NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle picked up in WIcker Park. Pours a hazed pale gold with a big, fluffy offwhite head. Nose is somewhat subdued, herbal hops, faint white pepper, restrained yeast. Resin and pilsner malt. On tasting, some light vanilla and medium bitterness. Clean overall. Malt forward with a hint more of fruit. Faint pepper again. Nice enough beer but not a particularly wonderful saison.
DutchDrebus (3345) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ ZZT8:BBT1. Clear orange colour with particles, with a small white head. Smells green leafs. Tastes malty, bitter, hops.. Slightly.creamy and a big bland. Medium body, soft carbo.
77ships (3266) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
65 cl. bottle sampled @ Kraddel does 1K tasting. Procured by Kraddel. Cheers. Golden amber with little white head. Nose is huge on hops, USA, pine, big hay, lots of spices, big pepper, spicy yeast and quite rustic, nice. Taste is surprisingly bitter, very bitter hay, feels like there is quite a lot of old world hops in here as well, Eastern-EU?, grass, lots of barn, very big hay, huge raw spicy yeast, very lingering, grass, light zest, pepper, huge ester. Lovely but so harsh that it is almost hard to drink a glass, let alone a 22 oz. Ridiculously dry body. Quite lovely.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, 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.
jkwood04 (3247) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours amber with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of light yeasty notes, some pale and caramel malts, and light hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. Not that great.
HonkeyBra (3060) - 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.
tiong (2934) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle @ PBF 2013
Pours dark orange with a smooth foamy head. Aroma of hoppy fruits, floral notes, spices, malts and crisp lemony notes. Taste is hoppy, floral, lemony, fruity and spicy with notes of crisp maltiness. Finish is bitter, hoppy and floral with some spicy notes and hints of fruits. Quite nice hoppy saison.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
hazy orange, light cream head lasts. Zesty nose is light citrus, heavy pineapple with faint peach sweetness, honey then with warmth comes dum dum sweetness, probably the watermelon. Flavor is quite bitter, paper and orange up front with medicine and burn mid-finish. Wouldn’t have guessed saison.
maxwelldeux (2925) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at a bottle share. Pours a cloudy amber color with a small head. Nose is a little fruity and slightly sweet. Taste has some dark citrus in there and is slightly smooth.
Patrickctenchi (2902) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours bright, hazy, orange with a tall, off-white head.
Aroma is sweet grapefruit hoppy.
Taste is sweet tropical.....pineapple, tangerine, sweet spice...creamy.
Candy sweet....with a slight bitter finish.
Very light and soft feel.
Sort of a light IPA wrapped around a fruit cocktail.
One nice drinking Saison from 3F....