beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - FEB 16, 2013
On tap at winter brew fest. Cloudy golden pour with a fizzy white top. Scent is fruity and yeasty. Taste is same and crisp. dwyerpg (6290) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 22, 2013
My wife loved this, but for me, aside from the quite nice and slightly funky aroma, I was simply whelmed. It’s quite sweet in the finishing notes and fairly dominated by orange throughout. Also some dryness in there that works pretty well. Not bad or great but good. Probably good enough. beastiefan2k (4033) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a Christoffel thin tulip glass. Pretty fresh beer, just got to town. Pours is nice with vigorous carbonation visible in the golden beer that creates a medium thick head with very long retention. Generally speaking this is a banana ester rich beer, not as strong as Chimay but still strong. However, it is well attenuated, not sweet. Yeasty dough around with some herb and spice off the yeast as well. I like it b/c I am a fan of banana esters but I understand why this beer is scoring lower. In general, for this brewer its a very nice accomplishment. Usually Belgians come off too estery or too sweet but this isn’t. For the price of a six pack its a very good deal. notalush (5896) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Finally found a bottle of this in the singles cooler at a local store - cloudy golden pour - head is initially fizzy, but it froths up nicely eventually and the retention is impressive - nose of earthy, lightly husky malts, dusty yeast, pepper, floral notes, mild banana esters - light to medium body, with moderate carbonation - lightly tart up front, but dries out quickly - light mineral/limestone - spicy/pepper phenols, especially in the bone dry finish - very mild plastic phenols, but not of the off-putting sort - mild banana esters late (I don’t taste them nearly as much as others) - this is quite nice - I really dig how crisp and dry it is - the nose has a couple off notes, but otherwise this is a solid attempt - I must track down a full six pack. dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a white head that leaves some nice lacing. Nice carbonation too. Aroma is lemon, spice, a little funk. Taste is somewhat bitter with peppery and floral notes. Maybe a touch too bitter, but clean drinking and crisp. A nice change from many of the fuller bodied saisons I’ve had lately.
Strykzone (7490) - 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. blutt59 (6573) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Bottle, hazed orange color with soapy white foam, aroma is dry chalky lemon, flavor of papery metal and citrus, nice dry finish Beerdrinker79 (2188) - 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. Ernest (7747) - 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. Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 26, 2013
(bottle) Drank during one of the nicer days of the year so far, so felt the style was appropriate for the weather. Pours out a clear gold color with a large, fluffy white head and solid levels of lacing. Yeast pour introduces plenty of haziness. Aroma holds some pizza crust, oregano, coriander, light banana, and faint soap bar. The flavor holds substantial cracker and bread notes, especially shining through on the finish, with further flavors of faint banana, mild but herbal hops in the mid, and a lingering finish of grain holding well on after drinking. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is a bit subdued for the style. Overall a decent saison that would be great for the upcoming summer weather.