jkwood04 (2904) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep amber/golden with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, spicy yeast, light fruits, a little pepper, and floral hops. The flavor has the elements of a saison but they’re buried under everything else. Thicker texture. An interesting beer, but I feel like they tried to do too much.
strongpieman (1309) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Cloudy gold beer with suspended matter. Thin white head. Assertive sweet and fruit aroma, medium body. Long lasting finish with lots of flavor. Good, complex brew.
jhgrantjr (392) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle, hazy yellow color with thin white head. Aroma of the citrus variety, earthy. The taste is thicker than typical saisons, slightly bitter or spicey aftertaste. Not my favorite, but I was surprised at the high ABV.
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nittanytide (205) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured orange/gold with a thin white head. Citrus aroma barely noticeable. Taste is bitter oranges with a little bit of grass. Decent.
Ratman197 (8469) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of CraftBeerDesign (thanks Geoff!)poured a clear golden yellow with a small lingering white head. Aromas of straw, yeast, earthiness, lemon zest and white pepper., Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, lemoin zest and white pepper with a crisp dry lingering lemon pepper finish.
rajendra82 (911) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy, golden amber colored body, was nice to look at. There wasn’t a big head, as it rose up to one finger thick at most, and then died down fairly quickly. The smell had a lot of citric character, which is understandable considering the use of grapefruit, lemon, and orange peel. There was also a hint of floral hops. The first taste is where this beer really started to excel for me. There was an explosion of sweet and citric flavors as soon as the beer touched my tongue, and as I swallowed it, there was a lingering spicy-herbal finish with a slight numbing sensation, which I suspect resulted from the pink peppercorns. The body was medium dense, which is pretty typical for a Saison. I wish that the beer was more carbonated, as it would have improved the feel significantly. Although the spices used are unusual, this was a typical sweetish Saison.
dagimp (650) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Troegs Saison glass. Purchased at whole foods Devon. Pours a blah hazy gold. Plenty of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Little head and zero lacing. Vert nice Belgian aroma with spices, dough, coriander, and flowers/honey. Mouthfeel is too carbonated and kinda slick due to the high abv. Taste is actually very Saison- like. Weird huh? At 10%+ it still tastes like a Saison. Very much like the smell, floral, rose water, syrup and hibiscus. Overall a solid beer. I couldn't deal with more than one a month but I did like it.
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beerandbeyond (551) - ISRAEL - NOV 7, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Cloudy golden color with a steady medium white head and some floating particles.
Super Belgian yeasty nose, with sweet fruitiness, some alcohol and floral hops.
Big citrus flavors, grapefruit mostly, super sweet maltiness, low bitterness from hops, but some present from the peels.
Heavy, full bodied, creamy, alcoholic, cloying and hard to consume. Celebratory but far from exciting.
pete4999 (923) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color. Straw gold. Smells very peppery with strong citrus. "Dances on the tongue". A nice bite to it. A bit boozy but not too overpowering.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle from Sam’s, Durham. The whole imperial saison thing just doesn’t work for me, I think. Cloudy dark gold pour, with medium carbonation, not much lacing. Nose is strongly yeasty, with notes of citrus and pepper. Fairly promising but the taste - while it hides the ABV well - was muddled, and just a generic mix of esters, dry hops, and some tartness.