MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Sample Date: 9/18/2010 Source:Maniac) Floral herbal nose of rosemary and basil. Light graininess. Clear with small white head. Floral herbal with peppery yeast notes, a light fruitiness, and light graininess. Medium body and light mouth feel. Finish is dry and spicy. Nice balance.
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled side by side by side at the Richmond Gathering XII. The most different of the three. The most mild on the herbs, but they are still present. This is the most balanced of the three and maybe my preference if I had to drink one again.
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled next to the other 2 BUFFs. my favorite of the 3 (but this isn’t saying much), pours clearer than the others, gold small white head. nose is honey, pils malt base is noticed, spices with sage and rosemary coming out the most. flavor is honey and pils malt, those spices. finishes yeasty but clean.
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
almost clear golden, small white lace that all but fades. Nose is bit drier than the other two. But it still tastes like rosemary medicine and its not generally refreshing at all like a decent saison should be.
coolfunnj (360) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2013 aroma of piney citrus with plenty of spice and yeast...clear almost pure yellow liquid with slim pure white head..taste..spicy citrusy almost like a lemon cough drop very drinkable..light and fizzy feel long lemonade like finish..overall great summer beer and model of the style
mixmasterob (1054) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, poured a pale golden, no real head. Aroma was of pale malts, grass, some earthy hops, and a bit of spiciness. Quite unique for a saison. There is a subtle thyme presence as well, maybe some sage. Pale malt flavors up front, lots of floral hops and some spiciness. Drinks super smooth, dry finish with a light bitterness. This is by no means your traditional saison, not much yeast character here, nice a hoppy. Unique and very good.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, grass, fruit, pale malt, herbs, thyme, rosemary, sage, grapefruit, and light citrus. Poured yellow/gold in color with a small, white head that lasted throughout around the edges only. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of light pale malt, hops, herbs, slight grass, thyme, sage, and rosemary. Medium body. Lightly tingly, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, medium bitter, grass, herb, sage, thyme, and hop finish is lightly dry.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, fresh from grape & gourmet and once upon a vine southside. pours a bright, clear gold with a thin, rocky, white head leaving light lacing. aroma is great, very similar, yet very distinct from the other two versions with much more pronounced rosemary presence backed by white pepper, lemon zest, sage, and floral hops with just a touch of caramel popcorn as it warms. flavor is very nice as well, maybe not as bold as the other two versions, with the three spices notes of rosemary, sage, and thyme meshing nicely with grassy, spicy hop notes and hints of orange peel with a light, soapy, sweetness on the swallow. palate is medium bodied with crispy carbonation and is pretty damn refreshing. overall, my least favorite of the three versions but a very tasty and unique beer itself.
KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2012 Re-Rate from when it first came out, much better the second time around. Peppery, sage aroma. Golden body with thin head. Flavor is filled with floral notes; rosemary, sage and thyme, with a bubblegum finish. A very unique saison,
arone12 (925) - Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got this beer for free in annapolis yesterday. Pours a golden color with a foamy white head. Smells of pepper, pine tree, and ferns. Taste is fairly peppery as well with some pine tree hints in there. The taste of ferns are fairly present in the finish. Very interesting flavors in this one. Perhaps some resin as well.