Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A darker than most Saison that relies a bit too much on spices and malts to be a model of refreshment.
The frothy white head remains where it is forever. Rather fresh flavour profile with appealing wheat influences. Solid hop background counterbalances the strong malt presence. Herbal and aromatic.
Carbonation is not as engaging as it could be. Quite thick, heavy and thus also rather sweet, but in a grainy way. Relying on the spices more than I’d like.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap at the Great Lakes Brewfest. Cloudy yellow with a medium white head. Aroma of grain, coriander, root spice, honey and earthy hops. Taste of coriander, ginger, sweet malt, spice and earthy hops with a nice tasty spicy finish. I enjoyed this one.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a cloudy yellow body with a medium sized white head. Taste is typical spice from a saison, and very enticing. aromas of cinnamon, lemon and bubble gum. various other hints of cloves, and grass as well.
holdenn (2094) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2007
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Ah yes this one they make with honey. On tap at the Great Lakes Brew Fest. Pours a hazy yellow. Aroma is salty and wheaty like triscuits. Citrus yeast flavors with a funky bad finish.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy orange color, big frothy white head. Light coriander, orange, yeast and earthy aroma. Flavor is a bit more spicy and starts out sweet then becomes more dry. Medium body and carbonation. Probably one of the more traditional American made Saisons that I have had, they avoided the overwhelming coriander flavor that most domestics of this style seem to have in common.
drewbeerme (3902) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2007
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
on tap. wow the nose on this thing is really medicinal, spicy, and flowery. flavor is much of the same and the medicinal quality makes this really gross.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Source: Brewfest, Indy
cloudy yellow, fine white head, lots of drippy lace,
sweet and spicy aroma with a peppery edge,
nice sweet malt flavor, lots of spicyness adds bitterness to balance the sweetness, nice bready character adds body,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 14/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy yellow with a moderate, light fluffy head. Aroma is spicy with cinnamon and ginger. Flavor is very spicy with cinnamon and ginger. Clove and some citrus round out the flavor. Moderate mouth feel. I’m a big fan.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Indiana Microbrewers Festival - Aroma is spicy but not much else going on after that. Pours transparent light orange with a small head. Flavor is ginger, white pepper, clove and lots of lemon. Palate is crisp and a little thin. Overall this is an easy drinking session saison, but I prefer mine to have a bit more of a yeasty body and a little funk that this brew doesn’t have.
EithCubes (5248) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
700th rating. Two draught pints of this tonight at the pub... my first saison. Potent aroma, heavy yeast and spices (notably coriander and orange rind), honey, malt, light citric hops, and extreme amount of herbiness. Clear orange pour with a short creamy white head. Same notes in the mouth as in the nose, though with dominant florality and pronounced spiciness. Medium sourness. Medium-thin body, sweet with lemon and heather. This needs to be paired with food - spiciness and sweetness were too much by the end.