BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Bottle via a trade with bu11zeye. Pours with a hazed golden-brown body and a small, fizzy white head that dissipates. Aroma of honey, pear, oxidation, biscuit, banana and fennel. Taste is pear, caramel, vanilla, earth, toffee. Very fruity and sweet for a saison. Cereal. Medium to lively bubbles. Not super dry. Okay saison at best. Better to think of it as a regular belgian ale, as it is not dry or estery (in the correct way) enough. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2010
(12oz bottle) Pours a hazy pale yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of coriander, orange peel, wet grains, and herbs. Flavor of orange peel, coriander, lemon, crackers, and subtle clove. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2010
(12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) clear yellow, film of white bubbles, excellent lace. Nose of grass, white pepper, rye, coriander, light spicy. Taste of white pepper, grass, spices, soft carb, creamy, semi-dry finish. nuplastikk (6373) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2013 12oz bottle split. Hazy, pale, yellow-tan color, soapy off white head that fades into a thin, oily non-presence. Fruity sweet aroma, a touch of lemony funk. I almost get some peach notes in my first sip. Soft on the palate, well above par for an American Saison. Mellow fruity tones, with a gentle peppery hop balance. Fruity tangerine and sweet malt finish. Delicious and refreshing, this is one to seek out. Wow. mothman (120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2010
EDIT: I am re-reviewing this beer, because I feel that my first review lacked quality.
Poured into Ommegang chalice.
Pours 1 finger of white head. Head fades down quick leaving some splattered lace. Color is a clear golden straw yellow.
Aroma: Spices, lemon zest, yeast, cloves, bananas. It reminds me a little of a hefe with some extra spices and a Belgium yeast.
Taste: Big spice flavor. Lemons, cloves, grass, yeast, and a little fruit flavor. Pretty decent.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Fairly light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a slight dry aftertaste, somewhat clean.
Overall, this is a very drinkable saison, as most of them are. Nice flavors and a good representation of the style. This one is worth a try.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-13-2008 00:01:52
kbutler1 (1381) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Poured from bottle into my favorite tulip glass.
Pours a very clear golden color. Slight head with no lacing. Smells of cloves and slight banana. Smooth taste. Very little to no hop flavor. Dry after taste.
This is a beer for the summer time, although I am drinking it mid-winter in MN, oh well.
Drinkable for sure!
arminjewell (9689) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Pours golden with white head, aroma is slight belgian spice and esters. Taste is light ester banana and spices with a slightly sweet middle that finishes dry and rather plain. Not bad flavors, just not many of them. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2010
12 oz bottle at Funky Five 2009. Pours a mostly hazy solid light gold with a foamy mostly lasting white head- some streaky lace. Aroma is mostly yeasty- too fresh or hasn’t settled or dissipated- but there is slight sulfur, but also grassy herbal notes, big wheat malts, toast, crackery a slight solvent or cleanser with warming biscuit and musty almost mold notes. Flavor is crackery and wheaty, with grass, herbs, spices, pepper (spicy wit yeast with lemon zest), raw fresh sulfurous yeast, doughy, phenolic moderate nice saison yeast character, slight salt and light mineral in the finish- seems unrefined overall, but the finish is fairly dry- ok for drinking but doesnt quite cut it as a good saison. unclemike (3161) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Pours a semi-clear golden straw blonde brew with a slow dissolving white head that leaves behind a nice spotty lacing and a thin white ring. Bottle Aroma of yeast, a touch of banana esters, some light cloves, and a hint of white bread malt. Taste is light to medium bodied with some carbonation with flavors of dry white bread malt, banana esters, cloves a touch of bubblegum, and dry herbs. Finish is semi-dry with a fast disappearing herbal spice aftertaste. Remember to allow this saison to come up to room temperature to get the full flavor and aroma. Love this Saison
j12601 (12982) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Bottle from a trade, can’t remember who with at this point. Also, thought I had tried this already (and may have in fact), and almost gave this to someone as an extra before I checked, so hooray for discovering hidden gems in the cellar. Pours a very cloudy golden yellow with a medium sized creamy white head. Nice musk, a bit of banana, wheat, peppery. Medium bodied, lightly sweet, a bit more musky yeast. Finishes lightly, touch of sweetness, bit of fruit. Not bad.