Martinus (4536) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale golden colour, dissipating white head. Aroma of hops, wheat, malt and yeast. Light hoppy flavour, hay and malts. Quite creamy body, finish hay, wheat and malts. Quite smooth and balanced brew.
(From 75cL bottle @ ZZT VIIIb, Oirschot 2013. Thanks for sharing, ansjelaah!)
maxwelldeux (4349) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy pale yellowish color with a fairly large white head on there. Nose has some great floral and fresh elements, with a great barnyard funk to it. Taste is light and fresh, with some sourness coming through to really freshen it up.
Homer321 (4313) - Melboring, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Grate pils malt with a touch of pepper in the whiffer. Hazy light yellow. Large white head. Slightly tart, crisp, refreshing. Pleasant yeast phenols with pepper and a drying finish. Wow. This is light Saison DuPont table beer. Like avril. But fresh n good.
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
murky hay, fizzy white head with good lacing. Cereal and light corn nose, smacks due to the caramel. Heavy dusty grain flavor, tons of wheat mid with too much sweetness finish, syrupy full at the end.
callmemickey (4285) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Pale, golden-straw colored body. Large, fluffy, creamy head. Good retention as the head slowly crept down the sides. Nice coating of lacing.
S: Wheat, hay, lemon zest, light pepper, and a touch of tart barnyard funk.
T: The presence of wheat is undeniable. Nice lemon blast. Less peppery than the nose. Good, manageable funk. Slightly tart in the finish.
M: Smooth, ideal weight in the body. Carbonation is spot on. The finish is nice and satisfying.
O: While there was nothing "stellar" about the aroma or the flavor profile, this was a very enjoyable brew. Upright describes it as their "table" saison... I think thats the perfect description. At 4.5% and pleasant from start to finish, this is the kind of saison you need a case of at all times so you can crack one every night with dinner.
ads135 (4254) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 2, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An okay saison, though not much to separate it from competitors. Light citrus with a nice Belgian spice aroma.
rodenbach99 (4251) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 8, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Style et résumé: Saison simple .
Comment: Bouteille de750ml.
Description: Un liquide jaune paille avec une mousse blanche. Un nez frais de fleurs blanches, d’herbes et de thé. Une bouche agréable, simple avec des saveurs d’herbes, paille et de blé surit. Une finale sèche et facile à boire.
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Upright Brewing... Poured a hazy yellow with a thick, white head. Creamy and light palate. Light on hops with smooth citrus and grain flavors. Finished leafy and earthy with wheat. A little more tart and complex yeast qualities than would be a traditional wheat style.
Nate (4199) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Knick. Mild funky nose, a little tart, with orange blossom, lactic acid, and some barnyard funk. Mild hazy light yellow-amber with creamy white lacing head. Medium body with medium-light carbonation. Very mild saison. Some coriander and wheat. Not very strong flavors but very pleasant. Watery finish and after, refreshing.
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I didn’t give it time to clear in the bottle, but given how the bottle was stratifying it looks like this could be close to brilliantly clear if given the chance. A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip (definitely the perfect glass for a Saison of this strength) produces a four-finger thick, pale tan tinged, off-white colored head. The head, as it slowly subsides leaves some nice layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer has a hazy, pale amber color, that shows a brighter version of the same when held up to the light. The aroma smells of fruit backed by grain, then a touch of spice. The fruitiness definitely seems characteristic of Wyeasts Thierez yeast (if that is what is used here), with notes of apple cider, touches of melon, and ripe pear. There is a hint of phenolic character here, a touch of mustiness, both of which meld in with the soft, hay like grain character, touches of biscuit like grain and whole grain breadiness that is here. There is a soft herbal spiciness to this brew that is quite a bit more subtle than I was hoping for, this is from the hops, but is a bit more subtle in the nose than I might prefer.
Bone dry tasting, which is accentuated by a prickly carbonation and there is also a fair more tartness than I was expecting; this isn’t a sour beer by any means, but the tartness nicely accentuates some of the fruitiness, in place of a usual malt sweetness perhaps. The fruitiness reminds me of tart pears, with perhaps a touch of floral apple, which is about opposite the relative presence that the aroma has. The hops are more present in the flavor than in the nose, though this is by no means a hoppy beer; they provide a lightly herbal bitterness that adds some firmness to the finish, a gentle spiciness towards the middle and just a soft, integrated hop-herbal character to the entire flavor of this beer. As the beer warms up, more of floral hop component starts to come out & this pairs quite well with the touch of tartness and the fruit character from the yeast. The malt character is fairly subtle here, I expect a bit more of a crackling grain presence (is this perhaps a little old), but there is a nicely soft munich malt presence towards the finish here (contributing a lightly toothsome, whole-grain character), as well as some straw-like, pale grain & perhaps cracker like character in the middle of each sip. The body is about perfect; it is quite light, but has some touches of viscousness to it (perhaps even a hint of lactic slickness) that make this beer interesting enough
This is one of the few commercial, US Saisons that is aligned with the way I like to brew my own. I like the soft, seemingly lactic, tartness that is found in this beer. A beer of this strength, with all of the flavor that this beer has, is right up my alley; I absolutely love lower alcohol beers just like this and this is certainly no exception. I would happily drink a lot of this, and if I didn’t already brew a bunch of beer just like this, I would buy a bunch of it given the opportunity. Personally, I like a touch more carbonation (though this is amply carbonated), a more defined / brighter grain character (did they just use American malt in this), and a touch more hop presence (I was excited to taste a significant Hallertau Mittelfrüh contribution that isn’t quite here), but like I said, I am a sucker for beers like this so this Saison is quite enjoyable. I managed to complain quite a bit about a beer I liked so much.