beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On-tap at the brewpub: Husky and murky, pale golden orange hue with a slimming off-white top of soft, delicate foam. Lace is minimal in a few spots and strings.
Aroma is of dulled orangy sweetness and a fair wheaty snap More wheat then orange on the nose. Kinda pale in its sweetness, definately wheaty and tanged with a smaller orange tone then the recently released Surly Cynic, mostly dulled sweetness and malty clean in a snappier tang with a little spicy zest of orange peel, corriander, clove, and yeasty dryness. Mostly big wheat tones.
Taste is thickly set in nicely rounded areas of wheaty, dulled tang with an ever persuing orangey sweetness trying to make a bigger surfacing. Fairly tangy and snappy, paled in a dark citrusy sweetness. Spice is boldly set within the wheaty factions of hold and snap. Kinda crunchy but mellow. Huge wheat flavored backing. Has that certain Belgian candyish tang about it.
Much like Cynic, its thicker on the buds then a hefe; totally reminding me of the double hefe that Hoops put out a couple summers ago; just not as citrusy.
Continuing on...well-rounded wheaty malt profile allows mild orange flavors and solidly smoothed over tangyness to set up a home on your palate. Some very small spices of corrainder and clove have a brief drying sensation late after the malts have finally left some room for them to roam. Mostly left over wheat spicing is left with a creamy, sweetly cloying middle. Nice!
Feel is thick and creamy with lots of tangy wheatyness set within a very solid carbonation thats got lots of body to it. This is a big beer; no doubt. Heavy set with malts with only a simple, easy going texture, mild spice, and even milder dryness making it beyond the norm for most other Saisons.
A heavenly heavy, bold, rich, creamy, tangy treat. Not sure of the ABV content, but its got to be up there around 8%, which can catch up to ya right quick if ya ainít payiní attention to what youíre really drinkiní. This ainít no simple summer quaffer by any means, as this stuff has some serious teeth to it.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy orange appearance, brief, perfunctory white head.
Wide open aroma, wafts out instantly, sweet, citric and spicy...now to raise it up for further examination. Deep, this nose, with a candi sugar coating, but spice and orange keep it interesting. Liking it.
Taste: light, but vastly flavorful, with orange peel and spice riding high on top. Zesty, and refreshing. Hops are busy, too, and keep the tongue tingling.
Hereís a style I hope catches on more and more with the typical ale imbiber. Iíve grown weary of hefe weizens and would love to find more examples of this fresh and lively Belgian style around in the summertime.
Quite quenching and enjoyable, this Saison! Iíll be back for more!
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not much of an aroma on this. Golden biased to orange colour. Third beer tonight that had the sma ebasic colour. Not much of a head on this one, more like a film with a little ring. Bit of sweet, definate funk, is there really wheat? There are soem spice notes and a definate bitter orange peel taste. Soem fruity bubblegum yeats in there as well.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
the beer is a hazy copper amber. An inch or so of off white foam dies back to a thick ring. Good lacing at first, then none later on when even the ring disappears. Spicy aroma - I smell cardamon and sweet sushi ginger.
Tangy sweet tart malt with flavors of wheat, orange, pepper, cardamon, coriander, and ginger. A touch of tea-like tannin and some orangy hops come out in the finish. Lots of flavors going on to think about. At length.
Medium body, carbonation on the lighter side. Smooth easy drinking, a nice accompanyment to my Mose Allison Greatest Hits cd playing in the background.
JK (4615) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Its like they made a new summer beer and decided to call it a saison without actually considering what a saison is. This beer has lots of wheat in the aroma, like a wit beer. Orange in color, and a very thin and short lived head. Strange flavor but it lacks the weirdness of a farmhouse ale. Strangely, some honey. This is a lot like their Thunderstorm. Medium-sweet and thin body. It also has that Town Hall house flavor. The flavors become bigger as the beer warms. This isnít a bad beer, but they might have put more effort into it.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. A light slightly hazy amber with a decent head. A lot of spices on the nose, my first thought is that it was a pumpkin beer, those kinds of spices. Lively mouthfeel, nice balance. Pretty good.