jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark golden amber with a small white head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is grapefruit and orange hops as well as a bit of earthiness. The taste has quite a bit of sweetness with grapefruit and orange as well as a bit of caramel. The finish has a light bitterness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Definitely way more sweetness than I enjoy in a saison.
JDBaker11058 (1537) - Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: hazy orange/gold, with two fingers of white head and generous lace rings. Aroma: smells bright, with notes of citrus (lemon and some orange), with a nice hit of sweet yeast; the traditional farmhouse saison funk is restrained, but present. Taste: exactly like a great saison combined with an excellent English pale ale. Finish: more hoppy as it warms, the finish is a nice balance between the sweey yeasty funk of saison with some graham cracker and earthy, mellow hops. Notes: Really excellent. Aroma and flavors were pretty sweet, but nicely balanced with the hops. Palate was a playful delight. Bottle from the Rare Beer Club.
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 5/7/12 from a capped 750mL bottle brought back from Oregon for me by UncleJedi, thanks Jim. Pours hazy burnt orange with a thick white that leaves messy lace along the inside of the glass. The nose is spicy yeast with some pitted fruits, white peppercorn, a hint of bread, and very pleasant orange and citrus peel. The flavor is spicy and earthy up front, moving to the bread note, tons of citrus peel and pitted fruits, and finishes with nice bitterness. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long pitted fruit and bitter citrus peel finish.
colinize (317) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours ruby gold with a frothy two finger head. Strong citrus, particularly lemon, on the nose with a hint of pine. Well-rounded mouthfeel, though perhaps a bit too carbonated, which adds a bit of spice to the profile. Beer has a hint of sweetness, which is typical of most farmhouse style ales I’ve had so far, but this is much more hop forward. Small notes of yeast on repeat sips. Reminds me of a belgian IPA, only less yeast flavoring.
Damico (2892) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours golden deep orange in color with an off white head. The aroma is my favorite part - it brings earthy sweet fresh spring notes, a sweet herbal backbone so pleasant in the nose. The flavor is not as sweet, slightly dry with herby grass notes on a perfectly, not over-carbonated body that goes down on the palate very smoothly.
BillKismet (3502) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep golden tan with a soft, fluffy, hop-pocked off-white head. Fresh Euro-hoppyness. Pleasant herbed fresh hop character. More restrained than the American varietals, this one gently oozes about the olfactory sense. Redolent of a late spring night. The body is light and tastes distinctly of European hop pellets, as the grain component definitely takes a backseat.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nose is light hops and yeast. Pale ale meets saison. Subtle spice notes. Earthy, light fruit, hint of hops. Nothing overpowering , nice , subtle and quite good.
TheBeerGod (5568) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Hazy orange-amber pour with a tall, fluffy white head. Aroma is spicy and floral hops, citrus fruit, apricot, peppery spices and dusty yeast. Taste is wheat, toasted grains, soft citrus zest, spicy hops, dusty yeast, soft peppery notes, and light peach. Body is medium with a strong, bubbly carbonation. Finishes with more spicy hops, citrus, sweet malt, toasted grains, straw, yeast notes, and pepper.
jcr (2346) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. Hazy amber with a big, frothy, white head, fully lasting. The aroma is earthy with notes of flowers, orange, citrus, perfume, mustiness, grass. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to mderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter, a bitterness that lingers into the finish. Light acidity. Medium body, velvety texture, lively, tight carbonation. Taste of crisp, floral hops, herbs. grass and sweet orange. Interesting use of hops with a saison. A bit too sweet for a saison. But really nice for 5.5%.
RedSox2004 (1436) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy golden bronze with a generous frothy head and very nice lacing. Gentle but firm grassy and citrus hop aroma peeks through a bready malt foundation. Maltiness is stronger in the taste, mostly breads and crackers, with floral hops, lemon and black peppers making solid contributions. Light body, creamy smooth and pillowy soft mouthfeel, and a crisp dry finish.