Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2011
On tap at Goose – Clybourn. Poured clear, bright golden with a short-lived white head. The aroma was warm upfront with peppery and clovey yeast leading.. apricot and other lighter-skinned fruits came afterward.. bright and enjoyable on the back of the nose. The flavor was very spicy throughout, with grapefruit bitterness and peppery spicage leading.. hot and bitter on the back, with too much yeast and booze presence. Medium-bodied and very bitter as mentioned on the palate.. too assertive. Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
On tap at the Clybourn Brewpub on December 29, 2010. Not sure if the recipe changed since last year, but here is the current description: "Blonde Belgian style ale brewed with Fuggles, Amarillo, and Simcoe hops and spiced with lavender."
Pours a nice golden color with a quite large white head with really nice retention and quite a bit of lacing. Thin cap throughout. The nose is really nice and I love the combination of the lavender with the hops selected here. The Amarillo and Simcoe interaction works quite well with the addition of the lavender. The taste isn’t quite as explosive. The floral character doesn’t quite mesh with the hop flavors as well, though this still tastes quite good. Really nice feel with a dry finish and good carbonation. Drinks quite well; I would certainly like to see this added to the bottled Belgian lineup down the line.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-30-2010 chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
On tap at GI into a tasting glass...Bright yellow pour, clear, good off white head that has nice retention...The aroma is decent, lavender is present but notes of honey and lemon are balanced...The taste is really bad as the lavender dominates from start to finish, herbal and medicinal in a way that makes this undrinkable.
Unless you love lavender don’t both with this.
crossovert (13914) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Very much like a Belgian IPA, it is fruity, with a nice hop bite coming from the Simcoe and Amarillo. deyholla (12307) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Sampled from the tap at the Clybourn location. Poured a clear yellowish gold with a white head that lasted throughout the beer and laced nicely. Aroma was a beautiful combination of pine, grapefruit and lavender with just a hint of sweet grain backing. Flavor was more overwhelmed by the lavender, but there was still underlying pine and grapefruit notes.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a bright golden with a small white head. Aroma is very piney, with a pronounced spicy lavender note and a very sweet floral candy character. Flavor is even more aggressively spiced, plenty of that floral lavender and earthiness. Finishes with some more of that earthy floral notes, honey and whoa is this spicy, a touch soapy from that lavender. Medium body and a sharper carbonation. Im a bit torn on this, one side says that floral lavender matches nicely to the pine hops, but another says its just overbearing. So I am gonna find some middle ground. drdisque (882) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Smells good, looks good. Tastes overwhelmingly of spice - and not the good kind of spice either like a lot of Saisons. The spice seems off and lingers on your tongue ruining the palate of anything else the beer has to offer and anything you might be trying to eat. If a beer could be Jalapeno Peppers, this would be it. JoeMcPhee (9553) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
Tap at Pony. The beer pours with a hazy golden colour and a tight sticky white head. The nose is loaded with bright lavender and lemon peel as well. A kiss of light wheaty graininess as well, but the lavender is most prominent. Fresh pale malt and a nice crackery dryness on the back of the palate. Light and quite refreshing. Surprisingly assertive bitterness. Quite a fresh and lovely pour. Lingering herbal character. Very nice beer. vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Draft @ Rattle. Golden pour with some white head. Floral, spice, grassy aromas. Beer is crisp, hoppy, both pine, floral and spicy. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Tap at RNH. Pours a hazy blond with a good head. Aroma seemed highly spiced with flowers and herbs- lavender and dandelion kinda stand out- gets a bit soap like- hints of oregano and phenolic yeastiness- on toast and biscuity Belgian malts. Flavor is biscuity malts, crackery, saison like light fruitiness, herbal and grassy more lavender and soap, spicy finish - somewhat clean and easy mouthfeel in the end. Ok.