adnielsen (10374) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ home via trade with pineypower, I believe. Pours a cloudy, light yellow orange appearance with a fluffy, off white head. Very floral, spicy potpourri, lemon zesty, spicy yeasty, very citrusy aroma. The aroma is a lot more spicy than I would like but itís ok. Big spicy, coriander, dry floral, lavender, herbal, dry grainy, citrusy flavor that finishes pretty smooth. Too spiced for my taste but it isnít bad per se.
shrubber85 (9999) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Musty lemon/orange peel and light malt aroma. Pale yellow with moderate head. Musty dry bitter lemon peel and malt flavor. Solid - very nice.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Mostly clear yellow color. Thin bubbly white head, some bubbles on the side of the glass. Little bits of lace. Surprisingly herbal aroma makes me think Saison du Buff. Sage, oregano, thyme... Not that I donít like that, I just expected a much more traditional saison (to differentiate from the Dogfish / Stone collab). Light spice, some citrusy zest, light belgian-style farmhouse yeast. Nice savory taste. Medium body, smooth lighter crisp carbonation, more on the dry side. Enjoyable, flavorful, drinkable light saison. I canít help but think of it as a Saison Du BUFF Light, which for me is a good thing. Also always good to have another 12oz saison option.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355mL from Total Wine, Jax FL. Pours a bright golden with heavier sparkling carbonation. Soapy, bright white head. Good lacing. Nose at first is a lot of poopy toilet with lemon disinfectant, moving thankfully to chamomile and some gamey spices. But that poopy aroma is off putting. Taste is herbal adjunct bomb with chamomile, lavender, lemon peel. Intense herbal hops to drive it home. Palate is a bit chalky and mildly anesthetic/medicinal from the herb adjunct overload. Not so refreshing. I thought we got past the point of doing a spiced Belgian blonde ale = saison.
DocLock (9350) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Wegmanís. Gold pour with white head. Nose is spicy florals, hops, slight yeasty funk. Tastes hoppy and citric with pale malt, mild funky yeasty notes, and a medium palate heft and complexity.
j12601 (9286) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazed golden amber with a thin white head. Lemon and spicy citrus on the nose, grain and musk. Medium bodied, lemon and musk. Spicy yeast into the finish. Very tasty.
slowrunner77 (9214) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"Pretty thin and very light, but with a lively mouthfeel and a lot of refreshing citrus in the nose and flavor on top of light but noticeable saison earthy spice. Not great, but quite pleasant."
arminjewell (9210) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, hazy yellow pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of lemon, biscuit, some dull grass, earthy notes, slight vanilla, cracker malts as well. Taste is sweet vanilla, biscuit, into some slight lemon, fruity grape notes, kind of dull and mashed together into some grass and earth, finishing dry. Just ok.
BVery (9189) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Slightly hazy yellow pour with a white head. Nice spritzy lemon zest with some grassy hop bite. Light and crisp, and good flavor. Good stuff for summer.
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This estery Saison shares plenty of fruitiness and herbs in a lean and quenching mouthfeel.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam settles atop the misty yellow.
-This is just as flavorful as many 6%+ Saisons.
-Carbonation is not as fluffy and airy as I would have liked it to be (for this style).
-Herbal hop bitterness balances out the finish.
-Spices are well blended into the overall profile of the beer.