KajII (711) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The pour was a mahogany brown with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated in a matter of seconds, down to almost non-existent collar with poor lacing.
Aroma had a mild funkiness to it with a mild straw malt, a barnyard scented yeast and notes of a mild dark chocolate, some very ripe fruit (plums, dates and pears) and a mild peppery spice.
The taste was very lightly sweet with a nice malty feel and a hint of fruit from the beginning with the finish having a strong funky yeast taste and a mild peppery ending. The flavor lasted only a short time proceeding the swallow being mostly of a funky spicy yeast flavor that disappeared very quickly.
Mouthfeel was a shade or two above light in body and watery, yet creamy in texture with an almost flat carbonation.
Overall a very unique tasting Farmhouse Ale, but good none the less...
OKplus (560) - 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 (237) - 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. It’s definitely a weird combination. Not bad, just... different.
kramer (3909) - 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. What’s missing seems to be any influence from the yeast, it looks like it’s filtered pretty hard, so I suppose that’s not surprising. Just a light hint of hops. The flavor is pretty far off from what I want in a Saison, it’s very hard and on the sweeter side. Lots of caramel flavor and a little chocolate malt up front. There’s 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 doesn’t 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 (6594) - Ivy, 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 (464) - 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 (2004) - 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 (703) - 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 (7180) - 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.
JK (3989) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown color. Some yeast and a little citrus, as well as lots of sweet malt, and in fact it is too sweet really. There is some light spice, but it is overwhelmed by sugar.
fata2683 (2170) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours light brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is estery Belgian yeast with breaded malts. Flavor is big and bready with light banana and clove estery yeast in the finish.