tastybeer (1573) - 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 (3062) - 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 (7721) - Carlsbad, 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.