mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2011 [2928-20100625] Sample. Fresh Trident gum aroma has a mild spruce hops herbal note. Hazy, medium orange body with a quick foamy off-white head. Mild tangy fruit flavour is a little like olive oil on pasta noodles. Medium body seems a little oily, oddly. Odd pasta thing going on but otherwise fine. (7/3/7/3/13) 3.3
(@ NAOBF 2010, Portland, OR)
[3566B-20110128] 750mL bottle. Dry-roasted nut shells and dried grasses aroma. Hazy, dark orange body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head and nice lacing. Quite a bitter sour toasted yeast flavour. Medium body. A little unbalanced, has a strange kick to it. (7/4/7/3/15) 3.6
(@ Volo, Toronto, ON)
blutt59 (6167) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, via trade with scrizz, pulpy orange tangerine color with tall white foam, earthy mineral, wheat aroma, flavors are sour chalk, lemon, more mineral with a thin finish
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2011 2011-01-28. Hazy orange body with a nice foamy white head and lace. Flavour is interesting, light peppery accents, hints at sweet lemon, light bitterness, mild sweet pale malt undercurrent and core. 7+ Aroma is complex, lightly floral, very light yeast character, "Saisony". 7+ Smooth average bodied palate is pleasantly carbonated. Rather nice saison. Enjoyable. 8/4/7/3/16 - 3.8 Bottle at Volo, Toronto
2010-06-25. Lightly hazy orange body, modest beige head. Pleasant aroma, floral and spice character, muted hops. 6+ Flavour is similar, floral undertones, hints of yeasty spice, good amount of bitterness throughout. Average to light palate could use a touch more carbonation and gravitas, but others may prefer it as is. Pretty solid beer despite not being entirely to my own tastes. Enjoyable. 7/3/7/3/14 - 3.4 On tap at NAOBFestival, Portland
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 750 ml. Arômes de levure rustique et fruitée et de houblon (herbes et pelure d’oranges). Robe ambrée et légèrement trouble, très belle mousse et effervescence active. En bouche, la levure apporte une belle touche épicée et fruitée et on retrouve également une acidité très intéressante. Le houblon, herbacé et fruité (agrumes) est également bien présent. Présence d’un malt caramélisé discrètement sucré. Finale légèrement acide et amère. Un genre d’hybride entre une pale ale et une saison. Très bon !
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to my Portland hook-up Mike for this one.
Pours a slightly hazy amber with an enormous white billowy head that takes up most of the glass on my initial pour. The retention is excellent and leaves sheets of lacing on the sides.
The aroma is fairly sweet with pears and apricots, sugar-coated, with a nice spicy yeast presence. Maybe a hint of hay and grass with a floral hop aroma as well. Definitely on the sweeter side of saisons in the nose.
The taste is a bit more earthy than the aroma. The light fruits are less prevalent and there’s little sugary sweetness. There is a bit more floral hop presence, almost spicy in character. The Belgian yeast really takes over with a light spiciness and a dry grassy finish.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with tons of carbonation. It’s a tad on the watery side but not too distracting.
The combination of lighter body, higher carbonation and perfectly integrated flavors make this insanely drinkable. Finishing a whole bottle would be a piece of cake.
theisti (3416) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle purchased to go at Uber Tavern in Seattle, Washington. Pour is a hazed orange golden with a big fluffy white head which is quite rocky. Falls slowly and loosely. Aroma is soft herbal floral hops along with a very gentle earthy grain which expresses itself as super fresh cereal malt. Really bright and inviting nose. Taste follows the nose quite closely, with soft floral hops up front with the earthy cereal malt melded alongside. Super clean and delicious. Palate is medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation and the softly earthy grainy finish. A dry mineral
aftertaste finishes it off. A really well done "hoppy" Saison.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy, deep orange-amber hue with a thick, everlasting head of rocky, off-white froth. Dense, pronounced clumps and swaths of lacing are glued to the glass. Quite honestly, it looks like it might be infected, though thankfully that does not play out to be true. The aroma is of pale grain malt, light orchard fruits, and dry, bready yeast, with countering point of floral, peppery hops and grassy herbs. It’s all fairly subtle and mundane, though clean and inviting. Flavors are drier and more bitter than expected, showing a good deal of spicy, grassy hops, along with notes of dusty white pepper, minerals, and yeasty flour crackers. Fruity notes are subtle and mostly indiscernible. The palate is medium bodied and very, very dry, with prickly, lively carbonation and a parching, clean finish. This reminded me of a cross between a Belgian pale ale and a French farmhouse ale, showing characteristics of both. It’s solid, but I was expecting a little more.
BBB63 (6396) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle hauled back by Shawn, thanks: Murky amber appearance but that could be to the travel and the fact I was the last to get a pour of this since it was opened before my arrival. The aroma is surprisingly hoppy (then again there is a hop cone on the label) with some resiny and citric fruit vapours, a bit grassy and herbal too. I also detect a hint of bretty wildness on the nose before wandering off and allowing the wheat and pale grainy malts to be found. The taste is twangy and fruity upfront with a short wheaty and grainy finish, also seemed a bit soapy for some reason. The mouth feel was lively but not as dry as I hoped. An okay brew but seems caught between being a hoppy brew and a more traditional saison and does not excel at either.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2010 750ml bottle from Shawn. Thanks buddy pours an opaque golden orange brown with a huge fluffy just off-white head... Aroma mostly consisted of grassy and light belgiany yeast... Flavors are lightly fruity with more emphasis on grassy bitter hops. Citrus rind bitter finish.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh herbal aroma is lightly spicy with plenty of lemon zest. There is a viscous and oily looking haze to the golden body which is topped by a generous, meringue-like, fine bubbled, large white head that lasts and laces very well. Moderate to strong bitterness with plenty of grassy, herbal and spicy hop flavour. Some fruity esters especially in the aftertaste along with some grain cereal character. Medium body with fairly strong, crisp, carbonation that engages the tongue. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle purchased at Brewery Creek in May 2010.