arminjewell (9635) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2015 JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this tonight at Bittercreek’s GT 25th Anniversary Party.... Nice 1 finger head atop a fairly clear darker golden brew... decent lacing.
Nose has a huge barrel presence... big vinous red wine notes... a bit clovey and a background bready element... no doubt wine barrel aged, but the "Saison elements" seem a bit muddy.
The taste delivers.... well done.. clove/light coriander and something that I definitely associate with red wine .... sorta tannic with warmth... Digging how the barrel presence plays with the already bigger than normal Saison elements... well integrated.
Light/medium body with a lighter than expected carbonation.
Pour on tap at Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest, listed as 2011, hazy golden pour with thin white head, aroma brought spice, yeast, bread into a bit of white fruit, some oaky tones into a bit of grain, some wine notes as well. Taste was a mix of white fruit, grain, biscuit into some oaky, tannic notes with a touch of honey, some slight spicy yeast notes, finishing slightly dry.
deyholla (11597) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Sampled at FOBAB 2012. Pours a clear gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges and laces. Aroma has some light fruits, flora and sweet grains with a bit of syrah barrel. Flavor has more of a grass and floral notes with some sweet grains and bit of barrel underlying. BuckeyeBoy (7663) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 12, 2013
On tap at bitter creek grand teton event. Pours out a dark golden topped with a long lasting white head. Nose is spice candy sweetness clove barrel and rich malts. Taste is as the nose with lots of oak barrel spice and some booz. bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Draft. Amber beer with a cream head. Red wine and spice aroma with yeast. Red wine and malt flavor with light yeast and light spice. Medium bodied. Red wine and malt linger with yeast and light spice.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Draft at Fobab 10. Pours a deep gold with a sticky white head. Nose is nice. White pepper, white wine, apricot. Some dry citrus peel as well. On tasting, medium bitterness, light crisp acidity. Refreshing. Some vanilla comes through, along with a wine slant. Oak tannins. Dry finish. Really nice saison. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Sampled at FoBAB 10 - 2012 (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich well hazed golden hue, good haziness, gentle glow. Frothy whitish head sits atop, laces ok. Aromas are gentle farmhouse and dough, gentle spice, earthy hops, kiss of citrus, some gentle red wine and oak, gentle tannic quality is fleeting. Some spice, farmhouse, and dryness. Initial is gentle sweetness, melon and grape, gentle oak, some red wine, dough. Middle is richer fruit, big citrus, grape, and tropical elements. Wet oak, vanilla, some straw, grass, and vanilla. Backend shows red grape and melon, a touch of dryness, funk, some grass and tannic barrel elements. Finish is gentle dryness and fruit. Pleasant.