kraddel (3625) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUL 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thnx to kermis !
pours blonde, almost no foam . smells a bit hoppy, sharp carbo . bitter, hay, very mediocer beer ..
HonkeyBra (3528) - 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.
MrChopin (3474) - 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.
PhillyCraft (3447) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, pours hazy orange with white head, not much lacing. Aromas is tons of juicy and almost rotten fruits, like mango, honeydew, Tropical fruits, mango, bitter hops, a little boozey, tons of fresh fruits and some vegetable qualities, and melon. Awesome and interesting saison from 2 of top 3 brewers ever. Bring it on.
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.
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.
kaser (3124) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crazy fruity. Smells like an orange lemon. Bright orange. Not a Saison fan but love this one. Super flavorful and enjoyable.
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Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, 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.
ads135 (3078) - Lawrence, Kansas, 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.
Martinus (3063) - 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!)