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.
DutchDrebus (3123) - 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 (3096) - 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.
jkwood04 (2949) - 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 (2879) - 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 (2795) - 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 (2763) - 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.
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille 22oz, courtoisie de Johnsense. De couleur ambrée et voilée. Nez de levures fruitées (raisins blancs fermentés, notes de fruits tropicaux, de poires vertes et d’agrumes) aux notes épicées (poivre doux) et terreuses, moyen de pain, léger de grains de malt sucrés et de houblon floral aux notes herbeuses et citriques ainsi qu’avec des notes d’alcool. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture aux notes crémeuses. Goût moyen-amer et asséchant (une amertume présente en arrière-goût toute la gorgée) semblant provenir à la fois de houblon floral et citrique (pamplemousse, pomelo) ainsi que de levures fruitées et terreuses (agrumes, traces de pêches) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un moyen goût de levures épicées (poivre, faibles traces de clou de girofle) avec des notes de céréales sucrées et de pain. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve un léger-moyen goût d’alcool réchauffant (incluant de faibles traces de sirop contre la toux) jusqu’en finale, où l’amertume de houblon se fait légèrement herbeuse. Post-goût long et sec, moyen-amer de houblon floral, légèrement citrique et herbeux avec un goût de levures fruitées et assez terreuses (zeste d’agrumes) ainsi qu’avec un léger goût d’alcool et d’épices (poivre doux).
maxwelldeux (2720) - 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.
Brigadier (2625) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle
I was not sure how to approach a saison from Three Floyd’s. My memory of Rabid Rabbit still lingers as a bit of a mess. Obviously this recipe worked out much better. If bottles make it to the central part of the state I may have to grab another one.
Aroma / Appearance - The hazy orange base looks like orange marmalade. An ivory head rests on top timidly. Sweet apples, pears, and yeast stick out though lacking is that trademark over the top hops profile. Instead this one is more subdued though still evident.
Flavor / Palate - Apple skins, cotton candy, and an earthy hay base meld to form an experience that is well planned. The texture hangs in the back of the throat where the hops emerge strongest. I would love to try the De Molen version if it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.