Fatehunter (1213) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a goblet. Thin head layer on top of a copper, transparent body.
Complex smell: raisins, apples and wet malt.
Sweet tasting, harsh bitterness midway to balance the sweetness. Dried fruit, plum.
Thinner body and moderate carbonation.
A good take on a Dark Saison.
harrymel (1502) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a red amber with some white foam. Less carb in appearance than most in the style. Excellent clarity. The yeast comes up in the nose spicy and sweet with a wheat like character. Every so often I get a hint of honeydew in the nose. Some grassy flavor.
A bit sharply grainy initially with some peppercorn and a lemony finish. The grain is pronounced with a good sweet flavor. The "saison" flavor is classic and simple. Not a top contender by any means. Iím also not getting anything (maybe a hint of toasty flavor) from the dark malts used.
Mouthfeel is medium light as expected but the carb is just a hint low for the style (which is good IMO). I actually like a hair more body for the sweetness displayed.
Itís a decent beer, especially at the price point, but likely the last time I will have it.
Serving type: bottle
IndianaRed (2446) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle poured a clear light brown with slight orange hues. Medium light tan head that sticks around. light sweet cidery spicy aroma, lemon, cinnamon. Light brown sugar flavors with faint sweet citrus. Thin\light bodied and sweet. kind of a chick beer but with some color.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 29, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle served in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.
A - Pours a beautiful clear ruby color with a frothy off-white head. Average lacing.
S - Bananas and clove are the first things to hit the nose, pear, apples, wheat bread, faint bubblegum when warmed to room temperature.
T - Follows the nose with banana, clove, pepper, some sugary pear, candy syrup sweetness, wheat bread. Yeasty, and a tiny hint of peppery alcohol on the finish.
M - Medium body, low to medium carbonation.
Very tasty brew. Good flavors and inviting aroma make this an enjoyable brew. But, style wise this goes against the grain of a Saison.
This is more of Dunkelweizen than a Saison.
Serving type: bottle
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 22, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells like apples and sour fruits and yeast. The flavor is interesting. I definitely get a bit of dark malts and some tart fruit - like pear or green apple. Finish is slightly tart, but not too dry. I feel like I am drinking hard cider mixed with a lager. Itís definitely a weird combination. Not bad, just... different.
kramer (4945) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber brown body with a small fizzy off-white head that faded very quickly. The nose is slightly earthy with some caramel and light chocolate notes. Whatís missing seems to be any influence from the yeast, it looks like itís filtered pretty hard, so I suppose thatís not surprising. Just a light hint of hops. The flavor is pretty far off from what I want in a Saison, itís very hard and on the sweeter side. Lots of caramel flavor and a little chocolate malt up front. Thereís a little bit of farmhouse yeast flavor on the finish, but not enough to really invoke a strong association to the style. Heavily filtered is a quality that just doesnít belong in a Saison. Rather thick and sticky with too much residual sweetness. Fizzy prickly carbonation level. Gotta say this one was a fail for me.
Drake (8550) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle from State Line. Pours a clear dark copper color with a thin creamy off-white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of spice, caramel, bready malts. Almost reminiscent of cola. The taste is bread, nuts, spice, apple, stone fruits. Medium bodied. Meh.
Emeister84 (985) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: raisins, grapes, some spice. Appearance: clear dark brown/ruby. Taste: raisiny fruity esters, tomato, nuts, spice. Palate: smooth, fresh and highly carbonated, peppery iced tea, slight nutty finish.
Ron (2528) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear copper with a small off white head leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a pepper yeast and clove. Medium mouthfeel with a spice flavor and dry finish. A ok saison.
tmongoose (1301) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 16, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
on draft and poured our little dark amber color with minimal head...the aroma of a saison is there but yet mild..some light spice note...the flavor is average. its a mild saison flavor with a bit of hop just enough to give it a little bitterness. for $3/pint i was ok with it.
Leighton (10969) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle drank at Hill Farmstead while waiting for the Harvest Festival VIP session to begin, Vermont. Pours clear, golden-brown with a fine, frothy cap. Moderate yeast in the nose, brown bread, subtle ripe fruits. Medium sweet flavor with faintly toasted bread, light yeast, some faint berries. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation. Sweet finish with further notes of yeast and brown bread, along with light caramel and brown sugar. Decent balance, very smooth character.