AirForceHops (6281) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Julio’s Liquors. From the minute I popped the cap; I could smell the Belgian yeast. Also lots of yeast phenol, and zesty spice, fruity notes. The beer looks great as well. Dark cloudy orange color with plenty of lace and strong retention and lace. Had rings of lace around the glass as it emptied. High carbonation. Taste is lemon zest, peppercorn, Belgian yeast, some sweet fruit notes and some lingering alcohol as well. As the beer warm the sweetness is balanced by a zesty spice. Zesty fruit rind provides some needed bitterness. Very light “Barnyard” notes.
Even with the elevated ABV, its REAL drinkable. Nice alcohol warming feeling. Overall, I’m buying a few more bottles to age and enjoy at a later date. Better than I was excepting. If you like Saison’s and Belgians, grab a 4 pack.
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with a film of white bubbles on top. Aroma is very zesty and is dominated by the yeast and a little lemon. The taste is great with citrus followed by a nice spicy kick.
Morey (46) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
APPEARANCE: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with about a half of an inch of white foam sitting on top. The head settled pretty quick, but there’s some decent retention & alcohol legs following each sip.
AROMA: Flower Petals, Lemon Rind, Wet Lawn, Grapefruit, Pepper, and some Alcohol in the nose.
TASTE: There’s a nice dose of Belgian yeast flavor up front. It’s fairly sweet with some nice citrus flavors that help to balance this some. I’m also getting a decent amount of alcohol coming through towards the middle. The big Belgian yeast characteristics come back for more towards the back-end with a some lingering alcohol heat on the finish.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with a pretty low carbonation level.
MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: This is the highest ABV that I’ve had in a Saison, which works, but makes it more of a sipper than a Saison would normally be. I could have used a bit more peppercorn. It cames through some in the aroma, but I didn’t get much in the taste.
Goodgrief (1997) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - AUG 15, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Pinocchio’s. Vibrant yellow color, great looking head. Intensely grainy aroma. Not overly fruity sweet, but lots of grain, peppers and some banana esters. Not all that saisonlike, but quite good.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a tulip. This is one mighty saison, clocking in at 10.50%. Can’t wait to try this.
3.5 A: Opaque golden brown color. Less than one finger of frothy white head. Retention and lacing aren’t worth mentioning since so little head developed.
4.5 S: The first thing you’ll notice with this is how spicy it is. The peels (orange, lemon, grapefruit) both meld together and stand on their own. The pink peppercorns (what the hell is a PINK peppercorn anyway) offers a healthy peppery kick. Otherwise this is surprisingly floral without being very herbal. Yeast also gives you a touch of clove. Quite clean, especially given the murky yeasty color. Booze is extremely well hidden.
4.0 T: Taste is like the nose, but perhaps a bit less unrefined. Plenty of peels and pepper again. More clove than the nose hinted at. Overall quite spicy. Mild herbalness enters the scene. Rich neutral malt flavor, moderate yeastiness. Hay and wet grass. The booze is apparent in the taste, but doesn’t distract too much.
3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Probably the heaviest saison I’ve ever had. Good moderate carbonation, though I’d prefer it to be spritzier. I’m not much of a fan of this kind of body on a saison, but it’s decent enough.
4.0 D: Really tasty imperial saison that is worthy of an anniversary.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-10-2012 23:40:25
Lubiere (12939) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazed blonde saison with a thin lacing off white head. In aroma, nice spiced malt with light kiwi pulp, banana and light cloves. In mouth, a nice sweet saison with ripe bananas, light ginger and maple notes, warming alcohol. On tap at Sunset Grill, July 15, 2012.
jrmac (333) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A little boozy, but this Saison is kicking and screaming! Orange, coriander, lemon, and more.
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly hazy deep gold pour with a large fluffy white head that fades quickly. Aroma of orange peels, fruity and spicy yeasts with light funk and grains. Sweet fruity entry and mid palate fades into a spicy booze laden finish. Medium full bodied and sweet throughout. One style of beer I don’t want imperialized is a saison.
Sammy (11219) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy golden looks, with a minimal ring of a head, Bush glass. Booze exuded in the aroma. Above average mouthfeel, at first I am getting a strong ale/barleywine, at finish I am getting a grapefruit kiss.
drfabulous (6661) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce from Bruisin Ales. Spicy saison. Yeasty aroma and taste. Slightly pungent. Some orange meshed in. Not dry at all. Might need aging.