lebshiff21 (174) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Capone’s.
It’s interesting. Lots of herbs - basil, thyme. Good saison backbone, well hopped. A little too much for me, but I enjoy the collaboration and pushing of the envelope.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a bright orange color with a shiny white foamy head. Nose is sweet sugars, some dry fruit notes, light saaz hops? Palate is firm and sticky, kind of syrupy, may be slightly under attenuated for the style. Flavor is sweet dry fruit notes and grassy hops. Pleasant.
Elwood (3009) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Fireworks.
Aroma: The nose is a little more reminiscent of the Stone version as opposed to the DFH. All the herbal notes are there, but they seem well balanced and you get a bit of grassy hops as well.
Appearance: It pours a nice golden color with a frothy white head. Good head retention and lacing.
Taste: This one has a pronounced honey like note I didn’t find in the other two. The herbs are there, but seem to take a back seat to that grassy hop note. Not quite as complex as the other two.
Palate: Light to medium body with softer than average carbonation and a short, herby finish.
Overall: I really need to sit down and have all of these side by side, but if I were to guess, I would say this one is my least favorite. Still, it is good and worth trying.
tastybeer (1666) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, thanks for the taste tarheels. Pours golden with a white head. Flavor is sage, clove, bay leaf, rosemary, oregano, hops. Very complex. Tasty.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really excellent, big, grassy hop aroma. Really intense, dry yet rich hoppy flavor with nice notes of apricot.
mansquito (3255) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap at The Big Hunt in DC (I guess this is the most rare version of this collaboration) ($8): Super pale blonde body with minimal head. Aroma is very flowery with a moderate amount of Belgian yeast. Taste is of flowery hops. There is mild bitterness. It is a little sweet. And it has a tangy dry finish. Overall pleasant and spicy, though not the greatest thing in the beer world.
GT2 (8161) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355mL. Poured a clear yellow with a medium to thin, eggshell head that is semi-rocky, big-bubbled. Decent to poor retention and no lace. Aroma is full on herbal garden, pizza spices, sage, bay leaves, potpourri, dried orange peel. Taste is similar to Brise BonBons or other Fantome herbal saison: sage, bay leaves, white pepper. No funkiness however but fully attenuated and very dry, crisp in the finish. My real problem though is that saison != spiced blonde ale. It is more complex and this is a little too unilateral.