mansquito (2494) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Total Wine, Fairfax 12oz ($4.50): Pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. Looks like a saison. Smells like a saison: more hops, more spices, and a noticeable malt backbone, along with a hefty dose of farmhouse funk. Taste is much the same. I want to first point out that the alcohol was very well covered. Taste is somewhat sharp. I think that the pepper and the hops work well together. Malt backbone is heavier than most saisons, but I wouldn’t guess that the alcohol content was so high. So basically, this was a lot easier drinking than it perhaps should be. This is for sure an interesting take on one of my favourite styles.
italianjohn (2025) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy golden yellow pour thin white head ... aroma of fruity saison yeast and some spicy peppercorn .... Taste is a little boozy and of fruity saison yeast, nice spicy bite from orange and lemon peel with peppercorn zest ... Pretty bitter and spicy brew with some abv heat ... spicy dry lingering bite in the finish ... medium to heavy mouthfeel ... Interesting take on a high abv saison
SSSteve (3378) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. murky gold with a small white head. sweet and fruity with vanilla cake mix and floral hops and a twist of orange. a big smack from the 10% and a fullish body with lots of carbonation. bitter. some vanilla notes, but mostly an acidic bitterness from all these peel additions. a lot like grapefruit rind or lemon rind blended with the harshness of the abv. too bitter for me.
alobar (2299) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden yellow color with a white frothy head. Aroma of spice, yeast, and citrus. Citrus flavor with spice-pepper, yeast, spice, and touch of alcohol. Very nice.
TheEpeeist (2817) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Cloudy olive orange with a sudsy white head. Nose is banana, yeast and toffee, hints of earthy citrus peel with tailing peppery heat. Drinks fairly smooth considering the ABV but seems heavy and gluey despite the carb buzz. Taste is cane sugar, sage and orange finishing with dry citrus pith and soap.
darn1207 (1703) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4 pack bottles from Liquor Loft. Murky yellow pour with a thin white head and visible carbonation. Aroma is salt, clove, pepper, lemon, orange. Tastes are yeasty zest lemon and orange. Juicy and fizzy. Slick drinkable palate. Clean and simple.
Jabic (294) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ar: Orange, banana, some faint breadiness.
Ap: Cloudy pale orange, no real head, but some wisps of off-white lacing.
T: Banana and clove up front - some big citrus notes and sweet malt - medium bitterness with a herbal and spicy edge - some warm alcohol throughout - lingering fruit, citrus and peach, on the finish.
P: Medium body with high carbonation - finish is dry.
O: A big saison with some nice complexity and a great ester profile - probably needs some of the alcohol heat to subside, and it lacks the big saison head.
DocLock (6789) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Craft Ale. Pours deep canary golden with 1-finger frothy white head. Nose is yeasty rock sugary malt, tart citrus, hops, spicy pepper. Tastes rock sugary malty, hoppy, somewhat sweet and fruity, pretty hot peppery. This one was a bit of a mishmash, and although it was unique, it was a bit chaotic holistically.
michael-pollack (4962) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of pink peppercorns, light orange zest, Saison yeast, grain, spices, and fruit. Poured flaxen/amber/yellow in color with a small, creamy, dense, off-white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of alcohol, Saison yeast, pepper, fruit, and spices. Light to medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Saison yeast, spice, pepper, fruit finish. 10.5%ABV is noticeable and a little hot in the flavor.
r464 (1467) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep with a bit of tartness that fades quickly. Citrus, yeast, and spice. Very smooth in the finish, however. You can feel some strength to it, but it’s not an overwhelming alcohol presence.