douglas88 (9420) - 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. 3fourths (9349) - 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. 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. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Bottle thanks to mora2000. Pours with a hazed golden hued body with a retentive white head. Aromas are of peppery phenols, sage, black pepper, and plastic. Light apple esters, low malt. Flavors are dry, black pepper and a touch of vegital flavors. Lively carbonation with a dry finish. Ernest (7719) - 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.
Strykzone (7422) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2013
12 ounce bottle from Hayduke. A big white head has a cool looking cascading effect. It settles leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is banana and cloves with Belgian yeast. The flavor is more complex. Those are tasted but there are also noble sulfur hops, grass, lemon. This is kind of a hoppy-hefe-saison. A nice beer that defies style. Whatever it is it makes for a nice summer quaff. Enjoyable and interesting. AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Bottle to tulip glass. Hazy golden color with lasting white head. Grassy, dry hay, dry spice aromas with mild phenolics. light body, average carbonation. grassy, dry hay, phenolic dry spice flavors with bready malts----good wlajwl (6876) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Aroma is spices and citrus, almost close to overboard. The flavor is citrus, light bananas, malts and tart/almost sourish finish. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Straw in color, large frothy white head, nice lacing.   Bright herbal and grassy nose.   Mealy and grassy on the tongue.   Not as floral or bright as I had hoped.   Has a slight herbal aspect, along
with general bright straw/hay and grassiness.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Mealy wheaty finish, a touch dry, and thats about it.   Nothing really floral or bright to be seen.   Very slight metallic notes on the
finish.   Not terrible, but not at all what I would have thought of as a Saison. ajnepple (6701) - 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.