bhensonb (15976) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Capped 750 from Bine & Vine. Pours hazy dark amber with a slight off-white head. Aroma of Belgian fruit esters. Full bodied. Foamy carb. Flavor is earthy, spicey, hints of banana and clove (or maybe quite a bit more than hints), arguably malty. It’s dry though and it is quite substantial in flavors. The fruit flavor aspects vary through the finish. Never losing its earthy yeasty spicy characteristics. boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Tap @ Iron Fist... Poured amber/orange with a thin white-ish head. Malt sugars offered a full body while the yeast esters and spicing opened it up. Good hop tones that were earthy spicy, and lime leaves opened it up to an added floralness. Balanced with lots of flavors, which could’ve resulted in some things pulling apart from each other, but I thought everything worked well together and enjoyed this beer quite a bit. daleharshman (1083) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 7, 2014
First had this on draft in November 2012 when it was first released at an Iron Fist event at the Stone bistro from San Diego Beer Week. I remember liking the premise of an "imperial" Thai-style saison with the tropical fruitiness from the New Zealand hops (Nelson and Motueka) plus the kaffir lime leaves. And indeed, it was quite good. This rating for a 750 ml bottle purchased at the brewery in Vista fifteen months ago. Pours a hazy dark amber hue with three fingers of off-white foam. AROMA of quite sweet citrus, spicy Belgian yeast, orange blossom honey, significant tangy spice, and some alcohol as it warms. FLAVOR of honey, sweet stone (peach) and tropical (pineapple) fruit, some kaffir lime leaf, apple, pear, and some unusual flavors as well: spicy cedar, candied white grapes. Surprisingly sweet but not quite to the point of cloying. Finishes more juicy than dry...somewhat unusual for a saison. The high ABV is mostly concealed well. This is a very unusual beer (perhaps more tripel than saison)...but overall I like it (recall it being better on draft than in the aged bottle). (12, 881) ADfan (877) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Poured from cask at Stone. It has a orangeish yellow color in the glass with a small head. Aroma of honey, lemon and yeast. Taste has apricots, honey, Belgian yeast and fresh bread. Very smooth finish. merc7186 (3160) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
A: Amber/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Great Lacing
S: Floral, Garlic, Citrus, Mild Yeast
T: Veggie, Citrus, Yeasty
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Malty, Mildly Drying
Overall, this beer is geared more towards an IPA with a yeasty presence as opposed to a Saison with Hops. Good but not great.
anders37 (27635) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2013
Draft @ the brewery. Pours an orange color with a white head. Has a fruity malty earthy spicy weak yeasty aroma. Sweetish malty spicy yeasty flavor with weak hints of caramel. Has a sweetish malty spicy yeasty finish. StefanSD (2468) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2013
750 ml bottle from bev4less. Pours a murky amber color with a monster head that has good retention. The aroma is classic Belgian yeasts as you might find a strong saison or trippel, there is a bit of soap and some sweet mixed fruits as well. The taste is a Belgian style powerhouse with more Belgian esters, add in some apricots, green apples, caramel, grapefruit and rock candy. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. The finish is somewhat short and disappointing with a bit of lingering soap. Overall: A nice enough Belgian ale but nothing here to make me go back for more. brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Clear golden pour with a white head. Intense peach and apricot notes. Sweet dried fruits, banana, sugar, yeast, and some apple. A bit of bread, too. The flavor is sugary and bordering on cloying. Intense dried apricot and peach notes. Some pear, apple, and banana, too. Lightly floral, some yeast, faint spices, and plenty of sugar.