beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really nice. Good mix of hoppy and saison together. They work well together here. Aroma isn’t powerful but the flavor is potent.
MeadMe (1453) - Riverview, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Pours beautiful orange with a huge puffy head. Extreme retention with an absolute lace explosion.
S: Wonderful aromas of light malt, spice, fruit, bread, and grass.
T: Herbal for sure. Grassy with nice fresh herb notes. Great spice character that provides some real depth. Hints of sweet summer fruit, and mild fresh bread notes.
M: Medium in body, wonderful carbonation.
D: Great a real nice tasty treat.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A very rustic Saison with too much of a weird spicy minerals flavor. Something wrong with my bottle (or the full batch)
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed with about 7 months of age (7 months after first bottle rating). Sent to me by after4ever. Thanks Tom.
The look: Cloudy golden-orange body topped by an enormous beige head with medium retention. Lots of lacings.
In long: Nose is very rustic, old dusty attic with rusting souvenirs. The taste is very very rustic and it also has a strong spicy minerals components that I’d describe as white pepper dissolved in mineral water. So strong this spicy mineral character that I’m not sure it was desired. Detracts from the beer drinkability and it feels like something went wrong. Also in there is dry bakery bread crust, grass, herbs, salt, crushed grains, dried fruits skin. Finish is mouth drying, as if the beer was salted. The more I drank the bottle the more that strange minerals/salt/white-pepper thing bothered me. The nice rustic character was not enough to save it. This was a big disappointment considering the other excellent Saisons in the Upright lineup. Not sure what went wrong with #5. I heard that Upright did not use the more classic roman numeral “V” because there is already TV series called “V” and they didn’t want a moron suing them because he blew-up his DVD player trying to play that beer. Only in America.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the brewery, dry hopped with Mt. Rainier hops. Hazy dark gold with a white head. Yeasty aroma with definitely french siason character. Hoppy but also worty. Bitter and hoppy flavor with herbal and lightly piney hop character. Fruity yeast, but dot distinct. Medium-light body with a sharp, bitter ending. I really don’t think the dry hops did anything for this, and it feels like it could use some age to round out.
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This very herbal and floral Saison is also characterized by its pillowy, expansive effervescence, as barley crackers attempt to create balance before a highly peppery hop bitterness sets in.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is a lot of foam to decorate the cloudy light amber.
-Cereals and Saison yeast combine to create doughy flavors.
-That sustained hoppy bitterness has notes of green peppercorn.
-Light citrusy fruitiness is found throughout.
Bottle; thx Stephen!
DYCSoccer17 (3477) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
5 ounce sample on tap at the brewery. Aroma has plenty of citrus, floral, hoppy notes present. Fairly sweet with some yeasty esters present. Nicely aromatic. Mostly hazy golden body with an off-white head that leaves scant lacing. Very hoppy, dry spicy start with some mild citrus sweetness in the middle. Finishes very dry and rather bitter. Pretty flavorful, but it lacks the body I would like.
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 (6228) - 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 (8423) - 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 !