Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Lots of citrus, a bit of sour and some sweetness. Really well balanced and goes down easy considering the ABV.
zebra (1553) - Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
my favorite beer of the day. thought i saw mike sheerin in the kitchen, hope it wasn’t a hallucination. enjoyed hearing that my waiter liked 1q84, too. thick, herbs, minimal, cough drop, spruce, golden, roasty, slick, nuts, floral
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle picked up from the brewpub. Peach color pour with light white head. Taste is peppery with slight citrus.
Hair6a11 (1451) - Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; Pour is fairly clear dark gold with an average off white head in this glass - retention is on the average side - with some sticky lacing present here. Another FFF Belgian - never a good start at this point. However - it’s an interesting one because it embraces was FFF does (american hops) - i would call it a Saison / IIPA Hybrid. Unfortunately there’s a cat urine note on the nose ; dried apricots, pine, pineapple, and pear juice. What it doesn’t have, which I’ve come to expect, is the feeling of a Belgian from the barnyard side of things. The flavor profile reminds a bit of a Dreadnaught lite (pine, grapefruit, caramel) with more tropical notes present. The spicing fuses with the breadiness fairly well - Insane art on the bottle - props for it
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Local Option
Pours a gorgeous glowing orange with a light haziness whispering through it. Grapefruit, tangerine in the nose with a nice spicy hoppiness. Creamy mouthfeel, zesty fruit in the flavor pops nicely and is complimented by more spicy hops and a sweet maltiness. Tangy dry finish. Tasty saison that drinks like an IPA.
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from Antioch Fine Wine and Spirits, split with my wife. Pours a bright, amber color with a white head and some lacing. Aroma is a little bready, but mainly hoppy, citrus, grapefruit. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, cereal, a little bitter, grassy hops, with a light bitter finish. A pretty decent beer, but not much of a saison in my opinion.
thome50 (1265) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep orange to brown with white head. Aroma of fruit and malty hops. Taste is fruity caramel forward. No funk. Odd for a saison.
dinkle50 (1259) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark cloudy honey color. Huge head with the aroma of a barnyard. Thick mouth. Taste is very malty. Some bitterness and grapefruit in the finish. Pretty easy drinking.
jbeatty (1239) - 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?
ryecatcher (1239) - Bridgeport, 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.