willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
20100901 12oz bottle from State Line. Clear dark golden with small but lingering sudsy head. Aroma is mostly hoppy with lots of sweet and orangey citrus, some herby sage and bay, and hints of fresh red bell pepper. Mouthfeel is a bit light with underwhelming carbonation that doesn’t quite scream saison. Light yeasty phenols, bubblegum, dill, mint, are overcome by resinous and citrus hops. It’s actually a pretty tasty beer, but seems a stretch to call it a saison -- maybe more Belgian IPA. In fact, it reminds quite a bit of the delicious though somewhat more aggressive Flying Dog Mad Bitch. Finishes somewhat sweetly and limp, with only ghosts of herbal and resinous hops lingering.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The new droid app is way better.... clear pale yellow, small head... very herbal nose, big aroma of thyme... flavor profile follows suit, w a ton of drying hops, very very herbal... medium bodied, spiciness makes it bigger....
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Capones. Pours a lightly hazy golden with a medium bubbly white head. Aroma of saison spiciness, fruity yeast notes, Ginger, lemongrass and other spices. Flavor of and excellent citrusy saison. Spices are def there but not overpowering. Better then Stone version.
egajdzis (5550) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lightly hazy golden color with a small white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of lemongrass, herbs, parsley, citrus fruits, and toast. Taste of citrus, lemon, parsley, toasted malts, and a dry finish.
GMCC2181 (1553) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at stateline by robert.... Pours a golden orange color, decent head. Nose of spices, lite tyme. Taste is more enjoyable than the DFH version. Little spiceyness....tyme, rosemary, flowers with a small hop bite? Light and fluffy texture. Not bad, but nothing I would buy again
JohnnyJ (4872) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the bottle shop. Pours a clear gold, thin white head. I love the aroma, sage, hops, herbs, and hay. Flavor is similar, but less spiced, more bread and sweetness. Tasty Saison.
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 (3336) - 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 (1847) - 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.