superspak (4663) - Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, orange rind, pineapple, pear, apple, floral, grass, clove, pepper, and earthy yeast esters. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malty hoppiness and yeast spiciness. Taste of orange zest, orange rind, pineapple, clove, pepper, pear, apple, lemon zest, floral, grass, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness. Good amount of earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus rind, pineapple, clove, pepper, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, and earthy yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor complexity and balance of hoppy flavors/spicy yeast esters; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slick and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice hoppy saison! Very nice balance and complexity of hoppy flavors and yeast spiciness; and extremely smooth to sip on. This was a very enjoyable offering.
emacgee (4598) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this one a while back and must have forgotten to review it. Soft hazy blonde pour with a white rocky head. Spicy/zesty aroma and flavor with a round bitterness and firm backing. Stone fruit and bready notes come through with a subtle yeastyness.
_angst_ (4499) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber received as an extra in a trade. Thank you rfraga7! Limited rating due to most of my original rating being lost. Pours slightly hazy golden with a frothy white head that leaves some sticky lacing on the glass while dissipating. Smell is slightly sour and slightly fruity with crackers, lemon juice, dry soil, crackers, white pepper corns, lemon zest, hay, rubber and hints of barnyard. Taste is slightly bitter, tiny sour, tiny funky and slightly fruity with crackers, lemon juice, unripe tropical fruits, lemon zest, moist green herbs, pepper corns, dry soil, hay and hints of barnyard. Mouthfeel is slightly dry, tiny astringent and medium bodied. Finish is slightly sour and slightly bitter with crackers, unripe tropical fruits, hay, dry soil, pepper corns and lemon zest. A standard saison. Tasty but nothing fancy. Had hoped to give this a better rating but got enough to atleast write something.
Martinus (4495) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber golden colour, white head. Aroma of citrus, light onion, apricot, peach, malts, fresh lemon, quite fruity. Bitter flavour, fruity, malts and hops. Great carbonation. Quite light body. Bitter finish, fruity, apricot and peach. Not quite a saison, but a nice beer nonetheless!
(From 66cL bottle @ ZZT-ish VIII / BBT I. Thanks for sharing, joes!)
maxwelldeux (4348) - Snohomish, 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.
MrChopin (4303) - 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.
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Poured golden/orange hue with a white head. This was quite spicy and insanely dry. Some malted sweetness that meshed with citrus and floral/grass and more yeast-like spices. A bright saison for sure.
ads135 (4191) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious combo from two of my favorite brewers. The Belgian yeast and wheatiness is welcome, as is the curious blend of spices that give this full flavored beer its character. Not only citrus and coriander, but floral aspect as well.
HonkeyBra (4036) - 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.
MrHangover (3935) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, courtesy of allesmetkaas, @Dean Sticky Floor Tasting 2. Pours a clear golden beer with a small white head on top. Aroma is funky, yeasty, bit disappointing aroma actually. Wel balanced flavor, but not much going on really. Just a standard, saison beer. Good beer, but I did expect a whole lot more from two of the Worlds best brewers..