Scipio (679) - 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 (721) - 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 (1013) - 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 (123) - 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 (8176) - San Diego County, 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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scrubfish (42) - Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice Nice Nice, Bomber, golden light orange color, moderate lacing, strong carbonation, hoppy spicy saison nose. Spicy finish. I’m allergic to something in this beer, I have the same reaction with carrots at times. Odd, but would not stop me from drinking again.
HonkeyBra (3248) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from the brewpub. Pours a rich orange color with a thick white head. Aroma has a strong note of spruce and pine, a fair amount of citrus and a lot of grapefruit. There’s a big bready malt component that is robust, strong cereal notes as well as straw and earthy notes. Flavor is strong on the grapefruit hops, nice pine and grass hop notes rounding things out. The beer is certainly bold when it comes to hop presence, however has a certain apparent heft as well. The abv is somewhat present. The mouthfeel is full, finishes bitter. This is good, big, but good.
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2012 This is the biggest saison IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever had in every way. It pours a completely opaque hazy gold/orange with a great white head made up of mostly small, tight bubbles. It smells very yeast/cereal like, citrus hops - ripe grapefruit and mango, orange juice. Follows the nose to a tee - very bready but also very bitter from a strong hop presence. One of my favorite 3F offerings and beers overall. Just fantastic, please make this year round
crossovert (6934) - Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orangeish gold pour. Head quickly dissipates with no lacing.
Smell is sweet, nice hoppy scents, tropical fruit, citrus, some bubblegum. Really IPA like with a hint of yeastiness.
The flavor is goood. Melon, tropical, citrus, candylike malt, slight white wine, sweet but not overpowering. A slight touch of booze in the finish.
A tasty brew. An example of the proper way to do a collaboration beer.
And btw the label is freaking hilarious and awesome.
rxeight (1192) - Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glowing cloudy amber orange color. Spices dominate the aroma. Also has a bit of a sweet alcohol on the nose. From the aroma I would have guessed barleywine, certainly not saison. The first suprise on this beer are the massive amount of hops. Lots of citrius and tangerine come through. I had some Alpha King prior to this and you can immediatly notice the relationship. the finish has a bit of spicyness and bitterness. I have to admit that I havent had may of this style, but this seems to be quite a departure from the typical Saison I’ve had. I didnt get nearly as much of the banana and spice flavor but rather strong hops wth a spicy finish. Not sure if this is just better or it is just the result of the 3 floyds combination of lots of hops high ABV. Overall, a quite enjoyable beer.