ineedbeer (973) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is dominated by flowers with a phenolic note to help balance the floral note. Lots of calendula with a spicy yarrow note. The phenolics have a light pepper and coriander note. There is also a bit of citrus and a light fruitiness.
Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a big pillowy white head that slowly but steadily recedes. Huge lacing.
Flavor starts with quite a nice floral character along with some citrus that creates a bit of a citrus blossom note. A bit of a sweet honey note. The citrus has a nice lime characteristic to it. There is a bit of a grainy astringency mid palate that lingers a little in the finish. There is a bit of a pepper and coriander note mid palate but this finish is lime and flowers. Medium low bitterness that finishes fairly dry.
Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium high carbonation. Medium low alcohol warmth and medium to medium astringency.
Overall an interesting saison with tons of floral aroma and flavor. That being said, the floral character is a bit overpowering and the astringency is about high.
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Ferris (6583) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Sweet herbal malts, light honey and citrus and more sweetness. Clear gold with a rich white active head. Much like it smells, pretty sweet and well carbonated. An interesting drink for sure, I can see this going very well with food, but on its own a bit sweet.
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a little over active on the foam and carbonation, but otherwise without fault. loved the dry yeasty flavor and the abundance of florals, especially in the flavor. a little hoppy as well and quite enjoyable.
Prufrockstar (1319) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, been staring at it long enough that I finally caved. Hazy gold pour with miles and miles of pillowy head. Damn, my pouring technique isn’t the best but it’s about 4 inches of head for 1 of liquid. Aroma: lemon zest, creamcicle, ginger. Not nearly so botanical as BA version ... Until I take a sip. Botanical herbal medicinal flavor dominates everything. Like I’m in a naturopathic drug store (I’ll disclosure: I’ve never been in such a store, this is just what I imagine) and they’re bringing out the big guns. Light pepper and bitterness at the end. Rather dry. I’ve gotta admit, I don’t like stuff that’s this botanical, so maybe I just don’t get this beer, but I’m going to have a hard time finishing this bottle. Calling in help -- any locals who see this tonight, come over to help me finish the bottle!
ryanfolty (2007) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
December 24, 2014 - bottle from Everetts. Clear golden pour with huge amount of head that sat around for a long time. Aroma was spice and flowers. Taste was consistent with aroma, but also had some citrus / lemon. Dry and spicy in the finish and bubbly carbonation. Light to medium body and maybe a touch watery at times.
devman171 (1142) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours hazy orange with huge white frothy head. Aroma is grassy with light flora hops and light spices. taste is pretty similar to the nose, less intense spices, creamy body and dry finish
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[ Bottle ][ 1/3 of 75cl ][ Tasting ][ ][ Tulip ][ 11.29.14 ]
Murky gold, ultra-active head, lasts forever. Salty dough-crust nose, extremely mineralic with heavy yeast, moderately floral. Overly floral front palate, gravel dryness early alongside grassy bitterness, doughy finish absorbed by dryness, cliff-like end, lips stuck together. Burping carbonation minutes later.
[ 11.28-29 Tasting Ranking ]
01. Saison DuPont – 4.8
02. RR Temptation (b004) – 4.8
03. Orval (03/2014) – 4.7
04. RR Temptation (05/30/2013) – 4.5
05. Blue Lobster Little Lobster on the Prairie – 4.4
06. F&M Dochter Seizoen – 4.3
07. HF Le Serrasin – 4.2
08. F&M Lunaire – 4.1
09. F&M Paradisaea – 4.1
10. HF Arthur (01/2014) – 4.0
11. RR Sonoma Pride Amasa – 4.0
12. HF Flora (b4) – 3.8
13. HF Nordic Saison – 3.8
14. De la Senne Crushable Saison – 3.8
15. RR Sonoma Pride Dauenhauer – 3.8
16. Prairie Puncheon – 3.7
17. Upright BA Flora Rustica – 3.6
18. SARA Stenciled Pages – 3.6
19. RR Sanctification (b005) – 3.5
20. Upright Flora Rustica – 3.4
21. HF Convivial Suarez – 3.4
22. SARA Cask 200 – 3.3
23. TH Paraguesia1 – 3.3
24. Upright Rose City Seven – 3.3
25. TH The Emptiness is Not Eternal – 3.2
26. Wicked Weed Bretticent – 3.2
27. SARA Saison Bernice – 3.0
28. HF Civil Disobedience 10 – 3.0
29. TH Handfarm b4 – 2.9
30. Wicked Weed Serenity – 2.8
31. Almanac Reserve Citrus – 2.4
32. Hopfarm Margo – 2.2
33. Almanac Sourdough – 2.1
cpetrone84 (1588) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is dark hazed amber with lots of tight white head. Nose is very floral, lots of spicy flowers, a bit green, fair bit of pepper, some farmhouse notes, faint lemon. Taste is similar, tons of floral herbal notes, a fair bit of pepper, some lemon, grassy hop. Light body, softer carb, gentle feel.
zvikar (3897) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - NOV 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Stas’s place. Thanks Itai. Pours yellow to brown with a small head, aroma of flowers, herbs, fruits, flavor of hops, herbs, lavender, floral notes, sweetish, medium bodied.
popery (1562) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer is a medium yellow gold with a puffy white head. Good lacing and retention. The liquid is quite cloudy. Fairly strong floral character, somewhat medicinal. Nice fresh grain and saison yeast underneath the flowers. Taste is moderately bitter for the style. Grassy, herbaceous, vegetal in a funny way. Again, the saison base seems very nice, earthy, soft and gently sweet, but the floral flavor is a bit strong and kinda off for me. Mouthfeel is creamy and full but still pretty light. Interesting twist on their normal stuff but I’m not a big fan of the specific flower addition. Just too much of that herbal, medicinal flavor.
maxwelldeux (4035) - Everett, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. It exploded on me, but whatever. Pours a hazy golden color with a ginormous white head on it. Nose is light and citrusy with a good deal of funkiness mixed in. Taste is ever so slightly tart, with some herbs and grass coming through, and just a bit of citrus. Pretty decent and fresh.