Jow (4170) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2010
On tap at the brewery. Its a nice amber and taste is hoppy, and of pepper, floral notes and orange peel. finish is dry. having quite a nice time here trying all the taps available. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Taster; draft @ Ithaca. Slightly hazy, bright yellow color; creamy, mousse-like off-white head with great retention and lacing. Dusty, light grains, honey, and some white pepper in the nose; soft, rounded, pleasantly dry. Medium body; lively carbonation; lightly creamy; slightly dusty in the mouth, some hay and pepper and even some creamy vanilla presence; reasonably dry, nicely toasty and creamy, and the dustiness (seemingly an off-shoot from the use of Saison Dupont yeast? seems most likely) isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just quite prominent. Decent saison. Medium finish: dusty, hay, nicely toasty. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy gold with a large white head that required two pours to fill the glass. The head lasted until mid-glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of lemon, grains, and spice. The flavor is lemon and black pepper along with some grain. Dries out a bit towards the finish. A bit spritzy on the palate. thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2010
I was a bit disappointed by this saison. The hops and yeast seemed to be battling each other too much. I found the saison like qualities missing or overwhelmed by this battle. The nose was a nice lemon/orange citrus. The flavor was peppery and the palate dry. I wish I could say I appreciated the hoppiness, but I didn’t because I felt it was weak. Again, it didn’t complement the sourness. It was pretty to look at, though. callmemickey (4561) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Hazy amber-orange-gold color. Moderate frothy eggshell white head. Solid retention and spotty lacing.
S: Comes across as an American saison for sure. Bright citric hop bitterness is upfront followed by a more mellow herbal tone. Slight element of spice.
T: More herbal/citric hop bitterness gives an almost tea-like flavor at times. The lemon/yeast/spice profile leaves a bit of a witbier impression too.
M: Medium-light bodied. Lacking the funk, earthyness and dryness that makes the saison a truly amazing style. Finish is somewhat prolonged.
O: Overall, a very nice effort. When reviewing saisons I always try to keep in mind the take on the saison the brewer is going for... is it going to be American, Belgian, or Brett-ed in tone. This is clearly an American saison and a decent one at that. The price and availability should make this a decently popular effort from Ithaca.
dmac (6592) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2010
12 oz bottle from the Oak. Poured a cloudy orange/ brown with an average sized fizzy white head. Aroma of spice, funk, lemon and upon warming some honey sweetness. Full bodied with strong carbonation and a creamy finish. Flavor is dry lemon, spice, old bread, funk, slight pepper, flowers. Solid but the body just doesn’t work for me. JoeMcPhee (10138) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
Pale golden pour. The nose has a hint of apricot and light fruit and spicy. A bit sweet with an odd plasticy note that I’m not a fan of. Sweet and solventy and not much to recommend it for. Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 29, 2010
Bottle 355 ml cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Aroma soft aromatic, citric flowers , herbal nose , hint of spice , orange peel. Refreshing.
Appearance clear golden , frisky carbonation with very large rising top. 3+
Flavor and Palate : medium bodied , fairly soft with bitter edges and some dryness at finish. Refreshing well hoped session based ale.
"Cloudy yellow-orange body with a big rocky head and thick lacing. Smells of lemons, flowers and spicy hops with a nice yeast quality. Crisp, bitter and a bit funky. Peppery, grassy hops with lots of lemon driven citrus. Fruity with mildly tart yeast, biscuits and grass. Phenomenal Saison from an American brewery."
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Pours a cloudy golden hue, with a decent-sized white head. Nose is great. Perfume, flowers and lemony hops. I agree with the poster below that said it reminded him (or her) of white wine. Sauvignon Blanc maybe. Plenty of hops in the flavor, too--more than I like in my saisons, typically, but I do think it works reasonably well for this beer. Otherwise, even the flavor is quite floral. Kind of reminds me of rose water. There is a slightly off aftertaste here, but other than that, I can’t complain too much. Just had the North Coast Le Merle last night, and I do believe I prefer this as a hoppy saison.