JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 26, 2013
$7.20 for a 6’er of this at WinCo of all places... Great deal! Pours into my HotD goblet with a 2 finger white head.. nice retention, but only splotchy lacing... the brew is hazed straw golden.
The aromas are only okay in the traditional saison realm.. grainy/wheat malt presence.. I guess some minor peppery phenols, but no real fruity esters.. seems too malt dominant for a "saison". Could use any sort of Belgian esters.
Very grainy on the palate.. not as dry on the palate as expected for the style.. light yeasty peppery quality.. perhaps some minor clove and even some bandaid. Wheat malt lays down a minor (very minor) tartness, but there is no yeasty sour notes to speak of.
Body is thick for a saison.. the residual malts left on the palate accentuate this... and the carbonation isn’t really that good either.
Despite all my above negatives, I see what the good folks at Big Sky were trying to accomplish and I would suggest a very different yeast.
But for what this is, it is very, very refreshing and unlike anything the other breweries have in the cooler right now.... I will certainly buy it again... This should have been released in late spring.. Late night fire-pit parties, afternoon yard-work, and camping/fishing/hot-springing with an interesting/individual brew.
Decent... I see the bones; but this should have been more adventurous and it would have been great (especially in a 6-pack).
poisoneddwarf (2511) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 22, 2013
12 oz bottle from a six pack bought at Super 1 in Rathdrum, ID. Pours hazy golden with a collapsing white head. Aroma is pretty bland for a saison. I smell grain, faint banana, faint pepper, faint lemon; almost as boring-smelling as an American golden/blonde ale. Taste is pretty hoppy bitter for your average saison...who are we kidding here? This doesn’t taste anything like any saison I’ve ever had. It tastes more like an American pale ale with faint--and when I say faint, I mean extremely faint--Belgian characteristics. Finishes with a light tang. Mouthfeel is foamy, texture watery, body medium to thin. Average pale ale; substandard saison. MikeJslc (778) - USA - APR 20, 2013
Gold, hazy. off-white head. Grainy-sweet malt with some cornlike notes, a little hay, some light herbal and earthy notes. Finishes grainy and relatively dry, with some lingering herbal notes.
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Good but not great, just depends what you like, I will stick to the moose drool
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12oz bottle. Hazy golden orange with a small white head. Aroma of zesty spice, herbs, lemon and cereal grains. Flavor is toasty malt, spicy yeast esters, light bitter and no alcohol taste. Medium to light body with average carbonation. Nice easy drinking mild saison.
Bricktop86 (847) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Pours clear yellow with a white head. Aroma is wheat, lemon, and spices. Taste follows nose jeremyh70 (1103) - Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2013
A golden orange color with a big rocky off white head with nice retention and good lacing. I get lemon and orange zest aroma with a little funk and grain on the nose. Taste light fruit, orange and banana, with quite a bit of toasted grain and a bit of pepperiness. Has a saltine cracker flavor mid palate and finishes semi dry with a slight bitterness and more grain. Soft mouthfeel with a light/medium body and medium carbonation. A little clean and a bit off for the style. Could use some more funk and less grain, but not a bad tasting beer. edgallow (4211) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2013
12 oz bottle pours golden with a white head. Aroma of citrus, yeast, fruit and malts. Taste is spice, bananas and malty.
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Golden color, white head, bottle was well carbonated. Light pilsner taste with prevalent doughiness, notes of spices and banana and a clean, citrus finish. hockey9930 (293) - - APR 5, 2013
Golden-yellow only slightly cloudy with lots of lacing and a thin white head. Aroma is yeasty with grass. Flavor is hard to pin down, but similar to aroma; lightly sweet and spicy with minor bitter finish. Palate is light, watery, and fizzy.