drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2011
bottle at dld. pours gold with white head. nose is really phenolic, clovey. flavors of an over bearing phenolic yeast profile with sugar sweet finish. really undrinkable saison imo. ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Tap at the pub. Aroma is light grains, citrus, and a lot of spices. Great deal of pepper and clove going on. Pours a somewhat dark golden with a good deal of haze and fluffy white head, decent retention and lacing. Flavor is very spicy; lots of pepper, orange, clove. Citrus notes are fairly strong, some malt flavors, and a good deal of residual sweetness. Rather full body considering the style, med-high carbonation. Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2011
This one is from the Peoria, Illinois International Beer Festival. Due to lack of space when drinking, my notes won’t be that great on these beers. Well, I had to get this one because of the name. Wasn’t great, wasn’t bad. Didn’t really take many notes. JRock72 (605) - - MAY 2, 2011
On tap at the brewery. Golden yellow with small head. Very floral with a bit of malty sweetness. Very excellent saison. Would have again. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Bottle at DLD, I’m sorry I don’t know who brought it but thanks! Pours a hazy gold with an almost orangey note at the edge. Fluffy white head. My first thoughts are holy sh!t this has a ton of spices in it. And I don’t like excess spice in my beers. So there’s that. Pine like only rosemary can produce and a peppery phenolic component. Citrus comes through but is overshadowed by the spicy herbal aromatics. On taste, the pepper and rosemary lend an unpleasant astringency but the citrus kind of helps to abate that somewhat. I wish I could have more yeast aromatics. For the temps this was at, it should be more interesting fundamentally. Just seems somewhat unfocused. Interesting, just not my bag.
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2011
On tap 4-29-11 at brewery. The beer was very interesting it pour yellow colour. It was a little bit sour but it tasted similar to other saisons, it was had that nice belgian yeastiness to it. I definitely would have this one again. thegreenrooster (4406) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2011
Pour is a cloudy blonde with a small white head. Aroma is estery with some spicy and fruit. Flavor is extremly yeasty and fruity with a lot of citrus hop and some funk. A nice pepper is left ont he tounge as this goes down. Very nice and tasty saison and probably the best of the style I’ve sampled in 2011 so far. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2011
22oz bomber from the brewery. Hazy, dull orange pour with medium white head. Aroma of fruity Belgian yeast esters, rosemary, citrus peel. Mild pepper notes along with decidedly apple juice bits. Flavor is fruity, with more than a twinge of citrus. Apples, cinnamon, and other spices. Fairly dry. The pepper comes out towards the finish. Medium bodied, I’m shocked to look at the ABV, because it drinks a lot lighter. Great beer, though. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Flossmoor, IL). Pours a nice dulled amber pour, almost some touches of dark near brownish apple sauce. Well hazed with a big fluffy and cakey offwhite head atop. Some glow, fairly hazy. Aromas are sweet breads, honey, and orange rind, a tart citrusy bite with some pepper and light spicy yeast. A lot of orange as it warms. Initial is medium bodied throwing a big dose of tart orange citrus up front, oils from the rind and touches of yeasty spice move into bread dough, some toast, pale malts and some light spicy yeast, sweet honey and apples. A gorgeous lacing, moving into a more dry and bitter finish, but the mellow sweetness returns into the lingering aftertaste. Some mellow pepper, a touch of spicy yeast, the orange seems to dominate it and some light fruity esters hide behind the bigger citrus bite. It’s got some sweetness going on, but I feel the orange peel (copious at that) keeps it at bay. Light spiciness, as it warms more there is some more of the peppercorn apparent in the lingering finish. I liked this, a lot of orange and fairly dry, the sweetness stays at bay and the peppercorns start to show up in the finish. Not your typical Saison, but an interesting and palatable Belgian Ale that doesn’t show the alcohol warmth it seems to have. Nice.