dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2008
cloudy amber appearance with a fluffy off white head. the aroma is spicy air. i caught a wheaty -banana-y flavor. not a bad beer overall, but the banana was a bit overpowering to me. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Pristine polished copper color with a merging tan wrung for the head. Aromatic trepidation from the get-go, unveiling ginger, honey butter and nectar, sickingly seeping from the comb. Candi sweetness has not dried out. Unflinching, resinous sweetening is a match made in heaven for the sugar that failed to ferment. Clover. Honey over. Some cotton pricks on the palate add insult to injury as a creamed apple blend finishes the task at hand. Thanks for bringing a growler, Brigadier! Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Saison #5 I attempted to consume ’blind’ at the Pewaukee tasting but the "blind" phase of the tasting was starting to break down. Clear, light amber color. Wonderful blended aroma of hops, yeast. Mildly sweet, some hop flavor, sourness. Lacking the barnyard edge of other Saisons sampled tonight. Perhaps not the most traditional Saison with the notable hop presence but one of the most enjoyable I have had tonight.
1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Growler. The beer pours to a very clean amber/orange body with an ultra-thin white head. The aroma is sweet. Light brown sugar, clover, banana, and spice. The flavor is clover, light brown sugar, earthy yeasts, and star fruit. Very unique flavor. I’m digging it. The palate is moderately bodied, nicely textured, and creamy. Brigadier (3710) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2007
On tap at Flossmoor
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2007
This was the first of the special releases. Since the others were either hop bombs or very dark complex beers I opted to start with the saison. I have not had enough to really decide how much I like the style but this was not a bad specialty. I might be bringing a growler to an upcoming tasting to see if other people agree.
Aroma / Appearance - The hazel colored body is covered by a slight amount of head. The nose is horse blanket with a low hop profile. Underneath are some fruity notes of peach cobbler and cherries sitting by a slow burning fire.
Flavor / Palate - Thick chewy molasses coats the mouth upon the first sip. As it fades in comes caramel, chocolate and a light amount of sourness. Cherry licorice greets the throat before a Robotussin finish dampens things a bit. This is definitely more of a sipping beer than anything before it and with some uniqueness that makes it stand out.
On tap at brewpub in January. Clear golden with good head. Lots of belgian yeast in taste and aroma. A bit sour. OK. BeerandBlues2 (13669) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Draught. Pours clear dark yellow with an average off-white creamy head, mostly lasting, good lacing. Aroma is average malt (hay, straw), light hops (grass), average yeast (sweat, earth) with notes of bubble gum and pineapple. Medium bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness; sour milk notes. jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Light yellow color small white head cherries? smells like cherries. Malty. Tastes like wet crackers. Easy to drink with a short finish. Funky feed bag. BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2006
I had a butcher of this beer at Flossmoor station. I thought it was pretty good.
This beer poured a handsome golden color with a slight amount of haziness and abundant head.
This saison’s aroma is mild and a mix of yeastiness and biscuit aromas.
The taste was more of the same, with a lot of yeastiness, some isoamly acetate (banana) notes, and abundant spiciness (although I can’t put my finger on just what it is). Quite good.
Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. I thought this beer was very drinkable.
holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2006
On tap @ Flossmoor Station: Pours a yellow amber with a tall head, nice aromas yeast wheat, spices, apples and fruit. Balanced flavors, make this a good session beer. Pears and fruit make this sweet at first spices, biscuitty, lightly bitter and finishing dry. A tasty beer.