KajII (800) - 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...
JohnGalt1 (1434) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 13, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
off white head with good lacing.. the brew is a good deep amber ... very clear..
Slightly phenolic in the aromas.. a bit of clove and some pepper.. some light caramel and fig notes...
toasty elements with some dried raisin and light clove... interesting almost molasses traces that are of place.. dark rye bread crusts on the finish.. a smattering of honey essence..
The body is expected light/medium.. the carbonation is a touch light for the style but within forgivable range...
Pretty interesting brew with the current Saison craze in the PNW... I think this one cuts through the masses and makes for a good approachable dark(ish) saison ... the "dark" qualities seem too much when compared to the benchmarks of the style.
slowrunner77 (9216) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"A nice, unique brew. Some flavor and aromas paralleling a hefe as well as a saison. Sweet and spicy flavor, floral and earthy aroma. A little fuller in body than most saisons but it works. "
harrymel (1551) - 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. I’m 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.
It’s a decent beer, especially at the price point, but likely the last time I will have it.
Serving type: bottle
IndianaRed (3482) - 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. It’s definitely a weird combination. Not bad, just... different.
kramer (5735) - 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 (11469) - 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 (1937) - 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 (3417) - 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.