, this was pretty enjoyable, but definitely didn’t drink like a saison. Lots of fruity, somewhat candied citrus hops, a light yeasty spice, and a sweet bready malt backing. Pretty hefty when it comes to the ABV%, but no hint of alcohol. I’m not the biggest fan of this, but it definitely has a FFF stamp on it when it comes to the hopping.
FullObs (133) - Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Originally on draft at the pub this is an awesome hoppy saison overflowing with pineapple and other sweet tropical fruits. Put away a few glases with ease. Now from the bottle a few weeks later thebropical citrus is a bit more subdued and there is a spiciness in the finish that i didnt recall . Good but not quite to the level of the draft version. Have a few more to see how they turn out
tastybeer (1488) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Hazy dark gold pour, small white head. No retention/some lace. Aroma of big pineapple/orange/floral hops, spicy yeast. Taste is quite malty, sweet, nice floral/pineapple hop bitterness, fruity esters, big creamsicle. Palate is full, bitter, slick.
Note: The bottle of this was very oxidized, smell/taste of rotten apple. This rating refers to the draft version.
phaleslu (5195) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle shared by Jason- thanks a ton, man! You guys crushed my wants list last night. I owe the STL crew big time. Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head. Aroma is heavy on oranges and tangerines, then mango, straw, funk, bread, and herbs. The flavor is dry up front with sawdust and herbs, and gives way to the tangerine and mango fruitiness, along with floral hops, bread and funk. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a fruity, floral, woody mouthfeel. Really unique saison.
Scipio (595) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a more cloudy golden with a white head. Wonderful and quite potent aroma that has apple, pear, orange,apricot, and melon. Taste has lots of grapefruit. I still get good deal of melon in here, some spice, touches of yeast, and some candyish sweetness. But the candy flavors are not to sweet to cloud the rest of everything that this has to offer. This one surprised me a bit in the fact that it is a lighter in body. More thin in texture as well. Carbonation is a bit fizzy, but actually softer, maybe even flatter. The texture really impresses me in the fact that it can feel so much less but still carry the potency that it does. Aftertaste is citrus consisting of orange and melon. This one feels a bit like an IPA, but it is completely like a Three Floyds style beer. I was the lucky recipient of the last one at the store, and I am extremely happy with this. Get this one if possible.
ryecatcher (545) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (a gift from Kristin and Adam B... thanks again!) Pours a murky apricot color, with no head to speak of. Nose is malty with some some pear and a little bit of dank hops. Mouth is full, with a fruity and malty front (grapefruit, pear, apple), which moves into the trademark 3F’s citrusy/dank hoppiness, and goes out with a lingering bitterness. The ’saisonesque’ spicy/yeasty qualities are in their somewhere between the middle and finish, but they are definitely overshadowed by the hops. This is a really good beer, but as an example of the style, not what I expected from the description on label. Oh yeah, great bottle art too.
jbeatty (846) - New York, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2012 Bottle, 09/09/2012. Pours cloudy dark orange, thin white head, thin soapy lacing. Aroma of thick buttermilk bread, yeast, light spices, vanilla, mild earthy bitterness. Hops, though not much present in the nose, burst forward in the taste, citrus and grapefruit, bready malts underneath with spicy finish, bitter fruity aftertaste. Dense body, high carbonation. Well, alright, but I expected a bit more from these two brewers.
Re-rate from second bottle 09/12/2012- Aroma much improved, lots of pineapple, mango, citrus, hops much more evident to help make the whole thing more cohesive. Maybe some bottle variation?
brewskis (121) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2012 Pours a nice cloudy amber orange color with a finger length head of an off white color. Head dissipates quickly and leaves a soapy lacing. Smells of spiciness like black pepper, apricot, mango, pineapple, pear, big earthy character to it, some grass and dirt, lots of funkiness, some sweet carmel or toffee. Smells like a big, abrasive saison should. Taste starts with the slightly sweet apricot and mango, then you get the characteristic saison flavor in the middle. Funky spiciness and earthiness. Finishes with more delightful fruity hop flavors, along with more spiciness. What sets this saison apart is the fact that it is full bodied. I’m not a big fan of saisons, but this one really works because it has that fullness to it and is hopped up, which you can say for a lot of beers Floyds is associated with. Great creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. My favorite saison by far.
GT2 (7044) - Riverslime, California, USA - SEP 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
651mL thanks to tastybeer. Pours full haze deep orange amber. Massive, creamy, buttermilk head. Enormous retention and lace. Nose is heavier red apple, oxidized apple. Taste is thicker and denser for style, creamy, sweet, orange cream sickle. Palate is thicker, quick finish. Interesting. Not a bright and quenching saison. Mild bitterness, small sweet cream butter, small alcohol heat. I'd place this as- well- nothing. No special yeast strain, under attenuated, sort of like homebrew.
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