shigadeyo (2959) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
6/12/2011: Tommyknocker Golden Saison... Aroma: Wheat
and doughy malt, yeast, light citrus, and a dash of spice.
Appearance: Cloudy, tarnished gold color with a massive head of rocky
off-white foam. Flavor: Tangy, slightly sweet malts; sweet
breadiness followed by perfume and citrus peel and then a nice tartness; soft throughout and
definitely soft in the finish. Palate: Medium-light, well-carbonated
and airy. Overall: Surprisingly, this beer surpassed by expectations,
HOWEVER, Tommyknocker typically makes some fairly trashy beer (I got
suckered in by the sale price tag on this beer), so my expectations
were that this beer would be just slightly better than sewer water.
This beer is, in fact, drinkable, but is still underwhelming and not
really to style (in my opinion), although most American micro Saisons
aren’t anything like their traditional Saison counterparts. This beer
is just okay for what I have dubbed the more mainstream "American
Saison" style of beer made for the masses, but I definitely won’t be
drinking a second bottle of this beer ever again.
16 fl. oz. bottle (5% alcohol by volume) from Jungle Jim’s International Market in
Fairfield, Ohio. Rating #45 for this beer.
dalekliz (823) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery last spring. Pours a murky orange with a white head. Light aroma, of yeast, hops, and a bit of spices. Bigger taste, of baking spices, coriander, orange peel, malt, and yeast. Lingering sparkly spices. Decent saison.
GarrettB (895) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
August 23rd, 2011 - Here it is! At last, here is the beer I can call oh so dear, that one brew in many that can draw me into Tommyknocker’s brewery where I can cry aloud with satisfying pride, "Hark! One Golden Saison, for this thirsty man before you!" When I descend from slopes and trails and boulders frozen mid-tumble but before I come to home for weary rest and respite, grant me one bottle of the Golden Saison on which I wet my lips. / The Golden Saison inflates with two or three fingers of white, cotton like foam which floats sleepily on top of a pale, golden straw colored beer. The nose features touches of pear, some popcorn butter and touch of sweet blood orange, while the flavor introduces itself with a solid carbonation, carrying a cleansing acidity but the same butter touches found in the aroma. Mild, but interesting for the touch of mandarin orange, this is indeed the beer I would regularly drink after the token stop in Idaho Springs which always ends by gorging on BeauJeau’s pizza.
Capa (1942) - Manama, BAHRAIN - SEP 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden with a larger, frothy white head. Aroma is tart, fruity, a bit of earthy. Full bodied. Flavor has plenty of tart fruit, spicy yeast, sweet, light rustic earth. Pretty fun brew.
DocLock (7421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours hazy canary golden with 1-finger frothy white head and a lot of carbonation. Nose is floral spices, candi sugary malt, some horseblanket, and hopcitrus. Tastes hoppy and citric, dry and floral, with some funky mid-palate notes. Finishes tart and sour. Meh.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Mostly clear golden ale with a mid-sized, delicate white head that surprisingly diminishes to a tight, creamy cap and sticks around pretty much forever. The nose provides boatloads of apricot, peach and apple with a light clove-like and a faint smoke-like phenol. Medium-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and busy carbonation. The flavor is a touch bland and minerally, but is saved by some really nice tartness and a trace of fruitiness – apricot and green apple. Finishes tangy and mildly dry. This is so much better than expected.
Camons (4829) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ the brewpub, Idaho Springs. Pours slightly hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of aweet malts, yeasty notes, honey, fruit. Taste is malts, yeast, spices, honey, green apples, light caramel, sweet fruit. Medium body, lively carbonation. 040312
coolpop (1367) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a very hazy dark golden with a large, quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is citrus and quite a bit of sour. Flavor is fairly sour without much in the way of the citrus flavor, lightness, or spices I associate with a saison. Really strikes me as a sour ale more than a saison. That being said, I like it -- since I like sours.
jake65 (2508) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Beautiful appearance; hazy light golden/straw color with a finger of creamy off-white head. Fruity, yeast, earthy florals, and a light tartness make up the aroma. Loses most of the pizaz in the flavor; still a little tart, but much less of the earthy bits and fruity tones. Mostly yeast, really. I was almost convinced Tommyknocker had done something special here...
BMan1113VR (7769) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours with a clear golden body with a small white head. Aromas are grassy, grainy, wheat and light esters. Some dried fruits (mostly stone fruits). Flavors are grainy, husky, dry, estery, plastic, light phenol and grassy. A bit watery. Lively bubbles.