FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a fat-two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves some light, but nicely layered lacing on the walls of the glass as I slowly consume the beer. The beer is a nice gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, pale yellow gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of hay like grain, soft cracker like malt, lemon zest, and other citrus notes. A deeper inspection of the aroma yields a grassy, slightly herbal edge to the citrus character, but there is also a sort of Guava like character and something that reminds me of mint or menthol too. As the beer warms up a light peppery note starts to come out, as does a sort of woody pine / menthol type note.
Dry tasting with a noticeable, but not overwhelming citrus character. There is a solid pale maltiness / grain-character here too that contributes a chewy pale-wheat cracker like note, a touch of dried hay, and a rounded, chewy rustic white bread crumb like flavor. The beer is quite light bodied and quaffable, but without being overly thin. There is a spicy, peppery note to the finish that lingers on the palate for quite some time, and this is joined by a light phenolic note that suggests at cloves, but is more musty and melds in with the woody, almost menthol leaning, peppery notes. The citrus flavors are subdued compared to their aromatics; in fact the beer has more of a woody peppery note as well as some woody pine / menthol like notes; still citrus is here in the flavor with Meyer lemon notes, lime zest, and a tropical-citrus character that subtly influences the character of this beer. The flavor is actually better balanced than the nose, as the citrus character is a bit dominant in the aroma.
This is a solid Saison, I really like that it is so low in alcohol, but still has a substantial flavor to it. It is not the most complex Saison, but it is light and quaffable, and works for me as an easy drinking, sessionable brew that is interesting enough to hold my attention when I want it to, but is otherwise a beer to do other things with.
cheap (3655) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2013
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2013 Had again today, this time froma bottle, not bad at first but has a strong astringent aftertaste. raised from a 1.9 to 2. old rating: On tap at mad mex. Creamy head. Slight perfume aroma. Quite bitter, almost like an IPA. Chewing on green grapefruit rinds manifests itself on the back of the throat. Same with finish. Not impressed. Some mild co2. Was expecting something a little more saison like.
Butters (3562) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear light golden yellow with ample bright white head. Smells fantastic sagey lemon pepper. Flavor is not quite as good, but has a spicy bite and a green citrus hop character. Good moderately high carbonation. Smells better than it tastes though.
Nuffield (3536) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I do agree with the previous commenter that the retail price for this seems a bit high, given what it is. On its own terms, it is a reasonably well rounded, floral saison, with a hop note biting more at the start. Decent palate. Quite a bit of head. Bottle.
Beerman6686 (3535) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one poured a slightly hazy dark straw color with a fluffy white head. Aroma was of pale grain, light spices, and yeast. Flavor was similar, seemed like a plain lager with spices added rather than a traditional saison.
dmac (3505) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz single bottle from Spirits Berkley. Poured a really great looking deep clear dark gold body with lots of rising effervescence and an average sized silky bright white head. Aroma is doughy, perfume, white pepper, rotting lemon and a slight touch of copper. Fuller body with lighter carbonation that finishes dry like eating a piece of toast. Flavor isnít as good as the aroma and seems a bit dry. Notes of toast, lemon zest, touch of skunk cabbage, pepper and old flowers. Good stuff.
b3shine (3474) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a transparent gold with fluffy white head. Smells spicy, yeasty, and doughy. Tastes like it smells with a nice, dry finish. Asolid example of the style.
Nate (3445) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Pints for Pets. Light hoppy aroma, spicy with notes of citrus, sulfur, and fruity esters. Yeasty. Nice saison aroma profile. Pale straw clear with thin head. Medium body with vigorous carbonation. Starts with wheat and pilsener malt notes, light sulfur, citrus and herbs. Tasty saison thatís not too overwhelming. Not quite crisp but enjoyable. Done well for the style, with mild chalky bitter after.
Nekronos (3359) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAY 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite interesting and sweet Strong in taste and character but not so spicy as other this style.
wlajwl (3317) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is yeast, lemons, citrus, spices and a slightly out of place mustiness. The flavor is lemons, citrus, spices, thick/sticky and a tart/tangy finish.