Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Max’s, side by side with the Stone version. Bright clear yellow, scant tiny bubble head. Aroma of black pepper, malt, coconut. Taste is bitter start to finish, but slightly metallic. Average.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Victory. Bubbly straw yellow with a light white head. Very herbal and floral aroma with notes of basil and rosemary. Some American hops are noticeable with citrus notes. Mint, basil, and herbs on the tongue. Floral and fruity with a very bitter grassy finish. Decent.
Holy (833) - GERMANY - SEP 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Recommendation of Casey. Shared with Travlr, 12 fl oz in Baltimore. Clear light yellow with no head. Coconut slips in and out of the aroma - strange. Flavor is equally strange, yet unique. A definite coconut flavor dominates the aftertaste. Unique, not amazing.
Chalsk (1049) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The third of the trifecta. Pours a golden color with a soapy white head. Has a heavy aroma of lemon zest, funk, rosemary and sage. Has an added earthiness to it due to the seasoning. This beer has definitely grown on me through the three part tasting. Unique saison, but doubt I will grab one of these brews again. I didn’t drink them up against each other so its difficult to determine the differences.
keepersj12 (2627) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this right after the Dogfish Head version and there were some subtle differences between the two. This one had a less impressive aroma but still wonderful. The appearance was a little darker with a smaller head. The flavor was also quite similar but I gave it a slightly higher score due to the presence of a bit of vanilla. Both had very nice after tastes. Can’t wait to get the Stone version.
thornecb (4289) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours bright gold into a pils glass. Bright white head with little retention recedes to hug rim leaving slight sheets. Sweet meadow and caramel aromas. Flowery hay upfront turning to a crisp, dry bitter saaz and hot yeast finish.
Duhast500 (378) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 4, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
The color is a clear yellowish/orange with some slight white head and some slight lacing.
The smell is a strong spicy, earth flavor that must be coming from the sage and some nice funky yeast flavor.
The taste is hoppy with more green flavor. There is a nice herb feel that is mixed with a nice hoppy flavor that spins on the tongue. Some citrus flavor brings it all in for a wonderful rounded beer.
The feel of this beer is light but has a nice smooth flavor that goes down with some presence. The flavor of the nose and the flavor in the taste come together to give a great earthy tone. This speaks summer and is really placed well in this season.
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hoppyer then Dogfish... 12oz bottle poured yellowish sparkling gold. Smells of rosemary, pine, and sage. Very Herbal with a heavy parsely and rosemary taste. Clean finsh hides alcohol very well. thin feel, light body, dispite everything thats going on inside this beer. Amazing if you like herbs. Slow cooking Ribs in a dutch oven with this beer
patrickfannon (1235) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Capone’s with James. Pours a light hay golden with a thin, lacy white head. Aroma of parsley, clove, liccorice, hops, ginger, and honey. Medium bodied with a spicy, lively mouthfeel. Zesty finish with traces of sage. Very good.
jredmond (5196) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Capone’s with Patrick. Pours a clear gold with think white lacing. Aroma is slight wheaty funk, pine and resin hop. Mouthfeel is medium with insane notes of resin and pine hop.