glennmastrange (2030) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Moderate grain and hay for the malt, light to moderate lemon peel for the hops, moderate barnyard and leather for the yeast with pear, coriander, ginger and alcohol in the background. Head is small, fizzy, white with no lacing and is fully diminishing. olor is hazy amber with lots of assorted sized chunks. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic and finishes lightly to moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a soft to lively carbonation. Great farm fresh aromas in this Saison.
Lukaduke (1475) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 3, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a slightly hazy blondish golden color with a big frothy fluffy head.... On the nose there is a ton of bubblegum and pepper along with some yeasty belgian candy notes. On the palate its a lot of the same with an overwhelming cloying bubblegum sweetness that gets cut by the peppercorns. Not bad but a little overdone... would like to see this toned down and balanced a bit more. Gonna lay a few down and se if time will meld the flavors together a little better.
DasBierChef (1080) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really love this beer. A surprisingly complex and sweet flavor. GF describes it quite well as bubblegummy.
jbruner (1704) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy golden yellow on tap with thin white head and little to no lacing. Aroma of belgian yeast, funk, and spicy herbal notes. Taste follows suit with a good alcohol burn on the way down. Decent, but intense for a saison.
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Virginia Trip – bottle 355 ml
Aroma clean citrus, fairly gentle alcohol for strength. Straight solid aroma.
Appearance hazed amber gold, medium white, bright top. Good.
Flavor and Palate : medium bodied. Mild tartness, citrus with alcoholic wrap. Green and cereal like notes backing. Semi-dry with drier hop character at finish. With time rough alcohol elements apperared.14+/20
AirForceHops (2369) - 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 (1704) - 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 (1733) - 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 (1467) - 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