Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Growler shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.
The beer is transparent, appearing a dark golden color. Atop the beer rests nearly two inches of frothy, white head. Retention lasts a few moments, leaving some decent lacing on the glass as the head recedes.
The aroma offers tea, herbal notes, hops, sweet malt. Some saison characteristics are there, but this is a bit off the beaten path for a saison.
The flavor, while enjoyable enough, is also odd for the style. Buttery sweet malt with lingering lightly spiced tea. Floral hop presence throughout with just a hint of alcohol. The beer lacks any funk or yeast presence that makes this style so attractive. Sweetness escalates as I make my way through the beer.
The feel is fairly light on the palate. Moderately low carbonation.
Overall, this was ok. Easy enough to enjoy a pint, but a bit cloying beyond that. Unorthodox for the style, lacking some of my favorite saison characteristics. Worth a try.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 12-22-2011 Terminus (3683) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2011
tap at brewpub-pours lite orange with a small fizzy white head and some lacing. nose is kind of fruity-muddled citrus, lite colored fruit, like rose pedals in a sense. flavors are muddled citrus, spices, almost like a trippel lots of sweet apple and pear with a touch of peach flavors. this says there are alot of hops, well i didnt detect them. not really a farmhouse saison if you ask me. maybe im biased but im not a fan of heavily spiced saisons. This seems to be the case here. theisti (4126) - Kansas, USA - NOV 22, 2011
6 oz draft pour at the brew pub in Lawrence, Kansas. Pour is a golden orange, mostly clear, with a white head. Aroma is sweet flower, grain, lemon citrus and a touch of honey sweetness. Taste starts of with a big sweetness - honey floral, some additional flowery dandelion, sweet orange fruit, and a touch of citrus peel buried under the sweet. Palate is medium bodied, slick mouth feel, and a long sweet grassy finish. This is well built, though too sweet for my personal preference. beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011 Has it a few times at the brewpub. Imperial Saison it is. Sweet malt backbone and strong esters overtake what would be too much hoppiness for a Belgian to start with. Fruitiness from hops with mango and tropical esters explode in the aftertaste as well. Good in small doses, good thing I enjoy sweet Belgiany brews but I could see others hating this. deyholla (11605) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Poured a clear fruit like gold with a white head that dissipated to the edges slowly. Aroma was full of floral notes with a bit o light fruits and a slight backing of sweet grains and yeast. Flavor is sweet with flora and light fruits with a hint of grass and backing grain that come out in the finish.