Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2007
Poured hazy medium orange with a short cap of white head and some thorough lacing. Aroma found lots of spicy coriander and white pepper over a sweet malty base… orange zest appears with warmth along with candy sweetness. Tart spices and floral bitterness bite the tip of the tongue upon first impression.. apple and other light fruity sweetness come shortly after.. peppery spices, orange zest, and a hint of alcohol sharpness provide an additional level of complexity as it warms up… very tasty! Spicy, medium-bodied, and engaging throughout. Very much enjoyed it. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 29, 2007
Pous a hazy orange amber with a medium creamy white lacing head. Aroma was spicy, various fruits, tropical fruit, banana, coconut, mixed citrus and an overall tartness, yeasty with some coriander. Flavor was very dry, yeasty, spciy, fruity, peppery with some honey. On the sticky side, yet dry. Also picked up some of the ginger and coriander. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
Drewbeerme and I brought this growler into dark lord day and hopefully enough samples got around. Pours a yellow orange with a white head. Yeast and citrus aromas some corriander and spice. Orange citrus flavors, yeasty, spice, with some pine in the tart dry finish. I decent saison. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2007
sample from a growler at DLD, thanks drewbeerme! pours hazy golden with white head. nose is bready, funk, butter, yeast, and coriander. flavor was pretty spicy, ginger, and coriander. finishes dry. high drinkability. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2007
Growler shared at DLD - Pours golden with a short white head. Aromas of bread, grain, yeast, and some slight peppery spice. Flavor is bread grains, yeast, slight corriander and pepper, and a little citrus bite at the finish. Pretty easy to drink and enjoyable.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2007
Growler shared by holdenn and drew @ DLD: Poured a hazy gold in color with an off white head. A slight funkiness, some lemon, grassy notes. There was a bit of spice, and some citrusy notes.Not as funky as I would like, but a bit of tartness was there. DrnkMcDermott (3104) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2007
Sampler at Clybourn. Quite a change from the reds, weizens and bitters I’ve been sampling tonight (June 6). Brown pour with rosy highlights. Nice brettish smell—if you like that sort of thing. Tart taste that more likely from warm fermenting. Tongue tingling and dry, with a melange of spices, though my impression is more of cherries and sour apple. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2007
I don’t comprehend why this is a "new" Saison from Goose Island merely because it has differing ingredients from past versions and is aged somewhat differently. After all, it is just another Saison, overly chilled, poured into a tulip glass, isn’t it?troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2007
So much for this week’s commentary on Wild Blossom’s Sweet Desire 2005...
This is a fine entry into the Saison category by GI. It’s a hazy amber/gold with a modest white head that does some spotty lacing as you drink. The aroma (once it warmed) is sharp and pungent, somewhat funky, with citrus zest, newly mown grasses, and wildflowers. Medium bodied, it’s somewhat bitter with grass and fruit rinds, has a splash of pale malt, a touch of coriander (can’t taste the ginger), and watered down citrus juice. It finishes on a bitterly refreshing note. Not bad.
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(Tap) Pours a muddled amber color with a foamy white head. Aroma includes ginger, bread, and other spices. The taste features quite a bit of sweet malt, with some caramel and toffee noticeable. Otherwise, some hints of grass impart a dry bitterness near the end. Certainly an interesting beer, with a lot going on in it. shigadeyo (3749) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Event: DarkLord Day 2007
Location: Three Floyds Brewing Co. Parking Lot
Serving: Sampled from a growler.
Aroma: Slight funk and grassy notes.
Appearance: Hazy/cloudy honey color, almost opaque.
Flavor: Fruity and somewhat malty with a slight corriander spice to it and a hint of tartness.
Overall: Okay, but again nothing special. I’m glad Goose Island is constantly trying to make new beers, but they need to work a bit more at it. Many of the brewpub beers that I have had, including this one, turn out to be only marginally better than average...