dwyerpg (5922) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 29, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice light malt and spice to the aroma, even cutting through enough of the bar smoke. The body is much more fruity than the aroma belies. It’s just a tad strange to me, maybe buttery.
BlackHaddock (6909) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On 23rd May 2016 I visited the Rancho Santa Margarita home of Cismontane Brewing and had a very pleasant flight of six beers, this year old beer being one of them. Clear golden pour, with a decent white head. Yeast and citrus notes in the nose, these follow on into the taste along with a grainy flavour. Refreshing and almost tart in nature, a very drinkable Saison.
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A steady pour produces a one-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a golden-amber color that shows a clear, rich golden hue when held up to the light. As I pour this beer I get a scent of light struck hops, a more focused look at the nose sees this being reduced a bit so that it is not objectionable; it reminds me of Saison Dupont in the green bottles. There is a wholesome whole-grain aroma to the nose; it is lightly nutty, a bit of sun baked hay, as well as a spicy, herbal hop character that plays a fairly prominent role here. There is an earthy, spicy, fermentation character here, it is not as characterful as Dupont, but isn’t nearly as unbalanced as the French Saison yeast that is so popular with brewers these days.
Lightly tart with a citrus character that nicely balances the light, palate coating fullness that this beer has. The beer has a nicely prickly texture from the carbonation and this plays well with the full body for a Saison (at this strength I would not expect it to be much lighter). Spicy, herbal, green, slightly grassy hop flavors up front are followed by earthy, spicy, fermentation notes that suggest at clove, a touch of woody pepper, some earthy phenolics, and a solid musty yeast note. The grain character seems to play a bit softer of a role here in the flavor, but still there is a whole grain spiciness, pale toasted nuttiness, toasted hay character, and even rustic bread / cracker like grain flavor here. There is a soft sweetness here, though it is mostly balanced by the citrus and tartness, and more helps to add a fullness and roundness to the grain / malt character.
This is a tasty beer, one that I am quite a bit enjoying despite it being quite a bit outside the alcohol range of my ideal Saison. This is nicely balanced.
Marheb (5553) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(En fût à The Bottle Room): Extremement machable, épicé et levuré avec une pointe cheddar fort. Les céréales sont multiples, l’alcool bien emmitoufflée.
marcus (9841) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Berkeley Bowl West. Pours cloudy hazy golden with a thick attractive white head and a yeasty citrus aroma. There is an interesting mixed malt flavor dominated by rye and spelt. The mouthfeel alternates between spicy and fruity with a bitter finish.
Dogbrick (12494) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Tony’s Darts Away. Hazy straw-gold color with a medium white head that diminishes gradually to a film. Strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus, yeast and malt. Medium body with flavors of citrus, grainy malt and earthy yeast. The finish is sweet with a malt and fruity yeast aftertaste. Decent overall.
bytemesis (7754) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 1, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap. Pours hazy golden, small white head, decent lacing. Aroma is pepper, field grass, apples. Flavor is pretty sweet, boozy, apples, grass, pepper, honey. Medium body, lingering bitterness. Meh.