j12601 (9798) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brewer’s Art. Pours a hazed amber brown with a thin to medium sized white head. Soft roast and cocoa, light musk. Toasty malt, cocoa and baker’s chocolate. Nutty malt, tasty but still very subtle and easy drinking. Gentle tasty bitterness.
Travlr (22553) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at Max’s Belgian beer fest. Nice variegated brown color. Aroma of lemon and white pepper. Can’t read the rest of my notes. It was a long night!
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by scraff on 7/3/09: Pours a slightly hazy amber copper with a thin, wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of sweet toasty biscuity Belgian malt with some floral notes and clove. Starts with good fullness and sweet toasty pale Belgian malt and some light fruity tartness with a good clove and floral spice balance. A pretty authentic and enjoyable saison.
nimbleprop (7792) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 12, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled from a growler at a DC local growler. Thanks Scraff! Pours a transparent brown, amber with zero head. Floral, spicy nose. Malty flavor, spices, yeasty, sticky fruits. Sort of a funny after taste/finish. Didn’t translate well for me.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I really dug this one. At first I was leery of the flowers but I came around and really enjoyed it. The interplay of yeast and flowers from the nose to the palate make this my 2nd favorite (so far) of their brews. I could drink it all day.
argo0 (13613) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2011 Cask, Max’s Belgian Fest 2011. Clear dark amber body, small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, bread/caramel, some flower, honey, faint chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, bread/caramel, some honey. Light-medium body, low carbonation. 6/3/6/3/12
(DC Local Gathering, growler, thanks scraff) Small beige head atop lightly hazed amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, fruity (strawberry, melon), some spice, honey, light clove, straw, faint pepper. Taste is moderately sweet, strawberry, some straw/spice, light honey. Light-medium body, light stickiness. 6/3/7/3/12
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Scraff for the heads up on this one. Wow- I wonder where they got the idea for a really good flower saison? ;)
Pours a deep coppery woody brown with a nice big fluffy tacky head. Aroma is spicy flowery, floral, big earthy yeastiness, fairly clean and no DMS or Diacetyl like some of thier beers. Flavor is doughy light nutty toasted malts, good floweriness, herbal, dandelion, light chamomile flowers- mineral citrusy- vitamin C tartness as it warms. Smooth and a very nice drying herbal earthy character in the end. Pretty damn solid for BA.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft – Max’s. Dark hazy copper brown, creamy white head. Complex herbal mint and fresh flower aromas ride waves of nutty earth and touches of spiced yeast. Clean lemon and fresh ginger flavors are tightly wound over notes of spring flowers and wet earth. Well balanced from beginning to end. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, spiced floral finish. Very much reminds me of Cuvee des Fleurs from Southampton. Great beer that in my opinion is one of the best beers BA has ever done. Way to go, Volker! Bottle this as your summer seasonal perhaps?