ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy yellow orange pour with a frothy white head. Aroma is funky spicy and a bit fruity. Flavor is spicy and fruity. A not sweet. Would have liked it a not drier, but not bad.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355mL. The pour is a clear golden with some decent carbonation generating a medium, pillowy, white head. Nice retention but no lace. Nose is heavy esters with banana and clove similar to something like Duvel or an Abbey Tripel. Taste is metallic, sweet, very grainy and cereal heavy. As it warms you can get some of the numbing clovey spice and heavy spicy yeast. A little heavy and husky on the palate for saison but pretty competent and nice. Much better than I expected.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
20110514 12oz bottle from Ronnie’s in Forest Hill. Cloudy golden with big, fluffy, clingy, off-white head that lasts. Aroma is immediately bready, sourdough rye, and herbal, tarragon and thyme, with mild lemon and coriander. Full bodied and almost creamy, which is nice but not very saisonish; I would enjoy a bit more carbonation and a somewhat lighter heft. Comes across as quite wheaty and almost hefe-like, but does crisp up a bit when served colder. Gleefully lacking in sweetness however, this beer is firmly focused on a spicy Belgian yeast and baguette-like maltiness. Very mild hoppiness could be bolder to dry up the finish, but as it is there’s a pleasant yeasty spice to clean it up. Not a terribly focused beer, but pleasant enough to not regret having five more to work though.
Suttree (5844) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy gold, thin ring of foam. Bready, toasty aroma, with some light spicy notes in the background. Odd flavor - dry white wine, some odd herbal note I can’t quite place, and I gonna say oregano? Maybe? Sessionable and tasty.
nimbleprop (6865) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle pours a lightly hazy deep gold with a lacing, creamy white head. Nose is very floral, very sweet, melon, rose petal, yeasty esters, banana, clove. Flavor is sweet, malty, a little grass, something a touch medicinal, honey, banana, spice. Full bodied but dry. Too much yeast, needed to be toned down a bit.
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours golden amber with full sticky head. Aroma is bright fruity and a bit of spice. Flavor is cloying sweet with candied sugars and a real belgian taste. Medium body and sweet finish.
DiarmaidBHK (4017) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On cask at Max’s on Broadway. Interesting pepper aroma. Pours golden with a serious white that doesn’t dissipate even after 30 minutes. Nice spices on the tongue. Very refreshing and crisp.
tommeagher (222) - Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice, cloudy, thick, citrusy saison. Hoppy, foamy, delicious. This brewery keeps getting it right.
strap (691) - Sindelfingen, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - APR 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
golden pour, a bit cloudy. sweet aroma. sweet, fruity and peppery. refreshing summer brew.
jsmerig (1436) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy golden yellow with an off white head. Aroma is of spice and straw. Taste is distinctly Belgian with overtones of fruit and gingerbread.