Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Had this a few years back at the brew pub and loved it . Knowing that was not a possibility anymore I was very happy to see the four pk at a local bottle store. By far the best gluten free brew I have tried ever, and a dam fine Saison. MaBeer1972 (2204) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 24, 2012
A light orange brew. Loose white head. Bubbly carbonation. Aroma is of spice and dark oranges. Flavor is wonderfully complex of bitter orange and spicy hops. Medium body. Very tasty. Finish is long and lingering bitterness with tart apple notes. Very interesting. My first gluten-free tasting. I think Ratebeer should have a seperate gluten-free category. pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2011
On tap at the brewpub in Waterbury, VT. I’m quite surprised to see that it has such low ratings, because I thought it was arguably the best beer that I had at the brewpub (and I ordered multiple of it). Poured a nice bright yellow gold with large (yet quickly dissipating) white head. Had a nice peppery flavor to it, with an almost flowery feel as well. Almost "dances" on the tongue, for lack of a better term. Perhaps I was there when they had a great batch on tap...I really liked it. dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Pours a cloudy orange gold with a big white head. The aroma is clean and typical of a saison with clear evidence of the orange peel. The hops are earthy and funky. I’m not entirely sure where all of the low ratings come from here. I couldn’t tell that this was gluten free... it had a nice round mouthfeel and clean finish. davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 21, 2012
I’ll preface this by saying that I have tried quite a few gluten free beers on the market. Green’s, Bards, Red Bridge, New Planet, T’weason’ale, New Grist, Daura, etc. This is the best one I have tried hands down. As a gluten free beer its excellent. As a saison...well....its average.
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Contract brewed in Ipswich, MA. Fancy! The label is lacking the words "Gluten Free" as well as the required nutritional facts.
A - Hazy burnt orange body with a very thin edging of bone-white foam. Lacing is on the thin side. The head is almost non-existent, but the beer itself looks amazing.
S - An odd, but somewhat pleasant aroma that is also hard to describe. It smells almost wheaty, but there obviously isn’t any grain in here. Its somewhat grassy and sweet, almost syrupy. Finishes lightly spicy with a touch of dried orange peel.
T - Very neutral. The strong sorghum spice that I normally associate with gluten free beers is missing. Instead its a boring take on a saison. Sweet grass, light coriander, black pepper and orange peel. Finish is cereal like. Its tasty though. Mouth feel is probably a bit on the thin side but its very well carbonated. Drinkability is high.
O - Well it certainly can’t compete with a beer like Fantome, but when compared against other gluten free beers its a clear winner. The sorghum is barely present and it has a nice and refreshing flavor with some light spice and sweetness. Very well made beer.
jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2012 on tap-pours a dissipating off white head and cloudy orange color. Aroma is grapefruit/lemon/perfumy, light malt. Taste is pepper/spice/grassy, lemon/perfumy hops, light malt, some yeast. Probably the best gluten free beer I’ve had. 3.6*******************
*120621-12oz bottle @Tampa Weekly thanks GatorGuy92-pours yellow/gold with a white ring. Aroma is yeast, spice, light malt. Taste follows with some perfumy phenols. Not the same beer I had on tap at the brewpub, not even close. 2.4 Will leave the original score, just updating here for my notes.
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Got this while on a trip to VT.
Poured from a 12.oz bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.
The color is a slightly hazy orange with a finger of foamy head with little lacing sticky to the glass.
The smell is fruity with orange peel and a touch of apricots. There is a nice earthy tone o the aroma that does say "farmhouse" a bit with a slightly hoppy aroma in the back.
The taste is sweet at first with the citrus hitting the tongue then there is a strange bland flavor where the malt should be. Not quite giving this beer enough of a sweetness that I expected. The orange rind flavor does come forward and saves this beer. There is a clay like aftertaste that does have a good slight sweetness with it so it does not become too much to handle.
The feel of this beer is light and goes down easy. There is a decent amount of carbonation in this beer that does wash off some of the aftertaste. Not bad for a gluten free beer.