argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Small off-white head atop crystal clear straw body. Aroma is medium sweet, spicy/yeast, straw, orange, some candi sugar. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, spicy/yeast, candi sugar, some orange. Medium body, light stickiness, fairly drinkable.
JaBier (6878) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Blacklick Wine & Spirits. Clear yellow/gold pour with a medium white head. Malty aroma with rosemary that is more dominant then the other herbs and more pronounced than the Stone and DFH versions. A little cleaner, as the sage is more muted and there’s no eucalyptus smell. Flavor is malty with bitter, piney hops and muted herbs. The best aroma of the three and only a hair behind Stone as the best tasting.
notalush (5716) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Despite my dislike for the Stone version of this beer, I picked this up anyway, hoping that Victory could turn it in to something good - and thank god they have - in fact, I refuse to believe that this is the same recipe as the Stone beer - in that one, the spices killed everything, and the yeast character was crushed along with the snappy, crisp malts - none of that is the case here - the herbs are there, but they take a back seat to the crisp, dry malt base and light, earthy, mildly estery and phenolic yeast character - a little bit of melon - sage comes to the fore for a bit through the middle, but the finish is a lingering flinty character and grassy hop bitterness - it really is quite lovely - the spices perhaps could be toned down just a tad, but otherwise very tasty.
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2010 My Bottom Line:
This snappy Saison’s yuzu-like fruit character, delicate honeyed malt sweetness, herbal hops and ginger spiciness are all in sync, offering a very drinkable and elegant example of the style.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the clear blond.
-The finishing bitterness is quite green and firm.
-The body is well attenuated and carbonation is prickly, making for a refreshing mouthfeel.
-I preferred this one to the Stone version I had had on tap in SD, but I suppose the main reason is that the Stone was on tap and I prefer bottle-conditioned Belgian styles.
-The ginger personality is a little too strong for this to be world-class, imho. The malts could be more evident too.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours basically the same as the others, nice fine fizzy white head. Aroma seems a bit more fruity estery with a bit more of an alcohol note. Flavor follows, way dry, seems more dry than the others, chalky bitterness, so dry has a harsh alcohol burn, doesn’t seem to be nearly as palatable as the other two which somehow seemed to work with the spices, actually this seems to be missing the lemon quality the other two had. Super dry.
ilovedarkbeer (2701) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear golden color with a small off white head. Nose is ammonia and tidy cat cat litter, pine, and lemon chiffon. Taste is clover honey, fur, and skunk. Medium to long finish with semi creamy mouthfeel. Not bad.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a light crystal clear golden with a small white head. Aroma is like spiced cake, very heavily spiced and sweet. No wait, I pick up some spiced cider notes. Very potent and herbal, with a nice clean pale malt note. Flavor starts with an initial sweetness but quickly gives way to a sharp fruit note before the spices come in heavily. The light and almost citric fruits balance the spices nicely. Lightly bitter and crisp finish. Medium body and a super sharp fizzy carbonation. I like this better than the Stone version which I felt didn’t have enough sweetness and body to balance all the spices.
LinusStick (3223) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice saison that holds up to the other 3 in the series, but doesn’t stand out. Aroma was nice and fresh. Pepper, lemongrass and spices. Pour was a medium gold with a one finger white head. Taste was a little too wet and sweet for how I like saisons. Sticky sweet malt in the front with a barrage of spices hitting you as it warms and through the aftertaste. Don’t know what rosemary tastes like by itself, but I definitely could pick up something different in this beer compared to others that I’ve had. Lemon, earth, grass, pepper come to mind as well. Good beer.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a bright yellow with a small white film atop. Within the body are a few rising bubbles. Not nearly as cloudy as Stone or DFH’s batches. Leaves virtually no lacing.
Aroma: Sage, parsley, lemon grass, light perfume.
Taste: Fresh parsley, thyme, tangy spicy yeast. Finishes sharp and bitter with noticeable spicy hops and a sour yeasty twang. Flavors linger well past the sip.
Mouthfeel: Thin body, medium carbonation.
Overall: The spiciest of the bunch, with a very thin mouthfeel compared to the Dogfish and Stone batches.
dmac (5467) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Canals Rio Grande. Pours a clear gold body with a small bright white foamy head. Aroma is loaded with herbs, sage and thyme dominate with Rosemary bringing up the rear. The body is the thickest of the three brewers with lots of bubbly carbonation. Flavors of herbs, grains and citrus hops. Nice enough to make me glad I grabbed a 4 pack.