drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8/10/12. On tap at the brewpub. Clear red pour with a small khaki head. Floral aroma with a nice light tartness. Lightly tart and floral flavor with a nice soft wheat edge. Tasty!
agent_511 (157) - - SEP 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent beer. Pours a slightly cloudy lovely pinkish color. Spicy, yeasty, saison aroma with a bit of hibiscus also noticeable. Tart from the hibiscus, but not sour. Crisp and smooth on the palate.
1FastSTi (3271) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Sugar Maple. Poured to a red hued body from the hibiscus used in it. The aroma was hibiscus and saison. That’s about all that could be said of the flavor too. HOWEVER, and I say with a strong however... this beer was absolutely fantastic. Extremely easy to drink. One would say this is a chuggable beer. This is a very sessionable beer, but also dangerous because the abv is 6.1%.
Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Received sneak preview of the Hibiscus Saison two days before release, cask drawn at the Vintage brewpub in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-clear dark copper colored brew with a creamy off-white head that leaves behind some excellent lacing. Aroma screams "farmhouse saison" period. Additional aroma of elderberries, toasted dark malt, a touch of apple and hibiscus petals. Taste is very floral and fruity with less medicinal character compared to aroma. Finish has a quick smooth aftertaste with some elderberry, saison yeast, and then a crisp finish. Most excellent.
madvike (2537) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub - Pours ruby red with a fine-bubbled white head. Smells soapy and perfumey (I’m assuming from the hibiscus). Floral, with light, dusty yeast. Tastes lightly sour to begin, then cherries come in. Lightly sweet, with malt taking over in the finish--bready, with some nice dusty/earthy yeast. Light perfume and floral layers in the finish. Has a nice balance between dry/sweet/floral--does a nice job of not tasting like a bottle of perfume.
cbfobes (2103) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewpub, this is actually one of the bartender’s own recipe and they ended up brewing a full batch, pretty cool! Pours a light red with a pink head and lacing in the glass, the aroma has a nice fruity touch with some sourness and funk on the nose, the flavor has a strong fruity front with a sour tartness and a dry finish, pretty darn enjoyable.
jlruthven (529) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Vintage brewpub. Pours a bit disconcertingly purplish-pink, faint pink head. Highly carbonated. Nose is lemon, yeast, wildflowers. Sharp carbonation, hibiscus, fresh berries and a slight lemon hint. Quick, dry finish. Interesting, and almost entirely successful.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the downtown Vintage bar. Pours an almost ruby red which I was not expecting. Floral notes on the nose and a clean crisp flavor. This is almost 7% and it drinks like it is 4.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Vintage Brewpub as Hibiscus Saison. Translucent deep amber with a medium white head that sticks. Aroma is spicy, floral and herbal. Taste in line with aroma, very herbal with floral notes. No bitterness and a spicy herbal finish.
Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewpub
The third sample in the flight was a fruity saison with a twist. Tropical beers are good for this time of year. Even if the temperatures were somewhat mild for August this hit the spot. I can’t wait to try the saisons in the cellar.
Aroma / Appearance - The warm mandarin body glowed. Earth and hibuscus share the spotlight like a floral bouquet pulled from a potting plant. There is a dry tartness that hits after a few seconds for more punch.
Flavor / Palate - Tart apple crisp, a floral middle, and sweet hay star in a sessionable beer that refreshed the palate. The only flaw is a medicinal aspect that pops up from time to time. Take that away and I could drink it all night.