Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: Way too strong for the style, but still fairly true to the flavor and aromas of the style. It might age nicely. The grapefruit became quite intense once the yeast was added to the glass.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium to dark, somewhat brownish, orange that almost glowed and had beautiful carbonation bubbles that increase in size as they rise. It also had a small, ever so slightly off-white head that mostly lasted and left excellent lacing. The aroma had heavy light bread, pale malt and candy sugar; heavy spicy and earthy yeast; slightly funky yeast; light pepper; and citrus rind that increased as it warmed. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet, moderately bitter and acidic, and ever so slightly sour with a fairly long duration. There was pale malts, citrus, light bread, pepper, lots of spicy yeast, earthy yeast, slightly funky yeast, candy sugar, alcohol and more citrus. The medium to full body was a bit oily and syrupy with slightly fizzy carbonation and a moderately alcoholic finish.
onceblind (3539) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought at the store, not sure how old, over a year for sure. Hazy tangerine golden, fast dissipating white head. Nose is pretty citrusy, with some tangerine and orange peel, pink rose pedals, and gentle barn-blonde saison maltiness. The flavor is pretty tangerine-ish and citrusy and leafy, some light pepper tones, a bit of grapefruit rind, zesty citrus tones, strong wheaty booze esters. It basically tastes the way it’s advertised, an imperial saison with a light bit of peppercorn and a moderate flavor of citrus zest.
thornecb (4095) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep gold into a tulip. Bright white soapy head recedes to mottle surface. Sweet caramel, summer fruit and citrus aromas. Well balanced and still a little hot with toffee, peaches and spicy yeast upfront turning to bitter earth in the warm, lasting finish.
snoworsummer (1467) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle. Pours opaque amber gold with lots of particles floating around, a creamy frothy white head, and lots of lacing. Tastes like lemony citrus, wheat, lavender, pine, herbs. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like herbs, lemon, wheat, bread, and alcohol.
sonnycheeba (2932) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours hazy gold with creamy off-white head. Aroma is cereal malts, floral notes, black pepper, lemon zest, and Belgian yeast. Flavor is chewy bready malts, spice, light floral hops, citrus fruit esters, and booze; dry finish. Medium/full body and low carbonation.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange breads under a fluffy pithy head which fades with arcs of lace marking the glass. Lingers as a bubbly pithy puddle in the middle.
Coriander and cumin. Orange peel. Green banana peel. Golden brown crunchy on the outside, soft and moist on inside, French and Italian artisanal breads. Candied ginger. Spicy husked grains. Rye seeds and star fruit.
Spicy, tropical, yeasty, and of the harvest. Green bananas, plantains, and whole pineapples. Lots of spice and prickly tropical fruits in the back. Candied ginger and cumin. Faint grains of paradise.
A solid Saison, Weyerbacher’s Seventeen hit all the right notes, bringing to mind the harvest with a hint of tropical notes. I’d gladly drink another.
madmitch76 (13004) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
5th November 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to Leighton, always fun to try these anniversary beers. Hazy gold in colour with a small white head. Smooth palate, a little soft. Floral yeast and sweet generic fruits, tinned. Mild spice. Light crisp finish. Tasty.
Scopey (5276) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Leightonian. It pours hazy golden orange with a small white head. The nose is orange, nectarine, apricot, hay, toast, light vanilla, wood and spice. The taste is crisp, orange, tangerine, sherbet, alcohol heat, spice, toasty coconut, vanilla and wood with a dry, spicy finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. A bit hot perhaps, but it still makes for a interesting and enjoyable drinking experience.
maneliquor (2718) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle cheers to Leighton. Golden pour with a big white head. Looks great. Nose is full of herbal hops, lemon curd, leafy greenery, grass, yeast, lemon morange and light funk. Taste has loads of lemon curd, lemon tart, pepper and spice, grassy hops. Alcohol shows itself with quite a bit of warmth although isn’t too bad for the abv. Spices right on the back end. Solid stuff
merc7186 (1645) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Hazy Golden Straw/Orangish Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, No Lacing
S: Oranges, Corrainder
T: Oranges, Grapefruit, Corriander
M: Mediocre Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Bitter
Overall, for a saison, it was poorly carbonated and just a boring nose and flavor...very disappointed for an anniversary beer.
Leighton (9619) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Bruce’s in London - this one I got at New Beer Distributors in NYC. Pours mostly clear gold with a frothy white head. Aroma holds doughy white bread, lemon meringue, hints of straw. Medium sweet flavor with lots of pale bread, herbs, yeast, semi-dry citrus. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with further yeasty, doughy pale malts, subtle spices, hay. Strong but pretty tasty overall.