Nate (4200) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Tired Hands. Light earthy, spicy aroma - the borage flowers, presumably? Spicy and a bit funky with a hint of sulfur. Hazy golden with thin white lacing head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Starts with mild pale malt sweetness, some light tartness and acidic funk, with nice yeasty character. Dry finish with a little orange or citrus peel. Nice coriander-yeasty finish and smooth after.
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at brewery with Pat James and Ann. Pours a clear golden with a white head. Nose is nice funky musty aroma. Taste is very thin. Alcohol is present but not bad. Floral and apple notes abound but the yeast presence is the main flavor coming through.
Tinco (613) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pors a clear, pale, yellow with a white small head. Aroma is spicy flowers, little bubblegum, orange, funk, hard to explain but a very nice yeast character that fits the saison style! Taste is some kind of funkiness, floral bitterness, hay, barnyard, spice, refreshing, yeast. A very interesting farmhouse ale!
Capa (2777) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Floral, fruity, yeasty, a bit of sweet honey, and a mid-crisp finish. Decent beer but the Borage added very little compared to their other saison offerings. very similar to the R5 with a bit of apple. I don’t think this one ended up where the brewer wanted.
jredmond (7685) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2012 Draft at tired hands with pat, Dallas and Ann. Pours a clear yellow body with white lacing. Aroma is light flowers, honey and apple. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with notes of apple, honey, light floral flavors at the end. Nice, delicate, and sessionable.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Tired Hands. Pours a chill haze golden. Dense white head. Thick lacing. Sharp honey and spicy, yeasty nose. Taste is creamy, dusty, spicy, dry, quite bitter with lemon peel and lemongrass. Root bitterness.
More of a typical Belgian yeast nose. Not my favorite. A ittle bit of apple juice character.
callmemickey (4285) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 Hazy straw yellow body. Thin white head. Soapy lacing. Nose is grainy with lemon yeast and faint spicing. Flavor is similar with a almost hefeweizen grain profile. Light bodied, mild carbonation and a refreshing finish. Ultimately lacking in complexity.
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very hazy lemon with a white head and decent lacing. The aroma sweet saison yeast and lemony malt flavors. The flavor starts with notes that are sweet and yeasty, bring a bit of booze and oat like grain notes that settle easily on the tongue.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Tired Hands. Served in stemware. Pours a nice, clean yellow color. Fairly clear. Nose has a nice herbal character with a touch of pepper and spice. Faint background notes most reminiscent of a salad with cucumber and mixed greens. That seems to fit fairly well with the descriptions I’ve read of borage. Crisp and easy drinking; it’s hard to tell that this is 7%. Body is light-medium with good carbonation and a very smooth finish. Very nice.
egajdzis (6136) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of honey, light hay, spices, toast, and light cucumbers. Taste of honey, toast, spices, light pepper, herbal, and finishing dry.