elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light, golden yellow, with just a slight bit of haziness and a thin frothy head. Esters dominate the aroma, with a grapefruit and lemon character. Some spices are also discernible in the background. As for flavor, a citrusy-sour tartness dominates, with a bitter aftertaste. Practically no sweetness in this beer. There is some yeasty flavor, as well as a grassiness. Alcohol is not particularly high, but definitely discernible. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side and with a tingly carbonation, all of which contributes to a sense of lightness and makes the beer drink relatively fast. In sum, not the best saison Iíve ever tried, but definitely in the ball park for the style. Nice collaborative effort, especially considering that at least two of the breweries (Stone and DFH) are not known for this style.
thegreenrooster (3566) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a cloudy yellow with a large white head. Aroma Is very herbal aromatic. Like walking into a spice market. Lots of thyme, sage and rosemary. Flavor is more of the saison aspect with the herbs in the backround. Plenty of fruity yeasty esters with the herbs showing up after the swallow. Not your typical saison but I do like all the herbs added I only wish they stood out a bit more in the flavor.
gripweed57 (1000) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a light yellow gold color with a small creamy white head. Aroma is sweet malt with notes of lemon verbena and sage. The flavor is more lemon with notes of thyme and rosemary. Malty sweet with some spicy hop bitterness.
Maverick34 (2624) - New York, USA - AUG 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Slight cloud orange yellow. Lots of herbs and such. Slight yeast funk edge. Decent.
commonshawn (676) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Butcher and boar with commonmac. Tulip glass. Light clear gold with small white head. Very herby nose. Resin and oil. The herb bitterness works well with the hop and alcohol. Really nice and just different enough.
milewide (1750) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Should there be 4 separate listings for "saison du buff"??? Too much alcohol and bitterness for a saison.
TXBadger (1968) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy light yellow golden color with white head. Yeast, wheat, light fruit , and grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with a wheat note.
jkwalking05 (4231) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Golden with a light haze and a decent white head. Aroma is of straw, herbal, earth and light citrus. Taste is of black pepper, herbal, straw, and citrus.
travita (4435) - Frisco, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The look is mostly clear, thin white head, and golden in color. The smell is herbal, perfume, thyme, pleasant, maybe a little heavy. The taste is herbal, sweet, perfume, a little too much.
ttoadee (1010) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2015. Light gold pour, a small white head with some coaxing, Nose is muddled spice and malt. Bittersweet. Middle is some smooth Pils malt, citrus and herbs. Finish is hint of sweet malt gently stepped over by some subtle drying hop flavors. Nice.
OldMrCrow (2177) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2015
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tap at the Watershed.
Five years after suffering through the liquid sack of shit that was the first iteration of this beer, I both forgot the experience and was paying insufficient attention at the bar and failed to notice that DFH was involved in this one. Either would have stopped me short. But since some of the other Stone collaborations have been tolerable and the Watershed was having a special event around this beer, I ordered a glass. Terrible mistake. It brought back memories from the first time around, when I surmised
Now we know that DFH only needs a 1/3 share in the making to f*** up a beer with their wannabe-edgy "creativity".
Yep, five years later the order of the brewers and location is different but essentially nothing changed. The recipe is still awful, still some great auntís bathroom potpourri atop which might be something like a sticky saison, but who knows.
It was all predictable. I really wonder why Stone and Victory let themselves be dragged down like this. Even more, I wonder how Isabelle Proximus managed not to suck, let alone how it managed to be one of the best beers Iíve had. (Actually, I know the answer to that, but I probably shouldnít say it here.) This may not be as horrible as the stone version but 2.4 I was too generous to it. Iím going 2.1 today.