Keir (183) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow. Nose of citrus, sweet, fruity, a hint of spice. Taste of sweet fruit and a bit of spice. Has a nice malt balance. Pretty good. Surprised this was a saison.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz. bottle, cellar aged for 1 year. Fruity, sweet and floral aroma, spicy and sugary with notes of melon, pineapple, banana, honey and citrus, some faint clove and dried flowers in the background as well. Lightly hazy light-medium golden in color, very carefully poured off of any sediment (which was because it was quite a lot) to keep it as clear as possible in the glass, and managing a very fine, uneven, white head and fine lacing to match. Flavor profile is richly sweet, fruity, spicy, estery and malty with a hint of warming alcohol appearing at the finish, showing more tropical fruit, clove, and faint pepper towards the end. Mouthfeel is thick, heavy and full on the palate, slightly creamy with a low degree of effervescence, body is also substantial. Certainly a liberal and high-gravity take on the style.
dresden (1308) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAY 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy yellow beer with a short white head. Aroma is heavily spiced with pepper, lots of orange and lemon peel and some yeast. Taste is very full of spice...too much so,. Lots of pepper and lots of booze. Not a really great balance for me, but interesting none the less.
tom10101 (4909) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (12 oz). Thanks John! Unclear straw/golden with a small diminishing white head and no lacing. Aroma is of orange peel, lemon, peppercorn, alcohol, yeast and slight fruits. Taste is moderately sweet with a strong alcohol and spices presence, orange peel, malt, lemon and yeast. Spicy finish. Heavy body. Dry and hot. Too much alcohol and spices for my liking (maybe a tad overdone) but still a good beer. Not so drinkable for a Saison though.
Ughsmash (7505) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Poured clear, lighter straw golden with a short, uniform white head. The aroma picked up a hefty dose of orange peel and peppercorn with honey behind.. some lavender and black pepper accents.. big, but quite well done. The flavor found sweet, strong honey at the core with citrus zest, peppercorns, and meaty floral notes laced throughout.. tangy citrus and peppery notes on the long, slightly-syrupy, belly-warming finish. Heavier-bodied with low-moderate carbonation on the palate.. bordering on heavy-handed, but I enjoyed the way it came together.
rumproasts (4720) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2013
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Cloudy golden with small head. I’ve had really good luck with Weyerbacher, but this is way overdone. Boozy and over spiced.
Guyute_Pig (102) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2013
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Hazy orange pour with minimal head that fades quickly. Nose has lemon, banana, and yeast. Dear lord, finish is a muddled candy mess. This is no saison in my book. Improved slightly after sitting a bit, but no thx.
stumpyiliz (217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing lemon yellow pour with hazy yeasty’s floating amist. Head is white and is only present under a heavy pour. Taste is grassy, wheaty, orange corriander spice ginger and lemon Zest. Palate lingers on anise malts probably from use of maris(?). Excellent taste alcohol is well hidden. Shame its my last one.
alaimoa (11) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wish I would have picked up another 4 pack. Pours deep yellow and can immediately smell citrus. It definitely as the saison alcohol bite but great overall taste
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
355mL from Grassroots Market is Jax, Fl. Thanks drowland for the gift card! Pours a low haze deep golden to light orange color. Yeast in suspension. Medium white foam. Nose is a bit stale, squashy hops, heavy dried apricot, estery/yeasty, green olives, salty olive/caper. Taste is warming alcohol up front, dog breath, spices, more dried apricot, chalky yeast. Palate is denser for style, some minerals and fruit juice. It’s all over the place, but 10+% is ridiculous for saison. Should be moved to Belgian Strong Ale. "Style-obliterating" in the sense that is has destroyed everything this style stands for? Yes, mission accomplished.