douglas88 (9630) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2013
12 ounce bottle thanks to Jeremy. Pours a cloudy golden color with a large white head. A big grainy nose, some honey and banana. A light somewhat thin palate, banana, grains, lemons, some clove. OK. Nothing too exciting here. kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2013
Pours a hazy golden. White head. Leathery aroma. Funky, musty flavor.with bubblegum. Dclecent lacing. Stevesie (336) - - APR 13, 2013
From bottle. Murky gold pour with some decent white head and lacing. Nose is sweet with some spice. Taste is in line with the nose. Clean finish. Not bad, but a bit too sweet and a little thin. 3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2013
bottle. lightly hazed gold body with a small white head, some lacing, light effervescence. potato starch, minerals, dried fruit peel, white pepper, crunchy egg shell / sulfur-accented pale malt nose with little hop aroma. medium-light body with rigid, crunchy, husky malt texture and a stale and dull and lifeless Belgian-type yeast. dried fruit peel and pith and vitamins and dried pineapple pieces found in trail-mix, that sort of thing. low bitterness; more dry than sweet. lacks major flaws but seems to be a rather pointless beer - the aroma and flavor are plain and as a whole the beer does little to excite me. bmsulliv (219) - - APR 11, 2013
Like A bad homebrew that's been sitting for way too long.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Ernest (7820) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2013
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy medium to dark yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, husks), lightly to moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly yeasty (basement, cobwebs), with notes of gum, pepper, sulfur, rubber/plastic, concrete.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, husky.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
AARRGGHHH. So close. So damned close. And from Big Sky of all brewers. These guys had Saison Dupont in mind, quite clearly, and that’s worth an awful lot to me. It doesn’t fail in the ways that most American renditions do...it’s not a banana bomb, it’s not too sweet (the finish is indeed very dry), it’s not boozy (5.3%, yeah baby!), it’s not filtered, it doesn’t have a bunch of unneeded spices. I want to hug the brewer for keeping it pure and effectively "to style" (as loose as this style might be, it honors the basic principals...low ABV, dry/quenching, etc.). But sadly, this has two problems: first, the malt is pretty husky (in both nose and aftertaste). And second, it has some rubbery/industrial phenolics (maybe a little fusel too?)...but thankfully they aren’t very strong. The gummy ester threatens to dominate, too, but it doesn’t completely clobber everything. I am perhaps being a bit generous with my score (maybe more like a 3.1 with my more typical Big Meanie hat on), given all the quibbles and flaws, but here’s the thing...most American attempts fail *miserably* at this style, so bad that they’re not even in the ballpark of saisons. This brewery surprised me by doing the most typically wrong things RIGHT. Yes, it’s not as well-crafted as it could/should be to get a 3.5+, but they win big points for trying to make something in the vein of Dupont instead of making another sweet, boozy, banana-bomb like everyone else. If they could just improve their malt extraction alone, I would buy this again for sure. ajnepple (7065) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2013
12 oz bottle. Dark golden, pale and cloudy with a fluffy white head that laces the glass. The aroma is yeasty and lightly tart with fruity esters, spices and herbs. Light to medium body with a crisp dry feel. Chalky yeast flavor, herbal hops, light spices and fruit. Kind of bland and watery. Lingering unpleasant finish. Meh. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2013
12-oz. Pours a murky medium amber. Huge fluffy white head. Cigarette ashes and egg yolks on the nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Ashy, sulfuric mid palate. Surprisingly mild finish. Disappointing. Beerdrinker79 (2218) - Idaho, USA - APR 7, 2013
12 oz. bottle- Pours hazy light golden with a one finger head. Aroma is floral, light spices, yeasty. The taste is mild funk, creamy, yeasty, strong banana flavors, not very complex, but pretty good actually, I could drink more than one of these. The body is medium, carbonation is medium high, creamy mouthfeel. Overall I liked it, a working mans saison, which is what the style was originally, before it became a higher end beer, but this is very basic, and tasty. Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2013
Aroma of spice (cloves) and citrus fruit with hints of barnyard/earthy funk. A clear golden yellow our with a moderately dissipating white head and minimal lacing. The taste is surprise. I get moderate malts and gram crackers with a slight touch of fruit and spice in the middle and a dry grainy finish. Medium-light body with crisp carbonation. Slightly watery. Overall, while a drinkable beer, it is not, sadly, very representative of the Saison style