Thorpe429 (5012) - , 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 isn’t 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 (8848) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Pours cloudy and straw-colored with a small, frothy, white head. Good retention. The nose is an earthy, herbal mélange 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 I’ve 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? Who’s asking questions there?
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - 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 didn’t fall completely in love with this beer.
Cavie (3750) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy Americanbrew. Pours a clear golden orange color with a big white head. Aroma is largely floral and peaches. Grains and sweet notes. Sweet flavors with some fruit and flowers. Finishes bitter and sticky.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle, courtesy of AmEricanbrew) Pours a hazy golden body with a medium cream head and excellent webbed lacing. Aroma of melon rind, grains of paradise, herbs, orange peel, and florals. Flavor of orange peel, pineapple, grains of paradise, brett, ginger, yarrow (not a fan..), vanilla, florals, and peach.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, thanks to americanbrew, cloudy golden with lacy foam, nice rustic woody, floral nose and flavor, some dandelions with a bitter finish
TheEpeeist (3283) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 oz bottle. Hazy orange brown with a thick foam cap. Nose is grass, dandelions, lemon and honey. Refreshing medium light with zesty carb. Taste is green banana, parsley, lemon peel and citrus honey. Just sour fruit combines with delicate herbal notes. Lovely.
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden pour with tons of carbonat8on and a foamy head. Cloudy. Aroma is floral, flowery. The flavor is most interesting with light grain, floral notes, lemon, hint of herb, and a bit of that saison funk. The body is light and wet, pretty quenching and very drinkable. Solid.