pete4999 (1129) - 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.
ChainGangGuy (4423) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
12 ounce bottle - $2.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clouded, pale gold body with a small, thinning, essentially white head.
Smell: Sweetish, ethanol-laced wheat malt sitting atop squelched notes of varied citrus rinds and peppery spices.
Taste: Malted wheat with a light pinch of powdered sugar. Some initial floral tones (until the numbing alcohol kicks in), but that’s right around when the citrus peelings roll in. Spicy, peppery qualities from the yeast, presumably from the alcohol as well, and the peppercorns, with a lingering spiciness beyond the full finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: "Seventeen weighs in at a style-obliterating 10.5% abv." It also destroyed my patience right off the bat. Harsh, flabby, boozy. Happy Anniversary.
kerenmk (2612) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks DSG. Pours cloudy blond-yellow with white film. Orange, coriander, bubblegum aroma, yeasty, slightly sweet and ripe banana taste. Full body, soft carbonation, long, fruity finish. Very nice.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from Sam’s Quik Shop. Poured half that was clear gold, and the second half was cloudy and a tad darker. Could have used some swirling perhaps. Nose of bananas, Belgian yeast, orange and lemon rind and faint white pepper. Taste adds quite a bit of sweetness and booze. A little harsh. Better as it warms and settles a bit.
BillWyce (751) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes: Poured hazy golden-amber with a 1-finger off-white head. Aroma is stereotypically earthy, with a strong citrus backbone. Medium body, with a mild thickness. A lingering tartness to the finish. Earthy yeast flavor, with a nice note of citrus underneath that becomes more like the pith/rind in the finish.
DSG (6352) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Cloudy yellow. Earthy aroma, spicy, fruity and a bit funky. Spicy flavor with light sweetness, yeast, earth, fruits and a dry alcoholic finish. Medium-bodied. Nice but a bit too alcoholic.
Phaquue2 (5) - Orefield, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle not much head on the pour. Surprised by the peppery finish as the citrus aroma had me thinking differently. Delicious flavor lingers awhile. Cool to look at as sediment suspended throughout. Slow sipper really smooth and enjoyable.
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. This pours a golden color with a thin white head. Fruity esters stand out; banana, citrus peal, along with a yeast and an herbal spice aroma. Big for a saison, perhaps tasting more like a Tripel, but still not a struggle to drink. Pretty solid stuff, actually. Tangy and fruity with a moderate alcohol bite, and flavors of manadrin orange, banana, apricot, lemongrass, and a dry, herbal spicy finish. I would prefer this to have a little less alcohol, especially for a saison, but it didn’t detract too much from my overall enjoyment of this beer.
MaBeer1972 (1369) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz single from Julios. A cloudy "glowing" orange brew. Good carbonation. Intense fruity aromas. Flavor is very smooth. Lots of layers to this one. Well balanced. Lingering peppery notes. Alcohol is well masked, but it does creep up quickly. I will try my best to sip this one for a while.