BillKismet (3464) - 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 (5537) - 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 (2320) - 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 (1426) - 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.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. Pours cloudy gold with tall (and long-lasting) beige head. The aroma is floral and fruity with notes of lavender, peach, mango, and hibiscus; there are also some notes of hay and bread and a gentle spiciness. The flavor is also full of gentle floral notes. Behind it is some very lightly toasted white bread, some yeasty spices like coriander, fennel, wild basil. It has an interesting clean bitterness to the finish that lingers into the aftertaste, which becomes woody after a while. Quite tasty.
ddemmingjr (773) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Rare Beer Club: pours cloudy pale orange, cream two finger head, good retention. Spicy yeast, passion fruit, mango, dry corn bread batter, distinct nose. Straw, lemon citrus hops with herbal grassy hops with decent bitterness with yeasty overtones. Dry on the finish. Outstanding and quite drinkable at 5.5 abv
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douglas88 (7180) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a cloudy copper color with a large white head. A very sweeet and flavor nose. A very dry body with lots of fruity esters, loads of spices, light and earthy. Very drinkable and unqiue in some ways.
Oakes (13426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy dark straw colour with a fluffy head. Floral, assertively yeasty aroma with leafy hops and maybe some phenols kicked off by the yeast. Full, rounded body with a very fruity character. Spicy, yeasty finish with a floral, hoppy character. Aggressive take on saison.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Oakes from Brewery Creek. Very attractive pour, warm honey colored beer with a dense, stable white head. Promising aroma has a ton of citrus, pink grapefruit, sour orange, yuzu, kumquat, then some more delicate floral notes, rounding off with several shavings of dense rind. The body seems light if not thin in comparison to the highly complex aroma, but a few swooshes around the mouth yield the same flavors gleaned from the nose, just in smaller quantity. And with the addition of some characterful, pure light sprouted barley. The finish is certainly dry in terms of it not being sweet, but itís also got quite a lot of lingering but mild bitterness from pith and peel. All the floral and citrus tones including the peel harmonize with the subtle, unique undercurrent of nutty cereal. Nothing is overpowering, and everything comes together very well. Itís not blowing my mind but itís very balanced, very sensible, and very drinkable.