arminjewell (5715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour thanks to Scott at his tasting! Pour was nice hazy orange-yellow with white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, biscuit, dry tart lemon, orange, citrus oils, going into nice sweet and tart floral notes, hints of spice in there as well. Taste was a nice combination of tart lemon and citrus notes with some sweet white fruit with some peach, pear, going back into tart and sweet floral notes, finishing dry. Nice stuff.
Ratman197 (9020) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared with Doodler and company poured a hazy gold with a small lasting offwhite head. Aromas of straw, floral notes, citrus and a hint of spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, earthiness, citrus, light floral notes and light barnyard with a crisp dry lingering funky finish.
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with Doodler and Co. Thanks everyone! Hazy golden yellow appearance with a white head. Floral, mild orange citrusy, rose, hibiscus, lemon aroma. Mainly floral, tangy, orange citrusy, dry flavor.
thirdeye11 (5391) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle thanks to AmEricanbrew) clearish gold with a big voluminous head and excellent lacing. Nose of raisin, earthy grain, sweet malt. Taste of grains of paradise, dry grain, low sweetness, watery, lacking in flavor in general. Maybe it was old, not sure, but given the high ratings and my previous affinity to Uprightís beers, I think I need to try this again.
changeup45 (1707) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This pours a rusty gold color with a thick off-white head. Pretty good retention and lacing. The aroma initially is rather floral. Iím thinking rose and/or dandelion but it definitely has that wildflower smell. Grass, dusty funk, orange blossom, peach, and yeast all mix into a very nice scent. This is really my kind of Saison; light and refreshing but with so much seemingly going on. There are some sweet fruity flavors of melon and lemon and perhaps other tropical fruit, flowers, with a crisp dry spice thatís assertive but not overdone. Slightly tart yeasty notes gives this some light puckery funk but with a pale malty grainy sweetness to balance. I like how everything blends in here as I canít pinpoint anything thatís out of place. Nice one.
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to a few generous BAs for getting bottles of this out to me. Served in a Mikasa tulip glass.
Pours a brilliant light orange-copper with a three-finger white head. Crystal clear. Good retention before falling into a thick collar with a thin cap. A bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.
The nose is quite intriguing. Everything blends together at first, revealing only that it is a saison. As it warms the first thing to come through is a bit of spice, mostly white pepper and a bit of coriander. Along with that is faint citrus, including a moderate amount of orange peel. Faint floral notes and a generic herbal quality are there as well. What must be the yarrow really rounds thing out.
The flavor is a bit different than the nose, but just as interesting and complex. The orange peel comes through with a bit of rind-induced bitterness. Herbal character is there throughout. Light coriander, though the pepper isnít quite as strong.
The mouthfeel really takes the beer to the next level. Light-medium in body with moderate carbonation. A very nice dryness to the finish. Not very bitter, but borderline puckering in the way it dries out my cheeks. Explosive and addictive, this is a fantastic beer.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to OSCF for sharing! Hazy peach pour with a fluffy white head and spotty lace. Aroma is lemon zest, lactobacillus, botanicals and floral notes. Another tart and refreshing saison. Excellent acidity and complexity. Pineapple, juniper berries, floral notes and citrus. Dry
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
BottleÖ Pours cloudy and straw-colored with a small, frothy, white head. Good retention. The nose is an earthy, herbal mťlange of pale grains, peppery spices, lavender, wood and a suggestion of dust. Medium-bodied with fizzy carbonation. The flavor offers pale grains, a yeasty tang and blended spices with only a rumor of butter. Crisp, herbal, mildly bitter finish. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 26, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pretty label for an adorable looking beer. This is a great beer. One of the the most balanced Iíve had in a while. A light citrussy lemon sourness and biscuitty malt play well against one another while a sophisticated Belgian yeast character offers some heat and dryness.
By chance I had this with a packet of crinkle cut salt and cracked black pepper kettle chips. Now stay with me here. That yeasty heat and peppery hop character matched the spice of the chips. The citric acid on the chips highlighted the lemony buzz of the beer and salt with beer? Whoís asking questions there?
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazed peachy blonde with an initial fluffy cloud like head- fades a bit- spotty lacing. Aroma initially when cold has a orange sweet tart character- slight orange tic- tac- then it warms and opens up a bit- gets more real fruity- apricot and slightly tart peach, french saison yeastiness, then slight herbal notes, and fruity-flowery tone- get slight calendula, slight yarrow gives it a grassiness- then slight sweet maltiness, candy, honey, and yeast. Flavor is herbal- flowery slight bitter, gets slightly oily with the flowers- (waxy and slippery touch), light fruity yeast character, orange zest, citrusy hops, tangerine and fresh orange juice, then a slight tartness and a bitter herbal kick in the middle and end- gets slight slick and soapy as well. Pretty dry with a fresh peach skin finish. Pretty good but I didnít fall completely in love with this beer.