AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2012 A very special beer that everyone should at least try. I immediately fell
in love with the aroma. It was citrusy, yeasty, with a huge fruity character. The taste is dominated by sour orange peel throughout and it culminates with a very yeasty feel. Carbonation is very light, I’d call it sparkly, and the 6.5% ABV is formidably well concealed. It also has this wine-like feel to it. I liked it very much. kaser (6430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Having to drink non-IPA’s like this because that is what the old lady prefers, but might as well rate them. I try all of her wheat/white/saison/hef, etc. beers that she prefers. This one was pretty tasty actually. banana, vanilla, golden, clear, minimal head, light sweetness, light body. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 17, 2011
Not sure why it happens, but this is a beer I have drank a lot of starting with the early versions at GTMW. Point is, I love this beer. The current bottle is a 22oz that is 11mo’s old. Most of the ones that I have had were 4 packs with a little less age on them. This beer is nice fresh and really nice with a bit of age on it. Yeasty, fruity, bretty aroma with a touch of wood. Taste is moderately dry with a nice tartness and flavors of candi sugar, pils malt, hosreseblanket, citrus and vanilla. I was thinking the other day that I am always so sad when I run out of this, it as nearly a perfect beer for all occasions. neuromatt (1226) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2011
2010 vintage, bottled Nov 19, 2010. 650 mL bottle from Beers of the World in Rochester, served in a tulip. Pours hazy straw-golden with a medium, dense white head and champagne carbonation. The head remains and leaves a moderate amount of fine lace. The nose has notes of coriander, orange, banana, lemon, oak, flowers, pepper, pale malts and yeast. The flavour is dry and a bit sour with a touch of acidity. It has citric notes, spice, a touch of vanilla and some hops. The finish is long and citrusy-peppery. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, creamy texture and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice saison with a delicate citrusy character. Bright and floral, it is refreshing yet moderately complex. 2011-05-11 fraternie (1030) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Golden in color, with barnyard funk and a strong sour note that glides above orange peel citrus and white pepper spice. Nicely done.
HartManSam (75) - Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Bottle Light but very flavorful. My girlfriend loved it and finished it ha. Good taste but not what I’m looking for in a beer. =) mcdalough (21) - Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Tasted 5-10-2011 at home from bottle. 2011 Vintage drank young.
Aroma: Classic wild yeast exciting nose. Musty nose transitions to savory spices with citrusy orange everpresent. Also a bit of bubblegum sweetness present for me.
Appearance: Slight haze with the bottle conditioning. Pours a muted yellow apricoty color with head that disappears surprisingly fast for a bottle conditioned beer.
Taste: Nice sweetness present at the start offset by the mustiness. Orange peel dominates the mid-palate while the beer transitions to a bubble gum and estery finish. There is also the oaking "vanilla" supporting the alcohol and tampening down some of the rough edges.
Palate: Nice effervescence present throughout bringing the delicate volatiles to the fore.
Overall: Surprisingly restrained. Classic saison with a moderate to restrained yeast character (at least for a belgian). Extremely enjoyable. Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Pours a murky apricot yellow with a head of tightly packed bubbles that quickly dissipate into a thin foam. It’s an appearance that I would normally rate lower but the consistent champagne like effervescence catches the eye... Apricot, caramel, floral, and citrus aromas dominate with notes of herbs, cheese, alcohol, banana, bubblegum, butterscotch, and vanilla. For me the aroma is the high point of this brew. Tastes way too sour and salty for me with a weird oily finish... First impressions lead to disappointment. italianjohn (3310) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Pale straw yellow/golden pour thin white head little lacing ... aroma of floral hops, fruity yeast and peppery and orange peel .... taste of fruity yeast, peppery, citrusy orange peel, floral and bitter hops with a dry bite in the finish little lively mouthfeel smooths out as it warms sadly I don’t taste any oak not a bad saison Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours hazy orange, thin white head, spotty lacing. Nose is soapy, with peach, light funk, some salt, some bacon, quite pretty. Flavours of spice, citrus, some funk and cheese, very tasty. Solid Saison. Great stuff!