thegreenrooster (4373) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2016
Pour is a cloudy orange with a large white head. Aroma is more of a German hefe than saison. A nice banana and clove with some creamy vanilla. Flavor is more saison-like with a decent yeast esters and green hop. Finish is a bit spicy and peppery. I do get more of the banana after the swallow. This is a decent and flavorful beer. More of a hefe/saison hybrid than anything else. Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2016
On tap at the brewery, Asheville (5/22/15). Nice estery-sweet fruity nose. Coriander spicy, Beemans gum, and light jasmine. Medium dull amber clear with thin white head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts and stays sweet with nice saison esters and spices. A little too sweet for my preference, but pretty good saison. DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Tap, gold pour, white head, nose and taste are sweet, banana, barnyard, good woodychevy (874) - - MAY 12, 2015
On tap at new catawba tasting room. Kind of like everything else Catawba does to me- about right for the style, but nothing exciting. Looks better than it tastes- really nice warm orange pour with lasting white head. Definite Belgian notes in the nose that continue to palate. Nothing unexpected. Horrible, horrible name. Fine. Much better saisons in this beer town. bubbleflubber (2211) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2015
On tap at the Creekside Taphouse, it pours hazy golden into the glass, with a light ring head that leaves trace lacing. The nose has pear and esters. Flavors of tangerine, hay, pear, grassiness and spices finish a bit peppery. The mouthfeel is active with a full body and zesty palate. Very interesting combination of their five Belgian yeast strains.
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b3shine (8804) - Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Draft to taster at Barley’s in Asheville tonight. Looks solid; a transparent golden orange with foamy eggshell head. Smells yeasty with notes of spices as well. Tastes like it smells with a bit of baked bread as well. Average on the palate. Not bad. jtclockwork (16444) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Draft at brewery at Saison Brett. Pours cloudy yellow gold with white head. Nose and taste of saison yeast, lemongrass and light brett. Clean. Nice. Not sure if this is the same beer and should be aliased. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2013
On tap at Barley’s, Asheville. Hazy straw gold pour, fluffy head and medium carbonation. Strong, sharp nose (this version was apparently modified with ginger), with light hopping and some bready notes underneath. Mouthfeel was medium, pleasantly light. Flavors weren’t so bad, but the ginger interfered with already sufficient grassiness and led to an overall impression of imbalance. chinchill (4938) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Hazy golden body with an excellent head. Smells floral, fruity and quite pleasant. Virtually no funk in this saison but seems a bit hoppy -- perhaps it is just the "exclusive blend of five Belgian yeast strains" . A modicum of funk in the flavor, along wity some bread, honey, and earthy hops.
This beer has a light body and finishes dry.
O: a refreshing and relatively clean and hoppy saison. rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - FEB 20, 2013
On tap at the thirsty monk.
Pours a hazy dark orange with a smallish head and just a little bit of lacing.
Aroma is full of bubblegum and clove and reminds me more of a Belgian pale than a Saison. Not really any fruity or funky notes.
More of the same bubblegum/banana/clove yeast esters in the flavor. It is quite muddled and not very refreshing or thirs quenching at all which is what this style is supposed to be. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and sticky which only detracts from the drinkability even more.
Overall, not a good effort from Catawba Valley. This beer is pretty messy and not a good representation of the style whatsoever.