ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gold pour with a fluffy head and spotty lace. Lemon, light spice and grass on the nose. Lemongrass, grassy hops, corn and dough. decent stab at a boring style.
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from bu11zeye. Clear, light yellow pour with a big white head. Aroma is lemon, spicy hops, grassy, and grainy. Taste is still some citrus, grain, and niceness.
Cavie (4263) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Pours a cloudy light golden color with a foamy white head. Aroma is faint spice and funky grains. Saison like. Dry spice and leaves with a nice tingle over the tongue. Bitter finish.
blutt59 (6482) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, clear green golden pour with creamy egg white foam, yeasty dough aroma with bitter white grape and lemon flavor , highly quaffable with a nickel finish
Fred82 (2138) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at friday night hotel tasting at EBF 2011.
Appearance : Paler than pale yellow.
Aroma : Citrusy and quite malty. Some yeast. Light candy-ish notes. Very citrusy.
Taste : Citrusy and herbal. Nice malt. Sharp and bitter finish with nice herbal and citrusy hops. Light tartness it seems.
Overall : Really interesting stuff. Quite drinkable and refreshing. Great herbal and citrusy hops. Nice malt too. Very tasty and very surprising.
deyholla (9944) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Ben shared at the post NotB tasting. Poured a clear pale yellow with a white head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma was full of sweet grains with notes of grassy hops and a slight apple note. Flavor was full of sweet grains throughout with a hint of apple and crisp grass hops rounding out the beer.
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the hotel tasting after Night of the Barrels at EBF. Pours a clear golden yellow with a thin white head. Big sweet grain. Huge carbonation. Sweet musk. More of a saison than a lager I think. Crisp grain on the finish. Nice stuff.
leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Golden straw with a nice solid white head. This is a good lager, flavorful enough, a little alcohol bite, but still smooth. A little on the spendy side but you’ve got to pay for good art work like this label!
OldMrCrow (2367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, fresh, 48 hours after purchasing.
There was definitely a career opportunity waiting to be made in brewing saisons for an audience so bored of the USA over-the-top IPAs and such. Upright capitalized; on this coast, they’re the leader, brewing Oregon subtly intstead of Washington bullets. For me, it’s the right profile.
In the supermarket, I stumbled across this beer, turned it over and over, and couldn’t figure out what it was; "What’s my name?" it practically screams; heck, I’d even like a clue as to the style. Though I tempted to be a cheapskate, Upright’s reputation carried the day here; one more time Pours straw-yellow with an explosive white riot of whipped eggwhite head. Peppery, lemon, definite saison tones, though relatively subtle--I’m not overpowered by funk. I’m not down with the sticky imperial-pilsner feel, but I can’t deny it, this is a good beer and it’s sure to land atop the premium lager category, even though I think it’s a bit of cheat to push that to 6.7%.
(Alright, that was a really stupid review. Apologies to anyone who actually read it.)
after4ever (7490) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, capped. Pours a hazy golden yellow with an absolutely towering platinum blonde head that lasts for hours and hours, whether you’re lucky enough to keep it all in the glass or not. It definitely wants to be free like a butterfly--the mildest pour mounds it up and up. Nice white pepper notes on the nose. You go in suspecting saison overtones, you go in hearing about saison overtones, you get there and there are saison overtones. Orange peel, too. There go those saison overtones again. Fizzy body, just a positive eruption of carbonation down to the last drop. Crisp and light and airy. Lemons, oranges, and white pepper showing. Long peppery finish. These guys might just have this flavor profile burned into their equipment, or they might be posied to ride it to the hall of fame, or maybe both. Tasty stuff.