rubbishystuff (2538) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2016 Had at Clybourn location. Peppery, spicy saison with nice hops and some dryness. Serving: Tap otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2010
A slow haze has settled in my glass, painting her colors in gentle hues of gold, orange, and amber. The greatest concentration is in her head, a confused cloud of white with lacey bubbles scattered along her outer edges. Within awaits an intense confrontation of fruits, skins still attached, spice, and boozy esters. Green grass and pine linger in the background, their leaves and needles weighing heavy under dew droplets. Cinnamon sticks and nutmeg sprinkle, and I find myself right back where I started with drunken fruits. Intriguing, to say the least, and so with great curiosity I investigate the liquid side of my Goose Island Saison. Smooth and buttery, her liquid bounty glides over my tastebuds, leaving behind fruit skins dipped in honey with nutmeg. Sweet up front, her finish is dry from the insides of fruits skins and dead grass. A heavy presence of malt contributes whole loaves of bread to an already full body, along with more honey, caramel, and maple sweetness. If I didn’t know better, I would almost think I was quaffing a Biere de Garde instead of a Saison. Pith and bitter rind lingers long and hard after each quaff, bringing out a dry, woody and leathery quality. The further I quaff, the more elusive her apples, nectarines, and apricots become. With one last quaff, I bring this new tasting session to its first conclusion.
kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Not that great, unfortunately, and definitely not what I would consider a Belgian-style Saison. It reminded me more of a confused Biere de Garde with a Brett-like finish.
Gold color white head. English malt nose. Nice light, sweet malt
flavor. Medium carbonation. Medium full body. Tastes like and esb more
than a saison maltry finish lingers. No belgian yeast flavor adrian910ss (2575) - Doylestown, PA, USA - APR 2, 2010
On draft at R & H. Pours a cloudy light orange with a small white head. Aroma of light spice, tea and grass. Taste is grassy with hints of light spice, honey, tea and yeast. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2010
Tap at RNH. Golden pour with a nice white head. The nose is very bright and spicy. Soft earthy hoppiness along with a light fruitiness. The malts have a kiss of sweetness that is fairly atypical for the style. There is a lot of fruitiness. Less spicy than I would have liked. As it warms there is a pronounced woody Golding/Fuggles woodiness. Not chewy per se, but not dry either. Finishes better than it starts as the hoppiness gives a perception of dryness.
vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Draft. Hazy golden pour. Nothing sticks out in this saison as great, but its a common saison with nothing really wrong with it. Spices, and yeast notes dominate. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Tap at RNH. Pours a hazy orange with an ok head- nice lace. Aroma is fruity orange zest and peel, juicy, phenolic with spice and clove moderately sweet malts and honey tones. Flavor is fruity orange oil, zesty light citrus hops, crackery malts, toast, ok dry hopping- juiciness to the flavor, peppery and light solvent with good earthy and grassy hops- light spicing on the finish- and moderately dry which was good- pretty nice. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Tap at Rattle. Evengreen, mint, fresh fries, German hops, with a sweetish, very clean, full body. Notes of caramel, lavendar, chalk, and absinthe. Mostly dry, complex, but indistinct. Needs a more interesting yeast. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Draft. Pours an orange body with a white head. Citrus, pears, wood, and pepper spices. Cinnamon, fruit esters with a dry floral woody finish. Pine, cedar, light wheat notes. Nice. PilsnerPeter (3046) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum: Hazy amber pour with an off white film of head. Sweet plummy aroma- some odd solventy notes as well- a touch of acetone like notes along with sweet dark fruits. The body is fairly light, but it’s lacking the liveliness of good examples. The flavor has some residual Belgian maltose- plummy, brown sugar notes accompanied by some chalky phenolics and other types of dry Belgian phenolics. Not very cohesive, and not dry nor lively enough for the style.