pilgrimoutlaw (639) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2013 On tap at brewpub. Pale clear gold with white head. Rotten eggs dominated and ruined this for me. Wheat, lemon, pepper, floral. Moderately bitter. Light, crisp body.
Bumped up the score for the bottle. What I took for rotten eggs in the draft is like something else in the bottle. A tad disagreeable, but not awful. A lot of grapefruit as well as well as some butterscotch. Bumping up my score on this one. Iím starting to dig this as a session beer.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a mildly hazed straw color. The head is a fluffy two finger white shade that collapses pretty quickly, but leaves nice lacing on the glass.
S: There is a decent amount of complexity here for a 4.5% saison. I pick up coriander, orange peel, grassy hops, sage, and black pepper. However, thereís also a vegetal green pepper note thatís detracting - and even worse, it gets stronger as it warms up.
T: This is weird. It opens up fairly citrusy - which I like - but ends on both a watery and a vegetal note. Decent (if overdone) spicing in the middle gives way to a bell pepper finish that really rubs me the wrong way. The flavor profile sorely lacks balance and cohesion.
M: Very clean and dry, which I like. Very astringent too, which I donít. This beer seemingly parches the palate excessively in the name of drinkability. Ah well, the latter is good, at least.
O: Swing...and a miss. This one was quite disappointing, considering Victory makes another saison thatís really damn good. And itís another damning reminder that they really need to put Helios in 6-packs!
Emeister84 (633) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas of cardamom, herbs, ginger, and lemon peel. Straw-like complexion with a slight haze, and a mostly fading, white head. Dry, very floral, perfume-like, and somewhat spicy. Light bodied with lively carbonation, and a clean finish with lingering cardamom-like flavors.
RickTStiles (626) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours slightly hazy orange with a thin white head. fruit and yeast aroma. taste is bitter oranges and some floral notes. finish is a bit dank. there are a few good american saisons... this one just isnít one of them
J_man (618) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong, spicy, funky aroma with notes of hay and barnyard. Crystal clear pale yellow with a finely laced and foamy white head. The spicy aroma comes into vivid detail in the taste with white pepper, coriander and lavendar tastes along side a lemony citrus flavor. The barnyard Brett funkiness shows up too, subtly at first and then growing stronger. Finishes dry and very lightly sweet with a lasting Brett funk. Wow, this is not what I was expecting! Very surprising and tasty!
radio_nowhere (595) - Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2013 Bottle into pint glass. Slightly cloudy golden color with white head. Aroma of spices (coriander and pepper stick out), some citrus fruitiness, bread, with some floral notes. Taste brings out more of the spices, citrus and pepper notes with a body thatís fairly yeasty and malty. Slight earthy hop note at the end. Medium body, average carbonation, complex, smooth and easy to drink. Dry and somewhat peppery finish. Pretty good, Iím pairing this with my Italian dinner coming up.
icehawk (594) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a slightly cloudy light yellow with a foamy white head. Lemon, spice, yeast aroma. Good carbonation, fizzy mouthfeel with a very slightly bitter lemon peel finish. Light, citrusy, refreshing body. Yeast takes a back seat to the fruit making it quite light and refreshing.
ttutony (586) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicy yeast aroma with herbal hops. Hazy yellow in the glass. Pleasant bitterness. Medium-light body. Nice saison.
b33r (583) - Cleveland, Alabama, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light pale gold color with large fluffy white head and great lacing. Aroma is nice with strong grassy, floral and bubblegum notes. Flavor is a bit weak but nice earthyness, spices, and slight bitter hops. Okay overall, but good for the price as so few saisons come in 6-packs.
drsordr (537) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle put pale yellow. Nose Belgian yeast, ester, and spice. Taste citrus, lemon, clove, Belgian yeast. Nice bite for a session ale.