nuplastikk (6414) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Tap at Half Acre. Unfiltered dulled orange-tan. Foamy white head. Intense fruity tones, soft white grape tones. Less refined than a classic Belgian, but way better than most US examples. Funky, fruity high fermentation temperature tastes aplenty. Teetering on the edge of infected tastes, but pulled back in. This one tries hard, but isn’t quite there. Comes off pretty big for the ABV, a touch brutal. OK, but imperfect. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
In short: A simple dry belgian blonde ale, as simple as it is drinkable. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2013
How: Growler shared at post HF FoFA 2013 party.
The look: Partially cloudy dark blonde body topped by a persistent small white head.
In long: Nose is a bit lemony with some dry grassy-spicy notes and also some typical belgian blonde ale fruity esters. I didn’t note anything rustic/Saison in the aroma. In mouth the beer has a crispy texture with a medium carbonation. Taste is straightforward. Crisp pale cereals. A bit lemony but not enough to be described as tart. Other light color fruits can be found. Supposed to be made using Dupont yeast but I didn’t note anything Dupont-ish or even rustic, however the beer was very dry like I like a Saison to be. A mild white pepper spiciness. And speaking of the Devil, a long time ago I sold my soul to the devil but I totally screwed him by forcing him to take the extended warranty. Sucker.
64 oz. growler from the tap room. Rating is from notes. It pours a deep golden with a clean white head. Aroma if fruity, with sweet bready malts, touches of citrus and honey. Light spice, some herbal hops, bits of pepper. Lots of strong yeasty notes. Medium bodied with a lively carbonation. Finishes somewhat sweet. Interesting. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2013
clean and simple, a nice beer for a an to drink while hiking of whatever, very fresh with a tasty hop presence which is critical to this crossovert (13726) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Not as clean as a saison dupont. Some fruity yeast notes, pale malts, decent.
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Sampler pour on tap at Half Acre Tap Room (Chicago, IL). Pours a bright yellow grainy hue, subtle haze, lively carbonation and a frothy white head atop remains as a decent filmy layer, laces ok. Aromas are grainy, a bit fruity, apple and straw, subtle pear and citrus. Bread dough, gentle yeasty liveliness. Nice fruit presence, but still light and refreshing. Initial is lighter end of the fold in body, gentle fizzy carbonation meets apple, pear, touch of peach, orange. A nice dry, light front end moves to a bit of a sweeter middle. Straw, dough, gentle fruit presence. Backend is fuzzy and dry, grainy again. Mellow earthy hops, some citrus, florals, firm white grape presence. Pretty neat light summery Saison with some good refreshing flavors without getting overwhelming. A touch cidery at times. Dry backend. Nose and appearance weren’t great, but the beer itself delivered. Nice. brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Tall glass at the Half Acre tap room. Bright golden orange appearance, much clearer than I expected for a saison, just a little foam and little bubble action in the base. The moderately hoppy taste makes it an easy one to drink without a speed limit, but it’s not as flavorful and juicy as I had hoped. Medium to light bodied texture, smooth on the palate. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Draft at HA. Pours a deep gold with a white head. Nose is sweet and fruity, honey and citrus. Some white pepper as well. Reminds me of 3711. On tasting, on the sweeter side, lacks the dupont character. Fruity and phenolic kind of all over the place and lacks focus. dinkle50 (1531) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Cloudy golden pour with a big head. Deep yeasty aroma. Medium mouth with some peppery notes in the taste. Some funk. A little copper. Pretty tasty saison. Strykzone (7560) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Sampled at Petennial Belgian Fest. The biggest foam I had ever seen in a tasting glass. It is white and fluffy and lasts. The beer is white gold. A classic saison aroma is nice. Flavor is just a bit light but is also classic. Grassy hops and a decent earthiness with pale malts.